Friday, June 2, 2017

Catechist Self Examination





It is generally conceded that much of a teacher’s expertise- some would say most- comes from real classroom experiences. However, although experience is a necessary condition for teacher expertise it is not a sufficient one (Lambert & Clark, 1990). If teacher experience heightens a teachers expertise and understanding then it must be reflected on, analyzed, and used to improve practice. It is the constant cycle of experience, reflection, and improvement that marks a teacher’s growth and development; teachers do learn by doing, but only if they reflect upon, critique, and base future actions on knowledge gained by past experiences (Airasian & Gullickson, 1994).

It is that time of the year again, time for you as a catechist to do a self-examination to see how well you are teaching. To find out whether or not you are a good teacher, researchers say that one of the best ways is to use evaluative questions that force catechists to evaluate themselves. In doing this catechists can assess what they know, do not know, and what they would like to know so they can become better teachers. After they self-evaluate they will be able to set goals that they feel they can attain with the new knowledge they have about themselves.

Self Evaluation: Are You A Good Teacher?




Thursday, May 25, 2017

Activities for Pentecost





Activities:

catholicmom.com- Thoughts about the Apostles at the Ascension and Practical Prep for Pentecost!

huffingtonpost.com- How You Can Prep For Pentecost

buildfaith.org- Practical and Fun Ideas for Pentecost

thebillabong.info- Ideas for Pentecost

familylife.com- 4 Ideas for Celebrating Pentecost



Introduce activities: Who was God going to send to the disciples? The Holy Spirit.

sermons4kids.com- New Wind Blowing object lesson with coloring page and puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Pentecostal Power object lesson

sermons4kids.com- The Wind In Your Socks object lesson with coloring page and puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Filled With The Holy Spirit object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin, quiz, etc.

sermons4kids.com- Filled With The Holy Spirit (group activities) crafts, games, songs, etc.

sermons4kids.com- The Power Source object lesson with coloring page

sermons4kids.com- A Birthday Celebration object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, etc.

sermons4kids.com- A Birthday Celebration (group activities) crafts, games, songs, etc.

sermons4kids.com- Group Activities (games, crafts, etc.)

dltk-bible.com- Pentecost lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.

calvarycurriculum.com- The Day of Pentecost lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.



More Crafts

Introduce crafts: Who was God going to send to the disciples? The Holy Spirit.


dltk-bible.com- Flying Dove paper craft

daniellesplace.com- Dove Peace Sunday School Craft (scroll down to Peace)

enchantedlearning.com- Peace Dove Craft

Taking Flight- A bird that can be a dove that you make out of white paper and using the child's handprints. (From the Hands of a Child by Anthony Flores, page 41).

Peaceful Dove Ornament- A cute dove made out of a peanut. (Christian Crafts for Christmastime by Kathy Ross, page 44 & 45).

catholicicing.com- Holy Spirit Craft (make a dove from a paper plate)

kareninmommyland.blogspot.com- Holy Spirit Craft (dove)

Peaceful Dove Ornament- A cute dove made out of a peanut. (Christian Crafts for Christmastime by Kathy Ross, page 44 & 45).

sermons4kids.com- Making A Windsock

Pentecost Windsock- by tenkidsandadog.blogspot.com

The Holy Spirit moves us to do God’s will (Holy Spirit mobile)- Here is a mobile that will encourage children to look further around for God’s presence in their life. Big Book of Ideas for Children’s Faith Formation by McNamara, McKeever, and Robinson, page 224.

freekidscrafts.com- Pop Bottle Wind Spinner

kidsactivitiesblog.com- Whirligig
Watch the wind take a spin through your backyard with a homemade whirligig.

playideas.com- Plastic Bottle Whirligigs & Wind Spinner, (scroll down to these)

happyhooligans.ca- Water Bottle Wind Spirals

daniellesplace.com- Wind Twirlers
An easy craft made out of fun foam.



Introduce craft- What flickered around the disciple’s heads, but didn’t burn them? Fiery flames.

noelnoelnoel.com- Festive Candle Holder
Cute, easy craft made out of a baby food jar and tissue paper. Tip: Make a mixture of half water and half glue in a paper cup.







