Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Mother Teresa Quote Coloring Pages


Mother Teresa, icon of charity and mercy, will be canonized this fall.  This step cements her as an example for everyone of radically living out our Christian vocations.  I think that there is no better time to introduce or revisit her incredible wisdom.  Enjoy these Mother Teresa quote coloring pages for yourself, share them with kiddos, a Bible Study, or a friend!

(looking for more resources about Mother Teresa?  Check out this post.)

Click on each image to download the full sized pdf:

"Do not think love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary.  What we need is to love without getting tired." ~Mother Teresa
"Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love." ~Mother Teresa
 "Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness." ~Mother Teresa
 "I am a small pencil in God's hand." ~Mother Teresa

After so much sweet feedback, I was inspired to create a few more Mother Teresa Quote Coloring Pages.  Click here to see them:

Friday, July 22, 2016

Free ebook for you! {Print. Cut. Pray. Prayer Card Collection}

***2022 Update- The Prayer Card Collection is still available, but it is updated and better than ever! If you are a current email subscriber, you should have a link to the 2nd edition at the bottom of each monthly newsletter. If you would like to be a subscriber and receive the free ebook, just add your email to the navy subscription box on the right. (If you are viewing the blog on a mobile device, you may need to scroll to the bottom, click "View Web Version," and then you'll be able to see the sidebar where the subscription box is located.)

You guys, I am so excited. (!)

I have been working hard collecting, refining, and editing the prayer cards I've been using in my classroom and compiled them together into a 90 page ebook! The book has all of the prayer cards in one organized place, and includes some new additions and revisions to make them even better.

I love to use these prayer cards with my students for many reasons: (and I think that they would work great for you personally, for your kids at home, in a youth group or Bible study, etc. as well)
-they are a uniform size which makes for easy printing, cutting, or storing
-they help aid students to memorize new prayers and review prayers they have formerly learned
-they can create a great resource for private prayer time or adoration
-there are both prayer cards and mini books in the ebook- including Bible studies, devotions, and liturgical celebrations
-each prayer card/mini book features original illustrations that can be fun to color, make the prayers more memorable, and easier to locate in a collection
-as a teacher, even I am excited that they are now all organized in one place so that I can pull out the book and print exactly what I need

If you are curious about what is included, here's the table of contents:

If you would like to get yourself a copy of this ebook, I am offering it as a thank you to my email subscribers!

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Let me know what you think! I hope that the ebook is a handy resource in your home or classroom!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Doors to the Sacraments {Baptism}

My classroom religion curriculum centers around the Sacraments.  As my students make project about the seven Sacraments to add to their Fulton Sheen Notebooks, I have always displayed their work in the hall, but this year our bulletin boards were moved to uncover some windows to let in natural light (yay!).  I decided to use our door to display the students' work, and also use it to remind them of the new life that the Sacraments offer us- a door to grace.

For our Baptism door, we displayed the students Baptism Certificates (available through our textbook publisher here).  I also created a large Paschal Candle using butcher paper and a banner that says, "In our Baptism we received the light of Christ. Now we go out to share it!"

We continued these displays throughout the year with the rest of the Sacraments.  It was a great way to not only display the students' work for the school, but to also to keep them mindful of the important role the Sacraments play in our lives as Catholics.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Animals for Peg Doll Nativities

It's July, but I know I'm not the only one thinking about Christmas already! :) 
Last year I made my niece this Peg Doll Nativity and my Goddaughter these Saints & Cathedral.  They were a big hit, and I've continued making pieces and gifts throughout the year. 

My niece, like most toddlers, lovessssss animals, so the addition of a barnyard was necessary.  I kept looking for unpainted wooden animal cut outs, but came up unsatisfied, so instead used some basic (and cheap) unpainted wooden shapes to create animals to put in her nativity. 

I used 2" blocks, 1.5" blocks, 2.5" eggs, and 2" knobs.  (All my sources are linked below)  The wooden knobs were a better choice than plain spheres because they are flat on one side and will stand up.

You could be super creative and make all kinds of animals, but here is what I ended up with for the nativity:

Camels for each Wise Man:

A donkey:
A little bird:
A kitten:
And a puppy:

They all fit nicely inside her stable with the peg doll nativity people. Right now she likes stacking the blocks and knocking them over, but maybe someday she'll use them to tell the story of our Savior's birth. :)

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Here are some of my favorite supplies, some of which I have ordered several times. I've been nothing but pleased with the quality:

(Note that the links in this post are affiliate links, meaning that if you purchase through the link, I receive a small percentage at no cost to you.  I'll probably just use it to buy supplies for my classroom, or more books, so thanks!)

Wood Doll Bodies - Woman 3-1/2 inch - Bag of 10
Wood Doll Bodies - Man 3-9/16 inch - Bag of 10

Wood Blocks 1.5 Inches 
Wood Eggs 2-1/2"
2 inch wood cubes
Unfinished Wood Ball Knob, Natural, 2-Inch