Thursday, March 29, 2018

Holy Week 2018

This week is Holy Week. We have been doing a lot of activities to remember Jesus.

I bought each child a copy of the Beginner's Bible: The Very First Easter.

We made this torn paper palm leaf for Palm Sunday.

We made a life the flap Stations of the Cross.

We talked about the sixth station: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus. The kids made their own version of the veil.

We talked about the Washing of the Feet and the kids made this cute craft.

We talked about the Easter Story and colored pictures that represent different parts of the story.

We made a stained glass crucifix craft to remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us.

We made Holy Week in Fingerprints. Each section tells the story of Jesus' Passion.

The eighth grade kids acted out the Living Stations of the Cross.

Today (Holy Thursday) the fourth and fifth grade students are going to reenact the Last Supper. 
(I will post pictures later.)

Finally, the eighth grade students will finish the last five Stations of the Cross at the end of the day.
                                                             (I will post pictures later.)

Monday, March 5, 2018

Math: Shapes

We have been learning about shapes. One of our standards is to make shapes out of various items. 

We drew shape creatures on white boards.

We used shape stamps to make creatures.

We also used play-doh to make shapes (sorry, I forgot to take pictures of this activity).

Finally, we made shapes out of tooth picks and mini marshmallows (you need two bags of mini marshmallows and one box of 750 count flat toothpicks for a class of 28).

We ate the marshmallows when we were done making shapes. The kids had a lot of fun. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Priest Vestments

Last week, we learned about priest vestments. My very talented room mom made adorable priest vestments for my Cabbage Patch Kid to wear. I put the doll and vestments in my religion center for the kids to play with. There is a vestment for each liturgical season.

 Here is my Ernie Brian all dressed up.

The kids love this center. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

All School Lenten Retreat

On Friday, we had an all school Lenten Retreat. After Lunch, the whole school said the Stations of the Cross. Then, we broke up in to cluster groups (K-2, 3-5, and 6-8). We broke up each cluster group into three mixed age groups. Then each group went to a classroom and did an activity about one of the pillars of Lent. 

I was in charge of planning activities for the K-2 cluster. Here is what we did:

In the second grade room, the kids learned about prayer. Then they made a prayer cross.

In the first grade room, the kids learned about fasting. Then they made a stained glass crucifix craft.

In the Kindergarten room, the kids learned about almsgiving. Then, the kids made cards for people in our parish who are sick. 

All of the K-2 kids went to each room to learn about prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We had a wonderful, faith filled afternoon. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lent 2018

The Kindergarten kids have been very busy learning about Lent. Last week, we learned about Ash Wednesday.

We did this activity and drew a cross with pencil on the forehead. Then we smudged the pencil lines so they would look like ashes.

We learned about the three pillars of Lent, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. If you look in the bottom right quadrant of the page, you can see that one of the fingerprints was decorated to look like the child who made it.

We talked about prayer, ways to pray, and who we pray for.

We talked about fasting. Each child chose something that they will give up for Lent.

We have a class almsgiving jar where the kids can put change in throughout Lent. Then we are going to donate the money to an organization. The Kindergarten students are thinking about who to give the money too. I think that they are leaning towards Children's Hospital.

We talked about going to confession during Lent. Since the Kindergarten kids are not old enough to sin yet, we talked about doing things that we know are not nice, such as lying, not treating others the way we want to be treated, not doing when our parents ask us to do, etc...  The kids are going to draw a picture on the grey hearts and then put them into this box. When we get back from Easter vacation, all of the grey hearts will be gone and there will be clean white hearts in the box to represent God's love and forgiveness. 

A seminarian, who is in residence at our parish, came to talk to the kids about vestments. The kids had so much fun talking to him. 

It has been a busy first week of Lent. We have more awesome activities to do in the next few weeks. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Catholic Schools Week 2018

Last month we had Catholic Schools Week. It was a lot of fun for everyone at school. 

On Monday, we had parent appreciation day. The school gave the parents Starbucks coffee and donut holes.

The Kindergarten kids made clay pots with the kids fingerprints made into fingerprint bugs on them.

Monday was also Spirit Day. Each class wore a different color shirt and presented a cheer to the whole school. Kindergarten won for the first time!

Tuesday was Twin Day. The kids (and teachers) dressed up as twins. I dressed up as my husband, who also works at the same school I work at. 

Wednesday was Disney Day. Everyone dressed up as their favorite Disney character. 

I dressed up as Te Fiti from Moana. My son was Maui. 

Thursday was Sports Day and Teacher Appreciation Day. Everyone wore sports jerseys. The teachers were treated to a lovely brunch in the school hall. 

Friday was Grandparents Day. It was wonderful to see all of the Grandparents at school. 

We had a great week.