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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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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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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I Am Wonderfully Made

We just finished up our creation unit. I start them out with the days of creation and the next week, we go into how God made man and then rested. The following week, we do an “I am special” to go with God made me.

This year I’m used something that was new for me. I related it to Psalm 139:14, which states I am wonderfully made. This was so much fun and I loved having a verse that went along with the lesson. Here’s what we did….

We started by making our hand prints. I don’t know if they had more fun putting paint all over the hand or sprinkling glitter all over the hand print!

After they dried, we colored the frames around them and sent them home to share with their parents.

Next, we did a little writing practice by doing a tracing page.  I read the Psalm to them as they traced the words.

Again, I read the entire Psalm to them, then I read it sentence by sentence and they filled in the missing words.

With that hard part done, we moved onto the easiest part and that was the coloring page.

I have to say that the kids really enjoyed all the activities.  I’m so glad that I went this direction this year and I might just do it from now on!  If you’re interest in this activity pack, please check it out here or “add to cart” here….

 

 

 

 

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Christian Halloween Ideas

It’s the that time of year. The time when kids want to dress up in costumes and go trick-or-treating. Yet, many of us want our kids to remember their faith during this time of the year. Well, it can be possible for both to happen!!

Below are several links to free (and a couple paid) ideas and printables to do for Halloween or even use during a Fall Fest, Harvest Party, or any activity!!

Coloring Pages

Candy Corn Reminds Us of Jesus Coloring Page and Poster

Let it Shine Coloring Page

Candy Corn Coloring Page

Finding the Truth in Halloween Coloring Booklet

Shine His Light Coloring Page

“Do Not Fear” Coloring Pages

Crafts

Pumpkin Prayer Craft

Being a Christian is Like Being a Pumpkin Card

Christian Pumpkin Carving for Halloween

The Gospel Pumpkin Printable

Stories, Labels and More

How a Christian is Like a Pumpkin Printable Story

Bible Verse Candy Label Stickers for Halloween

Pumpkin Prayer Sunday School Activity

Christian Halloween Candy Labels

Pumpkin Gospel Halloween Tract

Printable Gospel Tract for Halloween Night

Fear Not! Halloween Sunday School Lesson

Trick or Treat Bible Object Lesson

Christian Halloween Candy Labels

The Pumpkin Prayer Bookmarks and Lesson

Halloween Wall Hanging

Lessons, Units, and Miscel. Printables – Paid

The Pumpkin Prayer Activity Pack by The Treasured Schoolhouse

The Pumpkin Prayer Coloring Booklets – Christian Halloween by The Treasured Schoolhouse

Halloween Bible Lessons for October, Complete Unit by Julie Faulkner

 

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 Books

The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs – This charming story for children illustrates how a loving farmer can turn a simple pumpkin into a simply glorious sight. In the same way, God’s transforming love can fill each of our hearts with joy and light.

Pumpkin Patch Blessings by Kim Washburn – Pumpkin Patch Blessings celebrates fall and shows little ones there are blessings all around us, especially in the pumpkin patch!

The Pumpkin Gospel:  A Story of a New Start with God by Dr. Mary Manz Simon – This glow-in-the-dark board book can teach your entire family how God changes us into beautiful new creations to shine for Him! 

The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano – A very unique pumpkin delivers a special message of tolerance and self-acceptance that’s just right for Halloween…and every day of the year.

 

 

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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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Back to School Boost Sale and a Giveaway

Since everyone heads back to school at different times, The Treasured Schoolhouse is going to have a “boost” sale. I hope that you’re ready for some deals!!

You’ll find everything on sale at The Treasured Schoolhouse at….

Teachers Pay Teachers:  20% off 21-23 August with an extra 5% off on 22 August with code BTSBONUS

The Treasured Schoolhouse Shop:  25% off 21-25 August with code BTS2017

Now for the giveaway!!  You can enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate for TPT.  The winner will be drawn on 23 August 2017 at midnight (CST).  There are 4 possible ways to enter and the only mandatory method to enter is to comment on this blog post by answering the question in the Rafflecopter.

 

 

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Happy Shopping!!  Good luck in the giveaway!!

 

 

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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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It’s Time for Back to School!

I just can’t believe how fast summer has gone. Where has time gone and what did you do with your summer??

Of course, back to school means sale time at The Treasured Schoolhouse!!  I’m really hoping that you all find some great deals to prepare you for back to school….or to use all year.

From 31 July to 3 August, these are the deals that you can find at The Treasured Schoolhouse….

The Treasured Schoolhouse Shop – 25% off with coupon code BTS2017

The Treasured Schoolhouse @ TPT – 20% off and an extra 5% off 1-2 August with code BTS2017

As always, I hope to add new materials during the sale.  While I’m typing this, I have a bundle of copywork for Catholic prayers uploading.  It’s 20% off the individual set prices, plus it’s going to be on sale as well!!

Happy Shopping and Welcome Back to School!!

 

 

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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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