Tongues of Fire Headbands Craft- Use card stock paper or cardboard to cut out flame shapes. Have the children paint them with water colors or glue red and orange pieces of tissue paper on it to make it look like flames. Use a strip of paper for the headband, fitting it to each child’s head and using a stapler to secure the headband. Attach the flames to the headband using the stapler as well.



More Games

Introduce game: What flickered around the disciple’s heads, but didn’t burn them? Fiery flames.

Who Has The Fire?

Need: Orange construction paper balled up to be the fire.

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



daniellesplace.com- Wind and Fire Relay
A fun relay game that the students really enjoy.


Listen Up- This game will help kids remember to listen for the Holy Spirit. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 105).






The Holy Spirit File Folder Game- Work your way around the board and answer questions about the Holy Spirit. For 2nd grade on up. There are a lot of choices and possibilities for this game.








Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Catholic)- Spin the spinner and follow the directions. If you spin “Leader’s Space” you may change places with the leader and put his marker where you were. Make your way around the board answering questions about the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The first player to FINISH wins.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: Pentecost Sunday is 50 days after Easter. Jewish Pentecost was a thanksgiving feast for the first fruits of the wheat harvest and was associated with remembrance of God's gift of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. What is bread made out of? Let’s make some bread to celebrate Pentecost.

pillsbury.com- Carmel Sticky Buns

allrecipes.com- Cinnamon Buns



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

More 365 Activities for Kids
November 29- Which group of disciples is the odd one out?

puzzles.about.com- Day of Pentecost (dot-to-dot)

sermons4kids.com- The Day of Pentecost (word search)

sermons4kids.com- The Day of Pentecost (crossword)

sermons4kids.com- Filled With The Holy Spirit (crossword)

sermons4kids.com- The Day of Pentecost (jumble)

sermons4kids.com- Filled With The Holy Spirit (jumble)

sermons4kids.com- The Day of Pentecost (decoder)

dltk-bible.com- Pentecost Puzzles (anagrams, crosswords, cryptogram, word searches)

sermons4kids.com- Filled With The Holy Spirit (multiple choice)

pflaum.com- Four times during the school year, Pflaum Gospel Weeklies provides three ready-to-print activities for each level; Seeds (Preschool), Promise (Grades K-1), Good News (Grades 2-3), Venture (Grades 4-6) and Visions (Grades 7-8). Plus each season special features for the entire family.

Pentecost Worksheet- (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)





Friday, April 28, 2017

Gospel for the Mass: 5/28/17- John 17:1-11A Seventh Sunday of Easter








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




John 17:1-11A



Activities

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

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

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

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- In the World, but Not of the World object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, quizzes, Powerpoint Presentation, worship bulletin

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Prays for Himself and His Disciples 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 prays for his disciples. John 17:6-19



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- In the World, but Not of the World group activities (crafts)



Games

sermons4kids.com- In the World, but Not of the World group activities (games)



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks





Gospel for the Mass: 5/28/17- Matthew 28:16-20 The Ascension of the Lord








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




Matthew 28:16-20



Activities

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

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

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

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

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

sermons4kids.com- Delivering the Invitation object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Go and Make Disciples object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, Power Point Presentation, worship bulletin

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Tells His Disciples What to Do lesson with questions

sermonsuite.com- This sermon, Toby's Box, is based on Matthew 28:16-20 and relates to Trinity Sunday

sermonsuite.com- Joining the Team children’s sermon

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- I can tell my friends about Jesus.

storange.cloversites.com- Jesus Gives One Last Commandment (page 4)

church-of-god-online.com- The Great Commission (page 4)

static1.squarespace.com- The Great Commission (page 8)



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Delivering the Invitation group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Go and Make Disciples group activities (crafts)

mssscrafts.com- Use as a Bible craft or as a memory verse game.



Games

sermons4kids.com- Delivering the Invitation group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Go and Make Disciples group activities (games)

mssscrafts.com- Scripture Sheep Memory
• Print out a number of copies of the template or alternatively, paste the template into a program such as Publisher. Print or write the first half of memory verses on sheep front card and the second half and/or the reference on the sheep back card.
• Cut out and play memory with the cards.



