Friday, September 30, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Catholic Prayers In Latin





Below are some of the traditional catholic prayers in Latin and links to websites that have additional prayers that your children can learn. I also posted some games, songs, and worksheets that might help your child to learn the prayers in Latin.




Signum Crucis (The Sign of the Cross)

In nomine Patris, et Filii,
et Spiritus Sancti.
Amen.



Gloria Patri (Glory Be to the Father)

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto.
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper,
et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.



Ave Maria (Hail Mary)

Ave Maria, gratia plena,
Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae.
Amen.



Pater Noster (Our Father)

Pater Noster,
qui es in caelis,
sanctificetur nomen tuum.
Adveniat regnum tuum.
Fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in caelo et in terra.
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie,
et dimitte nobis debita nostra
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
Et ne nos inducas in tentationem,
sed libera nos a malo.
Amen.



Links:

catholic.org- Prayers in Latin

fisheaters.com- Traditional Prayers, Creeds, and Ejaculations in English and Latin

ewtn.com- Prayers of the Rosary in Latin



Audio:

boston-catholic-journal.com- Audio of Catholic prayers in Latin



Games:

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



Songs:

youtube.com- Gloria Patri

youtube.com- Hail Mary in Latin (song) with English translation

youtube.com- Our Father in Latin (song) with English translation



Worksheets:

The 2 worksheets below 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 They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.

Sign of the Cross (Latin)- handwriting sheet in manuscript

Glory Be (Latin)- handwriting sheet in manuscript




*Make your own personal manuscript or cursive handwriting sheets for your classroom or home:

Handwriting/Copy Work Worksheet Makers- Here are a few of my favorite handwriting worksheet makers that are FREE so you can make personalized handwriting worksheets (print or cursive) for your students.

handwritingworksheets.com- Click on Paragraph Cursive Worksheets and make your own. Just type in sentences and make a beautiful cursive paragraph worksheet appear before your eyes.

worksheetworks.com- This generator lets you create handwriting practice sheets with the text you provide. Enter the words you want to practice with in the large text box below and practice writing words in cursive by tracing.





Monday, September 26, 2011

My Classroom Monthly Newsletter



Yesterday I sent out via email my classroom’s newsletter for September. Many of you have asked what mine looks like and what it consists of. Well, I made up a simple newsletter since I teach first graders and I try to incorporate all my students names on it in a positive way.

Here is a DRAFT of my classroom’s newsletter for October-





What does your classroom newsletter look like? What does it consist of?





Monday, September 19, 2011

Road To Emmaus (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.




Road To Emmaus File Folder Game: Be the first one to Emmaus and back to Jerusalem and win the game!


Directions: Place your marker at the Upper Room in Jerusalem. Put the game cards in a small basket near the game board. Roll the dice and move that many spaces on the board. If you land on “Jesus is Alive” the player to your left will draw a game card and ask you a question about the story “Road to Emmaus”. If you are correct, you stay where you are. If you are not correct, you go back where you were. If you land on the picture of a loaf of bread, you may move ahead 2 spaces. If you land on the picture of a cross you may change places with the leader. If you roll doubles, you may roll again. Work your way to Emmaus where Jesus broke the bread with the disciples. Then you must go back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples in the Upper Room that you saw Jesus. The first person who gets back to the Upper Room first is the winner.

Note: You do not have to land on the picture of Jesus breaking the bread in Emmaus with the exact number, but you must stop there and continue playing from that position on your next turn.


Directions- Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder.

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

Game Cards- (Use these cards or make your own.) Print Game Cards out on card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. Use only the cards that reflect your student’s abilities. (Questions from: The New American Bible)



*If the students cannot read use the directions below:

Directions: Place your marker at the Upper Room in Jerusalem. Roll the dice and move that many spaces on the board. If you land on “Jesus is Alive” the teacher will ask you a question about the story “Road to Emmaus”. If you are correct, you stay where you are. If you are not correct, you go back where you were. If you land on the picture of a loaf of bread, you may move ahead 2 spaces. If you land on the picture of a cross you may change places with the leader. If you roll doubles, you may roll again. Work your way to Emmaus where Jesus broke the bread with the disciples. Then you must go back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples in the Upper Room that you saw Jesus. The first person who gets back to the Upper Room first is the winner.



