Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lenten Cross Project for Kids

When I first started teaching in the wonderful Catholic School in which I teach, I had one of those awesome parents who was always there when I needed an extra hand and always had a smile on her face when she was in the classroom. During the time that she was with me, she shared this sweet Lenten cross project that I do every year. I think of her every time I get the materials out- what a sweet memory!

This project is easy and if you are looking for a striking bulletin board, this fills that need! (Click the picture above to get a Google doc of the project!)

The first thing I do is teach my students the meaning of the colors:
BLACK - We all sin.
RED - Jesus died.
WHITE - Jesus wiped our sins away.
GREEN - Jesus gives us new life.
YELLOW - We have new life in Heaven with Jesus.

To do the project,  children trace the cross onto purple construction paper and glue onto a half sheet of black construction paper. Children cut small pieces of black, red, white, green, and yellow construction paper and glue onto the cross in a mosaic pattern. Glue the words onto the other side of the black paper. Voila! An easy craft with a BIG meaning!
When my students finish their crosses, they make a fun Lenten bracelet using the Lenten colors.

 Until next time!


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Lenten Good Deeds Chart

The Lenten season is a wonderful opportunity to encourage extra kindness in the classroom. Sacrifice is a big concept for my kinders, but they ALL understand the importance of being kind and sharing Jesus' love. We do Good Deeds in my classroom during the Lenten season. I created this Stained Glass Good Deeds chart for my students. Each time a child does a Good Deed, he or she colors a space on their personal chart. By the time Easter arrives, the chart is filled with an array of colors representing many wonderful acts of kindness.

This download is yours for FREE, simply click an image above to download your free copy.

Have a Blessed Day!

Free Stations of the Cross for Young Children

Prayer is an essential ingredient for spiritual growth during 
the Season of Lent.
Download Stations of Cross Powerpoint by Charlotte's Clips 
While the Stations of the Cross is a very powerful form of prayer,
 it can be emotionally intense for tender hearts 
and a long time to stay still and quiet for those wiggly little ones.  

Therefore, I created my own modified Stations of the Cross, 
which we pray in our classroom using a Projector and Powerpoint presentation.  
Later, during Lent I take my students to Church where we walk and pray the Station as a class.
The pictures in this Powerpoint our from our Church, the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Directions are included on the first slide how to use the Powerpoint.

Here is a video clip of my class 
leading the Stations

Charlotte's Clips and Kindergarten Kids

I Recently found this idea for teaching young Children the Stations of the Cross
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At Three Sided Wheel
Stations of the Cross Box

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Lenten Emergent Reader

The season of Lent is upon us and I have created an Interactive Sight Word Reader to familiarize my students with some Lenten symbols and integrate Religion instruction with Language Arts. This Interactive Sight Word reader is my gift to you for free. Click the image below to download.

Please enjoy and have a blessed Lenten season. I also invite you to stop by the Kinder-Craze blog to find religious and secular ideas, activities, and inspiration.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Memory Verse Work

Happy Saturday!  My first grade son has been busy this month learning a memory verse and the books of the New Testament.  For school (he attends a Christian school) and AWANA's Club, he had two assignments that he was struggling a bit with memorizing.

For school, he has to memorize Psalm 96:1-4 for a memory verse competition at the end of the month.  I made a mini-poster of the verse, strips for him to put the verse in order, a visualizing sheet, and a stationery sheet for him to copy the verse. Once he puts the strips in correct sequence, then I take out a strip one by one to help scaffold his learning and memorization.

For AWANA's club, he was to memorize the books of the New testament.  I created a color-coded activity for him. He cut the strips apart and then practiced putting them in the correct order.

If you want to take a peek to see if you are interested, click here to view and print the pages on Google Drive.

Enjoy!  Have a blessed weekend!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Ash Wednesday Craft

Hello! This is Cindy, otherwise known as Kinderkay from Love Those Kinders!
It is so hard to believe that Ash Wednesday is almost here! It seems that I just finished putting away my Christmas decorations! Whew!

 I thought I would share with you a little activity I do with my kinders to prepare them for Ash Wednesday. I hope it is not too late for you to use! Click HERE to download the Google Doc.

(Please note that many school districts block outside sites. If this is true of your school, please download from home. If you receive a request for me to "allow access", your school district is probably blocking this download. The settings for this freebie are set for unlimited access to anyone. Try on a computer not connected to your network or at home.)  
Here are some images created by my students.


Scripture Posters for Valentine's Day

 With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I made a set of three posters with Bible verses about love. I'm all about sending Valentines, giving gifts, and of course the chocolate (lots of chocolate!), but foremost is making sure my little ones know that with God's love, every day is Valentine's Day!

These posters print on a full sheet of 8.5 x 11" paper and can be used to decorate your classroom door, bulletin board, or your home!

Just click on one of the pictures below to grab your FREEBIE!

Enjoy, and may the love of Christ be with you! 

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Christian Valentines

I recently saw Bible verses that talked about our hearts and a love for God!  
I decided to turn these verses into Valentine for my third grade CCD students!  
I hope others on this site can use them with your younger kiddos too!

Download Valentines

From Jodi