Tuesday, November 30, 2010

2010 Advent Activities for Children from loyolapress.com





Children Advent Calendar- Many people like to use a special calendar to help them mark the days until Christmas. You can use this Web calendar to remind you to do something each day to share the meaning of the season. Hover your mouse over the picture on each day of Advent to find an idea to help you prepare for Jesus' birthday. (Printable version available.)

Advent Bingo- In the Advent Bingo center, participants will be able to recall their liturgical experiences of Advent and deepen their understanding of the Church's celebration of this season. The focus of this center is Advent practices and symbols found in Catholic liturgy.

Advent Banner- Hang this banner in the room so that the children can be reminded of their prayers, letting Jesus know that he is welcome in their hearts.

Advent Bookmark- To remember a verse in Isaiah that helps us celebrate Advent.





Saturday, November 20, 2010

What ever happened to good manners at church? (file folder game)






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 It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.


What ever happened to good manners in church? Find out if you know how to behave in church.

*Feel free to modify this game to suit your needs. It is in MS Word format and can be changed easily.





For younger children: Have the children look at the large picture of the woman on the game board. Ask them: “How do you think she feels? Why do you think she feels this way? What is she saying? Why are good manners important at church?” (Because you should respect God's house.) Etc. Discuss. Have the children look at the other pictures on the board and ask them these questions: “How do you think he/she feels? Why do you think he/she feels this way?” Etc.

“How should you behave at church? What should you not do in church? Can you run in church? Why should we not run in church?” (It does not show respect to God and it is not good manners.) “God doesn't come to your house and run around. You shouldn't run around in his.” Discuss. “If you ran in church, what would other people do? Which picture on the board looks like how the person would feel if they saw you run in church?” Discuss other bad behaviors and manners that kids do in church. Have the students point to the picture on the board of how someone in church would react if they saw them do or say the bad behavior.

For older children: Good manners and how we treat others in every day life has changed over the years. This laid back attitude in life and being casual has affected how we live today and how we behave. Unfortunately, lack of manners is also in our churches and we should not condone this behavior or lower ourselves to it. This kind of behavior is not acceptable and does not belong in church at any time.

Introduction: While "Come as You Are" sounds relaxed and friendly, too relaxed is not necessarily a good thing when it comes to showing respect to God. We certainly would not behave this way in front of the Queen of England or the President of the United States. We behave and have good manners at church because it is God’s house.

When you are at Mass, CCD classroom, Fellowship Hall, VBS, etc. or at any church function, good manners need to be used at all times. Manners, whether at Mass or in other situations, reveal the value we place on each other and God. Why do we need to use good manners at church? Good manners show honor and respect towards others. We need to honor and respect God and everyone. So how do we respect the Church and use good manners?

Put the Game Cards in a small basket and set near the game board. Place your markers on START. Roll the die and move that many spaces. Follow the directions on the space you land on. If the space has a Roll Play activity on it, perform it to the best of your ability. If needed, the teacher will help you understand what to do and coach you how to do it correctly. If the space has a picture of person reacting to bad behavior that they had just seen in church, draw a Game Card and read it out loud (if the student cannot read, the teacher or someone can read it for them). Answer the question to the best of your ability (the teacher can coach the student if necessary).



Directions- Print out Directions and keep inside file folder when not playing game.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.

Game Cards- Print Game Cards out on card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. Only use the questions that are age appropriate for your students.

Game Cards Lists With Answers- For the teacher to check answers.





A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter M







M- Moses in the Bulrushes


Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story Moses in the Bulrushes
- explain how Moses was kept safe as a baby
- identify who found Moses



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson


Vocabulary Words:

dltk-bible.com- Moses 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.



Plan:


Circle Time:

Read story: “Moses in the Bulrushes” from your own story book.

Or read story “A Baby in a Basket" from the book Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page 22 & 23 and do cut outs while the story unfolds.


Then ask questions from below.


