Friday, September 30, 2016

Gospel for the Mass: 10/30/16- Luke 19:1-10








*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.


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Luke 19:1-10



Activities

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

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

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

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

mssscrafts.com- Zacchaeus Wants To See Jesus with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

sermons4kids.com- Big or Small- It Doesn’t Matter At All object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- A Little Man With A Big Problem object lesson with group activities, puzzles, craft, quiz, worship bulletin

calvarycurriculum.com- Zacchaeus lesson #216 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets

sundayschoollessons.com- Zacchaeus Climbs Up To See Jesus lesson

sundayschoolsources.com- Zacchaeus lesson with discussions, songs, crafts, games, questions, worksheets, memory work, etc.

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


Read story: “Zacchaeus” from (Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page 96 & 97). While reading the story do cut outs as the story unfolds. Then ask questions from below.

1. What did Zacchaeus do for a living? He was a tax collector.
2. Why did everyone not like him? He often took extra money and kept it for himself. He was dishonest.
3. Why could Zacchaeus not see Jesus? Because he was short.
4. What did he do so he could see Jesus? Climbed a tree.
5. Jesus taught Zacchaeus that what he did was wrong and to live in God’s way so what did Zacchaeus do? He gave half of his property to the poor and he would give back four times the amount he stole from others.

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

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



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

sermons4kids.com- Jesus and Zacchaeus

biblewise.com- Zacchaeus



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Big or Small- It Doesn’t Matter At All group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- A Little Man with a Big Problem group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Make Your Own Periscope

Zacchaeus- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 51 & 52.)

daniellesplace.com- Several Zacchaeus crafts listed

pinterest.com- Zacchaeus


Introduce craft: What did Zacchaeus do for a living? How did he carry his money around?

Make a money bag out of felt and put play money inside.

artistshelpingchildren- Make Wallets or Purses. (You can cut the felt and punch holes in it with a hole puncher for the children to make it easier.)


Introduce craft: What did Zacchaeus do so he could see Jesus?

Zacchaeus in a Tree craft

dltk-holidays.com- Tree

mssscrafts.com- Zacchaeus



Games

sermons4kids.com- Big or Small- It Doesn’t Matter At All group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- A Little Man with a Big Problem group activities (games)

I Spy (Zacchaeus Sees Jesus)- This lighthearted game engages students with the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus. It could be played indoors, outdoors, or while traveling. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 86).

Zacchaeus, Come Down!- Blow up balloon and tie it off. Remind the students that the people did not want Zacchaeus to be with Jesus and they grumbled. Using masking tape, mark spots on the floor that the student must stand on. Have one student stand on each marker and tell the students that they must stay where they are standing (they cannot move their feet) and they have to keep Zacchaeus (the balloon) from touching the floor. The teacher starts the game by saying, “Zacchaeus, Come Down!” and tosses the balloon up high in the air for the students who must try to keep Zacchaeus from touching the ground using their hands.

The Catholic Toolbox- Zacchaeus, Come Down! (file folder game)

Forgiveness Frenzy- The Really Big Book of Bible Games, page 82.

daniellesplace.com- Several Zacchaeus games listed



Puppetry

christiancrafters.com- Zacchaeus Puppet Skit



Puzzles

Zacchaeus Climbs a Tree- Count the items in each row, then write the number next to that row. Color the pictures, too. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 56).

biblewise.com- Dot-to-dot

sermons4kids.com- Maze

biblewise.com- Jesus is going to Zacchaeus house. Which path will He take? (maze)

biblewise.com- Little Man in the Tree (maze)

365 Activities for Kids (do the Zacchaeus in the tree maze on October 23 or find the 10 differences puzzle on October 24).

sermons4kids.com- Word search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Shape

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

gardenofpraise.com- Fill in the Blanks

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks



Forgiveness

childrensministry.com- All Clear object lesson
Use this message to teach children about how God has forgiven us.

christiancrafters.com- Sin and Forgiveness object lesson

beliefnet.com- How Forgiving Are You?
Ask the students these questions and see how forgiving they really are.

kidssundayschool.com- God's Forgiveness object lesson
This Object Talk will help demonstrate the power of God's forgiveness over our sins, and how the Holy Spirit can melt away the barriers that keeps us from Him.

mssscrafts.com- Forgiveness with tons of resources for illustrating faith, Bible stories, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.





Thursday, September 29, 2016

How To Review Material



You just completed a chapter with your class and you need to review it to make sure your students understand it and/or get them ready for a test. What should you do? How can you make it interesting and fun and the students will learn? Try to incorporate a game to review the material in your classroom. There are lots of ways to review. Here is a game I use quite frequently since the students enjoy it so much and it really helps to review what we have been doing in class.


Review Game

The objective of the game is to be the first player to score 10 points. Have a player roll the die on the floor in front of the class. If the die lands on a blank space, they do not answer a question. If the die lands on “?”, they are asked a question by the teacher. If the player answers correctly, they receive a point (you can use tokens, write it on the board, etc.). If they are not correct, they do not receive a point. The first player to score 10 points is the winner. You can play this game individually or in teams. For an added challenge, you can also have “Lose 1 Point” and “Take 1 Point” on a side of the die. When a player rolls “Lose 1 Point”, they must lose 1 point. If a player rolls “Take 1 Point”, they may take a point from any player they choose.

