Saturday, December 22, 2012

Spelling and Vocabulary Worksheets





Do your students need help with spelling and vocabulary words? Try making some worksheets to review their spelling and vocabulary words. They are educational and fun too! Great to do for Bell Work.


FREE Spelling and Vocabulary Worksheet Generators:

schoolexpress.com- These worksheet generators allow you to create a variety of worksheets.

quickworksheets.net- Worksheet Generators (sign up for free to make worksheets)

superkids.com- Create your own printable scrambled word worksheets. Here's a fun tool to help with reading, vocabulary, and spelling. Simply enter the words you want scrambled, then click on the "Make My Worksheet" button!

superkids.com- Make your own printable hidden word puzzles using the SuperKids Wordsearch Puzzle Creator. Simply enter one word per line, and define the size of the letter grid you desire. Then click on the button beneath the list.

esl-kids.com- Create thousands of worksheets and printables for ESL kids' classes with the ESL-Kids worksheet generator.

discoveryeducation.com- Choose a type of puzzle from the list below and make your own puzzle online for classroom or home use.

toolsforeducators.com- Free tools for teaching - printable worksheets, classroom printables and on-line worksheet templates with images from Tools for Educators. Use these free worksheets to print, game makers, and programs for teachers to make and print teaching resources with pictures or classroom materials for kids. They are simple, but beautiful, versatile and powerful.

softschools.com- Make your own spelling worksheets.

tools.atozteacherstuff.com- Make your own printable worksheets.

worksheets.theteacherscorner.net- Free generators for you to use to make your own worksheets quick and easy: word search, crossword, word scrambles, match up, fill in the blank, etc.

worksheetplus.com- Free printable worksheets that provide spelling and vocabulary practice with an emphasis on root words. Answer keys included.





Thursday, December 20, 2012

Gospel for the Mass: 1/27/13- Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year C page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

Theresa at catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass.

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

sermons4kids.com- Just What the Doctor Ordered object lesson with coloring pages, group activities, puzzles, quizzes, etc.

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Reads From Isaiah lesson

word-sunday.com- Sally’s Paragraph (scroll down to Gospel)

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources for Luke 1:1-4

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources for Luke 4:14-21



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Teaching

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Can Make Blind Eyes See



Crafts

Josiah’s Lost Scroll- The children will make and discover how people wrote on paper and rolled it into scrolls. Even though this comes from a preschool craft book, it is appropriate for older children to do. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 26).

daniellesplace.com- Bible Scroll Craft for Kids (scroll about half way down for this)

ehow.com- How to Make Free Bible Scroll Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Just What the Doctor Ordered group activities (crafts)



Games

sermons4kids.com- Just What the Doctor Ordered group activities (games)



Puzzles

Jesus Reads God’s Word- Look at the center picture. Look at the pictures in the circles. Find the matching pictures in the larger picture. Draw lines to connect the matching pictures. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 50).

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Shape

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Spiral

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks





Sunday, December 16, 2012

Gospel for the Mass: 1/20/13- John 2:1-12








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year C page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




John 2:1-12



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

Theresa at catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass.

silk.net/RelEd/- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

mssscrafts.com- Jesus Goes to a Wedding with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs

sermons4kids.com- Water into Wine object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Saving Best for Last object lesson with coloring, group activities, puzzles, quizzes

sermons4kids.com- The Miracle Worker object lesson with group activities, puzzles, bulletin, quiz

calvarycurriculum.com- Jesus Turns Water Into Wine lesson #176 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Makes Water Into Wine lesson

childrensermons.com- Miracle in Cana object lesson

kidsclubs4jesus.com- Water to Wine lesson with puzzles, coloring sheet, Bible readings, questions, memory verses, key points, object lesson, drama, puppets, etc. (These files are set up and formatted so that they can be easily made into weekly booklets for your children's ministry, youth ministry, etc., with 4 sheets of legal paper and two staples).

childrensermons.com- Miracle in Cana object lesson

daniellesplace.com- Activities for Jesus Turns Water Into Wine

barnabasinchurches.org.uk- Wedding at Cana (Water into Wine) object lesson with craft

chemistry.about.com- Turning Water Into Wine demonstration

The Catholic Toolbox- Wedding at Cana Pre K – K lesson with: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles, etc.

