We have one more CCD class before we break for the summer and as I look back I think of all we have done and it amazes me. During the year, we studied the parts of the Mass and learned the roles of the priest, the other liturgical ministers, and the community as well as the responses of all the other rituals and actions that take place during the liturgy. My students learned some of the items used at Mass and how to behave properly during Mass. Each week we studied various Bible stories from Creation to Pentecost and also the Catholic beliefs, sacred tradition, and most importantly, how it relates to their life. Throughout the year, we did crafts, games, and activities to emphasize Bible stories and the Catholic Church. These activities make the Bible stories and aspects of the Catholic Church more concrete and easier for the students to understand and also a lot of fun. As I thought back, I contemplated which activity was the student’s favorite and the curiosity got the better of me so I asked my students.
The overwhelming majority of my students said that their favorite activity was exploring the events and meaning of The Last Supper while creating chalices.
What was your student’s favorite activity they did this year?
Objectives:The children will
- identify who wants to be a good person all the time and wants to be more like Jesus
- discuss what makes a good Christian
- give examples of being a good Christian
- identify who we are supposed to be like so we will do the right thing
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson
Virtues Word Wall- Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.
When teaching virtues to Pre K – K you need to simplify them so the children can understand. Keeping it simple and using real life situation will make it easier to for them to comprehend. By coupling it with a Bible story it will reinforce for them to follow Jesus’ teachings so it will lead them to the right way to live.
Break the virtues into concepts the children will understand. Focus on moral issues involving right and wrong and how people should behave such as: kind, respect/obey, thankful, sharing, I’m sorry/forgiving, faith/trust, love others, etc.
Say to the children: What does it mean to be good or to behave? Discuss. Show pictures from magazines or from books of children being good and not being good. Have the children tell you what the person is doing in the picture and if they are being good.
Write the concepts on the board you want your children to learn that focus on moral issues involving right and wrong and how people should behave. Discuss. Ask the following questions: (examples)
What does it mean to be _____? (What does it mean to _____? Etc.)
Has someone done that for you? What did they do?
How did you feel when someone did that for you?
Tell me about a time when someone was not _____ to you. (Tell me about a time when someone did not _____ you. Etc.)
How did you feel?
What can you do to be _____?
How does it make you feel when you do that for another?
virtuetoys.com- Here are some resources to jump start a discussion with kids about virtues.
Say to the children: A Christian is a follower of Jesus. A Christian tries to be a good person all the time and wants to be more like Jesus. A Christian is a good person who does the right thing all the time. Are you a Christian? Are you a good person who does the right thing all the time?
Discuss with the children about being a good Christian and the traits we should have. List them on the board and have the children give examples of each. Assign each child a word to draw a picture of (if you have lots of children you will have several examples of each word). Have the children share their picture with the class. Discuss.
*To help the children understand what traits we should have, use real life situations to make it easier to for them to comprehend.
“Win or Lose by How You Choose” by Judge Judy Sheindlin
Directions- Show the children the picture and read the situation. With each situation there are a series of answers for the children to choose from. Ask the children what they would do. Do not tell the children the right answer. Explore and evaluate the different choices together with the children.
What Do I Do?- The teacher can read the situations and ask the children what they can do to show the special love Jesus says we should have. (Look under Bible Story Activities)
Songs and/or Finger Plays:
Introduce songs and/or finger plays: How does Jesus want us to behave? Who do we want to be more like?
Make a “We Are Good Christians" chart and have the children help make it. Then use the chart to reinforce being a good Christian. Try to catch your students being good and let them know what a good Christian they are.
parentingmethods.suite101.com- Simple Inexpensive Rewards for Children: Encouraging Good Behavior by Reinforcing Positive Actions
Rewarding kids for achieving goals is part of learning. Posted here are some simple and inexpensive rewards to reinforce positive actions without encouraging materialism.
dotcomwomen.com- Star Chart: Have the children help you make this chart and post in the classroom.
*Make a “We Are Good Christians” bulletin board using the children’s pictures and chart that they just made. Children love seeing their pictures displayed and it helps reinforce the concept of being a good Christian.
Choose a virtue that you want to teach your students. Use a Bible story below to help you teach the virtue.
*You can also continue teaching lessons throughout the year about virtues. Incorporate various Bible lesson and stories to reinforce moral values. (There are many more Bible stories that fit these categories, but here are a few just to get you going.)