Make a die out of a large juice carton and put a ? mark on some (at least 3) of the sides of the die.

mssscrafts.com- Directions to make die.

Cube Signs- Print, cut out, and glue on die.




Here are some other games that you might find useful:


Baseball

Divide the class into two teams. Establish in the classroom, a first base, second base, third base, and home. Determine in advance how many innings will be played. Team #1 is up at bat first and line up along the chalkboard. The first player is asked a question from the teacher, if they are correct, they advance to first base. If they are incorrect, they go to the end of the line and it counts as an out. The second batter is then asked a different question. Each correct answer allows the batter to advance one base. The game continues like baseball until there are three outs. After three outs, Team #2 has their turn at bat. Whichever team has the most runs, wins.



Basketball

Need: one small ball (or two balled up pieces of paper), two chairs, one trashcan.

Directions: Put a trashcan against a wall. Divide the class into two teams. Have students line up in two teams behind a chair (to keep them from getting too close to basket). Ask the first person in Team #1 a question. If they are correct, they get to try to make a basket. If they make a basket, their team gets a point. If they do not get a basket, their team does not receive a point. After the first player has his turn, he then goes to the end of Team #1’s line. It is now Team #2’s turn. The team with the most points wins.



Tic Tac Toe

This game is for 2 players or you can divide your class into 2 teams. Draw a large tic tac toe grid on the chalk board. Establish which team will be X and which team will be O. Ask Team #1 a question. If they are correct, they get to put an “X” or an “O” on the tic tac toe grid. If a team is unable to answer a question, the other team may have an opportunity to answer it and score an "X" or "O". If no one is able to answer the question, play continues as before. The first player or team to get three in a row wins!



Last Man Standing

All students stand at their desk. Start at the first row and work your way around the room and ask a question to the students. If they answer the question correctly, they remain standing. If they are not correct, they sit down. If they miss the question, anyone from the class can guess. The “Last Man Standing” wins.



Are You Smarter Than A CCD Teacher?

Need: 2 pieces of paper, 2 pencils, coin, chalk board, chalk

Directions: Name a topic/subject that both the CCD Teacher and students are familiar with (this game would be great for a review of a lesson). Give a piece of paper and a pencil to the CCD Teacher and to the students. The students and the teacher will write down 10 questions with answers on their paper about the subject. Flip a coin to find out who goes first. Whoever wins the toss reads a question to the other(s). If they answer correctly, they get the point and someone keeps score on the board. If they are not correct, who ever asked the question gets the point. Continue until all questions have been asked and answered. Whoever has the most points wins.



True or False

Need: 2 containers, one marked T and the other marked F

Ask each student a True or False question. Have the student carry an object and put it into the correct container to answer the question. They can use a large spoon, two chopsticks, salad tongs, an object between their knees and walk with it to the containers and drop it inside, balance it on their nose or on top of their head and drop it into the container, etc.



Bingo- Just Google “Make Your Own Bingo Cards” and find tons of sites to create your own Bingo game.

Life Size Game Boards- The next time you play a game using a game board, do something totally different, try doing a life size game board. You can do them in your classroom, gym, parking lot, field, wherever you have room. It is a great way to review what you do in class!

Free PowerPoint Games- Make your own PowerPoint game (Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?, Password, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Twenty Questions, Guess The Covered Word, variations of the game Hollywood Squares, Weakest Link, Concentration, etc.) to review material and play it with your students.

FREE Catholic Games- Lots of games to review any subject or just change the game to fit your own needs.



The following games are from teachersnetwork.org


Bounce Back

Bounce Back is a game that my student teacher, Russ Deets, and I created one day in desperation, when we decided that our students needed something new and exciting to do. Here is how it works: We divided the class into two groups. The students organized their groups so that each student had a number. Then we asked a question of the first student in group A. That student could answer for 5 points or he/she could bounce the question back to student 1 in group B. The student in Group B (student 1) would either answer for 5 points or bounce it back to student 1 in group A. If student 1 got it right they would get 10 points.

Then the challenge went to the 2nd student in each group – but group B got to start the next time. The kids love the game because they get to take chances, trying to earn more points by “bouncing” the questions back.



Bluff

This is a great game that is also played by many departments in my school. Again the class is divided into two groups. The teacher takes turns giving each group a question. When the teacher gives a question to group A, all the students who think they know the answer stand up. Then, the students in group B get to decide which of the students in group A should answer the question. If the selected student can answer the question, that group gets as many points as the number of people who stood up, but if the student cannot answer the question, then group B gets to answer (any student in that group can answer) and group B will get the same number of points. The fun part of this game is that student try and bluff the other team into thinking that they know the answer so they can push their points up! The teacher then alternates the teams who get to answer the question first.



How do you review material in your classroom? Share your best games that you use to review or drill material. Please comment and I will add it to the post.





Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Guardian Angel Prayer Activities




Teaching children prayers can be hard, but incorporating a craft or activity can make it easier and a lot of fun. Here are a few of my favorite Guardian Angel prayer activities.

catholicicing.com- Guardian Angel Feast Day Activities

thelittleways.com- Guardian Angel Prayer Craft

catholicinspired.com- Guardian Angel Printable Page for Kids

kareninmommyland.blogspot.com- Guardian Angel Craft





Monday, September 26, 2016

Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy Activities






Activities

thereligionteacher.com- Catholic Jubilee Year of Mercy Activities and Worksheets

looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com- Ideas for the Year of Mercy: It's Here! Crafts, bulletin boards, printables, notebooking activity, lapbook, mini shrine, coloring pages, prayer cards, saints, mini books to print, videos, door signs, books to read, etc.

looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com- Corporal Works of Mercy Teaching Tools

looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com- Spiritual Works of Mercy Teaching Tools

liturgicalyear.wordpress.com- Activities for Home and CCD classes (scroll down to this)

focus.org- 50 Corporal Works of Mercy Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List

loyolapress.com- The young people will reflect on how they can practice the Works of Mercy by doing this activity.

loyolapress.com- Teach the children the specific Works of Mercy

loyolapress.com- To investigate how the parish and the community promote the Corporal Works of Mercy

loyolapress.com- Teach children the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy with this activity

catechistjourney.loyolapress.com- Works of Mercy Prayers and Activities—Free Resource Packet Perfect for the Year of Mercy

allentowndiocese.org- Suggestions and Practicing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

bemerciful.co.uk- Here you will find some great ideas and resources for primary schools



Booklets

catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com- Works of Mercy Booklet

looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com- Ideas for the Year of Mercy: It's Here! (scroll down for printable mini books)



Games

fcpeace.com- Works of Mercy Game



Lessons

catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com- Mercy Mercy Mercy (lesson)

loyolapress.com- Works of Mercy Tableau

usccb.org- The Two Feet of Love in Action: Session for Teens
This facilitator’s guide can help you as you lead a group of high school age participants to learn about and reflect on living out the call to discipleship through these two distinct, but complementary, ways of responding in love to the needs of our neighbors.

smp.org- Mercy Works: The Hands-on Gospel
This activity uses a hand motif to make a connection with the corporal worksof mercy as listed in Matthew’s Gospel. The young teens are challenged to find ways to practice each of those Christian actions. A tangible end result, a wreath of hands, serves as a visible symbol of the acts of service performed by the young people.

linktoliturgy.com- Lesson - Corporal Works of Mercy

dioceseofbaker.org- The Works of Mercy and Happiness (lesson)

catholicteacherresources.com- Corporal Works of Mercy Lesson Plan (scroll down to this)



Puzzles

The Catholic Toolbox- Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy (word jumble)

setonmagazine.com- Works of Mercy (crossword)

mycatholicsource.com- Works of Mercy (crossword) with answers



Worksheets

Check the activities above for worksheets as well.

stjudes.org- Works of Mercy Worksheet

catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com- Read each example below and identify which Corporal Work of Mercy it describes.

studioxcess.com- Works of Mercy Worksheets

printableworksheets.in- Works of Mercy Worksheets

dioceseofjoliet.org- Works of Mercy Worksheets





Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fill In Activities






Fill In Activities:

Your lesson is done, the students have finished with all their activities and there are a few more minutes until class is over. Or these infamous scenarios crop up: schedules get disrupted for one reason or another or the dismissal bell has ten more minutes to go. The minutes slowly tick by and meanwhile your students are getting restless and total mayhem will surely result if something doesn’t happen and soon. What ever the reason, this phenomenon happens way too often and it is enough to fill any teacher's heart with fear. How do you keep your class occupied and keep them productively engaged? While many teachers immediately pull out busy work or drills, it is much better to try to keep the class on its toes with learning games and activities. Here are a few teacher tested fillers that can help you avoid a classroom revolt.



These activities are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.


Liturgical Objects Used In Mass- Several games to help review liturgical objects used in Mass.

People At Church- Who are the people at church? What do they do? Here are a few games for students to learn about the people at church.

Disciples Memory Game or Go Fish Game- A fun way to review the names of the disciples.

The Holy Mass Game- Directions and questions. Cube Signs (To use with The Holy Mass Game). Print, cut out, and glue on die.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words Game- A fun review game about actions during Mass.

Ten Commandments File Folder Game- The objective of the game is to identify which one of the Ten Commandments the sin broke.

WWJD?- Making the right decisions in life is hard to do, but if you let Jesus be your guide and think, “What Would Jesus Do?” it will make it a lot easier.

Moral Dilemmas Card Game- Why do problems come into our life? People face problems every day. Some are harder than others. There are many choices that the person can have to solve his/her problem, but which one is the best? What would Jesus want us to do? Here is a game that has students try to solve their problems the best way. (Scroll down to this.)

Activities, Games, etc. for Prayers and Scriptures- ideas to help your students memorize prayers and scriptures

Bible Story Review- Review the Bible stories that the students have done using these games. Several different kinds are posted.