The Catholic Toolbox- Sacrament of Matrimony Resources and Activities

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Jesus water into wine

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Turns Water Into Wine John 2:1-12

misslink.org- Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. John 2:5

misslink.org- Jesus turns water into wine



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Saving the Best for Last group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- The Miracle Worker group activities (crafts)

Turning Water Into Wine- A paper plate craft to show Jesus' first miracle. Start the wheel with the blue showing to represent water flowing from the jug. Slowly turn the back plate to change the blue water to red wine. (Crafts from your favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, page 42 & 43).

mssscrafts.com- Take One Jar


Have the children make a clay jar using air-hardening clay and take home. You can buy the clay or make it.

spoonful.com- No-Cook Dough
There is no cooking involved with this recipe. Suitable for either dying or painting, this dough has a distinctly homemade look when dry.

associatedcontent.com- Make Fast Drying Homemade Play Clay
Making clay is a good project to do with children. After the clay cools, the children can make a clay jar to take home.



Games

sermons4kids.com- Saving the Best for Last group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- The Miracle Worker group activities (crafts)

baptist-church.suite101.com- Pass the Jar & Water Water, Wine (scroll down to these 2 games)

books.google.com- Water Into Wine (Jesus' First Miracle)
A fun medium energy level game with complete directions, supply list, what to say, and post game discussion questions. This fun and educational relay game will help your kids discover the wonder of Jesus' first miracle. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children's Ministry by Group Publishing, page 74).

highlightsteachers.com- Memory Game
Sharpen your students memory skills with this game made with plastic milk- or water-jug lids.



Wedding at Cana Game

Introduce game: What did Jesus say to the servants?

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.

Need:

6 clear plastic cups
water in 6 large container (bucket will do)
6 empty jars
red food coloring
6 chairs

Divide the class into 6 equal teams and have them line up behind a chair with a bucket of water sitting on it. Across the room have an empty jar with food coloring inside it for each team. At your signal the first person in the team scoops up some water from their bucket and carries it over and pours it in their jar, returns to his line and hands the plastic cup to the second player. The first player then goes to the end of the line. The second player then repeats what the first player did. (Demonstrate what you want the children to do). Play is continued until the jar is full of wine.


The Catholic Toolbox- The Wedding At Cana (file folder game)
Answer questions about the story and receive a jar token. The first player to collect 6 jars wins. (Younger students do not have to answer a question and can just collect a jar token.)

The Catholic Toolbox- Sacrament of Matrimony (file folder game)
Answer different kinds of questions (multiple choice, True or False, Fill in the Blank, or Puzzles) about the Sacrament of Matrimony as you move around the board.



Puzzles

Jesus Turns Water into Wine- The servants poured 6 jars with water. Jesus turned the water to wine. The jars were very large. Color the six larger jars purple. Color the others any color. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 20).

misslink.org- Jesus turns water into wine jigsaw puzzle

misslink.org- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyeadwards.com- Word Search

misslink.org- Cut, color, and scramble the Bible verse (page 1)

misslink.org- Cut, color, and scramble the Bible verse (page 2)

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyeadwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Match the words in the box with the correct definition

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks


Snack

Introduce snack: What did Jesus turn water into? Let’s make something that we can change by adding something to it.

Have the children make Kool-aid, chocolate milk, lemon aid, etc. using a container that they can see through or look into (cup).



Songs

sing365.com- He Turned the Water Into Wine

gardenofpraise.com- Water to Wine

6lyrics.com- Wedding at Cana




Thursday, December 13, 2012

Gospel for the Mass: 1/13/13- Luke 3:15-16, 21-22








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year C page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Luke 3:15-16, 21-22



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

Theresa at catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass.

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

msssbible.com- Jesus’ Baptism and Ministry with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

sermons4kids.com- New Beginnings object lesson with coloring page, activities, puzzles, and quiz

sermons4kids.com- Jesus, the One and Only object lesson

calvarycurriculum.com- John the Baptist lesson #173 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Is Baptized by John in the River Jordan lesson

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Is Baptized and Brings the Good News lesson

dltk-bible.com- Jesus is Baptized lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.

The Catholic Toolbox- Baptism of Jesus Pre K – K lesson with: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles, Handwriting Sheets, Mini Books, etc.

The Catholic Toolbox- Jesus Is Baptized lesson for 1st graders on up with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- John Baptizes Jesus

sermons4kids.com- The Baptism of Jesus

sermons4kids.com- And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

sermons4kids.com- Jesus’ Baptism



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- New Beginnings group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus, the One and Only group activities (crafts)

Jesus’ Baptism (Story Wheel)- Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 39 & 40.


Introduce craft: What hovered over Jesus’ head after he was baptized? A white dove.