Use your own questions or use the ones below:


1. How many of Jesus’ friends were walking along the road? (2, 3)

2. Where were the men walking to? (Emmaus, Jerusalem)

3. What were the men doing as they were walking? (Singing, Talking)

4. Soon _____ caught up with the disciples and walked along with them. They did not recognize him. (Judas, Jesus)

5. The disciples were sad because _____ was dead. (Jesus, Judas)

6. When they got to Emmaus, the disciples invited the stranger to stay and have _____ with them. (lunch, dinner)

7. When they sat down to eat, the stranger picked up a loaf of bread, said a prayer, _____ the bread into pieces and gave it to the two disciples. (cut, broke)

8. Then the disciples knew that the stranger was Jesus. They stared at him for a moment and then he was _____. (dead, gone)

7. The disciples ran all the way back to _____ and found the other disciples and some of Jesus’ other friends and told them what happened. (Jerusalem, Bethlehem)

8. At first, the disciples did not believe them, but one said, “It must be true; _____ has seen him.” (John, Peter)

9. The _____ they were in was locked because they were afraid of the Roman rulers and chief priests. (tomb, room)

10. Suddenly, Jesus appeared in the room with them and they thought he was a _____. (soldier, ghost)

11. Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid. Look at the wounds on my hands and _____.(feet, arms)

12. Jesus said, “Touch me and see that I am made of flesh and _____." (blood, bone)

13. Have you anything to _____?” asked Jesus. (eat, drink)

14. What did they give Jesus to eat? (Fish, Lamb)

15. Were the disciples finally convinced that Jesus was really alive? (Yes, No)





Saturday, September 17, 2011

Supplementing the Curriculum





No curriculum is perfect and CCD teachers need to from time to time supplement with activities to help teach their students. Using various resources provides your students with a variety of activities that helps enhance the lesson and allows them to understand more and have a lot of fun in the process.

I teach first grade CCD and I use several books to supplement our curriculum. Below are some of the books and links that I use most.


The Usborne Children's Bible by Heather Amery- A collection of 44 favorite Bible stories, all very accurate retellings from Scripture that are easy for children to understand and enjoy. Very colorful and beautiful illustrations.

Limited preview- See some of the book.



The Great Bible Big Fun Activity Book by Toni Lind- Lots of great mazes, dot-to-dot, color by number, picture puzzles and more for children to do and learn about the Old and New Testament.



Hidden Pictures: Grades Grade 1 - 3 (Fun Faith-Builders) by Linda Standke- Fun and creative Bible story based hidden picture puzzles that the children love to do. A great fill in activity for CCD.

To see some of the book then click on Sample



Bible Wheels To Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo- A great way to supplement your Bible stories and help your students to remember the lesson. 14 Old Testament and 16 New Testament Bible Wheels that the children can make. Cutting is simple but for younger students you might want to cut out some of the craft prior to class.

To see some of the book then click on Excerpt.



More 365 Activities for Kids- 365 puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, put in the correct order, find the mistake, etc. of Bible stories activities from the Old and New Testaments. Tons of fun for the kids!

Limited preview- See some of the book.



Mini Bible Story Books: (children make and color)

christianpreschoolprintables- Several to choose from (5 pages).

dltk-bible.com- Adam & Eve, Creation, Life of Jesus, Lord’s Prayer, Men of the Bible, Noah and His Ark

psscentral.com- 20 Old and New Testament mini books

lambsongs.co.nz- Several Old and New Testament mini books. Click on black & white cover and booklet to print out for the children to color.



What do you supplement your curriculum with?





Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bible Memory Verse Activities





Trying to teach your students or your child Bible memory verses can be quite a challenge. Here are some activities that might make it easier and a lot more fun.


kidssundayschool.com- Assorted Ideas for Memorizing Verses (Part 1)

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- Bible Verse Activities

sundayschoolresources.com- Memory Verse Activities (games and handouts)

simplycharlottemason.com- Scripture Memory System

daniellesplace.com- Bible Verse Memory Games

daniellesplace.com- Bible Verse Memorization Using the Memory Cross & Bible Verse Hand Picture (scroll down to these)

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

ehow.com- Bible Verse Memorization Games

mssscrafts.com- Memory Verse Activities

hubbardscupboard.org- Bible Memorization
They have free, printable: Bible Verse Charts, Bible Verse Tune Charts, Bible Verse Copywork, and Bible Verse Strips. This scripture memory kit also has introductions and descriptions of each, suggestions for use, free printable Bible verse materials, etc.