1. The Hebrews in Egypt were forced to work as what for the Egyptians? Slaves.

2. The King of Egypt ordered his soldiers to do what to all the Hebrew baby boys as soon as they were born? Kill them.

3. Moses’ mother secretly hid Moses and later did what to him? Put him in a basket and floated him down the Nile River.

4. Who found Moses’ basket floating down the river? The Egyptian Princess.

5. What did she do with Moses? He grew up in the palace with the Princess and was treated as if he was an Egyptian prince.



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: The King of Egypt ordered his soldiers to do what to all the Hebrew baby boys as soon as they were born?

kidssundayschool.com- Itty Bitty Moses (song)

Pray and Play Bible 2 by Group Publishing- Hush Little Moses, Baby in the Basket, Baby Moses (songs and finger plays), page 39. A Baby’s Adventure (finger play), page 41

Playful Songs and Bible Stories for Preschoolers by Group Publishing- Baby Moses (song) and God Watched Over Baby Moses, page 38.



Activities:

Introduce activity: What did Moses’ mother do so that the soldiers would not kill him?

hennypenny.ourjunction.com- Baby Moses lesson

dltk-bible.com- The Story of Baby Moses (click on 1) lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.

clutheran.org- Early Life of Moses

missionarlington.org- Moses is Born (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)

missionarlington.org- Moses is Born (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)



Crafts:

Introduce craft: Whose mother secretly hid them and later put him in a basket and floated him down the Nile River? Or- What did Moses’ mother put him in and floated him down the Nile River?

dltk-bible.com- Moses crafts
Lots of different kinds posted here.

Little Blots of Faith- Baby Moses Craft
This is a fun little craft where children can use their hand prints to make some bushy covering for baby Moses. Materials are minimal, and children of all ages can participate. Let children color baby Moses with crayons, pressing hard. Then with watercolors allow them to paint over the picture to fill in the river. Then trace their hands on green construction paper and cut out to make the reeds. Glue the bottom of the handprints over the basket, so they can peek in on Baby Moses.

daniellesplace.com- Baby Moses in a Basket crafts

Baby Moses- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 17 & 18.)



Introduce craft: What is in the Nile River that could have eaten baby Moses? A crocodile.

storyplace.org- Stand-Up Crocodile

enchantedlearning.com- Alligator Craft or Card (just call this a crocodile)



Games:

Introduce game: What was the name of the baby that was put in a basket and sent down the Nile by his mother? Who found Moses?


Who Has Baby Moses?

Need: Small object to be baby Moses (example: clothes pin).

Directions: The children sit in a circle close together. The child who is “It” stands away from the circle and hides their eyes while baby Moses is passed around. When “It” says "STOP!", the child holding baby Moses hides it (under their leg, up their sleeve, etc.). The child who is “It” guesses who has baby Moses. The child who had baby Moses is now “It”.



christianpreschoolprintables.com- Moses Color Match File Folder Game (scroll down to this)








Moses in the Bulrushes File Folder Game: The players spin the spinner and follow the directions. If the player spins “Leader’s Spot”, they get to move their marker to where the leader is and share that spot. The first player to the princess wins.





Snacks:

Introduce snack: What was the name of the baby that was put in a basket and sent down the Nile by his mother? Who found Moses?

pillsbury.com- Crescent Dogs (looks like a baby wrapped in a blanket)
For an added touch put a face on the baby using mustard.

Crafts: 110 Totally Awesome Crafts for All Ages by Group Publishing- Baby Moses Baskets, page 12


Introduce snack: What is in the Nile River that could have eaten baby Moses? A crocodile.

albrookschool.org- Cucumber Crocodile (scroll down for this)


Letter M Snacks-

Marshmallows, Mellon Slices, Mango, Meat Balls, Milk, Milk Shake, Macaroni & Cheese, Muffins, etc.



Coloring/Puzzles/Worksheets:

moodypublishing.com- Baby Moses 1 (coloring)

moodypublishing.com- Baby Moses 2 (coloring)


lambsongs.co.nz- “Baby Moses Is Safe” by Jill Kemp- Booklet the children can color.

Cover

Booklet


lambsongs.co.nz- “Crocodile on the River Nile” by Jill Kemp- Booklet the children can color.

