Prayer for Troubled Times (Again)

Author: Joan McKamey ~ November 7, 2017
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We regret the need to run this Blessing in Times of Trouble so often, but the recent natural disasters and horrific human actions in our world give us reason to offer it again. We encourage you to allow the children in your care to express their feelings and concerns about the tragic events that have […]

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World Day of the Poor—Love in Word and Deed

Author: Joan McKamey ~ November 7, 2017
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The tagline for the First World Day of the Poor (November 19) is “Love not in word but in deed.” I think it’s assumed we’re to read it as “Love not only in word but also in deed.” Through the Gospel Weeklies, children learn that Jesus wants us to show our love in both word […]

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What Did You Learn Today?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 1, 2017
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It’s the question nearly every parent asks at the end of the day: So, what did you learn today? Retention is everything. We want the children to take the information they encounter in class and be able to apply it, make it their own, and even share it with others. Assessments are one way to determine […]

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Your Catechism Companion

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 1, 2017
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Every Pflaum Gospel Weeklies lesson is based on the Sunday Gospel and related Church doctrine. Each child receives a copy of the What the Church Believes and Teaches Catechism handbook at the beginning of the school year. In each lesson, the editors reference a section of this handbook, which reinforces the doctrine. The Teaching Guides […]

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What’s That Word?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 24, 2017
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If you play the piano, you know many special words to help you play a piece as the composer intended. For example, if you see the letter “p” marked on a passage, you know that it stands for pianissimo, which means “very soft.” Like music, every other study, work, hobby, or sport has its own […]

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Saints: A Pair of Martins

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 24, 2017
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The Church honors two saints named Martin in early November—Saint Martin de Porres on November 3, and Saint Martin of Tours on November 11. These two Martins are separated by their occupations, the vast Atlantic Ocean, and 1,200 years. What unites them is their unfailing charity. Share the story of Two Saints Named Martin with […]

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Attention All Early Birds!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 17, 2017
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Don’t blink: the calendar flips to November in just two weeks, and Advent begins on December 3. We know that some of you like to get a jump on planning your Advent and Christmas activities. Free Holiday activity pages are now available for all levels. Don’t worry though: While the editors want to help you […]

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500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Author: Joan McKamey ~ October 17, 2017
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Martin Luther, a Catholic monk, didn’t set out to break from the Church. Yet his expression of concerns about the selling of indulgences was the spark that ignited the Protestant Reformation. Pope Francis has said, “The intention of Martin Luther 500 years ago was to renew the Church, not divide her.” This is a reminder […]

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Planning Ahead: All Saints’ Day

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 11, 2017
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After the flurry of the first few weeks of class, you may be looking ahead to the Church holidays on the horizon. The Church will celebrate All Saints’ Day on Wednesday, November 1. Pflaum provides free activity pages for All Saints’ Day that are geared for every age. Seeds children will see that saints, like […]

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A Joyful Noise

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 2, 2017
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Music is a powerful tool in the classroom. With music, you can welcome the children, signal transitions in the lesson, introduce the Gospel reading, and set a peaceful tone for prayer and meditation. The new CD collections from Pflaum are age-appropriate and feature songs for each season in the Liturgical Year. Children will pick up […]

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