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This week in religious education class, we’re doing the Beatitudes. In some ways, this is hard to teach to the kids, but in other ways they get it. As with all my lessons, I try to make them fun and something that kids at all levels in my class will understand and enjoy.
For this lesson, I chose to make a simple coloring book. Each page contains one of the 8 Beatitudes and an image to color. When they’re done, they get to cut out the pages and assemble their coloring book. My kids just love getting ahold of that stapler!!
Here’s a thumbnail view of just a couple of the pages….
All coloring book images © Super Coloring and they are used for educational purposes only without profit. The cover coloring book image from an internet source and believed to be public domain.
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As a bonus, I have a blast from the past!! In 2008, I created a simple matching game for the Beatitudes. The bee with the reward is matched to the hive with the blessed. If you’re interested in this file folder game, just click here to download it. I hope that you will enjoy both these activities with your kids, but I know that I will!!
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So today was our first class back to religious education tonight. I sure did miss my kiddos, but I wish I had just one more week to RELAX!! The holidays were so hectic and we’re already back in full swing again.
Tonight’s lesson was a little late, but I feel it’s an important one for the kids to know about. Trying to do it before Christmas would have been too much and it wouldn’t have meant as much. This way, it’s just a few days late and they should have been at mass on Sunday to hear the sermon.
We did Epiphany tonight. I did my lesson and we went over key words. They enjoyed learning about magi, kings, and wisemen….and then all being the same 3 men that brought Jesus gifts. We did a Three Wise Men coloring page as our first activity after our class discussion. BTW, that same site has some other great coloring pages!!
Tonight wasn’t loaded with things, as I like to work them back into the routine. Sometimes at their young age, they can get overwhelmed. Finally, we did a craft project that I created for them. We made Epiphany Gift Boxes!! These were fun to make and the kids had fun putting them together. These have multiple uses. They could make a gift for Jesus, or a gift for the priest, or a number of other things. Actually the best part of class was listening to each one say what they were going to use their boxes for. There was things like putting cough drops in them, hiding their candy in it, making something for mom and putting it in the box to give to her…..and they went on.
I recommend that you print these on card stock. That way they’ll be nice and sturdy. Also, I made the lid to fit over the box, but my kids thought it bothered the sides of the box, so they put the lid inside. It fit well either way and I was surprised that even on the inside, they could remove it as they wanted. Directions are included with the printable.
Here’s a preview of what these printable Epiphany gift boxes look like….
Gift box created by Elaine © 2013. The three wise men © ColoringCrew.
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As a little bonus today, I have a set of 3 Wisemen memory cards. It’s a small set, but great for a time filler, perhaps while you’re helping your kids or students assemble the gift box!! If you use this free printable, please leave a comment and let me know if you and/or the kids enjoyed it. I love seeing how my projects are used, so just include your link so I can check it out!! Please click here to vote for my blog….thanks!!
All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are provided for free. However they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share the materials that you download with them. Copyright © 2008-Present. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted. This means that unless it is specified otherwise, all content within this blog and downloads are the private property of Elaine, The Schoolhouse, and Commotion from the Ocean of Life. All materials on this blog and downloads are copyright (© Elaine, © The Schoolhouse, and © Commotion) and misuse or abuse is subject to legal action.
Things around here are moving right along. I really can’t believe how fast summer is going!!
Miss K and I got our hair cut today. It feels great to have it in shape and more comfortable for the hot weather. Other than my hair thinning even more, it really looks good. There’s just really no way to cover the “bald patch” any more. Not only did I inherit it, but hair loss is a side effect of bariatric surgery. Big old double whammy for me!!
I lost 0.6 lb today. Same thing that I lost last week. I know I’m not gaining, but this is slow!! I figure as much as I work my butt off with big chores around the house and exercising every day, the weight should be coming off faster. This plateau is lasting just way too long for ME!! I think when I go for my appointment in a couple weeks, I’m going to tell the doc to do at least 0.5 cc, if not a full cc. I haven’t decided yet and some of it will be up to him. And no, I’m really not eating any more or snacking between meals. I just think that tightening up the lap-band will help kick the weight loss in gear again. I just don’t want to take it to the puking stage!! HAHA Once for that was enough.
