Advent: New and Revised

Are you ready for Advent? Tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent for 2018. If you haven’t yet prepared your lesson or activities, I might be able to help!

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First, I’ve updated my 2 previous Advent Activity Packs.  I’ve revised them so that all the color purple is now violet and pink is now rose.  It’s a fairly minor change, but I wanted them to be modernized with the colors that we now call them and they’re the same through all the resources now.

I’ve created a new Advent Activity Pack for this year.  It’s the 3rd installment!  This one has a “My Advent Reflections” book that the kids or even adults can note their reflections for each Sunday or week of Advent.  There are 2 to write on with differenciated lines for various ages/grades.  There is also one to draw on.  It also includes a worksheet and 5 puzzles….and they all have an answer key!  

This pack is also comprised of 22 word wall cards and 2 blank for you to add words of your own.  Some of the ways to use these cards are to just display them during a lesson, write sentences using the words, write the room, and many other uses.  A few of the words included are coming, hope, liturgical year, Advent, rose, and more!

The best part about this?  I’ve combined all 3 Advent Activity Packs into a bundle at more than 20% off the individual resource price.  Is there anything better?  Yes, there is!  You can use coupon code ADVENT to get an additional 10% off the bundle and the individual packs (in case you don’t want to purchase the bundle).  Oh, and as an added bonus, I’m including the Advent Write the Room and the O Antiphons Poster and Activity Pack in the coupon discount and it doesn’t expire until 24 December!

 


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Religious Incentives

Do you use incentives or rewards in your class or homeschool? There are several ways that you can reward kids for doing such as behavior, completing homework, memorizing verses, or other things.

 

In my religious education class (CCD), I use Bible Bucks.  These come in the same amounts that our currency comes in, with a couple extras.  Students can earn Bible Bucks for returning their folder to class each week, doing homework, and other such matters.  Usually about every 3 weeks I let the kids shop in the Gospel Store.

Most of the items in the Gospel Store are things that I purchase at Wal-Mart or Dollar Tree.  I try to find toys and items related to the Bible.  I’ve had items like small stuffed animals such as a whle for Jonah and the Whale or Bible story books.  I price the items for sale by size and the biggest is no more than 5 Bible Bucks and the smallest would be 1 Bible Buck.  I store the pieces in containers that I get at Dollar Tree and tag each bin with the price of that the objects in that bin.

Oriental Trading also has lot of sets of small Chrisitan toys and novelties.  These not only work great in the Gospel Store, but they’re also perfect for the Treasure Chest.

Incentives are a fantastic tool in the classroom or at home to reward the kids.  It encourages them to keep working hard and to be responsible.  It’s always fun to watch them shop in the Gospel Store and in my class, they love to keep up with how many Bible Bucks that they’ve saved.

If you’d like to use the Bible Bucks that I’ve made, please click the image below for more information or just add them to your cart.  Only the bundle is shown below, but it’s a saving of 20% off the individual sets (color/bw)!

 

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What do You See in Church?

Teaching kids about what they’ll see inside the church when they attend mass is so important.  I have some worksheets and activities that can help teach or review what they’ll see inside the church!

To make it easier for little ones to understand what is going on during mass, it’s vital that they understand the items that they will see while there.  Use the pages as you walk around church explaining the items or after a tour of the church.  This will help them to feel more comfortable and know their way around the church.

To get elementary kids to participate in mass or even become altar servers, it’s key for them to know all the components used during mass and what they’ll see and use in church.  Their understanding of these items will allow them to be interested on what’s going on during the mass.

Have the kids match up the name of the item found inside the church to that item.

For big kids, you want to keep them coming to mass and being able to understand the elements used during mass or just seen inside the church makes them feel more welcomed.

Take the kids to church and write down the items that they can identify in church and on the sheet.

The more kids know about what they’ll see in church and used during mass, the more interested and happy they will be.  It increases their participation.

You can find these worksheet and activity packs in my Shop to help teach or review the items found inside the church (click on each image to view what’s included in each pack or add to your cart here)….

 

 

You can also find these games….

COMING SOON!

I hope this helps and gives you some ideas to help the kids understand what’s inside the church!

 

 

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Giveaway and More!

Hello!! How are you all? I know, it’s been forever, but I’m here with some good stuff!

It’s a busy time right now.  It’s almost Valentine’s Day, but that day is also Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent.  Also later this month is President’s Day.

First off, I’m having a giveaway for a $10 gift card to TpT.  There are 4 possible ways to enter and you can do 1 or all 4 methods.  To enter, you can….

  • Visit “The Treasured Schoolhouse” on Facebook
  • Tweet a message about the giveaway and sale
  • Follow “The Treasured Schoolhouse” on Twitter
  • Leave a comment on this blog post about the question in the entry

The giveaway will end at midnight 15 February and the winner will be announced via blog post shortly after.