Taking Flight- A bird that can be a dove that you make out of white paper and using the child's handprints. (From the Hands of a Child by Anthony Flores, page 41).

enchantedlearning.com- Peace Dove Craft

books.google.com- Heavenly Doves- Make soap-on-a-rope doves to remind the children how baptism symbolizes that are sins are washed away. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Crafts for Children by Group Publishing, page 101.) Note: You can use a slightly greased cookie cutter to help children make the soap into the shape of a dove. Or the children can just make it into any shape they want.


Introduce craft: The Sacrament of Baptism is one of the seven sacraments. Baptism is the first sacrament because no other Sacrament can or may be received until you have been baptized.

sadlierreligion.com- Baptism Mobile- Color and cut each part of the mobile. Then use string to attach the church, water drop, and candle to the Baptism sign. (We Believe, Chapter 17, Grade 1)



Games

sermons4kids.com- New Beginnings group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus, the One and Only group activities (games)


Jesus Basketball

Need: Trashcan and 2 balled up pieces of paper for balls.

Directions: Put a trashcan against a wall. Have students line up in two teams behind a chair (to keep them from getting too close to basket). Students then play Horse Basketball, but spell Jesus. The first team that spells JESUS wins.

books.google.com- Shoe Tie Guy (John Baptizes Jesus)- Kids will play a high-octane game to discover what it means to serve Jesus. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children's Ministry, page 72).

The Catholic Toolbox- Baptism of Jesus File Folder Game

The Catholic Toolbox- Sacrament of Baptism File Folder Game



Puzzles

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Jesus and John the Baptist puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from August 16 - 17).

sermons4kids.com- Dot-to-dot

Jesus is Baptized (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s World (Grade 1 – 3) by Linda Standke, page 18

dltk-bible.com- Jesus is Baptized printable puzzles (anagrams, crosswords, cryptogram, mazes, word-mining sheets, word searches)

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Shape

gardenofpraise.com- Word Scramble

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword

sadlierreligion.com- Sacrament of Baptism (crossword)

stbrendanchurch.org- It All Began With Baptism (crossword)



Quizzes/Worksheets

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks

The Catholic Toolbox- Follow the directions and fill in the blanks below to find out what happens after you are baptized.



Snacks

Introduce snack: What did John the Baptist eat while he was living outside?

dltk-kids.com- John the Baptist Snack

dltk-kids.com- Grasshopper Legs

dltk-kids.com- Honey Spread





Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Church Potluck Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cheesecake






This is an easy cheesecake recipe that everyone enjoys!




Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup butter, melted
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour



Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, butter and cocoa. Press onto bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Set crust aside. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add sweetened condensed milk; beat well. Add vanilla and eggs, and beat on medium speed until smooth. Toss 1/3 of the miniature chocolate chips with the 1 teaspoon flour to coat (this keeps them from sinking to the bottom of the cake). Mix into cheese mixture. Pour into prepared crust. Sprinkle top with remaining chocolate chips. Bake at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 1 hour. Turn off oven (do not open oven door) and leave the cake in the oven to cool in the oven for another hour. Remove from oven and cool completely. Refrigerate before removing sides of pan. Keep cake refrigerated until time to serve.





Thursday, December 6, 2012

Gospel for the Mass: 1/6/13- Matthew 2:1-12








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year C page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Matthew 2:1-12



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

Theresa at catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

msssbible.com- Three Wise Men with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

sermons4kids.com- Wise Men Still Seek Him object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Seeking the Savior object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quizzes

calvarycurriculum.com- The Wise Men lesson #170 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

sundayschoollessons.com- Wise Men Come from the East to Worship Jesus lesson

childrensermons.com- Wise Men Worship Jesus object lesson

kidsclub4jesus.com- Three Wise Men lesson with puzzles, coloring sheet, Bible readings, questions, memory verses, key points, object lesson, drama, puppets, etc. (These files are set up and formatted so that they can be easily made into weekly booklets for your children's ministry, youth ministry, etc., with 4 sheets of legal paper and two staples).

kidssundayschool.com- Visit of the Magi: The Birth of Christ (Lesson 4)

dltk-bible.com- The Wise Men lesson with take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts, Bible Story/Song Time, etc.

The Catholic Toolbox- Wise Men lesson for 1st grade on up with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Matthew 2

apples4theteacher.com- Wise Men

apples4theteacher.com- Three Wise Men

first-school.ws- Three Wise Men Matthew 2

christiananswers.net- The Wise Men brought gifts for Jesus.



Crafts

crafts.kaboose.com- Popsicle Stick Star Ornament
An easy and pretty star craft made out of paddle pop sticks (popsicle sticks), paint, and glitter.

crafts.kaboose.com- Sparkling Stars
Make sparkling stars to decorate your home.

crafts.kaboose.com- Popsicle Stick Star of David
A very simple star made out of 6 popsicle sticks.

