Friday, August 28, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 9/27/15- Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B 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.




Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48



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.

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

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

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- Pass The Salt, Please object lesson

word-sunday.com- People Talk About Sam and Rosanni (scroll down to Gospel)

sundayschoollessons.com- A Cup of Cold Water Is A Wonderful Gift lesson

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

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



Coloring

mscperu.org- Clip art image

servicioskoninonia.org- Clip art image



Crafts

Introduce craft: What are some things that people have done for you that were nice? What can we make to help remind us of the many kindnesses you have received from others? Let’s find out!

Gratitude Jar-God's gifts sometimes come through other people. (Crafts For Christian Values by Kathy Ross, page 26 & 27). Have the children write down on small slips of paper the kind things others have done for them and put them inside the jar. If the child cannot write, they can color pictures of kind things people have done for them and put them into the jar.

honesters.blogspot.com- Gratitude Jar- Or make a Gratitude Jar like this one: Every time the children say something positive or showed gratitude they get to put in a bean (or a Spanish peanut) into the jar.


Introduce craft: Who should we be kind to? Everyone. Let’s make a craft to remind us to “Love Others”. (Love Bug Lady Bug)

familycorner.com- Paper Plate Lady Bugs- Paint the paper plates or use red and white paper plates to make this craft. On the back of the lady bug where the wings open up write “Love Others”.

dltk-kids.com- Lady Bug Birthday Invitation- Or make the lady bug with poster board or card stock. On the back of the lady bug where the wings open up write “Love Others”.



Games

Introduce games- Sometimes we expect to earn a reward by doing a kind action, and we forget that the biggest reward may lie in having the opportunity to be a kind person. In other words, the reward often comes before the act, instead of afterwards.

The Catholic Toolbox- Random Acts of Kindness File Folder Game

The Catholic Toolbox- What Would Jesus Do? File Folder Game


Introduce game- How are we to treat others? Well, here are some question and let’s see how well you can.

“Win or Lose by How You Choose!” by Judge Judy Sheindlin
Directions- Divide the class into teams and do questions out of “Win or Lose by How You Choose!”

sundayschoolresources.com- What Do I Do? (Scroll down to Bible Story Activities.) The teacher can read the situations and ask the children what they can do to show the special love Jesus says we should have.



Puzzles

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Crossword





Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Top Things That MUST Be Done Before Every Class





What are the top things that must be done before every class? Well, everyone is different as well as their needs, but maybe sharing what we found that has to be done before class so it can run smoothly and efficiently will help others.


Here is my list of top things that must be done before class:


1. Have prepared and well planned lesson plans. Before you do anything you must plan and prepare. Having a well planned and prepared CCD class is essential. Without this your students cannot learn to their fullest potential. A well planned and prepared lesson plan will also help to avoid possible behavior problems that could arise in your class as well. A thorough and thought out lesson plan should include various elements to promote good learning. Using a lesson plan template will help you keep everything in mind.

2. Be prepared and know the material. Know your subject. Read, study, and learn. A good lesson depends on how well the catechist understands the material.

3. Always arrive at least 30 minutes before your class starts. To enhance your students learning prepare your classroom. A well-organized catechist and classroom is a must. Without it, your students will not learn to their fullest potential. Have all materials and equipment ready and in the classroom before class starts. The attendance list, worksheets, puzzles, coloring sheets, crafts, etc. should be within easy reach and organized on your desk or table. If crafts need to be pre-cut and/or patterns copied onto construction paper for younger students, be sure to have this done before class. Crayons, glue, pencils (sharpened), etc. should be organized in containers so you do not need to interrupt your lesson to go to search for them when they are needed. Keep these supplies nearby within easy reach. Only put supplies on the student’s desk/table when they are needed and not before. This will help keep distractions down to a minimum. Write on the chalk board vocabulary words for today’s lesson or any key words that you want your students to know before class starts.

4. Print worksheets, puzzles, crafts, etc. for your students. Make extra copies just in case you get a new student or if someone brings a friend to class.

5. All technical equipment (VCRs, computers, overhead projectors, CD/DVD players, etc.) should be ready to go and you know how to use them.



What are your tops things that you must do before class? Please comment and I will add it to the post.





Friday, August 21, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 9/20/15- Mark 9:30-37








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B 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.




Mark 9:30-37



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.