I’ve cleaned out the hall closet. There’s actually room in there!! I put our coats and sweaters all on matching hangers and it’s so much more organized that way. There’s no extra hangers either to get caught on when you’re trying to put something away. They all take up less room this way too!! I also have better access to the spare bathroom rugs, the suitcases are in the back out of the way and the vacuum can easily be pulled out and used. I can’t believe how much I got rid of!!
Last Friday, kiddo and I served the meal after a funeral at church. It was a great experience and I’d definitely do it again. I was asked by my DRE if I’d help her out and I usually love stepping up to things like that, so I told her that Miss K and I would do it. It’s great to be there for a family during that time.
After we were done with that, we took 4 garbage bags of stuff to the church thrift store. Most of it was my old clothes. I can’t tell you how good it feels to get rid of all that stuff. I’ve battled my weight so long, that despite having some thinner moments, I had clothes that were 15-20 years old!! Yes, they really were that old. I got rid of stuff that I got at Lane Bryant when we were stationed in GA. That was the early 1990’s!! HAHA I even got rid of some shoes, but they were quickly replaced!! I’ve gotten some really great shoes lately. Best of all, they were all on some sort of sale. Some of them, there was even a sale on the sale. Now a girl with a shoe thing can’t beat that!!
It’s been so hot outside, that I really haven’t been taking any new photos. I have plenty to post, but I haven’t even done that. I guess I really should get back on my photo memes, but I don’t want to get burned out or bore people with them. I must say though, I can’t wait to meet the local photography group. I think it’ll be fun and I might learn lots of new stuff!! Best of all, I might not be so critical of my photos.
Miss K is still working on Algebra I when we’re not busy with appointments and such. She really is liking it. I know that’s odd for a kid to like math, but she does. When she gets started, she flies through several lessons at a time. She says she’ll be ready for Geometry when the new homeschool year starts. I just hope that I am!! HAHA Oye….high school!!
That’s about it for now. What’s going on in your world??
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I’ve finally found the time to create a couple more printables for the VBS theme of Amazing Wonders Aviation. Before I send you to find them though, I’d like to say THANK YOU to everyone who’s left me such wonderful comments about my VBS materials. I’m so glad that you can use them and that the kids will benefit from them. This time up, there’s a blank file folder game for you to add your own skill, a shadow match game, and memory verse cards. If you’re interested in using these items at home, school, church, or your VBS, just visit my printables blog, The Schoolhouse, to check them out!!
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Each year I help one of my group members by creating printables for her to use with their Vacation Bible School (VBS). This year is no different!! I’m really happy with what I’ve made so far this year, with more to come. If you’re interested in using these items at home, school, church, or your VBS, just visit my printables blog, The Schoolhouse, to check them out!!
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I struggled with a lesson tonight. I have the rest of the year planned, but tonight was a blank for me. Since the feast day of Epiphany is 6 January, I decided to go with that for tonight’s lesson. It worked out well and I want to share some of the activities that we did with you all.
We started with a coloring page that I made for them. It tells them what Epiphany is and the date. Then they had a picture to color from dailycoloringpages.com and I added that to the sheet. You can download the Epiphany sheet here. The kids said they “loved” the picture, so I’m glad I picked that one. I was torn between 3 of them and narrowed it to 2 and decided on this one because it just seemed like my kids in class.
Next, we did our craft. I wanted something pretty basic since this is the first week after Christmas Break. I didn’t know what kind of mood they’d be in or how much effort they’d put into it. For the craft, I chose the wiseman silhouette from DLTK and it couldn’t have worked out any better. I chose to apply it to a light blue background so that they’d really stand out. They did!! Here is the one that I did…..
If you’re interested in doing this craft with your kids or class, please just click the image above and it will open to the craft page at DLTK. Notice we did ours different than the sites instructions. I made copies of the camel/wiseman and then we cut them out. After that, we glued it onto the blue paper. This is much easier for my age group.