Friday, September 23, 2016

Gospel for the Mass: 10/23/16- Luke 18:9-14








*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 18:9-14



Activities

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

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

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

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

mssscrafts.com- The Pharisee and the Tax Collector with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs

sermons4kids.com- The Pharisee and the Tax Collector with posters, coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Headed For a Fall object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

calvarycurriculum.com- The Pharisee and the Publican lesson #213 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets

sundayschoollessons.com- Two Men Pray in the Temple

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

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



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Luke 18:9-14

sermons4kids.com- Luke 18:9-14

sermons4kids.com- The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14)



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- The Pharisee and the Tax Collector group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Headed for a Fall group activities (crafts)

childrensbiblelessons.blogspot.com- The Pharisee And The Publican



Games

After You- The Really Big Book of Bible Games, page 218

sermons4kids.com- The Pharisee and the Tax Collector group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Headed for a Fall group activities (games)

The Catholic Toolbox- Pride (file folder game)



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Shape

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Alphabet Soup

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quiz

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks





Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sign of the Cross Activities



Activity:

thewholetroubleis.blogspot.com- Sign of the Cross Lapbook



Craft:



Here is a cute craft I found to help little ones learn the Sign of the Cross.

loyolapress.com- Sign of the Cross Necklaces



Coloring:

osvparish.com- Try this coloring page and activity to help young children learn the Sign of the Cross. Kids sometimes get confused about which shoulder to touch first (in the Latin Rite it is the left; in the Eastern Rites it is opposite). One trick is to teach them to "cross over first" when making the Sign of the Cross. This works when using the right hand in the Latin style.






Sign of the Cross- with hand movements coloring sheet




Handwriting:

reallifeathome.com- Sign of the Cross Prayer Copywork Printables
When you download this packet, you’ll receive versions in traditional printing, D’Nealian, and cursive.

crusaders-for-christ.com- Sign of the Cross copy book, print, and cursive



Puzzle:

brotherfancisonline.com- Sign of the Cross Dot to Dot



Worksheets:

teacherresourcesgalore.com- Sign of the Cross worksheet (look under Prayer Worksheets)

pflaum.com- I Know the Sign of the Cross (worksheet)
Trace the words at the bottom of the page. Then cut them out and paste them where they belong in the prayer. Say this prayer every day.

pflaum.com- Reviewing the Sign of the Cross (worksheet)
Can you supply the words missing from the Sign of the Cross? Follow the steps from 1 through 5, and choose the correct words from the box.





Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How To Improve Church & CCD Attendance





Statistics show that church attendance is at its all time low. Some say it is due to difficulty in believing in the existence of God. Others say it is because of the many scandals surrounding the churches in recent years. Then there are some that just say they are just too busy and that they have more important things to do such as their job, work around the house, shopping, sports, relaxing, etc. People think even if they have nothing else to do, the weekend is their only chance to sleep in. To them the day of rest does not include getting up early to attend church.

Some congregations have dwindled because at one time a priest said something to a parishioner that they didn’t like so they never came back. Or the priest was going to transfer to another church and some parishioners leave before they even meet the new priest. Whatever the reason, how to improve church attendance is one of the biggest problems most churches face. Thousands of churches each year have to close their doors forever due to lack of attendance. Churches are frantically trying to come up with ideas and solutions to draw more people into their parish and the CCD program. How should churches proceed with this overwhelming predicament?


Here are a few suggestions that might be useful:



Church


• Advertise in the local paper about your church and the programs it provides. Welcome others to your church and how much the congregation is looking forward to meeting them. Have the advertisement be colorful and enticing to grab anyone’s attention and make them want to come to your wonderful church.

• Put door hangers on homes and leave a positive invitation so others will want to see and be part of your church. Have enlightening and pertinent informative on it that will encourage people to come to your church.

• Tell your current members to invite friends and family. New visitors can become new members and they can also invite others to come to your church.

• Have an Open House so prospective church members can attend Mass and meet the priest and the congregation. Create an uplifting atmosphere that is welcoming and engaging. Encourage members of the church to invite friends to the Open House. Make sure you advertise the event in the local paper and provide refreshments at the gathering.

• Provide food following Mass to build community and relationships. Church goers are more likely to regularly attend your parish if they feel connected to the people of the church. Create a hospitality committee to coordinate refreshments for after the service. You can also hold special fellowship luncheons or dinners once a month. You can use seasonal events, feast days, etc. as themes for your special luncheons or dinners.

• Have a church website. Research has shown that a large percentage of Internet users use the Internet to search for spiritual or religious information, including locating information on churches to visit in their local area. Make sure your church website grabs everyone's attention and informs others of pertinent information about your church and the programs it provides. If money is an issue, you can do a blog and allow several authors to post on the blog about your church and the various activities. Many Internet users visit multiple search engines when looking for a church, so it is important to submit your site to several search engines (Google, MSN, Yahoo, Bing, etc.) to find your church website easily and quickly.

ehow.com- How to Create Your Own Church Site

wikihow.com- How To Create A Church Facebook Page


• Form a Knights of Columbus council at your parish and help make your community a better place, while supporting your Church.

• Have a church meeting and/or survey to ask the people what it is they want or need from your parish. Having an accurate knowledge and understanding of their wants and needs will help guide the church council to decide what changes need to be done at their parish.





