Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Sound of Easter (and some Divine Mercy activities)

Happy Easter!  If you would like to keep on celebrating the fifty (FIFTY!) days of Easter, how about an Easter playlist?



And, in celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday, here are a few activities that you might like:
(Click on the image for the link to the post)

Divine Mercy Watercolor Art:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2014/04/divine-mercy-watercolor-art-page.html

Pop Out Divine Mercy Chaplet Beads:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2013/04/pop-out-ivine-mercy-chaplet.html

Connecting the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Divine Mercy:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2013/05/reviewing-sacraments-confession.html

Reconciliation and Divine Mercy Lapbook:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2013/08/divine-mercy-and-reconciliation-lapbook.html

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fifty Days of Easter


Easter Sunday may have been a few days ago, but the season of Easter goes on for fifty days.  From now until Pentecost, keep the Risen Christ alive with your kids using some of these activities!

Click on the pictures for the links to the original posts, complete with printables and instructions.

The Way of Light Coloring Book
During Lent, we pray the Way of the Cross, the fourteen stations that tell the story of Jesus' Passion and Death.  During Easter, there is also a set of fourteen stations about the stories that happened between the Resurrection and Pentecost. The Biblical accounts are collected with simple pictures and the Scripture references in this mini coloring book:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2014/04/while-we-are-still-deep-in-throes-of.html
 Here you can see a screen shot of the four page printable:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2014/04/while-we-are-still-deep-in-throes-of.html

The Way of Light Easter Sunrise
This craft creates a Easter sunrise with a ray of sun for each of the stations of the Way of Light:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-way-of-light-easter-sunrise-craft.html

The Way of Light Resurrection Eggs
This activity creates a set of Way of Light Easter eggs.  Each egg contains small objects that tell the story of the days of Easter:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-way-of-light-resurrection-eggs.html



The Way of Light Story in a Bag
Using simple objects collected in a bag, this project helps kids be the story tellers of the events of the Easter Season:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-way-of-light-story-bag.html

Paschal Greeting Printable
The traditional Easter greeting in the form of a simple coloring page, great to hang up in your home or classroom:

Easter Posters
Have some fun with lettering techniques and Scripture verses with special Easter significance while making these Easter posters:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2015/04/easter-typography-posters.html

Gospel in an Eggshell
Using tiny objects that fit into a plastic Easter egg, wrap together the story of Jesus' birth, death, and resurrection:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2012/02/gospel-in-eggshell.html

New Life Seeds
Connect the death and resurrection of Christ to the growth of seeds this spring time:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2012/03/new-life-seeds.html

Fulton Sheen Quote Coloring Page
"Unless there is a cross in our lives, there will never be an empty tomb; unless there is a crown of thorns, there will never be the halo of light; unless there is a Good Friday, there will never be an Easter Sunday."

Resurrection Eggs
These eggs contain small objects and strips of Scripture that tell the story of Holy Week:

http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2012/02/get-ready-for-lent.html

What Easter Looks Like Printable
Black & white and color printable of the symbols of the Easter season:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2015/04/what-easter-looks-like.html

Regina Coeli Mini Book
During the season of Easter, we do not continue to pray the Angelus, but instead pray the Regina Coeli.  This mini book contains the prayer, some explanations, definitions of words, and pictures to color:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2014/03/regina-coeli-mini-book-for-kids.html

Debunking Resurrection Theories
This graphic organizer contains several of the theories that try to explain away the idea of the Resurrection of Christ.  It could be used as a discussion starter for a middle or high school youth group study on the truth of the Resurrection.
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2013/04/debunking-resurrection-theories.html

I wish you and the kids in your lives a very blessed Easter season!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter Typography Posters

In preparation for celebration of the season of Easter, I helped my students create some typography style posters before we left for spring break.  While I didn't want them to forget about Holy Week, I did want them to think about that all of Lent and Holy Week is a preparation for Easter.  This art project will be hanging up to greet them when they return to school next week, replacing our Lent decorations and Stations of the Cross

It was an easy project and allowed the kids to be as creative as they wanted.   We talked about how lettering and layout are themselves a kind of art.  We brainstormed different styles of lettering like these:


We then decided to use those styles to create a poster using a quote or Bible verse about Easter.  Here are the quotes that I had up on the board for the kids to pick from:

He is risen!  Alleluia!  He is risen indeed! (traditional Paschal greeting)
Alleluia!  Christ is Risen!
"I am the Resurrection and the Life, he who believes in me will live, even if he dies." ~John 11:25
"Behold, I am making all things new!" ~Revelation 21:5
"He is not here, for He has risen as He said." ~Matthew 28:6
"Go quickly and tell the disciples that He has risen from the dead." ~Matthew 28:7

We used oil pastels on black construction paper for an extra pop.  I (and the kids) were really pleased with how they turned out.  I think that the design and creativity that they showed is awesome.  I look forward to using them to brighten the hallways for the students return!

