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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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Play in Education: More than Just Having Fun

  When children play, they learn twice. Or maybe thrice. I don’t mean using video games or pushing buttons on their newest electronic toy… I mean playing the way children naturally do before we teach them to look for the nearest technology and zone out: seeing how many ways they can move a ball, stacking…

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Ways to Develop Critical Thinking Skills

  Critical thinking skills teach children how to go beyond memorization and comprehension to understand the significance – the “why” and “how” of the concepts they explore. Kids that develop strong critical thinking skills are best prepared for their future lives; the problem solving and evaluation skills associated with critical thinking enable them to apply…

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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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11 Benefits of Encouraging Risk Taking in Your Children

Risk taking begins at birth. The unborn child takes a risk, driven by instinct, when they push to exit the womb, their haven of safety. They immediately take more risks, like taking their first breath, and drinking milk for the first time. These are things they’ve never done before. They don’t know what the outcome…

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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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Parenting Strategies: Giving Your Child a Choice

Developing effective parenting strategies is one of the most challenging parts of parenting. Setting expectations and adhering to them effectively, without going overboard, losing our patience or calling it quits is tough. Consistency isn’t enough; we also need to find the right parenting techniques or strategies – methods that our children understand and respond to. One…

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It’s OK to Break the Rules, If…

Jesus broke a lot of rules. He cured on the Sabbath. He ate with sinners. He allowed women in his company. He talked back to the Pharisees. And when people called him out on it, he didn’t back down and mutter an apology. He justified his choices. He didn’t just justify them by saying “Hey,…

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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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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…

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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…

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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.…

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Catholic Categories Game

Have you ever played “Scattergories”? This works the same way, but has lists of Catholic categories. It’s not only something both fun and faith-centered, but is also a great way for your kids to brush up on what they know about these categories and learn new things as well. Catholic Categories currently includes two category…

Lent Craft Ideas

With Lent starting in two days, I’m sure many of you are planning your Lenten activities! Here are some crafts I loved doing as a child, and am looking forward to doing with my kids as they get old enough. You might already be familiar with some of them, but hopefully you can find a…

Catechism 101- Lesson 2: Different Ways of Knowing God

To view more Catechism 101 Lesson Plans, click here. Reading Material: Catechism of the Catholic Church #31-35 Objective: Students will explore the different ways of knowing God and understand the importance of knowing God through revelation. Main Ideas: In his search for God, man discovers different “proofs” or arguments about his existence. Our natural knowledge…

Introducing Catechism 101 Lesson Plans!

I’m happy to share my newest project with you all: Catechism 101 (free) Lesson Plans! Catechism 101 Lesson Plans will go through the Catechism of the Catholic Church section by section, providing activity ideas and resources for a variety of age groups (6-8, 9-11, 11-13). The activities for ages 11-13 could also be used with…

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Welcoming Spring: Free Spring Coloring Pages

Help your toddlers and young children get in the mood for spring with these fun coloring pages. Images include a spring landscape, duck, duckling, chick, flower, ladybug and bird. Click here to download. Looking for more spring activities? How about this simple sensory exploration for kids? Worksheet included.