CCD

• Write about CCD in every church newsletter or bulletin. Include in it what your class has been doing, what’s coming up, what the children liked and why, perfect attendance, pictures of classroom happenings, samples of student’s work, etc. At every opportunity, remind people of WHY you are doing things a certain way, not just the fact that you're "being creative." The "why" is what is on people's mind when they think about their church. WHY should I do/go/give more.

ehow.com- How To Encourage Sunday School Attendance

What seemed to be the most difficult problem in your CCD class this year?- Tips and Suggestions

CCD Open House- Before CCD starts it is a good idea to have an Open House. The ideas posted should be helpful and allow you to have a great CCD Open House.

Parent Involvement in CCD- Since parents and guardians are the primary teachers of the Faith their involvement in CCD is vital. Without it the child will not learn to their fullest potential. Tips are posted on how to get parents involved in CCD.

Catechist Training- Most dioceses and/or parishes require some kind of catechist training before they can teach a class each year. By providing assistance and training to all catechists before CCD starts it will prepare the catechist so they can be an effective teacher and their students will want to come to CCD. Certified catechist should also participate in the training because no catechist can know everything and they could also benefit from new ideas and activities. Suggestions of what can be in the catechist training is posted.

What do students like to do in CCD?- The key to being a good catechist is knowing what your students like to do in CCD. Here are some tips and suggestions for activities to do in the classroom that are age appropriate.


*Can you think of any more ideas on how to improve attendance at church and CCD? Please leave a comment and add to the list.




Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Progress Reports





Keeping parents well informed is key for any teacher. Here are some Progress Reports that you can use in your classroom.


teachervision.fen.com- A ready-to-use form for assessment of students' class work and participation is a quick and easy way to keep your students' evaluations organized. New teachers will find this resource particularly valuable when preparing for parent-teacher conferences.

teach-nology.com- This generator creates a report that can be used to communicate a student's weekly progress with the parent/guardians. The student should be held accountable to make sure that all designated teachers sign or initial the report on a daily basis and then have it signed by a family member at the end of a week. This should save you many phone calls.

teach-nology.com- This generator can be used to create a progress report that can be sent home to parents. The document that you generate contains 20 common indicators of student performance.

freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com- Progress Report (for younger student). You can type directly into this chart.

sampletemplates.com- 8 Sample Progress Report Templates

ocknights.org- Academic Progress Report

a2zhomeschooling.com- Templates for Homeschool Report Cards or Progress Reports (scroll down for this)

CCD Student Monthly Progress Report- Individual student monthly progress report that will let parents know exactly how well their child is doing in class (work habits, attendance, prayers completed, etc.). 2 pages and editable. (Scroll down for this.)




Monday, September 19, 2016

How Can You Keep Your Child Occupied During Mass?





You are in church and your child is having a hard time keeping still and being quiet. What can you do?

Behavior Expectations- Does your child know how he/she is expected to behave during Mass? When establishing rules you should identify behavioral expectations for your children. Tips and examples posted that can be used for one child or several.

Visual Schedules- Having a chart or visual schedule displayed of what they are going to do and activities in advance can provide security and keep inappropriate behavior down to a minimum.

Behavior Contracts and Behavior Charts- Steps for Developing, Implementing, and Monitoring

Good Behavior Classroom Strategies & Games- These suggestions can be used with one child or with a group.

Social Stories For Church- Social stories are an effective method of providing both guidance and direction to promote self-awareness, self-calming, and self-management in responding to social situations. The technique involves creating a short story that describes the situation and includes appropriate actions and expressions. By creating a short story, the situation is described in terms of relevant social cues, anticipated actions and information on what is occurring and why. The stories are written according to specific guidelines based on Gray’s extensive use of this technique. The story is also customized for the individual and their circumstance.

Children at Mass- Suggestions and tips

DIY Mass Bag- Do you have problems getting your kids to behave during Mass? Well, Alicia at through-my-is.blogspot.com came up with a great idea for this problem that might help you.

Free Religious Coloring Pages- Free and printable

Free Children’s Worship Bulletins- Have your child do these activities that correlate with the day’s Gospel Reading.

Free Catholic Printables- Worksheets, Games, Bulletins, Puzzles, Booklets, etc.

Behavior at Mass Worksheet- Draw a smile face next to the good things to do during Holy Mass. Draw a sad face next to the things not to do during Holy Mass.





Friday, September 16, 2016

Gospel for the Mass: 10/16/16- Luke 18:1-8








*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 18:1-8



Activities

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

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

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

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- Persistence in Prayer object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Again and Again object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

word-sunday.com- One Down! One To Go! (scroll down to Gospel)

kidssundayschool.com- Prayer Activities

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

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




Coloring

sermons4kids.com- God hears my prayers.

sermons4kids.com- Keep on praying and never give up. Luke 18:1-8

diaconos.id.f.unblog.fr- Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge

parabolasjesus.do.am- Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge

supercoloring.com- Parable of the Persistent Widow coloring page



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Persistence In Prayer group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Again and Again group activities (crafts)

sundayschoolcrafts.net- The Parable Of The Widow Woman And The Unjust Judge Craft

biblekidsfunzone.com- Prayer Bear

craftingthewordofgod.com- I Can Pray Wheel

ehow.com- Prayer Crafts for Kids

catholicicing.com- Prayer Craft for Preschoolers

ministry-to-children.com- Craft: How to Make a Prayer Cube for Kids

littleblots.com- Prayer Chain

mssscrafts.com- Prayer Hands Memory Verse Craft

daniellesplace.com- Prayer Bible Crafts and Activities

artery-stainedglasspatterns.com- Praying Hands (stained glass pattern)
Use water color paint to fill in the spaces.

