Easter Memory Cards

Easter Memory Cards

Just one more week until the big day! Here’s one more simple Easter activity to help your children enhance their memory, learn a few Scripture verses about Easter and have fun at the same time. This Scripture-based Easter Memory Card Set has 16 memory cards total, allowing for 4 rows of 4. Eight cards have an image related…

Top 10 Moments of My Day!

Time for a little gratitude! Each day brings new surprises (and challenges), but these are 10 things I am grateful for and look forward to EVERY day – little things that come together to make life wonderful! Browsing through pictures of friends’ babies and weddings on Facebook. Feeling my little boys’ arms wrapped around my…

Holy Thursday Activities

Holy Thursday Activities

It’s almost bedtime, but I couldn’t bring myself to turn off the laptop before completing and uploading this little Holy Thursday learning pack! Probably best for ages 8-13. Help your kids learn, or brush up, on the main events, messages and themes of Holy Thursday. Looking for other Holy Week activities? I’ve already posted a Good…

Help Us Help the Christians in Iraq!

This is a different type of post than I usually write: a plea for help! As some of you already know, my husband and I both work at Mar Qardakh School, the first Catholic school to operate in Northern Iraq in decades. The school is in the process of obtaining international accreditation through the IB…

A Lenten Reflection on Humility

This is a great C.S. Lewis quote to think about this time of year. Humility is an intriguing topic – an elusive virtue that we all wish we had and very few of us actually have. I could list a gazillion moments when I WISH I had humility; yet it’s very hard to come by.…

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Holy Week Activities – Part 2

OK – Here are the activities more geared toward the Sacred Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The last days we have to delve into our Lenten themes before breaking out the joy (and candy?!) of Easter! I don’t know about all of you, but even though these are the most intense…

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Holy Week Activities – Part 1

I’m calling this Part 1 because these activities focus mainly on the early days of Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday and Spy Wednesday). View Holy Week Activities – Part 2 for ideas focused on the Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday) within the next few days. 1. On Palm Sunday, children…

Holy Week Day-by-Day with Jesus

Holy Week Day-By-Day with Jesus

Holy Week Day-By-Day with Jesus (first page pictured above) is a simple activity to help children live Holy Week intentionally. It helps them focus on what Jesus did each day (including Holy Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, which are easier to forget about than the days of the Holy Triduum), by matching symbols and events with the proper day.…

Catechism 101 – Lesson 7: Scripture – Inspiration

To view more Catechism 101 lesson plans, go to the Catechism 101 archive. Reading Material: Catechism of the Catholic Church 101-108 Objective: Students will understand the inspired nature of Scripture and the process of inspiration. Main Ideas:  Jesus is THE Word of God. All of Scripture, also called the Word of God, is oriented toward Jesus.…

Good Friday Activities

Good Friday Activities

With Lent coming to a close in just a few weeks, Holy Week is around the corner! Here are a few Good Friday activities to help kids deepen their understanding and appreciation of what Jesus did for them on that day. Activities include: Good Friday Schedule – Jesus’ and Mine The 7 Last Words – Things…

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Free Easter Coloring Pages

Less than a month until Easter! Time to start gathering resources. Here are 10 free Easter coloring pages to add to your collection! Who knows? They might even keep your kids busy long enough for you to take a shower, get the laundry done, or take a well-deserved break on the couch for a few…

Mid-Lent Reflection for Kids

Laetare Sunday is coming up! Laetare Sunday, March 30 this year (2014) marks the middle of Lent. It’s a day of celebration in the middle of our season of reparation, reminding us of the joy to come. In addition to relaxing our sacrifices a little on that day, it’s a great time to refuel and…

The Perfect Life: Keeping it Real

I’ve seen the question of perfection come up a lot recently on different blogs. I’ve basically observed two different approaches: 1)      Bloggers that share the picture-perfect moments and explain that they don’t do so because they have a perfect life by because they prefer to focus on the good rather than the bad, to spread…

Catechism 101 – Lesson 6: Transmission of Revelation

To view more Catechism 101 lesson plans, go to the Catechism 101 archive. Reading Material: Catechism of the Catholic Church 74-100 Objective: Students will understand and appreciate the different ways Divine Revelation is transmitted to us. Main Ideas: Divine Revelation is transmitted through Sacred Scripture, Apostolic Tradition and the Church’s Magesterium. All three of these sources…

Paris, Rome, Turin, Home!

Wow – that was a whirlwind of a week! 27 students, a quick 8 hour tour of Istanbul, 2 days in Paris, 2 in Rome, 2 in Turin. Thanking God for a very successful trip – lots of laughs, lots of fun, lots of lessons learned, few tears and only 2 missing phones – one…

Europe, Here We Come!

I’ll see you in about 10 days! My husband and I are counting down the hours (5 right now!) until we leave for Europe. We’re helping chaperone a group of 27 students on a school trip to Paris, Rome and Turin. As if visiting Rome and Italy isn’t exciting enough on its own, this is…