Lent Montessori Lesson For Kids- Time To Use Those Peg Dolls!

For anyone who's been following along, you know about my printable Passion set of peg dolls, and my Easter set of printable peg dolls. Well, it's time to bring those peg dolls full circle, my friends. :-) I absolutely love the Montessori method of telling Bible stories. Catholics have a program called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Orthodox people have a version, and the Protestants have … [Read more...]

Candles For Lent- A Lenten Cross

Having a Lenten cross is very similar to having an Advent wreath. In fact, it's strikingly similar to having an Advent wreath. You put the candles on your table, and light one each week adding a new candle each Sunday during Lent until it's Easter time. While an Advent wreath is shaped in a circle, the candles at Lent are in the shape of a cross. During both Advent and Lent, there is one … [Read more...]

Curriculums for a Catholic Homeschool Co-op

It's that time of year! Sharpen your pencils, dust off your books, and get that homeschool co-op turning again. Last year I wrote a post on how to make a homeschool co-op thrive with tips on organizing a co-op. It's a good post, but even if you put the effort in to organize a co-op... without good, structured classes, your co-op will turn into a glorified playgroup. Trust me- I've seen this. The … [Read more...]

How to Make an EASY (and cheap!) Crown of Thorns for Lent

These crown of thorns are so cheap and easy to make, you can make them with your whole classroom! (They're also great for at home, but easy enough for a classroom environment) Every child takes one home at the beginning of lent. Each time that child does a good deed or makes a sacrifice during lent, they get to remove a thorn from the crown. Check it out! What you need to craft these Lenten … [Read more...]

Catholic ABC’s Preschool Curriculum – the free (abridged) version

*Check out my new Catholic ABC's (The Book!), and find more than 50% new content! It's easy to use, and all inclusive!* :-) I am so excited that many of you have chosen for Catholic ABC's to be a part of your homeschooling curriculum this year! This post will tell you everything you need to know about how to use the curriculum, what supplies you need, and how to find what you're looking for. … [Read more...]

Good Shepherd Learning Activity and Craft

Today I'm posting an activity you can do with children to teach them the story of the Good Shepherd. After you have done it with them several times, they should be able to do it on their own as kind of a Catholic Montessori activity. My preschoolers love this! And the best part is- I'm going to provide you with the necessary printables and directions to make your own set!. How to use  your … [Read more...]

Nicene Creed Craft- One God

Today we start the new Catholic preschool curriculum- Catholic ABC's! Yay! For the first week, we are learning the number 1. Here's the craft we made (this craft is a good one for preschoolers with adult assistance, and a good one that elementary school aged children could do themselves). Supplies needed: 2 colors of paper pencil glue stick a piece of yarn, string, or … [Read more...]

Know Your Catholic ABC’s?

Find the Free Catholic Preschool Curriculum Here. This year, I am teaching my son's class for our preschool co-op, and I'm really excited! You should be excited, too. Want to know why? Because I'm going to be posting it here for all of you. Want to follow along with your kids? You got it! The curriculum will be for preschoolers, but a lot of the crafts/food etc will be great for elementary aged … [Read more...]

Who’s Ready to Celebrate Pentecost?

Pentecost is coming up this Sunday- 50 days after Easter (the official end of the Easter Season). It is also the birthday of the church. On Pentecost, the holy spirit came upon the 12 apostles and gave them "tongues of fire". Because of this, the color for Pentecost is red and is often symbolized with fire. You also see a lot of doves for Pentecost because doves are the most common symbol of the … [Read more...]

Holy Week Games and Lesson Plans

Alright, The Catholic Toolbox has so many amazing Holy Week resources that I haven't had time to run yet! Aah! So I'm just going to run them all together real quick ;-) Holy Week Memory Game- free and printable! Find this Holy Week File Folder game and Holy Week Bingo at this post. And find a million (slight exaggeration ;-) Holy Week lesson plan ideas here! Also, find … [Read more...]