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword





Friday, April 21, 2017

Special Events for May








*This month’s special events are: Crowning of Mary and The Ascension of the Lord


Crowning of Mary

Crowning of Mary- During the Month of May -- a month both named for and dedicated to Mary -- Catholics have long honored her by placing a crown on her image. Here are some activities to help you celebrate the Crowning of Mary.






The Ascension of the Lord

gardenofpraise.com- Jesus Leaves Earth
On this website, all Ascension activities are interactive and include an Ascension Song, word searches, and a memory puzzle. Students can read the simple Ascension story on this website and produce a short presentation for the class, explaining what happened during the Ascension of Jesus. Level: Grades 3-6

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

Birth of Jesus to Ascension Cards- Play Memory, Go Fish, or Sequencing with these cards. The cards can also help students establish the content and order of the Matthew, Mark and Luke (synoptic) gospels. Example: Take the gospel of Mark since it's the shortest and ask the students to take the cards and put them in the order which Mark mentions them in his book.

*If you want to play Bible Timeline Card Game, make sure you print out the action cards and follow the directions.





Crafty Crafters: Mother’s Day Heart Picture Frame with Card





So how crafty are you?

What is your favorite craft you make for Mother’s Day?




Introduce craft: Who is the mother of Jesus? Who does your mother love? Mother’s Day is coming soon so we are going to make something special for her.


emmaslunch.com- Heart Picture Fame Craft

Make frame according to directions. To make into a magnet put a sticky magnet on back of heart frame. Show students how to make a simple envelope with the colored construction paper and staples. Students can decorate their envelope with crayons and magic markers and put their frame inside as a present for Mom. You can also use paper lunch bags to put present inside that the students decorate.


Introduce craft: What do we need to make to go with the gift that we are making for our Mom’s? (A card.)

dltk-holidays.com- Click on Mother’s Day Four Fold Cards
Have students decorate lunch bag for their Mom. Print out cards and have students color and tape to their gift bags after they have put their gift inside.



Please comment so I can add the link to your blog to this post. We would love to see what you do!





Gospel for the Mass: 5/21/17- John 14:15-21








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




John 14:15-21



Resources

newadvent.org- Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit

everystudent.com- Who is the Holy Spirit?

ewtn.com- The Holy Spirit: Basic Doctrine, Reflections, Prayers, Church Documents, etc.

godonthe.net- The Holy Spirit

The Catholic Toolbox- The Holy Spirit



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.

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

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

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

msssbible.com- The Early Church/The Holy Spirit with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

kidssundayschool.com- A Heart for Jesus
The Holy Spirit can reach our heart no matter how much we may have sinned.

sundayschoollessons.com- We Live Because Jesus Lives lesson

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

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

The Catholic Toolbox- Pentecost 1st Grade On Up lesson with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.

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

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



Coloring

first-school.ws- Dove coloring page and handwriting sheet

apples4theteacher.com- Peace Dove coloring page

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

sermons4kids.com- John 14:15-21



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- The Comforter group activities (crafts)

tenkidsandadog.blogspot.com- Pentecost Windsock

The Catholic Toolbox- Tongues of Fire Headband (a fun craft to remind children what flickered around the disciple’s heads, but did not burn them)

dltk-bible.com- Dove Crafts

daniellesplace.com- Dove Peace Sunday School Craft (scroll down to Peace)

daniellesplace.com- Pentecost Bible Crafts

enchantedlearning.com- Peace Dove craft

Taking Flight- A bird that can be a dove that you make out of white paper and using the child's handprints. (From the Hands of a Child by Anthony Flores, page 41).

Peaceful Dove Ornament- A cute dove made out of a peanut. (Christian Crafts for Christmastime by Kathy Ross, page 44 & 45).

The Holy Spirit moves us to do God’s will (Holy Spirit mobile)
Here is a mobile that will encourage children to look further around for God’s presence n their life. (Big Book of Ideas for Children’s Faith Formation by McNamara, McKeever, and Robinson, page 224.)

instructables.com- Wind Spinner (scroll down for several that are posted)
Watch the wind take a spin through your backyard with a homemade whirligig.

daniellesplace.com- Wind Twirlers
An easy craft made out of fun foam (scroll down to this).