Potato Stars- Paint, glitter, and a potato can help make a beautiful night sky. Even though this comes from a preschool craft book, it is appropriate for older children to do. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 53).

mssscrafts.com- Wise Men Paper Craft
Three Kings Banner- A cute and easy banner of the Three Wise Men. A sample craft from Kathy Ross' book: Crafts for Christmas, page 12 & 13.

Purim Treat Holder- Cute craft to represent the Wise Men. (Crafts to make in the Winter by Kathy Ross, page 58 & 59).

Three Kings Hats- Three kings made out of cone shaped party hats. (Crafts from your favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, page 40 & 41).

The Wise Men Visit Jesus (Story Wheel)- Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 35 & 36.



Games

Introduce game: Who was searching for baby Jesus?

Wise Men Search

Need: Clothes pin to be baby Jesus.

Directions: One student is picked to be a Wise Man and steps out of the classroom. Another student is picked by the teacher to hide baby Jesus somewhere in the classroom. When baby Jesus is hidden, the Wise Man comes back into the room. He is to find baby Jesus by directions from the student that hid baby Jesus. These directions are: the star is not very bright if the Wise Man is far away, brighter if somewhat nearer, getting brighter if even closer, and VERY bright if very close. When the Wise Man finds the baby Jesus, the person that hid baby Jesus is now the Wise Man.

books.google.com- Finding Favor (Wise Men Find Jesus)
This game will help students identify how we pursue things that are important to us. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 68 & 69).

Journey to Bethlehem- The Really Big Book of Bible Games, page 141.

The Catholic Toolbox- Gifts for Baby Jesus (file folder game)



Puzzles

The Great Bible Big Fun Activity Book: From the Old and New Testaments by Toni Lind
- Wise Men color by number
- Follow the Dots to see what the Magi saw in the sky

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Wise Men puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from August 3 - 8).

Wise Men Visit Jesus- Look at the pictures in the circles. Find the matching picture in the larger picture. Draw lines to connect the matching pictures. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 14).

christiananswers.net- Star (dot-to-dot)

sermons4kids.com- Maze

biblewise.com- Wise Men maze

biblewise.com- Wise Men Visit Jesus maze

biblewise.com- Wise Men missing objects

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search (it says Luke, but it is Matthew 2:1-12)

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword (it says Luke, but it is Matthew 2:1-12)



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks



Snacks

Introduce snack- How did the Wise Men find Jesus? They followed a very bright star.

pillsbury.com- Gingerbread Stars

spoonful.com- Crispy Cheese Stars

spoonful.com- Peanut Butter and Jelly Stars
(You can also get a large star shaped cookie cutter and make star shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.)

Spread peanut butter on star shaped crackers.



Song

kididdles.com- We Three Kings Song- With lyrics and audio





Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Crafty Crafters: Jesus in the Temple Toy/Craft





So how crafty are you?

What is your favorite religious craft you make for the Bible story “Jesus in the Temple?


Here is a craft I make with my students using a laundry detergent cap:


Introduce craft: When Jesus was a little boy, where did he get his toys? (They made them.) We are going to make us a toy to play with.



Make a hole near the top of the rim using a drill prior to class. Cut twine to about 2 feet long. Have students tie one end of the twine to the lid through the hole you just drilled. On the other end of the twine tie a large bead to it (2 beads if they are small).

To play- Hold the cup letting the string hang down. Swing the bead up and try to catch it inside the cup. For competitive play, whoever gets the most catches out of 10 or 20 tries wins.



Please comment so I can add the link to your blog to this post. We would love to see what you do!





Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sign of Peace (to shake hands or not shake hands, that is the question)





In the United States, when the priest or deacon invites us to share the Lord’s peace with one another, the usual way this is done is by a handshake. The Catholic Church leaves this up to local custom and some places people hug you or even kiss you on the cheek. Some even refuse to give the Sign of Peace and will stare straight ahead. Recently I was informed that some young parishioners rather “fist bump” instead of shaking hands. I don’t know about you, but I find this kind of exchange during Mass as rather odd and not respectful. It is not peaceful and not a good way to spread the Lord’s peace and to show in action that we are a unity of His Presence.


What are your thoughts?


cuf.org- At the Rite of Peace all are to make an appropriate sign of peace, according to local custom. The Conference of Bishops in each country is to establish the manner of the sign of peace to be given, in accordance with the culture and customs of the peoples (cf. GIRM, no. 82). The sign should express peace, communion, and charity (cf. GIRM, no. 154). “It is, however, appropriate that each person offer the sign of peace only to those who are nearest and in a sober manner” (GIRM, no. 82).