Happy {Belated} Father’s Day

I hope all the dads and priests out there had a fantastic Father’s Day.  My boys celebrated by making Thunder inspired slime. The last batch we made was a huge hit and lasted for months.  Here is the recipe if you want to try your own.  Such a great boy thing to do. Thunder Up!   ~ Catie … Keep reading…

Advent Pocket Calendar

I’ve had this huge pocket calendar on my wall since the beginning of our school year way back in June.  It sounded like a good purchase at the time, but we really haven’t used it much.  Alex has grown out of calendar time and Ryan hasn’t grown into it yet. Alex was asking for something to do to count down until Christmas.  Hubby and I were also noticing that Alex’s manners have taken a slide lately.  So I decided to solve all three issues at once!  I turned our pocket calendar into an advent calendar. I used scrap paper cut into squares and glued them onto white cardstock.  On the back of each card is written a good behavior that Alex is going to focus on that day.  I also cut a little corner out of each piece of scrapbook paper before I glued them onto cardstock and wrote the … Keep reading…

Paper Plate Skeleton Craft for Halloween

My husband found this awesome craft for us to do this week.  Alex had a lot of fun with it, and you most likely already have what you need to make it.  I used the instructions found on Pickup Some Creativity. For this craft you will need: Paper Plates (or heavy paper) Twine or yarn or string A printer and paper for the templates A marker Scissors Since we have not been doing so many printable things in our workboxes lately, it has been a while since Alex had to use scissors.  His hand strength is fairly weak, so I need to include more fun crafts to help build those muscles. I drew the template onto the plates and he did almost all of the cutting.  Of course, Ryan wanted to cut also, and I only have one pair of kid’s scissors.  I tried to distract him with his own … Keep reading…

Angel Craft

This adorable craft from Catholic Icing was supposed to be part of the failed angels RE unit.  Even though there is not going to be a full unit, the craft was still a lot of fun.  What kid doesn’t love finger paint and what mom doesn’t like a handprint craft, right? Material used were: Construction paper Yarn Finger Paint Glue Markers I like to set up the crafts during nap/quiet time and have them ready to go for the afternoon. Once the prep work was done, the craft only took about 15 minutes to complete. Then, of course, the boys just finger painted for a while.  Happy crafting! … Keep reading…

Creation Lapbook

We finished up our first RE unit study this week with our very first lapbook!  I compiled the parts of this 7 days of creation lapbook from various places and added my own parts as well.  Too many of the lapbooks I found online had a lot of coloring pages, and Alex is not much for coloring.  Instead, I try to fill his lapbooks with activities that he can do over and over again. For the front cover, we just decorated it with crayons.  He made a picture of himself and I did the lettering. For the inside, I used coloring pages from Holy Spirit Interactive and some that I made.  These pages tell the creation story from Genesis.  We put days 1-6 in the middle of the inside and day 7 on the back. The inside left panel has two mini-book that I made about things that God made … Keep reading…

Days of Creation Craft

7 Days of Creation Craft After trying a classical method of teaching religious education (RE) and having that fail miserably, I have decided to change things up a bit.  Alex was just not remembering the Bible story after having heard it one time the day before, and I found myself needing to supplement with a lot of activities.  I realized that what we are doing has morphed into a unit study.  Lots more planning for me, but at least I get to share some awesome RE projects with you! I prepared a Days of Creation paper craft for him so that he could not only learn the story, but begin to understand God’s purpose for creation.  Here is what we used: Supplies: 1 piece of black construction paper 1 piece of white paper, cut to fit onto the black paper with some margin on the top and bottom. 2 shades … Keep reading…

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod Craft

This is one of my all-time favorite nursery rhymes, and I am embarrassed to say that I do not have a single book in the house with this in it.  When I decided to teach it to Alex, I had to print it from the internet!  I will definitely be making a trip to Hastings or ordering from Amazon.  What a great bedtime story for young and old. A classic like this deserves to be remembered in our schoolroom for the year, so we made a mobile. If you would like to make your own, here is what you will need: Tools: Scissors Hole punch Ink, Printer, Paper Crayons, markers, or colored pencils Glue stick Supplies: Cardboard or poster board – anything heavier than copy paper will do.  I used an old cereal box. Yarn or String Construction paper A hook, tack, or screw – to hang the mobile from … Keep reading…