Games

sermons4kids.com- The Comforter group activities (games)

daniellesplace.com- Tongues of Fire Bible Verse Review Game and Wind and Fire Relay


Who Has The Fire?

Introduce game: What flickered around the disciple’s heads, but didn’t burn them? Fiery flames.

Need: Orange construction paper balled up to be the fire.

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


Listen Up- This game will help kids remember to listen for the Holy Spirit. (The Encyclopedia of bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 105).

kidssundayschool.com- Guided in Truth
Children have fun trying to duplicate a pattern of blocks hearing only verbal commands. The unseen Holy Spirit guides us in truth, if only we listen.

The Catholic Toolbox- Fruit of the Holy Spirit Bean Bag Toss

The Catholic Toolbox- Fruits of the Holy Spirit (file folder game)
Spin the spinner and follow the directions. If you spin “Leader’s Space” you may change places with the leader and put his marker where you were. Make your way around the board answering questions about the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The first player to FINISH wins.

The Catholic Toolbox- Holy Spirit File Folder Game
Work your way around the board and answer questions about the Holy Spirit. For 2nd grade on up. There are a lot of choices and possibilities for this game.



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

twopaths.com- Pentecost and the Early Church (word search)

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword





Friday, April 14, 2017

Gospel for the Mass: 5/14/17- John 14:1-12








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




John 14:1-12



Activities

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

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

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

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- I am The Way object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quizzes, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Finding the Way object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, quiz, workship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Through the Maze object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quizzes, worship bulletin

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Is The Way, The Truth, and The Life lesson

ministry-to-children.com- Children Sermon: Way, Truth, Life lesson with activities

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



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- John 14:6

sermons4kids.com- John 14:1-6

starpoempickjuly.blogspot.com- He is the living way. John 14:6

stjosephsomerspoint.com- Way Truth Life


Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Through the Maze group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- I am The Way group activities (crafts)

pinterest.com- John 14:6 craft

sunday-school-center.com- One Way/Jesus craft (page 6 & 7)

craftingthewordofgod.com- Jesus I am (craft)
This Bible craft is for teaching on the “I Am’s” of Jesus. Instead of asking our kids who they think Jesus is, we can lead them through scripture and show them who Jesus is. We should show them who Jesus Himself said He was. And that is exactly what this craft will accomplish. John 14:6 is posted)

zoecraftbook.com- I am the way, the truth and the life (craft)

daniellesplace.com- Backpack With Bible Verses Craft (scroll down to this)
Printed on the bag it says: I am the Way!
Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me.” John 14:6



Games

sermons4kids.com- Through the Maze group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- I am The Way group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- The Price Is Right
Children guess the price of several items and discover the real price for Heaven.

daniellesplace.com- Play a Search and Find Game & Ring Toss Bible Lesson Review Game (scroll down for these)

scripturelady.com- Scripture Lady’s Bible Verse Games: Way, Truth, Life Dice – Learning John 14:6

christiancrafters.com- The One Way Game

comeandseegovbay.wordpress.com- I am the Way, the Truth and the Life – John 14: 6 (maze game)


Introduce game: Who said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” John 14:1 (Jesus)

Faith Basketball

Need: Trashcan and 2 balled up pieces of paper for balls.

Directions: Put a trashcan against a wall. Have students line up in two teams behind a chair (to keep them from getting too close to basket). Students then play Horse Basketball, but spell Faith. The first team that spells FAITH wins.



Handwriting

godsmostprecious.blogspot.com- John 14:6 manuscript handwriting sheet (scroll down to this)



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Dot-to-dot

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the blanks





Friday, April 7, 2017

Gospel for the Mass: 5/7/17- John 10:1-10








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




John 10:1-10



Activities

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


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

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

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- He Knows Your Name object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Steal the Sheep object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quizzes, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- The Master’s Voice object lesson

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Knows His Own Sheep and We Know Him lesson

daniellesplace.com- The Good Shepherd Lesson with activities

catholicicing.com- Good Shepherd Learning Activity and Craft

ministry-to-children.com- 3 Preschool Lessons

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

The Catholic Toolbox- The Good Shepherd 1st Grade on Up lesson with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.