• The Good Samaritan
• Ruth (Ruth 1:1 – 4:32)
• David's Kindness to Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9:1-13)
• The Golden Rule (Luke 6:31)
Veggie Tales has several movies to reinforce moral values.
ponderedinmyheart.typepad.com- This is a collection of pictures drawn by Lydia to teach an alphabet's worth of virtues to little ones. She also did a drawing that can be used as a cover page if you like. You can slip it into the clear front pocket of a binder and keep all of the coloring pages inside, or you can fasten your pages into a book with staples or comb binding or the like. If you use a binder perhaps you might even include little narrations done by the children as you discuss the virtue learned, or concerning the stories or picture books you use to reinforce each virtue.
Introduce craft: Are you a good Christian?
daniellesplace.com- Keys to Good Behavior
Parents can use these keys to help make children aware of bad behavior in a fun way. You can also use these to reinforce good behavior in the classroom. (Scroll down to Good Behavior)
theteacherscorner.net- Good Behavior Beads: I used this my first year teacher and it worked great for behavior. I let each child have a Ziploc bag in their desk. If a found someone doing something they should they got a bead. At times I would give more than one or maybe the entire class. An example is if we received a compliment for walking nicely in the hall. I would give everyone one when we returned. Then at the end of the month they should make them into necklaces. I try to use beads that go with the month or a holiday color. The kids love to see who has the most.
brighthub.com- Tracking Manners: Craft for Preschoolers
Are you looking for a fun way to teach preschool manners? This preschool manners craft does just that. Students will have a great time making and using this craft. You and their parents will have a great time rewarding them for their good manners! (Adapt this craft any way you want to reinforce being a good Christian.)
Chutes & Ladders- This would be great game for teaching about rewards and consequences for your actions. As kids travel along the game path, they encounter situations that reward them for good deeds by letting them climb the ladders or punish them for misbehaving by sending them down chutes. (Ages 3 & Up)
The Emotions Game- You need to think before you say or do things because you may hurt someone's feelings. Remember what Jesus said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39
4bambini.com- Don’t Pick Your Nose: Teaches children 3 to 8 the basics of good manners and proper social behavior using a set of 36 questions/illustrations and matching answers. The game will give your child the basics of home manners, table manners and proper social behavior. More information here.
Mind Your Manners- With over 100 different picture cards depicting proper and improper manners, children learn to distinguish between correct and incorrect behavior at an early age. Playing the game is a fun-filled way to help children remember the correct choices as real life situations face them. For 2 - 6 players. Ages 4 - 8.
rapidoline.com- The six games include morals, manners, empathy, friendship, showing emotions and managing emotions. Each game supports the development of social and emotional skills and the consolidation of those already learnt. A comprehensive approach to promoting the social and emotional skills that underpin effective learning, positive behaviour, regular attendance, staff effectiveness and the emotional health and well-being of all who learn and work in schools. Ages 5 to 7.
Golden Rule- This game helps promote why someone would use proper manners and etiquette in our daily lives.
I’m Sorry!- Players move around the game board by rolling the dice and following the directions on the space they land on. If they land on “I’m Sorry!” space they draw a card and read it out loud (if they cannot read it, have someone else read it for them). On the card is a situation that someone has done something wrong. The player must then apologize to the person to his/her left for the situation on the card and they must be specific with their apology. They must say something like, “I’m sorry I took your video game,” instead of “I’m sorry.” The player that they apologized to must then say, “I forgive you.” Teaching children to apologize and to seek forgiveness from family and friends will encourage them to do so with God. (If needed, the teacher will help the students understand what to do and coach them how to do it correctly.) The player then must also say what they should do to correct their mistake and/or what consequences should happen to them so they will learn to take responsibility for their actions. If the player apologizes correctly for the situation they receive a token. If a player lands on “Lose 1 Token” they must forfeit one token. The player at the end of the game who has the most tokens wins.
Jesus is Our Savior- Jesus is our rescuer and offers us a lifeline when we’re trapped in sin. How can we solve the problems in our life? Jesus is our savior and if we follow him, he will show us the way.
VirtueGame- The VirtueGame is a fun, bingo-style card game that focuses on ten virtues: compassion, respect, enthusiasm, trust, friendliness, determination, responsibility, integrity, cooperation and thankfulness. To win the game, kids have to earn five out of the ten virtues by completing the tasks described on each card they draw. For example, a "Thankfulness" card asks the player to hold their breath for as long as they can. When they are finished, the card asks; "aren’t you thankful to breathe again?" and reminds the player to be thankful for things that we sometimes take for granted. Tasks often have to be completed cooperatively and require respectful listening to other players. The VirtueGame makes virtues concrete. It helps kids experience virtues through play so that they can internalize what they mean. The word "play" is important – the game is social, interactive, and silly. It teaches by surprise.