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

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

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

msssbible.com- Who Is The Greatest? with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

msssbible.com- The Rainbow Fish lesson

sermons4kids.com- Who Is The Greatest? object lesson with crafts, puzzles, quizzes

sermons4kids.com- A Topsy Turvy World object lesson coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz

sermons4kids.com- A Key To Greatness object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

word-sunday.com- Judy Babysits Her Younger Brother (scroll down to Gospel)

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Tells His Disciples To Become Slaves lesson

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- Jesus and the Children

heroes.999coloringpages.com- Rainbow Fish coloring pages



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Topsy Turvy group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- The Key To Greatness group activities (crafts)

dltk-teach.com- Rainbow Fish Coffee Filter Craft

dltk-teach.com- Rainbow Fish Craft



Games

sermons4kids.com- Topsy Turvy group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- The Key To Greatness group activities (games)

mssscrafts.com- Play musical chairs and at the end reward the child who was out first! (Wait until the end of the game until you tell the children that that this is the way you will be playing!) Discuss how being the winner or first to gain something is not always the best way.



Puzzles

mssscrafts.com- Memory Verse Puzzle

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Decoder Puzzle

sermons4kids.com- Decoder Puzzle

sermons4kids.com- Alphabet Soup Puzzle



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice Quiz

sermons4kids.com- ABC Order Quiz

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks





Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lesson Plan Templates





Lesson Plans come in all shapes and forms. What you should use depends upon your principal, DRE, etc. and what you need as a teacher. Teachers must also take into account inclusion of special needs students into their classroom. Keeping all the needs of everyone in mind while doing a lesson plan can sometimes be overwhelming.


Here is the lesson plan template I use and it is editable. (I got this from a class I took years ago at Johns Hopkins or Notre Dame.)


And here is an example of what it looks like all filled out.




Below are some lesson plan templates that I found online that might be helpful:

thereligionteacher.com- Click on the links below to download your free copies of the lessons planning templates from The Religion Teacher’s Guide to Lesson Planning.

lessonplanspage.com- This lesson plan template was designed to make lesson plan writing easier to do while ensuring that all lesson plan components are met. Copy and paste below into your authoring program.

lessonplans4teachers.com- Every teacher has a unique way of completing lesson plans. Some are based on strict district guidelines, while others come out of years of experience and successful practices. The following is a list of generally accepted lesson planning templates. These are all Free Lesson Plan templates.

nwlink.com- Lesson Plan Template (rtf)
This template is intended to be the ultimate lesson plan. If you only use a quarter of the learning techniques within the template, you will still have a great lesson plan. This template uses Outlining to keep the numbers correctly sequenced. By pressing the [Enter] key within the outline or deleting an outline number, the numbers will automatically resequence themselves.

k6educators.about.com- Blank 8-Step Lesson Plan Template

personal.psu.edu- Lesson Plan Template



What kind of lesson plan do you use? Please comment so I can add the link to your blog to this post. We would love to see what you use!





Monday, August 17, 2015

FREE Printable Religious Certificates





Need some free printable religious certificates? Here are a few I found that you can print out. Some are even editable to make them exactly the way you want.


reallifeathome.com- Free Printable Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation Certificates

freeprintablecertificates.net- Free to download and print. Click any certificate design to see a larger version and download it.

hooverwebdesign.com- Free Religious Awards Certificates Printables

templatetrove.com- Several styles, colors and types including certificate of appreciation, certificate of completion as well as blank certificate borders and more. Prints on standard letter size paper (8 1/2" x 11").

mycertificatetemplates.com- Fillable and editable Baptismal Certificate Template

free-power-point-templates.com- If you have a special requirement for an event that requires an award or printable certificate then this free editable and printable certificate template for PowerPoint can be very useful for your particular occasion. You can customize this free certificate template and use it for classroom, company certification like the best year employee award or any other particular occasion.

sundayschoolprintables.com- Several to choose from. Just click on the image you like. Type over and fill in the fields and choose from the bottom drop down menu. Then click make it. Totally editable.

123certificates.com- Offers free certificates to print and free printable certificate templates for Word, free Microsoft word certificate templates with formal certificate borders to download and personalize.

documentic.com- Free editable certificates





FREE One Page Printable Bible Stories



Short on paper and need some printable Bible stories? Well, lambsongs.co.nz has them for FREE. You can print them out in color or black and white, whichever you prefer. Great for review and for your children to read.



Old Testament

New Testament

Christmas

Easter

Value Series





Friday, August 14, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 9/13/15- Mark 8:27-35








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B 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.




Mark 8:27-35



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.

