Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New Projects

My new life doesn't leave a lot of time for projects (or blogging for that matter), but I have started a new one.

At a meeting over the weekend I got "booked" for another "speaking" gig about teaching the faith to kids.  The theme for the evening, including the actual talk to be given by the real speaker, is on prayer.  Therefore, I need to collect/create/organize activities surrounding the theme of prayer to show people so that they can be spiritually built up (by the real speaker) and then sent forth with a way to apply it with kids (my deal).

Oh, and I have seven months to work on it.  Love it.

Then I look to my lesson plans for the week, and what chapter are we covering in 5th grade religion this week?  Prayer.  (BTW- it is impossible to teach prayer using a textbook.  Just sayin'.)

Then, while laying out plans for Catholic Schools' Week I was reminded of this hand/prayer/memory trick thing that we ended up using a version of for the whole school kick-off.

Then I found these super cute cutouts for $1 and thought of a great way to make a praise bulletin board for my classroom.

Then one of my CCD teachers showed me this adorable craft that they wanted to make to go along with a song they had learned about prayer.

And then, (yes, only then) did I get the picture that God did not want me to wait until August to plan these activities.  He wants to do them now.

And so, I am brainstorming and pulling together a theme and thinking of activities.

Everything falls neatly into teaching the kids different kinds of prayer, which I find easy to remember using the acronym ACTS- Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.  Big words, but worth teaching.

So here is a little taste of the start of the ideas:
There will be much more to come- coloring book, crafts, songs, projects.
In the meantime, got any ideas or requests for me?

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