Introduce snack: How does Jesus want us to behave?
Have the children make a snack and give it to another child to help promote being good and sharing.
kindnews.org- A Kind Kid Named _____ Lives Here (coloring sheet, page 13)
mssscrafts.com- Sharing/Helping Hands: Make a small booklet which will illustrate how we can share or help others.
Use these blank mini book templates for the children to make a mini book about being a good Christian. Encourage your children to put their thoughts and creativity to work creating these mini-books that they either illustrate, write or write and illustrate:
Make your own handwriting sheets for what you want your children to write.
handwritingworksheets.com- Make basic print, D’Nealian, or Cursive handwriting worksheets. You can make the worksheets dot trace, dash trace, hollow trace, and even separated letters by just a click of a button. Each format has starting dots for each letter.
atozteacherstuff.com- Create your own custom handwriting worksheets for handwriting practice! You can choose traditional or modern print styles.
kidzone.ws/tracers/- Type in anything you like into the custom tracer pages to practice printing (standard block or script type printing fonts) or cursive handwriting. The custom tracer pages are available in a variety of themes as well.
When using our textbooks, catechists must remember when students read from them it can become mundane and boring and therefore they do not learn the material. Discipline problems could also result when students have to engage in dull and repetitious activities. So what can a catechist do to break the routine when you have your students reading from the textbook?
This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.
The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall Game: Players are asked questions about David & Goliath and if they answer correctly they may throw a suction ball toy at Goliath. Be the first player to hit Goliath in the forehead and win the game.
Need: Chalkboard or Dry Erase Board, chalk or dry erase board marker, suction ball toy, questions
Directions: Draw a simple picture of a large giant on the board (a stick figure or just a face will do). Make a large X on Goliath’s forehead. Place a chair at least 8 feet (distance is according to student’s abilities) in front of the Goliath picture on the board. Divide the students into teams and have them stand in a line behind one another. Determine which team goes first. Ask the first person in line in team #1 a question about David & Goliath. If the player is correct, they may stand behind the chair and throw a suction ball toy at Goliath. If the suction ball toy hits Goliath on the X on his forehead and sticks, that team wins. If the suction ball toy does not, play continues and the next team is asked a question. The first team that hits Goliath in the forehead with the suction ball toy and sticks wins the game.
Objectives:The students will be able to
- retell the story Loaves & Fishes
- define what a miracle is
- identify the miracle that Jesus did in the story Loaves and Fishes
- discuss ways we can share with others
Vocabulary Words: (Write words on the board and discuss with class)
Lake Galilee- Israel’s largest freshwater lake. Much of the ministry of Jesus happened on the shores of Lake Galilee (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map). Heal- to make well again Miracle- something that happens that is hard to believe and totally amazing and is an act of God
Story: "Loaves & Fishes" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.
Introduce activities: What are some ways we can share with others?
mssscrafts.com- Jesus Feeds the Multitude (look under Jesus’ Ministry) links for Illustrating the Story, Coloring Pages/Activity Sheets, & Crafts
calvarycurriculum.com- Feeding the 5,000 lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.
dltk-bible.com- Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, coloring pages, crafts, puzzle, snack recipes, take home sheet, etc.
sundayschoolresources.com- Jesus Feeds Five Thousand lesson with discussions, songs, crafts, games, questions, worksheets, memory work, etc.
kidsclubs4jesus.com- Jesus Feeds 5,000 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).
Introduce craft: What did Jesus feed the 5,000 people? (Fish and bread.)
books.google.com- A Basket With Five Loaves and Two Fishes- A craft to show how Jesus turned five loaves and two fishes into enough to feed 5,000 people by unfolding the loaves and fishes to turn a little food into a lot. (Crafts from your favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, pages 46 - 48).
Bread, Basket, Fish- A fun tag game to remind us of the gifts given by this boy that Jesus used to feed a huge crowd. (The Really Big Book of Bible Games by Gospel Light, page 211.)
Feeding Frenzy (Jesus Feeds Five Thousand)- As your students explore the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand, your kids will discover how God provides for them, too. (The Encyclopedia of Bible of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 81).