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- The sheep follow because they know his voice.

sermons4kids.com- I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11 (NIV)

mormonshare.com- The Good Shepherd



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- He Knows Your Name group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Steal the Sheep group activities (crafts)

makingmusicprayingtwice.com- Agnus Dei – Lamb of God Washcloth

sweetgrace.typepad.com- BaaBaa Black, Pink, and Blue Sheep? An easy yarn craft (scroll down to the white one with ears)

first-school.ws- Handprint Lamb or Sheep Craft
This is a very easy craft that the youngest child can help with and makes a beautiful keepsake. Template included.

crafty-crafted.com- Easter Lamb Craft

roomparentideas.com- Lamb Note Card Holder

craftscollection.net- Sheep Egg

kidscraftroom.com- Clothes Pin Sheep (cute note holder)

dadcando.com- Fluffy Sheep

orientaltrading.com- Lamb of God Paper Plate Craft Kit

Rocking Sheep- Tap the sheep very lightly and they will gently rock from side to side. (The Grolier Kids Crafts Craft Book by Cheryl Owen, page 18 & 19).

The Lord is My Shepherd Magnet- A cute sheep magnet out of popsicle sticks. You can omit the other wooden pieces and mini chalkboard in this craft and just use cardboard or construction paper. (Hands On Crafts for Kids 20-Minute Crafts, page 30 & 31).





Hand Lamb- (this craft was at familyfirst.com, but the website has been removed)

What You Need:

• White crayon
• Black, brown, and pink construction paper
• Scissors
• White glue
• Styrofoam tray to work on
• Cotton balls
• Hole punch
• Black sharp-pointed marker
• Thin ribbon

What you do:
1. Use the white crayon to trace around your hand on the black paper. Cut the hand shape out.
2. Cover the palm of the hand and the base of the thumb and fingers with glue. Then attach cotton balls to make a sheep.
3. Punch an eye for the sheep from the brown paper. Use the black marker to draw a dot in the center of the eye for a pupil. Glue the eye to the middle of the thumb.
4. Tie a piece of thin ribbon around the base of the thumb to form a neck for the sheep. Tie the ribbon in a bow.



Games

sermons4kids.com- He Knows Your Name group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Steal the Sheep group activities (games)

kidssundayschool.com- The Good Shepherd and the Wolf (game)

daniellesplace.com- Scroll down to Activities 1. Play a Sheep Game
2. Play “Gathering Your Sheep” Balloon Game

vtaide.com- Find The Lost Sheep
Protect The Sheep
Feeding Relay
Know Your Sheep
Know Your Shepherd’s Voice

The Catholic Toolbox- Good Shepherd: Sheep Memory Game

The Catholic Toolbox- The Good Shepherd (file folder game)


Introduce game: What does a shepherd do? What happens if one lamb is missing?

What Lamb Is Missing?

Need: Nothing

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”.


The Lost Sheep Hide and Seek- A great activity game to go with the Bible story. (Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 146 for game piece and page 146 for directions).

Name Rhythm- This game will allow your students to share a unique thing about themselves with the group, as well as help students see that Jesus knows them each by name. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 221).



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Dot-to-dot

The Great Bible Big Fun Activity Book: From the Old and New Testaments by Toni Lind- Follow the Dots to see who the shepherd guards against.

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the blanks





Friday, March 31, 2017

Gospel for the Mass: 4/30/17- Luke 24:13-35








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year A page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Luke 24:13-35



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.

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

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- We Want To See Jesus object lesson

sermons4kids.com- On the Road to Emmaus object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Seeing Clearly object lesson with coloring, group activities, puzzles, quizzes, worship bulletin

calvarycurriculum.com- The Road to Emmaus lesson #240 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Walks With His Friends To Emmaus 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- On the Road to Emmaus

craftingthwordofgod- Road to Emmaus coloring page

supercoloring.com- Jesus on the Road to Emmaus coloring page

azcoloring.com- Several Road to Emmaus coloring pages posted

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- Jesus Walks With Two Friends (page 4)

storage.cloversites.com- The Road To Emmaus (page 12)



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- On The Road To Emmaus group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Seeing Clearly group activities (crafts)

amysfreeideas.com- On The Road To Emmaus Pop Up Scenes (scroll down to this)

craftingthewordofgod.com- Road To Emmaus (craft)

classroom.synonym.com- Crafts for Preschoolers on the "Road to Emmaus"



Make a bookmark from a Bible verse from today’s lesson.

dltk-kids.com- Custom Bookmarks

tipnut.com- 50+ Ways To Make Your Own Bookmarks

pinterest.com- Make Your Own Bookmarks

printwithmypic.com- The free printable photo bookmark templates will make 1, 2, 3, or up to 4 bookmarks at once. Add your own photo, logo, school mascot, picture of you and friends, friends, family, anything to make a personalized picture bookmark.