Cover

Booklet


psscentral.com- Moses in a Basket (mini book)

dltk-teach.com- What begins with M? (mini book)

first-school.ws- M is for Moses (handwriting)

kidzone.ws.- Hidden Letter Worksheet Letter M

christianbook.com- A Baby in a Basket
Amazing Bible Mazes by Anita Reith Stohs, page 7. (Click on Sample and go to page 7.)

billybear4kids.com- Help Moses as a Baby (maze)

billybear4kids.com- Help Moses (maze)

Big Puzzles for Little Hands by Carla Williams- A Princess Rescues A Baby (maze) page 24.

storytime-storytime.blogspot.com- The Hidden Baby (letters dot-to-dot worksheet)

oregonzoo.org- Crocodile (dot to dot)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Baby Moses Puzzle
Print on Heavy Cardstock or laminate with contact paper to make this puzzle sturdy for little hands. Cut on the white lines and let children assemble the picture of Moses being drawn from the water.





Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary



The Immaculate Conception, a solemnity, is the patronal feast of the United States. It is one of the few Holy days of obligation on the Church calendar -- that is, all Catholics are obligated to attend Mass on this day. As this feast occurs early in Advent, it is a perfect time to consider Mary and her important role in the celebration of Christmas.



References & Activities

newadvent.org- Immaculate Conception

americancatholic.org- Feast of the Immaculate Conception (history)

churchyear.net- Immaculate Conception History, Information, Prayers, Resources, Traditions & More

saints.sqpn.com- Feast of the Immaculate Conception

ewtn.com- Mary’s Immaculate Conception by Father William G. Most

catholicculture.org- Immaculate Conception

churchyear.net- Prayers and Collects for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

loyolapress.com- Activities in Preparation for This Day in the Liturgical Year

catholicicing.blogspot.com- Explain the Immaculate Conception to Kids

Mary is the Mother of Our Church- lesson plan for 1st grade on up with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets

fcpeace.com- Hail Mary (coloring booklet)

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



Coloring

supercoloring.com- Immaculate Conception

Immaculate Conception coloring sheet by catholicicing.com- Symbolism in this picture includes Mary in the womb of St. Anne (wearing her defining veil). St. Anne and Mary both have their backs turned towards the apple tree to visually state that Mary was conceived without original sin. There are 3 beams of light coming down from the sun that stand for the trinity. Also, the snake (Satan) is unhappy about what has happened here.

waltzingm.com- Immaculate Conception Coloring Page

paperdali.blogspot.com- Immaculate Conception Coloring Page



Crafts

paperdali.blogspot.com- Saint Anne paper doll/coloring page

catholicicing.com- Immaculate Conception Craft For Catholic Kids- How To Explain The Real Meaning!

catholicinspired.com- Immaculate Conception Craft {Liturgical Ornament}



Food

catholicccuisine.blogspot.com- Recipes for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception



Games

fcpeace.com- Memory game on the Feast of Mary


Write the Hail Mary on strips of paper or card stock. Cut out strips and glue strips of the Hail Mary 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 Hail Mary. See which team can put it in the proper order the fastest.



These games 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.



Hail Mary File Folder Game- How well do you know the prayer Hail Mary? Work your way around the game board and find out!






Mary is the Mother of Our Church File Folder Game- The objective of the game is to answer questions about Mary to receive a letter tile and spell Mary.




Puzzles/Worksheets


saintanneshelper.com- Hail Mary handwriting in print

saintanneshelper.com- Hail Mary handwriting in cursive

crusaders-for-christ.com- Hail Mary copy work in print and cursive (scroll down and look under Marian Handwriting

fcpeace.com- What is meant by Immaculate Conception?

rciacentral.com- worksheet from Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) #484-511; 963-975

ncregister.com- Questions with answers about Immaculate Conception that you can easily make into a worksheet




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.


Hail Mary crossword

Hail Mary worksheet- To find out how well the students know The Hail Mary, have the students fill out the worksheet using the word bank.



