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Coloring Through Holy Week

This is the rest of my Easter lesson.  Before I get into that, I have to tell you, my write-the-room activity was a huge hit with the kids!!  Each of us (hubby, kiddo, and me) each took 3 kids and walked around to each “station”.  We read the little scrip to them about how it was part of Holy Week, the kids then traced the word on their worksheet.  After that, they went to their seats and colored the pictures.

When we were done with that, they worked on a coloring book that I made for Holy Week.  There are pictures for the different events of Holy Week, what day it occurred, and a brief description.  The kids had fun with this as well.  They didn’t get it completed, but it’s definitely something that they can take home to finish and have their families read to them. 

Here’s a sample of a couple pages….

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Clipart is hand-drawn by my husband © Elaine and © The Schoolhouse.  I can’t tell you how proud of him that I am, especially since I know it’s hard for him to “believe” that he has such an amazing talent.

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While the kids were coloring, my daughter read The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale.  I consider it to be one of the best stories there are.  I actually was introduced to this book several years ago by another catechist who read it to the whole RE program in church.  

In addition, I made little Easter gift boxes for class.  Each one had a couple different small toys in it, one being a slap bracelet that had “hope”, “peace”, and “faith” on them that I picked up at Wal-Mart.  The main thing in the box was a plastic egg with one of each color jelly bean in it.  With that was the Jelly Bean Prayer that I sort of put together myself.  I used a combination of 3 different poems/prayers and made them into one that I really liked.  If you’re interested in the Jelly Bean Prayer cards, you can click here to download it.

That’s all for this year’s Easter lesson!!  What are you doing??

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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  They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit.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 and The Schoolhouse.  All materials on this blog and downloads are copyright (© Elaine, © The Schoolhouse, and © Commotion) and misuse or abuse is subject to legal action.

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Ten Commandments for Kids

This is a project that is very dear to me.  I really wanted my class to learn about the Ten Commandments in a way that they could learn and remember them.  To remember them, they’d need something that they could go back and look at and know what the Commandment was.  To do this, I’d need pictures and not many words, after all, most 4 & 5 year olds can’t read.

My final project is a mini coloring book.  I have to tell you, there is a story behind this and why it’s taken this long for me to post it.  First, I made it for my class last year, but it never got used.  I struggled with the 5th Commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Kill”.  I finally used an image of a boy holding a gun with the circle and line through it.  I knew it was strong and in your face, but in today’s world, I wanted to be clear on what it meant.  My DRE immediately turned this down, which I understood.  However, she also said that I couldn’t show any type of “violence”….death.  I couldn’t even show them fighting.  I didn’t use this book and put it on the back burner for awhile.  I finally got this Commandment to a way that I’m happy with it and think that it explains enough to the kids.  I’ve showed it to many people and they think that the way I originally presented it was fine, especially in today’s world and they said this one is good too.  The tv they watch and games they play are far worse.  That being said, it’s still toned down because I want to benefit as many kids as possible.  I went the “fight” way, but I still can’t use it in class, per my DRE’s wishes and thus I’ll probably never fully teach them.  However, I’m hoping that this helps many others teach the Ten Commandments to their kids!!

UPDATE:  After my DRE saw this version of the book, I was allowed to use it in my class.  The kids really loved it and they wanted to talk about what was happening on every page!!

Please note that this is the Catholic version of the Ten Commandments.  Everything is presented in a simple manner with stick kids so that they understand each Commandment.  I tried to use as few words as possible since it’s geared toward little ones who probably can’t read.  The last page of the mini coloring book lists the 10 Commandments along with the tablets.  I also included extra page of them for you to do as you’d like with whether you use as a worksheet or poster…..or something else. 

Here’s a thumbnail view of a couple pages of this coloring book….

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The coloring images are from internet sources and believed to be public domain and they’re used without profit for personal and educational purposes.

I’m really happy with this mini coloring book.  If you are too and you’d like to use it with your kids, please just click to….

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I’d love to hear what you think about this coloring book and if you use it with your kiddos.  Please leave a comment below or use the “contact me” button in the right column.  I truly create by the input that I receive, so let me hear from you!!

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The Beatitudes

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….

TheBeatitudes MiniColoringBook byElaine SAMPLEAll 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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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 and The Schoolhouse. All materials on this blog and downloads are copyright (© Elaine, © The Schoolhouse, and © Commotion) and misuse or abuse is subject to legal action.

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