Mini Loaves- Use refrigerator biscuits to bake tiny loaves of bread. Give each child a piece of biscuit dough. Let them shape and place on a cooking sheet. Bake according to directions. Share “loaves” with class.
Fish in the Ocean Snack- Make blue JELL-O and add gummy fish to it. Children love to see the fish wiggle or swim in the JELL-O.
Aquariums- Spread peanut butter on graham crackers and top with Pepperidge Farms Goldfish crackers.
Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:
More 365 Activities for Kids (puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc.) from October 21 - 26.
Introduce activity: What do you think it is like inside a whale? Let’s find out!
A Whale of a Tale- A fun activity that students will discover what it might have been like inside the big fish. (Bible Story Crafts & Projects Children Love by Kathy Ross, page 54).
Introduce craft: What swallowed Jonah? A whale.
The Big Fish- Watch Jonah disappear into the big fish. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 28 & 29).
Jonah Story Wheel- Children turn their story wheel dials to retell the Bible story they learned over and over again. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke. Directions on page 37 - 39, craft template on page 40 & 46.)
Jonah & the Big Fish- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 31 & 32.)
gospelhall.org- Jonah the Disobedient Prophet Printable paper doll objects for telling the story. Print out the pages you want your students to do.
kidsdomain.com- Memory Match Card Game Print out on card stock: Sea Life 1 & Sea Life 2 and make your own Memory Game. Color the cards and cut them out on the bold black lines.
familyeducation.com- Whale Concentration Game Just print out this page twice and cut along the dotted lines.
Ocean Sea Creature Cards by preschool2prek.blogspot.com- Print out cards, cut out, and laminate. Have your child identify the ocean creature cards and find its matching card. If your child is just learning, use a few ocean animal cards at a time then add more cards as he begins learn the Ocean Creatures' names.
daniellesplace.com- What did the big fish eat? Scroll down to 5 under Games and Activities. Have students cut out various pictures of objects out of magazines. Put pictures inside the whale craft from above. Have students reach in the whale and bring out a piece of paper. Have student look at picture and say what the big fish ate.
VeggieTales® Jonah: The Overboard Adventure Game- Join Jonah in his misadventures as he tries to abandon his assignment to deliver a message of mercy to the people of Nineveh. He sets sail with the “Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything”, meets Khalil the worm, survives stormy waters, learns the true meaning of “go fish”, walks the plank, gets swallowed by an enormous ‘fish”, and ultimately is given his second chance by being “burped up” on shore. Spin the spinner and follow Jonah’s path to Nineveh while collecting reminders of Jonah’s encounters. But be careful of possible setbacks along the way! Inspired by Jonah - a VeggieTales Movie, children will play this hilarious fast-paced game time after time.
Introduce snack: What swallowed Jonah? A whale.
Make Jell-O Jigglers of fish/whale shapes and put a gummy shape person inside.
Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.
To help your students to remember the names and how to spell the liturgical objects used in Mass, make some manuscript handwriting sheets.
softschools.com- To make your class a more personal handwriting sheet of the objects used in Mass. You can have your students write the words you want them to learn. (I recommend doing 5 words on each handwriting page. Font Size- 24, Orientation- landscape, Page Size- A4, Frame- None)
Have your students cut out pictures and glue next to the word on the handwriting sheets that you made above.
Abraham (you can break this lesson into several to cover all of Abraham)
Objectives:The children will
- retell the story of Abraham
- identify who always keeps his promises
- state that being obedient makes them happy
- identify Lot as Abraham’s nephew and traveling companion on some of his journeys
- list different things they value and can share with others
- identify Isaac as the son God promised to give Abraham and Sarah.
- list things they must wait for God to “give” them.
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson
Abraham Word Wall- Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.
Bring a little tent or drape cloth over the table and let the children sit inside.
Read story: “Abraham” from your own story book. Then ask questions from below.
Who was Abraham’s wife? (Sarah)
When we learned about them, were they young? (No)
Did God keep his promise to Abraham and Sarah? (Yes)
Did they trust God? (Yes)
How do you think God felt about them when they obeyed? (Happy)
Do you think Abraham was happy when he obeyed? (Yes)
How can we be like Abraham and listen to God? (Obey our parents and teachers.)
Ask the following questions for discussion:
• How did God feel toward Abraham when he let Lot have the better land?
• How do you think Abraham felt when God told him he was going to take care of him?