Games

sermons4kids.com- On The Road To Emmaus group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Seeing Clearly group activities (games)


Introduce game: Who did the two disciples not recognize? Jesus. Let’s see how well you can recognize someone.

Guess Who?

Materials: paper bag

Directions: Blindfold one student using a paper bag. Pick another student for the first student to guess who it is. The blindfolded student will try to find out who the person is by asking questions to figure out who they are. The unknown student answers the questions using a disguised voice. Once they have identified their fellow class member, that student can be blindfolded and have a turn.

Questions: Was it hard or easy to recognize the person from their voice?


Take a verse from today’s lesson Luke 24:13-35. Make paper footprints with the words of the verse on each footprint. Let the kids put them in order.

The Catholic Toolbox- Road to Emmaus Game



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- On the Road to Emmaus (maze)

sermons4kids.com- Road to Emmaus (word search)

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks

biblewise.com- On the Road to Emmaus (fill in the blanks with word bank)





Friday, March 24, 2017

Gospel for the Mass: 4/23/17- John 20:19-31








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




John 20:19-31



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.

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

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

sermons4kids.com- Identification, Please? object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Can You Believe It? object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Don’t Miss Church object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, group activities, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Believe It or Not! object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Checking the Roll object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz

calvarycurriculum.com- Thomas Doubts lesson #241 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Tells His Disciples What To Do lesson

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Visits His Disciples, But Thomas Needs Proof

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Finds A Solid Rock lesson

kidsclubs4jesus.com- Doubting Thomas 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).

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 Appears

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Appears to Thomas

sermons4kids.com- John 20:25

sermons4kids.com- Thomas

theclipartwizard.com- Doubting Thomas coloring pages



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Identification Please group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Believe It or Not group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Don’t Miss Church group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Can You Believe It? group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Checking the Roll group activities (crafts)


Introduce craft: What was Jesus nailed to?

christiancrafters.com- Colors of Christ Cross (neat tip at the bottom for younger students)

daniellesplace.com- Several cross crafts listed

dltk-bible.com- Paper Bead Cross

Oriental Trading Company- Nail Cross Necklace Craft Kit

christiancrafters.com- Mosaic Cross (easy cross necklace/magnet that all kids can make)



Games

sermons4kids.com- Identification Please group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Believe It or Not group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Don’t Miss Church group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Can You Believe It? group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Checking the Roll group activities (games)

The Catholic Toolbox- Disciples Memory or Go Fish
Take out the Judas cards and play one of these games.



Thomas the Doubter

Introduce game: Who wouldn't believe that Jesus was alive until he saw the marks of the nails on Jesus' hands and feet, and touch the wound in Jesus' side?

Need: Large nail with blunt point, 1 chair

Directions: A student is picked by the teacher to play the part of Thomas. He or she will sit in a chair with their back to the class. A large nail is put under the chair. While Thomas is turned around with his or her eyes closed, the teacher will choose a student to sneak up and take the nail and hide it somewhere on his person. When this person is ready, then everyone will say: “Doubting Thomas, where is the nail?” The teacher will then say, “Does _____ have it?” (This student may or may not have it). Thomas will then stand up and turn around. Will Thomas doubt what the teacher says or will he believe the teacher? If Thomas believes the teacher, he will say, “I believe _____ has it.” Or he will not believe the teacher and guess who might have the nail. Whoever has the nail is now Thomas.



Introduce activity: How do we know what is real or true? Two fun activities to emphasize the story Doubting Thomas.

