Category Archives: Catechism Ideas

Learning the Hail Mary

september-8-blessed-virgin-mary-birthdayAt my parish, children in CCD are taught the Sign of the Cross in kindergarten, the Lord’s Prayer in 1st grade, and then the Hail Mary and Act of Contrition in 2nd grade which is my group.  We started the year reviewing the Sign of the Cross and Lord’s Prayer.  When it came time to begin learning the Hail Mary, I wanted to make sure the students understood the origins of the Hail Mary.

So one day while perusing through Pinterest {again} I stumbled on the Hail Mary explained, providing the scriptures from which the Hail Mary comes.  I do not know where the Pin originated, but it is exactly what I wanted.  The image I found was very small and difficult to read, so I recreated it and converted to a pdf.  It’s attached below for personal use if desired.

Download the Hail Mary explained.

All About Me!

Sunday is the big day.  The beginning of CCD for the 2014-2015 school year.  I have been searching for just the right All About Me poster that 24 second graders can complete in a matter of minutes.  It’s pretty easy to find the big posters, but that’s not exactly what I want.  Taking inspiration from various posters I’ve found, I created this short and sweet, 8-1/2″ x 11″, About Me poster for the first day activity.



Getting Ready for the New School Year

The new school year is fast approaching and I’ve been creating images and posters for the kids in CCD. There are so many ideas rattling around in my head.  So far one of my favorite things is this fun facts poster created about our parish. I just hope I can finish the rest of my ideas before class begins in September!


I’m So Excited

PrayerPosition_BoyGreen. . . and I just can’t hide it! But I must. At least for a little while longer.

I received some very exciting news {exciting to me anyway} and I may burst before I can share it. The ideas are already swirling around in my head. I just hope I can get them all down on paper before they float away. You’d think I’d use this handy-dandy iPhone to take down notes, but that would be too easy.

With my new endeavor comes new research. The internet {and a few books I’ve purchased} is full of wonderful ideas to incorporate with my own. I’ll be posting my favorite ideas soon, so stay tuned! Things may never be the same.

Tiny Saints

I’ve been trying to think of something fun to do as a welcome back to CCD for next school year’s class.  While perusing through Pinterest for ideas one day I came across Tiny Saints which really are tiny, rubber-like charms of various saints.  In the words of my 10-year-old daughter, Tiny Saints are “totes” adorable.

I was very excited to find a St. Elizabeth Ann Seton charm, the saint for whom my church is named.  Although she was the first native-born American citizen to be canonized, we don’t really hear too much about her, so you can imagine my surprise!

When I contacted the company regarding bulk sales, I explained that I am from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and was interested in purchasing a number of Tiny Saint charms for my class.  I quickly received a response from Joe who answered my question with some very good news and stated that he was on the MS Gulf Coast not too long ago helping with the BP oil spill clean up.  It IS a small world after all!

Upon further research, I discovered Tiny Saints was founded in 2012 by the Klinker family who live just outside of Boston, Massachusetts.  How could I not support another Catholic family who is evangelizing the world one Tiny Saint at a time AND takes the time to help those in need!?

Thank you, Klinker Family, for the personal service received throughout my experience.  I am very excited to give these charms as welcome back gifts for my 2nd graders and will purchase more charms in the future.

May God bless you today and always,


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