We also did a maze, and I don’t remember where I got that from. They didn’t like it as much as the other activities!! Finally, I wasn’t sure how much time we’d have, so I printed off a letter writing sheet from First-School. It’s a good thing that I did have the extra because only half my class showed up today. With a smaller class, you go through activities much quicker. You can find the Ww-wise men writing sheet here.
The last thing that I have for you we didn’t do in class tonight. Back in 2008, I made a file folder game that’s perfect for Epiphany. This is a fun game more than a lesson, but it still gets the point across. You could also add your own cards to make the game part of a lesson or for review. The game is called Follow the Star and can be found here. There’s also a game from 2007 called The First Christmas that would be good for review of Christmas and Epiphany. For this one, players must answer questions about the holiday if they land on a “gift” space, which is the gifts of the 3 Wisemen. You can find this game here.
That about covers it!! I hope that you find something here that you can use with your kids or class for Epiphany. Mine really seemed to enjoy this lesson and took a lot away from it.
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As many of you may know, my religion class this year is almost all boys. There’s 9 boys and 4 girls (if they all show up for class.) This is a first for me, so I’ve had to change my whole teaching strategy. These boys always have to be doing something and entertained for the whole class. Coloring and writing isn’t enough!! I’ve always engaged the kids in games and activities, but it has to be non-stop this year.
Tonight’s lesson was about church and mass. We started class by reviewing previous week’s lessons and then moved onto our new lesson. We went over our church family. Then, we discussed items and people inside the church. I showed them lots of pictures of things that they’d see in the church and during mass. I gave them a worksheet here to see how much they remembered about what we’d just discussed. I must say that they did very well. Also, the cards that I used to show the items are very similar to the ones on this same page, but they’re ones that I made quite some time ago.
We moved onto our craft of the matching pieces church. This took up over 30 minutes alone by the time they cut all the pieces out. Then they came over to Mr H or me and we supervised the glue!! The faint lines didn’t show up on the church when I copied them, which was good. The students got to arrange things a little more to their choosing, although almost everyone was the same as the project indicated. They’re so proud that next week, their churches will be displayed on the hall wall in the main school building!! On a side note, if you haven’t checked out MSSS Crafts and Resources for Bible Stories site, I suggest you do. They have tons of great stuff!!
We worked right up until the end of class and finished with prayer. We’re starting on the Hail Mary, but a couple already know it, which is impressive. They all left with this as homework and telling their parents all about their churches!!
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One of my favorite sites for Christian materials for home and religious education is Ministry-to-Children. The author is Tony Krummer. It contains so many articles, printables, and just anything that you might need. Last year, he even recognized my blog as one of the “Top 100 Children’s Ministry Blogs” and I was so honored!!
Recently, he’s been discussing children being over-churched. This is a really touchy topic, but I think that he’s handled it well. I’m pretty much in full agreement with everything that he’s said. I know some of these over-churched kids and it’s as sad to see them as the ones who never go to church. Some of these kids eat, drink, and sleep church. That’s definitely over-churched. I know families that think that because they basically live at the church, that it makes them “good Christians”. Anything in access doesn’t make “good”!!
I find it very hard to talk to these families too. I almost feel like they’re brainwashed because every part of every conversation has to revolve around God and church. I say brainwashed because people often don’t understand my religion and don’t want to and often tell me that my faith is “wrong”. I don’t know how it can be wrong just because one doesn’t understand it and I’m not the same thing that they are. What I’m saying is, these kids are very hard to reach. Probably because they think they know more than me or know it all.
In all honesty, I don’t think that’s what God expects from us. Personally, I think being in church and religion classes that often causes you to lose something. The real connection and purpose of it all. There’s so many important aspects that happen away from the church and religious classroom that are as much a part of life as church is. To fully experience life, they must have a balance of both!!
I highly recommend that you check out everything that Tony has had to say on the subject of over-churched kids. It’s so well put together and I enjoy the way he puts his thoughts out there on this topic. You can find out what he’s said all in one post with links to his stories and comments here.
What are you thoughts on over-churched kids??
