Today I have some fun activities for you to do with your children and/or students! These activities might be something you have out for the children to do while waiting for the rest of the class to come down from communion or have students do these activities in rotating centers. For us, we never know how long we’ll have in class since the kids watch the procession, so I try to have multiple activities that I can quickly use if I need to fill time. Today I have 3 activities to share! (more…)
Greetings! As the days are quickly growing longer and school is about to start, I always think of my Yiayia (grandma). Why? Because it reminds me of going to her house after church in the fall and her giving me bags full of vegetables from her garden. The aroma of the plants, dirt and basil greets you at the end of her driveway. She always had small pots of basil to give to others and she always gave me some around this time of year. We also would get a sprig of basil from church, too. What does basil have to do with this special feast day? Read this story and you’ll find out! 🙂 (more…)
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I know it might seem a bit early to post about a date in September, but you know it will be here before you know it! Whenever school starts, I’m reminded that it is a new liturgical year. And we kick of this new year with the feast, Nativity of the Theotokos on September 8. If you’re like me, you might not have grown up knowing all about the Feast Days (there’s 12 of them, in case you’re wondering. 😉 ). (more…)
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day we’ve been talking a lot about the color green. I gave each kid a tray of baking soda and a cup of blue and a cup of yellow vinegar. I wanted them to learn about mixing colors while learning about chemical reactions. (more…)
When my first child was young I had made her a book of photos of the family. She loved looking at the photo book and it would keep her busy for quite awhile. I haven’t gotten around to making an updated one until this week. I was inspired by other blogs that I saw online where they had photos of people that they pray for on poster board. I thought it would be neat to make my kids their own prayer books. (more…)
From my experience being a student and teaching children in a church school program, we often neglect to focus on the classroom community. We focus on the books and what it means to be Orthodox. Oftentimes, we do not teach children what it means to have fellowship. Even though our students may have gone to church school their whole lives, they only see each other for 30-45 minutes per week and may not know much about the person sitting next to them. By having regular Morning Meetings, children will learn to appreciate one another. It can also lay the foundation for the future of our church communities. While you may be thinking that Morning Meetings are for little kids, you are mistaken! Having this type of set up is helpful for all students across ALL grade levels.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “put your thinking cap on?” It is a cute teacher saying to help kids focus on learning. Want to know how to grab a group’s attention quickly, without having to yell and scream while jumping up and down? Then get your listening ears on! Um, I guess in this case, get your reading eyes ready to learn some teacher lingo!
Do you ever wonder what to do with the weekly bulletins you get at church? They have beautiful Icons on them and I feel weird about throwing them away. Do you throw it in the trash, recycle it or burn it? My crafty brain is always thinking about how to make something, so let’s repurpose it!! (more…)