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

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

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- Playing For Keeps object lesson with groups activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Who am I? object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, quizzes, etc.

sermons4kids.com- Take Up Your Cross object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Finds A Solid Rock lesson

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Tells The Disciples That He Must Suffer lesson

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- Peter’s Confession

sermons4kids.com- Take Up His Cross and Follow Me

sermons4kids.com- Take Up Your Cross



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Playing for Keeps activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Take Up Your Cross group activities (crafts)

christiancrafters.com- Mosaic Cross- Easy cross necklace/magnet that all kids can make.

momontimeout.com- Stained Glass Cross Craft

happyhomefairy.com- Stained Glass Cross Craft

christiancrafters.com- Colors of Christ Cross- Neat tip at the bottom for younger students.



Games

sermons4kids.com- Playing for Keeps activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Take Up Your Cross group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Who Am I?



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Spiral Puzzle



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks





Saturday, August 8, 2015

Catholic Prayer Book Printables for Kids





teacherspayteachers.com- Free Catholic Prayer Book Printable

catholicicing.com- Prayer Craft for Preschoolers

dltk-bible.com- Itsy Bitsy Prayer Book (scroll down to Catholic version)

catholicicing.com- Printable Catholic Prayer Prayers for Kids: Posters and Copywork (you can make this into a booklet)

catholicicing.com- Printable Prayer Starters for Kids

holyheroes.net- Printable Best Loved Catholic Prayers & The Prayers of the Mass

catholicplayground.com- FREE Printable Stations of the Cross booklet (click the image to print the sheets)

sjtb.org- FREE Printable Stations of the Cross booklet (scroll down to this)

familyfeastandferia.com- Stations of the Cross in color or black and white booklets

teacherspayteachers.com- FREE Stations of the Cross Booklet for Children

how-to-pray-the-rosary-everyday.com- Rosary booklets of each set of Catholic Rosary mysteries

teacherhouse.org- My Rosary Prayer Book (free)

catholicblogger1.blogspot.com- Activities, Crafts, Coloring, Games, Puzzles, Worksheets for Prayers or Scripture
You can use activities to make prayer booklets for children from these links.





Friday, August 7, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 9/6/15- Mark 7:31-37








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B 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.




Mark 7:31-37

The Healing of a Deaf Man



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.

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

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

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- He Does All Things Well object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin, etc.

sundayschoollessons.com- A Greek Woman Asks Jesus' Help for her Daughter lesson

wordsunday.com- Bobbie’s Hope (scroll down to Gospel)

daniellesplace.com- Jesus Rescues, Protects, and Heals Me Crafts and Activities for Sunday School

kidssundayschool.com- Help Me Get Well- activity for preschoolers

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- Jesus Heals a Deaf Man



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- He Does All Things Well group activities (crafts)

daniellesplace.com- Jesus Heals the Sick crafts posted here.



Games

sermons4kids.com- He Does All Things Well group activities (games)

daniellesplace.com- Bandage Relay and Memory Game (look under Miracles- Jesus Heals a Paralytic



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quiz

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks





Thursday, August 6, 2015

What Makes A Good Catechist?





When you volunteer to be a catechist you must take it seriously, it is not a job to be taken lightly. By becoming a catechist you have made a commitment to teach students the best you can and that doesn't mean being a slacker and only doing a mediocre job. When you volunteer to be a catechist at your parish it says you will be responsible for that class for the year. That means you need to have lesson plans and activities ready each time your class meets. That also means a catechist will be on time and will know the material. All too frequently some take a nonchalant attitude about being a catechist. Remember you volunteered to be a catechist and they are counting on you to be there and do your job well.



What makes a good catechist?


When a catechist needs to be absent you follow the procedure for being absent that is written in the catechist handbook that you signed to verify that you understood what your responsibilities are and the rules that you must follow. Contact the appropriate personnel when you find out when you will be absent ASAP. When you are absent and you do not notify others this causes disruption and poor learning with the students. When you notify the DRE and co-teacher prior to being absent it allows them to make other arrangements. Nothing is worse than not having a teacher show up and a lesson has not been planned. Other volunteers who are supposed to be doing something else and not your job will have to scramble and try to come up with a lesson and teach your class. Utter chaos will result and your students will suffer the consequences from your inconsiderate actions. The catechist should also have all necessary items and suggestions (lesson plan, Substitute Teacher Packet, tips, etc.) ready for the substitute so they can do their job efficiently and effectively.


Always arrive at least 30 minutes before your class starts. To enhance your students learning prepare your classroom. A well organized catechist and classroom is a must. Without it, your students will not learn to their fullest potential.


Use a wide variety of engaging activities that enable all your students to be actively involved in the class. Do imaginative and creative activities that add excitement to your lessons. Make sure the activity fits your students and emphasize the lesson and the objectives of what you want your students to learn.