Next, “The Treasured Schoolhouse” is on sale on TpT for 20% off the entire store.  The sale will run from 13-16 February.  There is an code for additional savings to make it 25% 14-15 February.  The code is XOXO.

In addition to my store at TpT being on sale, the Shop here at “The Treasured Schoolhouse” is on sale for 25% of with code LOVE25.  The dates will be the same, 13-16 February.

So now it’s time for you to enter the giveaway.  Good luck and happy shopping!

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Advent is on Sale!

Advent is just around the corner and I have a couple activities to help you prepare the kids for this special time of the year.


For today ONLY, you can get “Advent Activity Pack for Early Learners” and “Advent Activity Pack 2” are on sale for 40% off.  Please head over to Teachers Notebook to grab them on 2 December at this special price.  Advent begins on 4 December, so this is perfect timing so that you can teach your kids all about Advent and the time for preparing and waiting to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  Here are the Advent packs that are full of activities….

Advent Activity Pack for Early Learners for $5.50 $3.30 on the Daily Deal

Advent Activity Pack 2 for $6.00 $3.60 on the Daily Deal

I hope that you have a very blessed Advent season and that these will help your kids learn and understand this very special time of the year!

 

 

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Are You Ready for a Sale?

It’s that time of the year. It’s the holidays! What do holidays bring? They bring big sales! Tomorrow is Monday after Thanksgiving, so that means that tomorrow is….

You will find all The Treasured Schoolhouse shops and stores on sale for 20% or more with special code savings.  This sale will run 26 November to 29 November 2017.  Here’s the discounts that you’ll find….

As always, I’ll try very hard to upload at least one new resource during the sale.  I just love giving you something new during special sales like this!

Also, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a $10 gift card to TPT.  This giveaway ends at midnight tonight (11/26 CST) and the winner will be announced tomorrow by noon (11/27 CST).  If you’d like to enter the giveaway, please click here.

Thank you for shopping at The Treasured Schoolhouse and please know that I always appreciate you following me and your continued support of all things The Treasured Schoolhouse!

 

 

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A Thanksgiving Subscriber FREEbie

I know, I’m pretty lacking in my posts again. There just always so much going on and I don’t see it getting any better with the holidays coming. I do plan to do my best though.

I wanted to let you all know that the new “subscriber freebie” is uploaded and ready for you.  It’s a set of coloring pages and it’s in perfect timing for Thanksgiving!  This will probably be the last freebie until after the New Year.  

I also want to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you who follow along.  As I said, I know that I’m not regular in my posting and that makes it hard to follow, but you stay with The Treasured Schoolhouse and I appreciate it.

Enjoy your new “subscriber freebie” and please remember that I don’t send out the password.  It’s included with the newsletter each time one goes out.


 

 

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God Made Me….

Last week, my class and my daughter’s class worked on a lesson for creation.  She did a cut and paste worksheet that I made.  Here are some pictures of her kids working on the page and enjoying it!

Coloring….

Cut and Paste….

All done!

It is read like God gave me ears to listen to his creation and God gave me a heart to love his creation.  So this page covers the 5 senses as used in creation and makes learning about it fun!

If you’re interested in this cut and paste worksheet, that also include the answer key, you can get it by signing up for my newsletter.  It’s an exclusive for subscribers and you’ll receive the password to enter the “For Subscribers” page with your first newsletter.

 

 

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Church Bulletins for Kids

Are you looking for bulletins for children?  If so, I think I have some items that can help you.  All of these can be used for homework, mass activity, children’s church bulletin, and more!  I have purchased and used all these books in my class or in my daughter’s class.  If you’re interested in any of the books, just click on the cover to see more about it.

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The Liturgy of the Word with Children

This book is by Katie Thompson and covers Years A, B, and C for the liturgical cycle.  It is geared toward ages 5-8.  There are 392 pages in this book and it also includes a music CD.  For each mass, there are 2 pages.  One has the gospel and reflection, then the second page is an activity for the gospel.

Step by Step

This book is by Katie Thompson and goes along with the gospels for every Sunday of the three-year Lectionary.  Also included are major feasts of the liturgical year.  The sheets are for ages 4-7.  There is 376 pages.  The activity sheets are double-sided with pictures to color and complete, drawing activities, and simple puzzles.  They can be used to to produce a children s newsletter or include them in the parish newsletter or magazine; use them in religion classes, parish groups, or at school.  It has a companion book, Footprints in Faith.

Footprints in Faith

This book is by Katie Thompson and is a companion to Step by Step.  This book is for ages 7-12 and is for every Sunday of the three-year Lectionary cycle.  It also includes major feasts of the liturgical year.  There are 376 pages in this book.  Each sheet is double-sided and includes pictures and number puzzles, word games, quizzes and codes.  They are great for are ideal for use by catechists, teachers, group leaders, and parents for religion classes, parish groups, or at school.