eliab.com- Puppets Help Teach A Memory Verse

sundayschoolcrafts.com- Bible verses beginning with each letter of the alphabet



Printable Bible Verse Material

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

hubbardscupboard.org- Free Printable Bible Verse Materials

homeschoolwithindexcards.com- Various Bible verse cards that you can print out and memorize.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Bible Verse Cards

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

icanteachmychild.com- A B C Printable Scripture Cards

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

mcscott.org- Verse Card Maker



Crafts:

Memory Verse Crafts- crafts, banners, bookmarks and doorhangers, etc.

books.google.com- Bible Memory Verse Crafts by Teacher Created Resources, Mary Tucker (preview)

mssscrafts.com- Memory Verse Craft Ideas



Activities, Games, Coloring Sheets for Prayers:

Activities, Games, Coloring Sheets for Prayers

Memory Activities and Games for Prayers and Scripture

childrenschapel.org- Scripture Memory Coloring Sheets & Activities



Handwriting/Copy Work Worksheet Makers:

Handwriting/Copy Work Worksheet Makers- To learn various prayers, liturgical objects used in Mass, and other church activities, having the students write it down is a good way for them to remember. Here are a few of my favorite handwriting worksheet makers that are FREE so you can make personalized handwriting worksheets (print or cursive) for your students.





Friday, September 9, 2011

Monthly Progress Reports



Last year I started sending home monthly classroom newsletters to keep in touch with parents and help them be a part of their child's education. This year I will also be sending home individual student monthly progress reports that will let parents know exactly how well their child is doing in class (work habits, attendance, prayers completed, etc.). I will also send home an Assignment Sheet each month to let parents know which assignments their child has turned in. Our parish sends out report cards 4 times a year, but I think parents need more frequent feedback to keep everyone well informed.



Assignment Sheet- Student Name, Date, Assignment, Turned In (2 pages) Editable






Assignment Sheet- Student Name, Date, Assignment, Turned In, Grade (2 pages) Editable






CCD Student Monthly Progress Report- (2 pages) Editable






Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Church Potluck Recipe: Pancit



A friend of mine makes this great dish for church potluck and it is such a hit that he makes a HUGE double batch for us to enjoy. Here is his recipe of Pancit that is a must for any church potluck!




Pancit Bihon Recipe

Estimated cooking and preparation time: 45 minutes


Ingredients:

1 (8 oz.) pack pancit bihon noodles
1 cooked chicken breast, shredded
2 cups of chicken broth or 2 chicken bouillon cubes dissolved in 2 cups of water
1/4 cabbage, sliced into strips
1 onion, pealed and sliced
3 cloves of garlic, crushed and minced
1/3 cup scallions, cut into pieces
1 carrot, sliced into strips
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
3/4 cup diced celery
3 tablespoons soy sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
5 pieces of calamansi or 1 lemon, sliced



Cooking Instructions:

Soak the pancit bihon noodles to soften for 10 minutes. Grease a large pan or wok with oil. Sauté garlic and onions. Add the chicken broth, the shredded chicken breast and all the vegetables until cooked. Mix in the pancit bihon noodles and add the soy sauce, cook for about 5 minutes or until the noodles are soft. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with sliced calamansi on the side.

Note: Calamansi or lemon is to be squeezed into the pancit bihon before eating.





Thursday, September 1, 2011

How do you organize your lessons?



Over the years I have tried several different ways of organizing my lessons that I bring to class each week. Each time I think it is the way to go, but alas, it always falls short of what I consider efficient and effective. Last year I came up with this method and I plan on using it again this year. Now I finally have something I can use that keeps me from leaving things behind and I can find what I want when I need it.



How I organize my activities:




• Large 2 inch binder with a clear pocket on the front where I store this month’s lesson schedule and activities.








• Avery #11907 Tab Dividers. You can print your inserts on the computer by using the Avery perforated tab insert sheet that is provided in the packet to make it nice and neat.




I label the pockets:


Daily Schedule

Substitute Feedback Form

Objects Used at Mass Cards

People at Church Cards

Celebrating the Mass (lesson)

• Celebrating the Mass (activity)

Lesson Plan

• Activity

• Craft

Mini Book or Story Wheel

• Game

• Puzzles/Worksheets

• Take Home Sheet (last week)

• Take Home Sheet (today’s)

Class Contact List




How to you organize your CCD activities? Please leave a comment for others to get ideas.