• How do you think God feels when we share with others, or let others choose first?
• Name something you would share with others.
Who was Lot’s uncle? (Abraham)
Who is one person you can share your toys with this week? (Your brother, your friend, etc.)
When Abraham went on a journey, did Lot go with him? (Yes)
Tell me one thing we can do that makes God happy? (Share, obey, pray, etc.)
What do you have that you can share this week? (Toys, what you learned in CCD, etc.)
When you play a game, should you go first or let your friend go first? (Your friend)
What can you do this week to make your friend or parent or teacher happy? (Obey the first time, share, etc.)
Tell me one thing that we might do that would make God sad? (Disobey, not share, etc.)
What is the name of the book God gave to us? (The Bible)
Can you tell me one person in the Bible who made God happy? (Noah, Abraham)
Who was Abraham’s nephew? (Lot)
Why did Abraham move? (God told him to move, so Abraham obeyed God.)
Who can tell me what it was that Abraham and Sarah wanted very much? (A child.)
What did God promise Abraham? (To give him a son.)
Did Abraham have a son right away? (No)
Who had as many descendants as there were stars in the sky? (Abraham)
Use the following questions to have a follow-up discussion:
• Do you like to wait for things?
• What is something we want right away, but cannot have?
• How can we be like Abraham?
• Name something you had to wait a long time to have.
• Why is it hard to wait for things?
• Is it worth waiting a long time for something you really want?
• How does God feel when we are patient?
Songs and/or Finger Plays:
Introduce songs and/or finger plays: Who had as many descendants as there were stars in the sky?
Introduce movie: Who always keeps his promises? (God)
Movie- Veggie Tales: Abe and the Amazing Promise and ask questions:
What promise did God make to Abraham?
Why would having a baby be unusual for Abraham and Sarah?
Did God give Abraham what he promised right away?
What are some times when you had to be patient?
What can we do if we should be patient, but it is hard to do?
Introduce craft: What did Abraham and his family live in? (Tents)
sundayschoolkids.com- A Tent for Abraham and Sarah
Easy to make printable craft of a tent that is black and white or in color. Printables of people are also posted. (Scroll down to bottom for printables.)
Introduce crafts: What kinds of animals did Abraham have? (Camels, sheep, and cows.)
God’s Promise to Abraham Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 9 & 10.)
Baby Isaac Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 11 & 12.)
Introduce craft: Abraham had a very large family. Let’s make a family tree of our own family and see how big it is.
crafts.preschoolrock.com- Family Tree Preschool Craft
Help your preschooler remember all of the people who are important in their life with this family tree preschool craft. It’s much less structured than traditional family trees and can be made into a treasured keepsake gift for parents, grandparents, or other family members.
enchantedlearning.com- Paper Family Tree
Make a simple but pretty family tree and learn about your family's heritage
christianpreschoolprintables.com- Multicultural Family Tree Activity
This is a cut and paste activity where children can pick their family members and glue them in the appropriate place. (Scroll down to this.)
enchantedlearning.com- Family Collage Craft
Make a collage of your family by cutting out pictures or draw your own pictures.
christianpreschoolprintables.com- Bible Sequence: Abraham Stars
These are size and number sequence. These work well when discussing God's promise to Abraham to give him as many children as there are stars in the sky. After children order them, talk about how God always keeps his promises!
Directions: Played just like Simon Says. God says, “Hop on one foot.” Etc.
Need: Bop It, Ballzerko, Simon, etc.
Directions: Divide the class into groups. Have one group play one game and the other plays another, etc. Students must do what the toy tells them to do. Change games after all students get a chance to play.
Introduce activities: God's promise to Abraham to give him as many children as there are ____ in the sky. (stars)
Introduce game: What does a shepherd do? What happens if one lamb is missing?
What Lamb Is Missing?
Directions: Students sit in a group on the floor. One student is “It” and must turn around and hide their eyes. Another student is picked by the teacher and they go outside of the room. “It” then must guess what lamb is missing. Whoever was the lost lamb is now “It”.
Herding Sheep Game
Need: Balloons and a staff
Pick one student and have them stand beside you in front of the class. Place an empty box on its side at the opposite end of the room.
Say: Let's practice being shepherds. First we need some sheep. Let's pretend these are sheep. (Put 1 balloon on the floor in front of the student). Here is your shepherd's staff (hand student a staff). Take your staff and herd your sheep into the pen (the empty box turned on its side). Hold your staff pointing down so no one gets poked, and be careful you don't hurt your sheep. Guide it gently – don’t push it from behind, but stand in front of it and coax it along. (Encourage student as they guide their sheep.)