The Complete Children’s Liturgy Book: Liturgies of the Word for Years A, B, C

This book is by Katie Thompson and includes 344 pages.  For each mass, there are 2 pages.  The first page includes an introduction, a “sorry prayer”, the gospel reading for the day, points for discussion, an activity, and a closing prayer.  The second page is the activity for that gospel.  This book covers Years A, B, and C for the liturgical cycle.

I have all the books shown above. I do not own the ones below, but I plan on purchasing them or feel that they’re relevant to this subject. Because I don’t own them, I can’t speak for the quality or exactly what’s included other than the description.

The Complete Children’s Liturgy Book

This book is by Katie Thompson and Jennifer Carter.  It is a comprehensive program for every Sunday of the Lectionary.  The book contains 350 pages.  I think that this is an earlier version of The Complete Children’s Liturgy Book listed above.

Another great source is Catholic Kids Bulletin.  They offer a bulletin for mass each week.  Do you have a favorite source or activity to keep kids busy during mass or to do as homework when they attend mass?  If so, please share it in the comments!

 

 

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5 Finger Prayer for Subscribers

I know that it’s been awhile, but I have a “Subscriber ONLY” printable that I just uploaded and I’m excited about it. If you don’t already subscribe to the newsletter, you can do so in the right hand column. I don’t like spam either, so you’ll only receive a newsletter when there’s a new blog post.  Each newsletter has the current password to the “For Subscribers” page.   You also have the option to get the additional newsletter when I post new items in the Shop.

This printable is Pope Francis’ 5 Finger Prayer Poster and Worksheet Pack.  It includes 1 poster in color and the on the reverse side, you can print the meaning of the prayer fingers in English or Spanish.  In addition to that, there’s a page that can be used as a poster or print multiple on a page to attach to desk as a reminder.  

Finally, there are 3 worksheets.  These worksheets include cut and paste, label, and matching.  They’ll work for a variety of ages/grades to teach, review, or anything to suit your needs for Pope Francis’ 5 Finger Prayer.

I hope that all subscribers like this freebie, but more so that the kids enjoy it!!

 

 

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Let’s Celebrate 50!

Sunday is not only a very special day with Easter, but it’s also my birthday. It’s not just any birthday, it’s the big 5-0!! I want you all to celebrate with me and join in getting some great deals.

I want to celebrate in a BIG way, so I’m offering 15% off in all my shops and stores.  I’m also doing this for more than just a day.  It’s going to be 4 long days!!  You can check out my sales at….

The Treasured Schoolhouse Shop (use coupon code:  birthday50)

The Treasured Schoolhouse Store @ Teaschers Pay Teachers

The Treasured Schoolhouse Shop @ Teachers Notebook

The Treasured Schoolhouse Shop @ TES

The Treasured Schoolhouse @ The Ministry Market

The Treasured Schoolhouse Store @ EduCents

The Treasured Schoolhouse @ Etsy

In addition to the sales, I’m going to be offering some specials, like freebies on Sunday (16 April).  You’ll be able to find out about these if you follow my Facebook page.  I might even throw something on Instagram or Twitter!!

I hope that you enjoy this celebration as much as I plan on it!!  

Have a Happy and Blessed Easter!!

 

 

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Need Your Help

Hello all!!
I’m working on updating one of my printables and I could use some input.  I’d appreciate if you’d read through and then vote in the poll to help me out with this.

I have a booklet for the 10 Commandments.  There is a little kids and a big kids version.  In the little kids version, I try to simplify all the Commandments so that they’re easier to understand.  In the big kids version, they’re the actual words of the Commandments.  My problem is with the little kids version.

Since I work with littles (PreK-K), I had to have my DRE double check what I was using in class.  The wording that she let me use for the 6th Commandment is “Do not love another”, which is actually “Thou shalt not commit adultery”.  Obviously I can’t use adultery because the littles don’t understand it and we actually don’t discuss it that much.  It is more along the lines of “you should only love the person that you’re with” (and of course family and friends).  

My issue is that I’ve had a couple complaints about this wording.  I’ve been told that it doesn’t make sense unless it’s fully explained to them (2nd graders) and it’s confusing for children and should be worded differently (grades K-4).  No input on what the other wording could be or how to make it less confusing or how it wouldn’t have to be fully explained.

So, how should I word it??  I can make it “Do not love another than the one you’re with”, but that gets pretty long and awkward looking for text to be colored in by the children.  Please take the poll below to help me with this dilemma.  You can also type in your own choice for wording as well.  Also, feel free to leave a comment on this post with your ideas.

Thanks for reading….and voting in the poll to help me out!!

 

 

 

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