Know For Sure Relay

Need: 2 different size boxes that have individual snacks for each child inside, tape boxes shut and do not tell the student’s what is inside the boxes

Directions: Set up a relay with two teams (if you have a lot of students, have more teams each with a box with snacks inside). Place snack boxes at another point in the room for each team to run for. Do not give the students any hints about what is in the boxes. The first student in line runs to the box, carries it back to his team and gives it to the next team member in line. This player funs it back to it’s starting point and leaves it there. The player returns and goes to the end of his team line. Repeat until everyone has had a turn.

Then hold up one of the boxes. Say: What do you think is in this box? Hold up another box and say: What about this box? Do you think both boxes have the same thing inside? Do you know for sure what is inside the boxes? How can you find out for sure? (By opening up the boxes.) We have to see with our eyes to know for sure what is inside the box don’t we? Let’s open up the boxes and see if you are right. (Let each student open up a box.) Say: We are going to have these snacks for later. (Put the boxes to the side.)



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks





Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Church Potluck Recipe: Easter Basket Cupcakes





These cute cupcakes are always a hit at any Easter function. They are so much fun to make and the kids just love them.



spoonful.com- Edible Easter Basket


Ingredients:

1 dozen cupcakes
1 bag jelly beans
2 cups white icing
Sweetened coconut, colored with green food coloring


Instructions:

1. First, frost the cupcakes with white icing. Bend a pipe cleaner or a piece of red licorice into an arch and push the ends into the sides of each cupcake.

2. Shake the shredded coconut in a stainless steel bowl. Sprinkle on food coloring bit by bit, mixing vigorously to distribute the color.

3. Place a pinch of shredded coconut on each iced cupcake. Now place three jelly beans on the "nest" of coconut.

4. Tie a small ribbon bow on the pipe cleaner or licorice handle at a jaunty angle.

5. Put one cupcake basket by each place setting at Easter brunch or give them as gifts.





Friday, March 17, 2017

Gospel for the Mass: 4/16/17- John 20:1-9 or Matthew 28:1-10








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




John 20:1-9 or Matthew 28:1-10



Activities

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

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

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

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

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

sermons4kids.com- I’ve Just Seen Jesus object lesson with coloring page and puzzles

sermons4kids.com- It’s Empty! object lesson with coloring page

sermons4kids.com- The Case of the Empty Tomb object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin, etc.

calvarycurriculum.com- Peter and John Visit Jesus’ Tomb lesson #239 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

dltk-bible.com- The Easter Story lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, color sheets, etc.

dltk-bible.com- Jesus is Alive! lesson (#5)

sundayschoollessons.com- Mary Magdalene Speaks To The Risen Christ lesson

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

The Catholic Toolbox- Easter lesson for 1st Grade on Up with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.

The Catholic Toolbox- Easter (lessons, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets, etc.)

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

textweek.com- John 20:1-18 Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources

textweek.com- Matthew 28:1-10 Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Jesus is Alive!

sermons4kids.com- He is not here, he is risen!

apples4theteacher.com- The cave tomb of Jesus

sundayschoolresources.com- Tomb with open door

calvarycurriculum.com- Peter and John visit Jesus’ tomb. John 20:1-10 (page 2)

dltk-teach.com- The Life of Jesus mini book with images that children can color and simple, repetitive words that early readers should be able to read themselves. This particular one tells the story of Jesus' life using simple words.

lambsongs.co.nz- Easter mini books to print out and color (Easter Rhyme, Easter Story, He’s Alive! and Easter Surprise)



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Surprise! It’s Empty! group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- The Faces of Easter group activities (crafts)

catholicicing.com- Religious Easter Craft for Kids — Make a Resurrection Set! {It’s Printable!}

The Empty Tomb- A cute craft that the children will get to "roll the stone away" on Jesus' tomb to retell the story of the resurrection. Even though this comes from a preschool craft book, it is appropriate for older children to do. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 57 & 58).

Butterfly- A butterfly is made from using the child's handprints. The butterfly represents how the caterpillar changed and became a butterfly and received new life. (From the Hands of a Child by Anthony Flores, page 40).

