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ONLINE NEWS AND IDEAS YOU CAN USE

Online reproducible activities teach about Mary’s feasts

The Church honors Mary with six feast days in August and September, and reproducible activities in the fall 2014 edition of PGW Online – a service of Pflaum Gospel Weeklies – can help students learn more about them. Activities include “Mary’s Birthday” for grades 2-3, “Mary Days” for grades 4-6, and “Mary’s Life” for grades 7-8. In addition, a take-home resource page provides background on the feast of the Assumption. Click on Online Resources in the menu above, then select Seasonal Reproducibles to register, if you haven’t already. It’s free!

Newsletter: ‘Good News’ postcards, unique name tags

Name tags with identifying stickers for non-readers, “Good News” postcards to welcome students and parents, a bible verse activity for the first day of class, and a getting-to-know-you ice breaker for older students are among “First-class Ideas for First Classes.” You’ll find them in the September issue of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Newsletter. If you’re not already receiving this valuable monthly email resource, click on Online Resources in the menu above, then select Our Newsletter.

Assessment program for 2014-15 available online

In addition to reviews and quizzes found in the teaching guides, the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Faith Formation program provides an assessment program for the top three levels – Good News, Venture, and Visions. It includes a pre-test to be used at the start of the school year, tests for each of the four units, and a final test. Answer keys correlate each question to the weekly lessons, to What the Church Believes and Teaches, and to the scope and sequence charts. For more on the assessment program, click on Online Resources in the menu above.