Here are a few examples of what the kids came up with:

Whoops...little spelling mistake :)






Monday, April 6, 2015

What Easter Looks Like

The Liturgical Seasons that our Church has put in place create a beautiful rhythm for Christian life.  I also love the signs and symbols of the seasons, and I have been creating a resource to use with kids as a reminder of the meaning of each season.  You can see the Lent printable here and the Triduum printable here. Now it's time for the season of Easter, 50 days of celebrating the Resurrection of Christ and the new life we have in Him.  I have this printable available in black & white and color.  You can print it out to hang in your home or classroom, or use it for a notebooking or lapbook project.

I hope you and your family have a wonderfully fruitful Easter Season this year!

Click here for the black and white printable:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ETRkL51fhMZEhsVUkzQ1ZfYkk/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ETRkL51fhMeFJZcUJ0bHh4dDg/view?usp=sharing


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What the Triduum Looks Like

The Liturgical Seasons that our Church has put in place create a beautiful rhythm for Christian life.  I also love the signs and symbols of the seasons, and I have been creating a resource to use with kids as a reminder of the meaning of each season.  You can see the Lent printable here.  In prep for Holy Week, here is a printable for the Triduum, the three most important days in our year.  I have it in black & white and color.  You can print it out to hang in your home or classroom, or use it for a notebooking or lapbook project.

I hope you and your family have a most blessed Triduum this year!

Click here for the black and white printable:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ETRkL51fhMaU44NkJCTDhQSUk/view?usp=sharing


Click here for the color printable:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ETRkL51fhMOHdKaktodzFRNmc/view?usp=sharing

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pope Wanted Posters

This week Pope Francis celebrated his second anniversary as our Pontiff.  (yay!)
I can't believe that it has been two years, but I still vividly remember hearing the news of Pope Benedict's resignation, the time waiting for the election, and the day that we saw white smoke at the Vatican.  I also love that I was in a Catholic School when it happened, meaning that the day stopped and we were glued to the TV (well, the computer and smart board) as we waited to meet our new Pope.

Rewinding back to those days while we waited for the Cardinals to assemble, my students and I had fun investigating and studying the process for the election of the new pope.  We also talked about both the requirements and the desired attributes of the man who would become pope.  As an assessment for that study, I had my students create wanted posters about what they were looking for in the new pope.  I printed off this clip art for them (it can be found on a lot of free clip art sites including here). Then they created the look of an old west wanted poster and included details about requirements for the new pope, what qualities they thought would make a great pope, and who to contact. :)

While I hope Pope Francis remains our leader for a long time to come, this is an activity I would use again!

Here were our two favorite videos about the election of the Pope:


And here are some more examples of our wanted posters:





Friday, March 20, 2015

7QT: Seven Ways to Celebrate A Patron Saint Day


Yesterday was the Solemnity of St. Joseph, a special day for the Universal Church, but a very special day for my students at our St. Joseph School.  We try to celebrate well, but it can be hard coming up with new and meaningful ideas each year.  I thought I'd pull together seven of the big concepts we usually work into our celebration that could be general enough for others to use too as you enjoy the feast day of the patron of your family, homeschool, classroom, or parish.

To keep this quick, each idea just has a picture and a short caption.  Click on the pictures to either send you to a more detailed post or to the source of that idea.  I'd love to hear from you about how you have used a concept like these  or other ideas you have for celebrating a patron Saint.


~1~ 
 Make a shrine or art project in honor of the Saint.
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2015/03/quick-easy-saint-joseph-shrine.html
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2013/05/saints-coloring-pages-and-murals-holy.html

For more Saint  crafts I have done before with kiddos, visit the Sharing the Faith Tab and scroll down to the Saints section.

~2~
 Make a big visual display for all to enjoy, 
like this multi-media mural:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2014/03/happy-st-joseph-day.html

Or a stained glass icon poster:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2014/03/happy-st-joseph-day.html

Or a litany poster:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2014/03/happy-st-joseph-day.html

 Or be brave and paint a mural!
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2013/05/saints-coloring-pages-and-murals-holy.html

~3~
 Make your own Saint cards with a picture and a special prayer:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2014/03/happy-st-joseph-day.html

~4~
 Enjoy a special food:
http://www.mangiabenepasta.com/stjoseph_bread.html

http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2014/03/happy-st-joseph-day.html

~5~
Celebrate the people under the patronage of that Saint- the person celebrating a name day, or a whole family, or a parish, or a school.
 You may have seen this activity floating around on Pinterest.  I had each student sit with their back to our white board and the rest of the class wrote kind and encouraging words about that person.  We took a picture and erased the board before they could see it.  I printed the pictures and handed them out at the end of the day on St. Joseph's feast, celebrating that we as part of the St. Joseph School community can build each other up just as St. Joseph builds up the church.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/197032552420328984/

~6~
Read a special book about your Saint:
http://www.amazon.com/St-Josephs-Story-Geraldine-Guadagno/dp/1593251734
This one is from Word Among Us Press, and has lovely pictures.


 ~7~
 Pray a novena because they work.
We often will gather all together to either pray a litany, or have a special prayer service, or will pray a novena in the days leading up to the feast.
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2012/06/novenas-are-not-magic-spells.html


I hope you had a blessed St. Joseph Day!  I'd love to hear how you celebrate Saint's Feast Days with your groups of kiddos!

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