christianpartyfavors.com- Prayer Crafts and Activities

youtube.com- Craft Stick Prayer Box

throneofgrace.com- DIY Prayer Boxes

pinterest.com- Prayer Box

theuntoldstory.guru- 25 Ways To Use Prayer Boxes



Games

sermons4kids.com- Persistence In Prayer group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Again and Again group activities (games)

kidssundayschool.com- Guess What You Hear
Children guess which sounds are made by different items, and learn that Jesus knows exactly who we are when we pray.

The Catholic Toolbox- Name That Prayer (file folder game)



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Shape

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Alphabet Soup

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quiz

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice





Thursday, September 15, 2016

Activities, Crafts, Coloring, Games, Puzzles, Worksheets for Prayers or Scripture






nashvilleras.com- More than 100 Missions Bible Memory Games and Other Activities

The Catholic Toolbox- Bible Memory Verse Activities

sundayschoolsources.com- Memory Activities to use for Prayers (some great ideas here)

Memory Activities and Games for Prayers- Here are some memory activities that you can use for prayers or scripture.

catholicicing.com- Printable Prayer Starters for Kids- Teaching Independent Prayer

craftingthewordofgod.com- I can pray . . . (prayer spinner craft that reminds children that they can pray at any time)

handsonbibleteacher.blogspot.com- Memory Verse Reward/Tracker

christiancrafters.com- What’s Wrong
A fun game to that you could have the students learn prayers or scripture.

Bedtime At Our House/Prayers- How we learn prayers at our house.

Prayer Memorization Ideas- to use in your classroom or home

*Write the prayer on strips of paper or card stock. Cut out strips and glue strips of the prayer in the proper order on a piece of construction paper. (For younger students you can do this together as a group activity.) You can also play this as a game by dividing the class into teams and give each team the strips of the prayer. See which team can put it in the proper order the fastest.

Worksheets for Prayers- for all ages

Act of Contrition Activities- activities, games, puzzle, worksheet

Apostles Creed Activities- lessons, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets

Glory Be Activities- coloring, craft, games, puzzles, worksheets

Grace Before Meals Activities- crafts, games, worksheets

Guardian Angel Prayer Activities- activities, crafts, coloring, etc.

Hail Mary Activities- coloring, games, mini book, posters, puzzles, worksheets

The Catholic Toolbox- Name That Prayer File Folder Game (scroll down for this)
The objective of the game is to get to FINISH first by answering questions about prayers.

Nicene Creed Activities- crafts, games, lesson, puzzles, worksheets

Our Father/Lord’s Prayer Activities- coloring, crafts, games, lessons, puzzles, worksheets

Sign of the Cross- crafts, coloring, worksheets





Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Special Events for October







*This month’s special events are: Respect Life Sunday, Our Lady of the Rosary, World Mission Sunday, and I have quite a number of activities for you to check out.



Respect Life Sunday

Pro Life Activities- Stumped for activities concerning Pro Life? Here are a few that your students might enjoy.







Look Who’s Growing Dominos- A fun way to educate young students that babies grow into adults to help promote Pro Life (4 pages of dominos).






Look Who’s Growing- This game provides an entertaining way to educate students about pregnancy and fetal development to help promote Pro Life.




Our Lady of the Rosary

The celebration of this day invites all to mediate upon the mysteries of Christ, following the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary who was so singularly associated with the incarnation, passion and glorious resurrection of the Son of God.


catechistjourney.loyolapress.com- Free Rosary Powerpoint

americancatholic.org- Our Lady of the Rosary

Rosary- references, activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets

tiredtwang.blogspot.com- Our Lady of the Rosary (coloring)

catechist.com- Mary’s Many Titles- We know, of course, that Our Lady of the Rosary is Mary, Our Blessed Mother. Mary is known by many other titles as well. Beneath each statement below, write the title of Mary to which the statement refers. Select the title from the column on the right. Correct answers are listed below.

fcpeace.com- Memory game on the feast of Mary




World Mission Sunday

2crcna.org- Ideas For Celebrating Missions

childrensministry.com- Teaching Kids About Missions: Object Lesson

dba.net- Mission Games & Activities

lds.org- Mini Mission

wycliffe.org- These activities are related to "Around the World with Kate & Mack" and are easy to download and print.

propfaith.net- A Program for Mission Awareness for World Mission Sunday and Mission Month (Grades K – 12)

cms.org- Mission Activities for Kids

truthforkids.com- Mission Awareness Booklet
A 12-page activity booklet to make children aware of the important role of a missionary. Downloadable and easy to make.

desiringgod.org- 10 Ways to Help Kids Love Missions

ministry-to-children.com- Preschool Bible Lesson about Missions

homegrownmommy.com- Lesson Plan & Lap Book Series for Teaching Kids About Missions

sandiegomissionoffice.org- Mission Activity Ideas
This resource will assist leaders to bridge games and activities into helping children discover the needs of people around the world and in responding to those needs. This resource will also encourage children in a commitment to Christ as well as their growth as Christians.





Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Classroom Newsletters






Classroom newsletters are an excellent way to keep in touch with parents and help them be a part of their child's education. Parent’s love to know what is going on in their child’s classroom. Frequent and regular class newsletters enable parents to sense the feeling and momentum of the class and gain insight into what their child is learning.

A weekly or monthly newsletter is a great way of keeping parents informed and it strengthens parent/teacher communication. Put together a newsletter for your students to take home to their parents. Include in it what you have covered in class in the previous few weeks, what’s coming up, and your contact information. You can also post student’s birthdays, important reminders, list of things that are needed for class projects, perfect attendance, volunteer information, missing assignments, Student of the Week/Month, homework assignments, individual student behavior, samples of student's work, classroom pictures, etc., whatever you feel that needs to be in your newsletter. Try to get the students involved in making the newsletter by having them write articles, draw pictures, etc. and be a reporter for the classroom. You could also ask the students to tell you one fun thing they did in CCD each time you prepare to write new newsletters. It's a great way to incorporate kids' opinions while at the same time sharing with parents the many fabulous things you do in the classroom that their child may not be telling about at home. You can even include a place at the bottom of the newsletter for the parents to sign saying they read the newsletter - they tear that off and return it to the teacher.

During CCD Open House ask the parents if they are interested in having the Classroom Newsletter emailed to them. Have a Class Contact List at the door for the parents to sign their name and their contact information (email address). Most parents prefer the Classroom Newsletter emailed to them. The most common comment from parents is usually "Most of the time, Johnny doesn't even get home with the newsletters!”


Tips:

corkboardconnections.blogspot.com- Why No One Reads Your Classroom Newsletter

scholastic.com- Teaching Tip: Newsletters Made Easy



Make your own newsletter template or use the ones below:

kellyskindergarten.com- Each newsletter document is designed as a template so that you can easily modify it for your classroom. Simply type your information in the boxes. You can change the "headlines" by highlighting them and then typing your own headlines. Two newsletter documents are provided for each month. You can choose to use one or both depending on how long you want your newsletters to be. The graphics used for each month coordinate so that you can use both formats together.

educationworld.com- 2 regular newsletter templates as well as a back to school, and monthly templates with themes.

readingrockets.org- Editable weekly newsletter template

k6edu.com- Monthly newsletter with: Teacher, Student's Name (to make each newsletter personal), This Month’s News, Looking Ahead, Reminders, Something Special, and Behavior Box (Respect, Effort, Attitude, Preparation. A rating scale is provided as well.)

preschoolprintables.com- Using the menu on the left you can chose between monthly, weekly and blank classroom news. We have classroom news for several holidays and seasons.

coloringcolorado.org- Create your own classroom newsletter by having the students do it. Suggestions and links provided.

worddraw.com- Editable Preschool Newsletter Template (2 provided)

2care2teach4kids.com- Several preschool templates are posted

brighthub.com- Ten Places to Find Great Microsoft Word Church Templates

amazingclassroom.com- Create your own custom classroom newsletter

templatform.com- Classroom Newsletter Template

teacherspayteachers.com- This is a set of free editable newsletter templates for use in your classroom. All documents were created with Microsoft Word and include Microsoft Office clip art.

worddraw.com- Free class newsletter templates that teachers download and use to create a classroom newsletter in micro soft word format.

amazingclassroom.blogspot.com- Here is a free classroom newsletter template in Microsoft Word format. Just click on the link below to download it and save it as a file somewhere on your computer. Use it in your classroom to keep your parents up-to-date!

doctemplates.net- Free newsletter templates

teacherspayteachers.com- FREE Editable Newsletter Templates

inewslettertemplates.com- School Templates

abcteach.com- Newsletter Forms

sampletemplates.com- 7 Sample Classroom Newsletter Templates to Download

My Monthly Newsletter- Here is my simple newsletter for my 1st grade students that I send home every month.





Monday, September 12, 2016

Bible Memory Verse Crafts






It is important to learn verses from the Bible and apply it to our lives. One of the most important things for our children to learn are Bible verses. The verses your child memorize will help guide our children throughout their lives.

These crafts below will help your children memorize Bible verses that will teach them about God and what He expects from them.



*I add to this list when I find new activities. Be sure to check this post often.