Use the textbook as a resource, not as the sole source of learning. No curriculum is perfect and teachers need to 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.


Engage in efforts to deepen your knowledge of the faith and grow spiritually. No catechist can know everything and by going to workshops, retreats, classes, studying Catholic literature, etc. can help broaden your understanding and learn new ways of teaching.


Be prepared and know the material. Know your subject. Read, study, and learn. A good lesson depends on how well the catechist understands the material.


Have prepared and well planned lesson plans. Before you do anything you must plan and prepare. Having a well planned and prepared CCD class is essential. Without this your students cannot learn to their fullest potential. A well planned and prepared lesson plan will also help to avoid possible behavior problems that could arise in your class as well. A thorough and thought out lesson plan should include various elements to promote good learning.


Consistently model the behavior you expect of your students. If you want your students to be good Catholics, you must act accordingly. By modeling and living the Catholic way of life it will reinforce proper behavior for your students.


Teach what you are supposed to teach. The subjects should include the Church’s liturgical and sacramental life and moral teachings. You should also cover the topics that are in your curriculum so your lessons will flow accordingly with next year’s class activities.


Have Class Rules and keep disruptive behavior down to a minimum. Go over your Class Rules thoroughly with your students so they will understand them. Every classroom needs rules so that the class can run smoothly and effectively. Having a well behaved classroom is critical for proper learning. For the students to learn to their fullest potential they need an environment that is quiet, without distractions, and organized. To achieve this is to keep disruptive behavior down to a minimum. And always have classroom behavior expectations and go over them with your students the first day and post them where the students can see them.


Be fair. Never show favoritism. Treat each student the same.


Work well with others. That includes the priest, DRE, teachers, helpers, parents, students, etc.


Obtain information from parents and have training for all personnel if you are having a special needs child in your classroom. When a special needs child is assigned to your classroom, be sure to gather information from the parents about their child before they come to class to help with the transition of their child into the classroom. Seeking the advice and assistance of the child's family is the most important factor in learning how to teach a child with special needs. A training session of all personnel that comes in contact with the child should be conducted before the student starts CCD to focus on identifying supports the student needs and how to implement them.


Assess students regularly. Test according to their abilities and how they work best. Use various ways to assess what they have learned.


Get parents involved in CCD. Without parent involvement in CCD their child will not learn to their fullest potential.


Assign homework that reviews previously learned material and is relevant to the objectives of the lesson. Homework should not be busy work, it should reinforce the lesson. Have assignment sheets and grade sheets to help keep students organized and parents up to date.


Explain what you want your students to learn in ways that they understand the material. Take into account the unique needs of your students or how they learn best to make your lesson as effective as possible.


Use technology in your classroom that enhances the lesson and learning of your students. What is effective and needed for your classroom depends upon your students and what is available for the catechist to use. Whatever equipment you are using it must achieve your learning objectives for your lesson. Always have the equipment ready before class and know how to use it.


Catechists keep all information confidential. Anything you know and hear that is personal about anyone, including the students is kept confidential.


Catechists follow and sign the guidelines and rules set forth by the diocese and/or DRE. If there are not any, the DRE should write up some guidelines for the catechists to sign to verify that they understood what their responsibilities are and the rules that they must follow. Be sure include in it an absenteeism policy and what they are supposed to do when they are absent.

It is a good idea to have a Catechist Handbook to acquaint volunteer catechists with the policies and procedures in the Religious Formation Program. The Catechist Handbook will clearly define what the responsibilities are for the catechist and the procedures that they are to follow.



What kind of catechist are you?





Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Catholic Homeschooling





Catholic Homeschooling is an overwhelming responsibility, but here are a few links that may help you educate your children at home.


ewtn.com- Getting Started, The Course of Studies, Obtaining Textbooks, Scheduling and Testing, Conclusion

catholichomeschool.org- This site provides information for Catholic families considering homeschooling or new to homeschooling. There are links for Catholic curriculum providers, Catholic resources and most importantly, contact information for LOCAL CATHOLIC SUPPORT GROUPS. This is a free site, published and maintained by a home schooling family.

homeschoolingcatholic.com- Offers a focal point for information about the Catholic Homeschool Movement

homeschoolingcatholic.com- List of Catholic home study programs and curriculum providers

catholic-homeschooling-resources.com- Catholic Homeschooling Help, Curriculum, Resources and More All In One Place

cathyduffyreviews.com- Catholic Homeschooling Resources for Parents

catholicsistas.com- 10 Steps To Start Catholic Homeschooling

catholicsistas.com- 10 Steps To Selecting A Catholic Homeschool Curriculum