Hail Mary puzzle- All you need is some heavy paper and a copy machine. Copy puzzle and have the children glue it on some heavy paper and color. Then have the children cut on the lines to make a puzzle. Have the children put the puzzle together to practice Hail Mary. Put puzzle pieces in an envelope or ziplock bag.




Hail Mary Puzzle #2- All you need is some card stock and a copy machine. Print puzzle on card stock and have the students cut on the lines to make a puzzle. Have the students put the puzzle together to practice Hail Mary. Put puzzle pieces in an envelope or Ziploc bag.





Saturday, November 6, 2010

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter K







K- King Solomon


Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story King Solomon Builds A Temple
- identify who the temple was built for
- identify who built the temple



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson



Vocabulary Words:

King Solomon 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.



Plan:


Circle Time:

Read story: “King Solomon Builds A Temple” from your own story book. Or while you are reading the story do cut outs (Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page ) as the story unfolds.


Then ask questions from below.

Who was Solomon’s father? King David

What was King Solomon supposed to build? A temple or church.

What did King Solomon ask God to give him? Wisdom to rule his kingdom of Israel.

Who did King Solomon build the temple for? God

How long did it take to build the temple? Seven years.

What was put inside the temple? The arc of the covenant.



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: Who was Solomon’s father? King David

clclutheran.org- Solomon Builds a Temple lesson with activities for pre school (click on Lessons, then under Old Testament click on download lessons and levels. For Solomon Builds a Temple lesson click on preschool).

Hymn - sung to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (scroll down to this)
Solomon built God’s Temple


missionarlington.org- Solomon Builds a Church Temple (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)

This is the way we build the church (scroll down to this)


Introduce finger play: What did Solomon build? He built a temple. What is a temple? A church.

Here’s the Church (finger play)



Here's the church, (fingers interlocked; fingers inside)
And here's the steeple. (index fingers rise to a point)
Open the door (keep fingers interlocked but turn palms up)
Here’s all the people. (wriggle fingers)



Activities:

Introduce activity: What was King Solomon supposed to build? A temple or church.

clclutheran.org- Solomon Builds a Temple lesson with activities for pre school (click on Lessons, then under Old Testament click on download lessons and levels. For Solomon Builds a Temple lesson click on preschool).

missionarlington.org- Solomon Builds a Church Temple (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)

missionarlington.org- Solomon Builds A Temple (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)



Introduce lesson: Where is our church? What does it look like? Does it look like Solomon’s Temple? Who’s house is the church?

Lesson 1: The Church Is God’s House (Children Discover the Mass by Mary Doerfler Dall, page 8).

msssbible.com- Going to Church/The Sabbath (activities and lessons)

dltk-bible.com- Church and Respect lesson


Discussion:

We act differently in different places. How would you go into a park? (Skip and run). How would you walk if you were going through a store with your mother or father. (Slowly). How should you walk in church? How do you behave? What do we do when we come into the church? (Have students tell you exactly what you should do from start to the end of Mass: Sign of the Cross after you dip your finger into the stoup, genuflect before you sit down at the pew, stand up when your parents do, kneel when your parents do, cross your arms over yourself when you go up during Communion to receive a blessing, etc.).



Crafts:

Introduce craft: Who did King Solomon build the temple for? God

ebibleteacher.com- Build a model temple from a shoebox. Use gold paper and have students draw windows for the sides, columns and a doorway for the front, etc. Have a diagram for them to go by.

Have the students use Legos to “Build” a church
daniellesplace.com- Stained Glass Window Church Craft (scroll down to this). Enlarge template for younger students to do. Teachers may need to help children put church together.
emmanuel.org- God’s House

Lesson 1: The Church Is God’s House craft- Children Discover the Mass by Mary Doerfler Dall, page 13 & 15.

mssscrafts.com- Matching Pieces Church

benjerry.com- Community Church Building
The classic, clapboard church building with a clock and bell tower. Enlarge template for younger students to do. Teachers may need to help children put church together.


