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Helping Your Child Assess Risks Before Jumping In

  So, as we’ve already discussed in Parts 1 and 2 of this series, risk taking is beneficial for a child’s development, and there 12 simple ways you can provide your child with opportunities to take risks. You’re still missing one thing: teaching your child how to effectively assess risks before getting involved. Many children are…

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12 Ways to Help Your Child Take Risks

Do you want your child to take risks to enhance their development? Be the first to help them. Taking risks doesn’t mean just jumping into a risky situation head first. Effective risk taking requires self-confidence and a variety of skills that you can help your child develop. Here are 12 ways to give your child…

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Happy Easter! Christus Resurrexit!

Happy Easter, everyone! Charbel and Paul had an Easter count down going for several days. One of them would start and then they would continue in unison “today’s Tuesday, then Wednesday, then Thursday, then Friday, then Saturday, and then ding ding ding EASTER SUNDAY!” They just got more and more excited each day as Easter got…

9 Easter Object Lessons

9 Easter Object Lessons

These Easter object lessons can all be used to teach your kids about the spiritual meaning of the Easter Season. Many of them have activities you can do along with looking at and talking about the object. If you had a Lent shrine – a special shelf or corner decorated for Lent, you can transform…

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…

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Catechism 101 – Lesson 8: Scripture – Interpretation

To view more Catechism 101 lesson plans, go to the Catechism 101 archive.   Reading Material: Catechism of the Catholic Church 109-119 Objective: Students will understand the nature and importance of the Church’s role in interpreting Scripture. Main Ideas: When reading Scripture, the reader must discover the author’s intention in order to understand what God reveals…

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Free Easter Printables

Just 15 days until Easter, the greatest celebration of the year! In addition to whatever family traditions you’ve already started, why not pull Easter themes into education as well? These Free Easter Printables use fun Easter and spring themed activities to help your young children strengthen a variety of skills. 14 sheets provide your child with practice in the…

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…