Plastic Bag Butterfly- A beautiful magnet butterfly to represent new life. (Crafts to make in the Spring by Kathy Ross, pages 52 & 53).

parenting.com- Coffee Filter Butterfly

freepreschoolcrafts.com- Plastic Bag Butterfly- Make this butterfly according to the directions or use a painted clothes pin for the body that has googly eyes glued on it. Gather the plastic bag together at the center and slide it between the clamps of the clothes pin. Shape some pipe cleaner into antennae and glue the center of the pipe cleaner between the clamps of the clothespin. You can make this into a magnet by putting a sticky magnet on the back of the clothespin.

Resurrection Story Wheel- Children turn their story wheel dial to retell the Resurrection of Jesus story they learned over and over again. Even though this comes from a preschool craft book, it is appropriate for older children to do. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 37, 38, 39, 40, and 42).

dltk-bible.com- The Angel Rolled Away the Stone craft

annieshomepage.com- Jellybean Prayer (prayer with activities to go with it: cards and jar craft)

christiancrafters.com- Colors of Christ Cross (neat tip at the bottom for younger students)



Introduce craft: Have you ever heard of the Jelly Bean Prayer?

annieshomepage.com- Jelly Bean Prayer
Prayer with activities to go with it: cards and jar craft.

kinderart.com- Jelly Bean Sweet Jar (craft)

mama-jean.blogspot.com- Jelly Bean Prayer label (printable)

churchhousecollection.blogspot.com- Jelly Bean Prayer Toilet Paper Roll Craft For Easter



Games

sermons4kids.com- Surprise! It’s Empty! group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- The Faces of Easter group activities (games)

Jesus Is Alive! game- A fun and simple board game for younger children that reviews the story of Jesus coming into Jerusalem to his Resurrection. (Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 64 & 65 for game board and page 55 for directions).


Introduce game: What was rolled away from the tomb where Jesus laid?

Who’s Got The Stone?

Need: One small rock

Directions: One student is picked to be “It”. All the students (except "It") put both of their hands together and form a cup with just a little hole up on top. The teacher walks around and pretends to put the stone in someone's hand. One student will actually get the stone. The student who is “It” is then asked by the teacher, "Who's got the stone?" Whoever has the stone is "It". (Game is like “Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button?).


christiancrafters.com- He Has Risen Egg Pass

christiancrafters.com- The Easter Egg Game

christiancrafters.com- The Empty Tomb

christiancrafters.com- No Easter Egg Hunt

kidssundayschool.com- In The Tomb, Out of the Tomb

You Can’t Keep Jesus Down- Your children will discover that even thought people tried to keep Jesus in the grave, they couldn’t; just as Jesus said. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 148).

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Easter Spin To Win Game (scroll down to this)
This is an Easter game where children can spin to get one of each of the items they’ll need to retell the story of Easter. They store their pieces on their game board which is a cross shape.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Easter Memory Match Game (scroll down to this)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Easter Bingo (scroll down to this)

filefolderfun.com- Easter File Folder Games
These file folder games all have a fun Easter theme. You'll find games for all ages and abilities that can easily be adapted for special needs student.

biblestoryprintables.com- The Story of Easter File Folder Game
This is a file folder game about the Resurrection of Easter time.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Free Easter Bible Printables
Several pages of Easter games that you can print out for free.

The Catholic Toolbox- The Empty Tomb file folder game

The Catholic Toolbox- Jelly Bean Prayer file folder game (scroll down for this)



Puzzles

first-school.ws- He Has Risen puzzle craft- Children color then make an easy puzzle that they can put together.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Easter/Resurrection Bible Puzzles (scroll down to this

sermons4kids.com- Maze (John 20:1-18)

sermons4kids.com- Maze

christiananswers.net- Easter (word search)

joanyedwards.com- Word Search (John 20:1-9)

joanyedwards.com- Word Search (Matthew 28:1-10)

joanyedwards.com- Crossword (John 20:1-9)

joanyedwards.com- Crossword (Matthew 28:1-10)


Snacks

dltk-holidays.com- He’s Alive Buns

dltk-kids.com- Resurrection Cake

dltk-kids.com- Resurrection Rolls


Note: You can make these cookies below the night before and have the students make another batch during class and seal up the oven. While the students are doing another activity, you can remove their cookies and add the batch you made the night before.

catholicicing.com- How To Make Easter Story Cookies {With a Printable Recipe!}