Religious Education Supplements – DVDs and TV

I like to include movies and television shows as part of our Religious Education curriculum.  Not only does it give the boys something of quality to watch, it also gives me a much needed break.  I am not against television watching, but I am against watching junk. After looking all over for a Bible story DVD to supplement our Kindergarten unit studies, I finally settled on the Read and Share Bible.  I am very happy with this purchase for the price.  It tells the stories of the Bible chronologically, without commentary.  Each story is around 5 minutes long, and the interpretation is definitely for the preschool to about 2nd grade crowd.   The selling point for me on this DVD was the absence of commentary.  I was not able to locate a Catholic Bible story DVD for children, so it was important to me that the one I did buy was … Keep reading…

RE Unit 2: Adam and Eve Now Available!

It was a long time coming, but Unit 2: Adam and Eve is finally up on the Religious Education page (see the menu at the top).  To be completely honest, we did not do everything in this unit.  It was a rough couple of weeks and many activities were cut.  We only sort of finished the lapbook and we never played the file folder game. The next complete unit will be Abraham and Isaac.  I will take the next couple of weeks to read the story of Cain and Abel and do a mini-unit for Noah.  Noah’s story is pretty well known to most children, so I did not feel the need to stretch it into a full two-week unit.  You can see the entire series of upcoming units now on the RE page. And just in case you need a reminder of what these units are all about: Each … 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…

Religious Education Unit Studies: Unit 1

It is finally ready!  I am so happy to debut Unit 1: Creation of my RE Unit Studies for Kindergarten.  Units are available for download on the Religious Education page (see the menu at the top). Each unit is a compilation of activities designed to provide a variety of learning paths focusing on one story in the Bible.  We will be working our way through chronologically starting with Genesis and ending with Pentecost.  No specific Bible or other texts are necessary.  Most of the activities are available for printing straight from the unit study or from another website. Included in each unit are: The Bible Story: I use The Catholic Children’s Bible, but any translation will do. A Memory Verse Craft Lapbook Song Game Journaling 10 Day Lesson Plans: Easily adaptable to 5 days if you prefer to move faster. Just do two days worth of plans on one day, … 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…