I had to do my Ash Wednesday lesson last week. The reason for that is because tomorrow, on Ash Wednesday, we’ll be in mass for class. I like the kids to know ahead of time what it’s all about and what to expect at mass. While I was planning my lesson last week, I came across some great materials that I’d like to share with you. I’m going to start with the first lesson for Lent with Ash Wednesday. Then, I’ll do one for Lent itself and then I’ll do one for Holy Week, and I’ll conclude with Easter. So if you need lesson helps….stay tuned!!
There’s a Bible study lesson for Ash Wednesday. You might also want to know that they have them for each cycle, in case you want to use them in the future. You can find a great coloring page at CatholicMom.com and if you browse around, you’ll find more materials that can be used in class or at home. There is also a spirit of Ash Wednesday coloring page to print out.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Ash Wednesday to enhance your lesson or give more information to the kids, go to Associated Content to find several related articles. Find out What is Ash Wednesday? from About.com and get answers to some of your questions or questions from the kids.
There are a couple of great coloring pages, including separate ones for a girl or boy receiving their ashes. You can find lots of great printables to use at home or in school too. There’s no lack of coloring pages!! You can find another here.
I can’t totally leave Lent out of this section though. Since Ash Wednesday is the 1st day of Lent, you might be interested in some of these resources. I found this great printable Lenten calendar for children. The same blog has one other activity to start at the beginning of Lent for almsgiving. You can also find some crafty Lent preparation ideas. There’s also a fantastic Lenten path available to print in color or b/w.
There really is so much out there for Lent if you look. And when you do find something, they have so many possibilities if you don’t just look at the obvious. One of my favorite searches was all the calendars for Lent. They can be made in so many ways and of so many things. So many great family and kid projects!!
What you find here is just a small portion of the resources available. Unfortunately, it takes quite a bit of looking to find them. Maybe this can be the year that we take a stand and make it “cool” to go to dinner with ashes on your forehead or sacrifice something that means the most (to them)…..like cell phones!!
More to come to make a great Lent season!!
Today was the day our annual parish Fall Carnival. It was an absolutely beautiful day for it!! Miss K had Sam with her because they’re having a sleepover. I was scheduled to open the baked goods booth. Then I had time to stroll the Carnival before hubby and I had to pull duty on the moon bounce.
Don’t get me wrong, I love pulling my duties and volunteering, but I dislike the moon bounce. For one, it’s always in the sun. I can’t take that kind of heat and there’s no place to hide from the sun. I’m just miserable out there. Luckily, I have the Man to help out. He’s a trooper!! The main reason is the behavior of the kids. Every year there’s “bad” ones. Worst of all, the parents do nothing to help curb it. This year, it’s a big boy wrestling younger ones down. His parents are no place around and he did the same thing last year. We tell the kids not to take toys in and they do it anyway. This year it was inflatable sword looking things. Whacking each other and if we tell them stop, the parents say “they’re just having fun”. Yeah ok, til someone loses an eye!!
Of course, it’s not all bad. You get to see the kids have a great time and that usually overrules anything else that happens. The fun extends to K. She has a good time each year we go. This year, her and Sam had a blast!! I wanted to do the cake walk and darned if Sam didn’t win both times!! Yes, that child took home 2 cakes!! They both ate way too much and so did I. The DRE’s mom makes tomales to die for and I get them every year!!
We did hear the bad news that we might not have a parish Fall Carnival next year. Every year, it’s getting harder and harder to find volunteers. Since we have a school joined with our church, they participate too. However, even they couldn’t find volunteers. It’s no wonder the way the HSA is run, but that’s another story. If I was setting this up, I’d change a few things. First, this year it was advertised as the school’s carnival on a big sign by the church. Well most people aren’t going to support a private school by attending at Carnival. Second, even parishners aren’t going to go if it’s billed as the school’s. That means that’s where the money goes and they want it to go to the church. That’s especially true if you have issues with the school like we do!! (I have to add though that the new principal is doing a good job and seems like a good man.) Next, I’d change the booths. They’ve been the same since we started doing this. We’ve volunteered for 4 years and attended quite a bit longer. Change things up and make it fun and interesting again!! Bring some life to it and make the people want to be there.
Anyway, that’s my 2 cents on it!! HAHA No matter, we had a great time and we’ll be there if and when another is held. Do you have a parish Fall Carnival or anything similar??