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25 Frugal Kids Activities

When we left Iraq, we had to leave a lot of our things there too – it would have been too expensive and too cumbersome to ship everything (even more expensive than replacing things on this end!). We didn’t mind leaving behind some of our clothes and books and other things. One of the toughest…

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Family Activities for in the Car

Are you going on a family vacation anytime soon involving a road trip? Here are some great ideas for having fun together in the car! Alphabet game. Everyone looks out the window and tries to find objects beginning with each letter of the alphabet, starting with A and working their way, in order, to Z.…

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6 Ways to Spend Quality Time with Your Kids

When we think of spending quality time with our kids, we often think of doing something extra, like a family outing, or vacation. While these special family experiences are wonderful, there are many other ways to spend quality time with your kids when you don’t have the time or money to plan something extra. 1.…

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16 Indoor Staycation Ideas

Have I mentioned before that we live in Iraq? There’s a lot I love about it, but I’m going to complain for a moment about something I don’t like: the HEAT! Don’t get me wrong – I love summer just as much as the next person (especially because I work at a school, so summer…

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Catechism 101 – Lesson 10: Obedience in Faith

To view more Catechism 101 lesson plans, go to the Catechism 101 archive. Reading Material: Catechism of the Catholic Church 144-149 Objective: Students will understand the importance of believing even when they don’t see or understand. Main Ideas: We obey out of faith, even when we don’t have the big picture, because we trust in God,…

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Summer Activity Book!

With schools about to close, and many homeschoolers wrapping up their curriculum as well, many kids are about to enjoy a few months of vacation. But even though school finishes, learning never ends! Help your child keep their mind working this summer with this Summer Activity Book. It covers language arts, math, science and critical…

11 Ways to Make Reading Fun for Your

11 Ways to Make Reading Fun for Your Kids

Many kids love reading on their own. Kids naturally love learning, and reading is one of ways we learn the most. It also stretches our imagination (something else kids love) and strengthens language acquisition. Some kids have a harder time reading, because it’s harder for them to learn how to read, or because they’re just…

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Planning!

If you’re like me and forgot that next weekend is Mothers’ Day until yesterday, it’s time for a little planning! My parents live really close by (ahem, next door), so we usually celebrate together. My husband and Dad do a great job organizing things, but neither of them are bakers, and we like homemade things,…

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16 Ways to Make Chores Fun

One of my sons, Paul, LOVES cleaning up. He often dumps stuff out just for the pleasure of putting it away again, and sings to himself as he goes about his treasured task. Rare, I know, but I’ll take it! But our other son sees cleaning up as a chore, not a privilege. For kids…

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Summer Bucket List for Families

When Easter’s done, summer’s begun! Maybe not exactly, but at least, that’s how it goes in my mind. As soon as warmer weather sets in, it’s time to start having outdoor summer fun! So I’m sharing my bucket list with you! 1. Make an ice cream bar at home. Get one or two basic ice…

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Catechism 101 – Lesson 9: Scripture – Canon

To view more Catechism 101 lesson plans, go to the Catechism 101 archive. Reading Material: Catechism of the Catholic Church 120-133 Objective: Students will understand the nature and importance of the Canon of Sacred Scripture Main Ideas: The Church (Tradition) defined the Canon of Sacred Scripture. The Bible includes 46 Old Testament books and 27 New…

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14 Fun Ways to Use Popsicle Sticks

I love using popsicle sticks. They are very versatile and easy to come by. Pick up a bunch for just a few dollars at a grocery or craft store, or just ask all the neighborhood kids you know to collect them over the summer when they eat popsicles, and you’ll get bags and bags for…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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.…

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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…