Say: This is not a race, we just want each person to have a turn. When you get your sheep in the pen, pick it up and walk back to me and give me the staff and the sheep.
When each student has had a turn, ask the following questions:
Was it easy to make your sheep go where you wanted them to go?
Do you think it's easy for shepherds to get sheep to go where the shepherds want them to go? Why or why not?
It's hard to make balloons go where we want them to go, and it's even harder to take care of sheep because they sometimes run away or get lost.
Objectives:The students will be able to
- retell the story The Prodigal Son
- discuss that Jesus and God love us no matter what mistakes we have made
- discuss that Jesus and God forgive us and that we must forgive others too
- state what they should say when they do something wrong
- state what they should say when someone says I’m sorry
- discuss why the son thought tending swine was demeaning and disgraceful
Vocabulary Words: (Write words on the board and discuss with class)
inheritance- property or title that has been given to you because of birthright birthright- a basic right that somebody has or is thought to be entitled to from birth estate- the whole of someone’s property, possessions, and capital divided- separated into two or more parts or groups squandered- to spend or use something wastefully and extravagant way dissipation- overindulgence in the pursuit of physical pleasures; the squandering of resources such as money severe- causing great discomfort and difficult to do or endure famine- a severe shortage of food resulting in widespread hunger dire- severe, serious, or desperate circumstances hire- doing work for some kind of pay tend- take care of swine- hogs or pigs compassion- sympathy for the suffering of others, often including a desire to help embrace- to hug someone
Story: "Prodigal Son/Lost Son" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.
Introduce activities: Who always loves us when we make mistakes? Who always forgives us? Should we forgive others? What do you say when you do something wrong? What should we say when someone says they are sorry?
mssscrafts.com-The Prodigal Son with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.
sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities
sermons4kids.com- Three Wishes object lesson with group activities, puzzles, coloring page, worship bulletin, PowerPoint Presentation
calvarycurriculum.com- The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.
kidsclub4jesus.com- Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) 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).
Plastic Bottle Piggy Bank- The Everything Kids' Money Book by Diane Mayr, page 11.
Introduce game: Why did the son find it so demeaning and disgraceful to tend the swine? (Because it was the most menial and degrading of employment. Jews cannot eat pork and consider swine unclean.)
daniellesplace.com- Feed the Pigs & Pigs Snorting Game (scroll down to these and look under Activity)
Lost and Found (The Parable of the Lost Son)- As they explore the story of the prodigal son, your kids will discover God loves each of us. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 87).
The Prodigal Son Comes Home Game- A fun board game about the Prodigal Son. The object of the game is to get your markers to the banquet. (Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 95 - 106 for directions, game board markers, game board, and game cards).
ehow.com- Pig Card Game: The card game Pig is tons of fun when a lot of people play. Keep your eye on everyone else's nose in this game so you don't make a pig of yourself. For added fun have the dealer call “oink” instead of “Go” and pass a card to your left.
Teacher Appreciation Week is coming soon so it is time to show your appreciation to the teachers and staff that help teach your child. What should you do? There are many ways to show your appreciation, but here is a way that I found years ago online that I thought needed to be shared:
Simple Teacher Appreciation Gift
Materials: • Jar with lid • Candy as explained below
Instructions: For teacher appreciation week get a jar from the dollar store. Have your child make a card thanking the teachers and staff for all they have done and attach your child’s picture on it. Tape the card to the jar. Each day put a note on the jar lid and different candy inside. (You can also just do this for one day or give it the last day of class.)
Monday- Note: “You're my lifesaver! Thank you for all your hard work! From: _____” (Fill the jar with individual wrapped Life Savers candy.)
Tuesday- Note: “You planted the seeds of knowledge in me. From: _____” (Put individual bags of sunflower seeds in jar.)
Wednesday- Note: “You are worth a fortune! Thank you for all you do! From: _____” (Fill the jar with 100 Grand candy bars.)
Thursday- Note: “Hugs and kisses for everything you do! From: _____” (Fill the jar with Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses candy.)
Friday- Note: “You deserve a Carefree week-end. You are a much appreciated group of teachers and staff! From: _____” (Fill the jar with Carefree gum.)
*There are lots of other ideas that you can do. Just use your imagination and fill up the jar.
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