Thursday, April 13, 2017

My Summer Projects! Faith Formation for this Fall

Try the first packet FREE, click to download Week 1
I've really been burning the midnight oil as I put together short saint studies (about 4 a month) for elementary students, and it has been so much fun to see these come together!  Each study is just one page, with a short kid-friendly biography, saint image to color, and fun review activity (cro
sswords, word search, word scramble, etc). April's saints are on TpT now (individually and as a bundle) and I've already begun preparation of my first May saint, St. Damien of Molokai. Others for May will be St. Rita, St. Philip Neri, St. Augustine of Canterbury, and St. Joan of Arc.

The other project that has enriched my evening hours so deeply is a set of supplemental lessons for use with the St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism I.  I've used SJBC I in my religion classes for years, and find that my students love the illustrations and review questions at the end of each lesson. My project expands on these activities, adding greater use of the treasury of prayers, devotions, and information available in SJBC I, especially the dictionary and index at the back for helping students understand the theological terms used in the catechism.  Each lesson also includes catechism Q&A sheets requiring students to fill in missing words from each Question/Answer set. The first week's packet is available for free in my TpT Store.  To download this sample, click here. And be sure to FOLLOW my store for updates as the remaining lessons become available online.
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Please pray for these projects as summer activities ramp up and the school year winds down.  My daughter is really eager to begin work on her set this fall.  I hope you also find them useful!

God bless!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Reviving the Mobile Atrium 2016-17

Below is a link to a slide show of our Atrium on the first day of school. We've added several new works since September, and more are on the way.

Photos of our works and activities this year will be posted soon (after the last day of classes at the end of April).  All of this material is transported into and out of the church once a week, and sets up in about 30-40 minutes.  Thankfully, the bookshelves belong to the church, as they would never fit in my van!

The responses of the children and their parents to this effort have made it all worthwhile!  I have had a wonderful year and am looking forward to another in the fall.


Helping Kids Know the Saints --> That's My Goal!

My most recent adventure has been the creation of short (one-page) saint studies for grades 1-3, with an answer key and teaching notes.  I am learning so much myself, and my daughter loves the colorful images of the saints and the fun review activities.  This month's saints (so far) are:

  • St Bernadette, April 16 (coming soon)

New saints will be added every month, so check them out!   God bless!