Continuing on with our Religious notebooking project, today I’m posting a printable notebooking page about the Holy Land for kids. This page goes with with pages 40-41 in Tell Me About The Catholic Faith (TMACF), or any other Holy Land resource you would rather use with your kids.
My Thoughts On These Pages in TMACF:
Very cute- I love these map pages! However, I wish that some of the places would have been labeled with their more recognizable names. For instance, “Lake Gennesaret” as it is on the map does say over in the explanations that it’s also called the “Sea of Tiberias” or the “Sea of Galilee,” but I would have preferred to have it labeled Sea of Galilee right on the map. I’ve never even heard of Lake Gennesaret. Maybe since the book was translated from French, this is a more common name for it in France- I don’t know. Also, they have Jesus growing up and it’s labeled “Galilee,” and again, over to the side it mentions Nazareth, but I wish the map was also labeled Nazareth. Also, Jerusalem is on the map, but it is not mentioned on the page (other than mentioning the temple), so I would suggest telling your kids also that Jerusalem is where Jesus died on the cross. Bethlehem is also mysteriously missing from the map, which should be just Southwest of Jerusalem.
I always like it best when kids can draw or write whatever they’re drawn to from the lesson, and this page (pretty much like all the others) reflects that. I have labeled 4 different places from the Holy Land, and the kids get to illustrated what happened there. I also included a page that just has the 4 squares with nothing labeled. That way, if you want to write the names in that are on the map, or you want to illustrated different places (such as Jerusalem) you can. 🙂
- Get a map of the Holy Land and start referring to it when you learn Bible stories. It’s so great to know there “where” to the “what!” Whatever map you use will need to be easily accessible, or you won’t actually use it, which is why I’m suggesting getting one that is separate from the TMACF book. I have a cute classroom poster of the Holy Land that I picked up for a few dollars at a teacher supply store. Having it right on the wall is really handy.
- See if you can find a map of the Holy Land in your Bible- I’ll be there’s one in there, and it’s so great for our kids to see us directly go to our Bible for resources like this! It will also be cool for them to get to compare the maps. It turns out that our favorite Catholic children’s Bible has tons of cool maps that we’ve never bothered to refer to. Now we know! It’s so great to get into the habit of using resources that you already have.
- Build a Jerusalem out of blocks to help kids become more familiar with this important city. This is easier than you’d think! I have full directions with pictures in my post, along with a lesson and printable art cards to match up happenings in the city.
- Make a salt dough relief map of the Holy Land. This is on my wishlist of things to do with my kids. Also, check out these map directions from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. I know I say all the time that I wish we had an atrium here, and it doesn’t stop being true.
You can find all the links to this series here.