Introduce craft: Who built a temple for God? King Solomon

thebestkidsbooksite.com- A Puppet Fit For A King!

dltk-kids.com- Paper Crown

firstpalette.com- Craft Foam Crown

craftbits.com- Curly Paper Crown

dltk-teach.com- King K Craft



Games:

Introduce game: How long did it take to build the temple? Seven years.

Have the students use Jenga blocks and make a tall temple. Or just use regular blocks and build a tall temple. The game ends when the tower falls down.



Introduce game: How are you supposed to behave in church? Let’s see if you know how.



What ever happened to good manners in church?- Find out if you know how to behave in church. Roll the die and move that many spaces. Follow the directions on the space you land on. If the space has a Roll Play activity on it, perform it to the best of your ability. If needed, the teacher will help you understand what to do and coach you how to do it correctly. If the space has a picture of person reacting to bad behavior that they had just seen in church, draw a Game Card and read it out loud (if the student cannot read, the teacher or someone can read it for them). Answer the question to the best of your ability (the teacher can coach the student if necessary).



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What did King Solomon build? A temple.

calvaryknoxville.org- Cracker Temple (scroll down to page 14)


Introduce snack: What do we call the place where we worship? A church.

Church Sticks, Squares & Triangles- (scroll down to these snacks)



Letter K Snacks-

Kudos Granola Bars, Kool-aid, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Kiwi, Kumquats, Kabob, etc.



Coloring/Puzzles/Worksheets:

Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- King (coloring)

coloringbookfun.com- King Solomon and the Temple (coloring)

kidssundayschool.com- The Building of Solomon’s Temple (coloring)

bibletodaykids.com- King Solomon Dedicates the Temple (coloring)

coloring.ws- King Solomon (coloring)
With or without words

levangelisation.com- King Solomon (coloring pages)

King Solomon (booklet for the children to color)

dltk-teach.com- What begins with K? (mini book)

King Solomon (handwriting)

first-school.ws- K is for King (handwriting)

kidzone.ws.- Hidden Letter Worksheet Letter K

clclutheran.org- Solomon Builds a Temple lesson with activities for pre school (click on Lessons, then under Old Testament click on download lessons and levels. For Solomon Builds a Temple lesson click on preschool).

Solomon Builds God’s Temple (worksheet)
Teacher, read the sentences and have the students color the happy face if the sentence is true. Color the sad face if the sentence is false. (Page 2)

dltk-bible.com- Manners in Church (worksheet)
A simple worksheet to reinforce a lesson about minding manners during church.





Thursday, November 4, 2010

Do This in Memory of Me (craft)



Here is an easy craft that students can make emphasizing “Do this in memory of me.”





This activity is free, however it can 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. (All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on this activity are not my own and are from various internet sources.)


“Do this in memory of me.” (craft)


Directions:

1. Students cut out circle and glue in the middle of a paper plate.

2. Have students put a thin layer of glue where there is red on the chalice. Sprinkle with red glitter.

3. Have students put a thin layer of glue where there is gold for the Body of Christ. Sprinkle with gold glitter.

4. Students continue decorating the edges of the paper plate with glitter and various other craft supplies.





Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cain and Abel (file folder game)






heartofwisdom.com- offers a FREE Cain and Abel file folder game. Instructions and game cards are included in the 4 page PDF file with a copywork Bible verse page.





Monday, November 1, 2010

Church Potluck Recipe: Sweet Potato Soufflé






Thanksgiving is almost here and most churches have a Thanksgiving potluck dinner. Here is something I like to bring to church and make for our Thanksgiving dinner at home.



Sweet Potato Soufflé

3 c sweet potato (cooked and mashed or 29 oz. can sweet potato), drained
1 c sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 t vanilla
½ c milk
½ c butter, melted
1 t vanilla (optional)

Mix potato ingredients together until well blended and spread in a 13 x 9 inch pan.


Topping:

1 c light brown sugar
½ c flour
1 c pecans, chopped
1/3 c butter

Mix well. Ingredients will be stiff and crumbly. Crumble over top of sweet potato. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.


NOTE: This may also be put into 2 pie shells and served as a desert. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.