Memory Verse Crafts

mssscrafts.com- Memory Verse Crafts

mssscrafts.com- Memory Verse Activities for the Old Testament

mssscrafts.com- Memory Verse Activities for the New Testament

mssscrafts.com- The following templates can be used for creating your own memory verse activities or mini-crafts.

books.google.com- Bible Memory Verse Crafts by Mary Tucker (limited preview)

dedicatedteacher.com- Bible Memory Verse Crafts by Mary Tucker (click on Download Sample)

orientaltrading.com- Bible Verse Crafts (scroll down for this)

pinterest.com- Bible Verse Crafts

pinterest.com- Bible Verse Craft Ideas




Banners

Make a banner saying “____” or your favorite verse from today’s lesson out of felt, construction paper or foam sheets.

crayola.com- Mosaic Mini Banner




Bookmarks & Door Hangers

Make a bookmark or doorhanger of your favorite verse.

dltk-cards.com- Make your own bookmark from your favorite passage from today’s lesson.

mssscrafts.com- Laced bookmarks with templates

meaningfulmamma.com- Bible Bookmark Craft

freekidscraft.com- Several different kinds of bookmarks to make

activitiesforkids.com- Make your own bookmarks and print them out.

dltk-cards.com- Custom printable doorknob hanger

*Or Google door knob hanger templates and use ideas from above.



Printable Bible Verse Material

kidprintables.com- Scroll down to boy cards and girl cards

hubbardscupboard.org- Free Printable Bible Verse Materials

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Bible Verse Cards

akidsheart.com- Printable Bible Verse Cards (Matthew 5:3-10)
English or Spanish

lambsongs.co.nz- Cute Bible Verses For Today’s Young Children

sundayschoolprintables.com- Bible Verse Memorization Card Maker (scroll down to this)
Make several different kinds of cards.

mcscott.org- Verse Card Maker

ministry-to-children.com- Printable “Bible Verses Memory Cards” For Kids

icanteachmychild.com- ABC Printable Scripture Cards

biblestoryprintables.com- Bible Verses for Children (theme pockets, verse visuals, etc.)

wildflowerramblings.com- 10 Best Bible Verses for Children {free printable!}

catholicicing.com- Scripture Memory Cards For Catholics- Printable

catholicicing.com- Printable ABC Scripture Cards For Catholics- FREE!





Friday, September 9, 2016

Gospel for the Mass: 10/9/16- Luke 17:11-19








*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 17:11-19



Activities

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

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

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

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

mssscrafts.com- The Leper Who Said Thank You with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs

sermons4kids.com- The Thankful Leper object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- “Please, and Thank you” object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

calvarycurriculum.com- Jesus Heals Ten Lepers lesson #212 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

sundayschoollessons- Jesus Heals Ten Lepers lesson with questions and answers.

sundayschoolsources.com- Jesus Heals Ten Lepers lesson with discussions, songs, crafts, games, questions, worksheets, memory work, etc.

word-sunday.com- Ginny’s Flu (scroll down to Gospel)

daniellesplace.com- Lesson with several activities

The Catholic Toolbox- Thank You God- Ten Lepers PK – 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- The Thankful Leper lesson for 1st grade on up with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

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

educationworld.com- Giving Thanks- Writing prompt. Three things that I am most thankful for and explain why they are so special to you.

pinterest.com- Jesus Heals the Ten Lepers Activities

greatergood.berkely.edu- Gratitude Activities for the Classroom



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- The Ten Lepers

sermons4kids.com- The Thankful Leper

higherpraise.com- Luke 17:15



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- The Thankful Leper group activities (crafts)

mssscrafts.com- Ten lepers nesting doll and paper craft.

pinterest.com- Jesus Heals the Ten Lepers (crafts listed)

The Ten Lepers (Bible Story Wheel)- Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 49 & 50.

enchantedlearning.com- I am Thankful For . . . (mini book for the children to make)

teacher.scholastic.com- I am Thankful (mini book for the children to make)



Games

daniellesplace.com- Lots of leper games posted here. Scroll down to Lazarus Come Out Game (just change it to Leper Come Out Game.) Explain to the students that no one wanted to be around lepers and that lepers had to hide from others. Jesus wants us to be kind to everyone so we have to find the leper to help him. Hide the leper under one of the cups, mix them up, and have each student try to find the leper. You can also have each student make their own leper out of a clothespin and give them 3 cups to play the game with each other or at home.

daniellesplace.com- Play A Musical Chairs Thank You Game (scroll down to this)

sermons4kids.com- “U” are in JesUs- Make this a game by finding out who can find the most words that have "U" in them.

Race to Draw Power and Thanks- A fun low energy level game with complete directions, supply list, what to say, and post game discussion questions. Through a drawing race, kids will discover Jesus' power to heal ten lepers and will think of things for which they can thank Jesus. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children's Ministry by Group Publishing, pages 122 & 123).

Praise Phrases- The Really Big Book of Bible Games, page 187.

The Catholic Toolbox- The Lepers file folder game



Puzzles

Ten Men with Leprosy- Follow the directions to color all ten men. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons, page 69).

Jesus healed 10 men, but only one said “Thank you.” Find all the mistakes in this picture of the healed man thanking Jesus. On October 28 page from More 365 Activities for Kids.

dltk-bible.com- Jesus Heals the Man with Leprosy puzzles- anagrams, crosswords, cryptogram, maze, word-mining sheets, word searches, etc.

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

gardenofpraise.com- Word Scramble

catholicmom.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

gardenofpraise.com- Crossword with word bank

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks with word bank

gardenofpraise.com- Fill in the Blanks with word bank

gardenofpraise.com- Fill in the Blanks



Skits & Puppetry

kirkofkildaire.org- Puppet activity with puppet script for the Ten Lepers