Sunday, July 28, 2013

It's a Date!

Yes, today is blogging day 7 of Jen's challenge, but a) it's a Sunday and b) I am spending it with my husband on a long overdue date night out! See you soon!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

First Holy Communion Notebook, Part IV: The Sacrament of Holy Communion

The promised second post for blogging day #6 to finish off Skipper's First Holy Communion notebook: The Sacrament of Holy Communion.

My Faith ~~~ Salvation History ~~~ The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Skipper's First Holy Communion was a gorgeous day, and he had the love and support of family and friends, even though none are practicing Catholics. I am so glad that the love for this boy brought them all together on this very special day!

All first communicants created personal banners. You can see Skipper's above. He was inspired by this young lady's banner.

As far as his notebook, we were running out of steam! But he had painted this monstrance craft at the beginning of the school year and used it in his notebook:

Copy work gearing up for the big day:

"Letter" to Jesus the day before Skipper's first communion:

I helped Skipper draw this page. I shrunk it down to make personal invitations, and then placed the original in his notebook:

I also wrote a letter to Skipper to place in his notebook, and at his party, I set out pens and notecards for family to write notes to him. His final page will be a special memory page with the notes and pictures. We just have to finish it!

First Holy Communion Notebook, Part III: The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Blogging day #6, almost there! I actually hope to have two posts up for today so I can finish off my posts on Skipper's First Holy Communion notebook. Right now, let's look at The Sacrament of Reconciliation.

My Faith ~~~ Salvation History ~~~ The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Back in April, Skipper celebrated his first confession. It was an evening set aside for first communicants. After a few words from father, the kids took turns with him or with a visiting priest for their first confession. Once done, parents took their children around to four stations to complete a task (saying prayers, lighting candles, receiving a few special remembrance items, etc.). The parents finished up by confessing themselves. It was a nice time spent with Skipper. I think he enjoyed it too.

Prior to his first confession, back at home, we worked and completed "The Sacrament of Reconciliation" for his notebook.

What is the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

What is Sin?

An Examination of Conscience

The Ten Commandments

God's Greatest Commandment

Act of Contrition copy work

Steps to Confession - I printed the page, cut it into strips, and had Skipper put the steps in order before pasting.

My First Confession Special Memory Page.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Feast of Saints Ann and Joachim

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of Saints Anne and Joachim, Mary's mother and father, and Jesus' grandparents, and my family celebrates a name day.

In anticipation of this feast day, the kids and I created a little free art yesterday with poster paint and watercolors. They painted a picture for each set of grandparents. I even joined them to paint pictures for my grandparents. One is never too old to paint pictures for grandparents. ;)

We also made some yummy peanut butter kiss cookies to go along with the surprise delivery.

My Grandma and the flowers I painted for her.

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

If you are looking for an extremely easy gluten-free treat for yourself or friends, this cookie is it.
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
Mix thoroughly. Drop into balls, and slightly flatten (for hershey kiss - or flatten and criss-cross with a fork). Bake for about 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Immediately add kisses. Allow to cool on tray until you can move them to the cooling rack. They are really soft when they first come out of the oven but then firm up quickly.

**If making these for gluten-free friends or family, be sure to use new containers of peanut butter and sugar, and to line cookie sheets with parchment paper to minimize cross-contamination.

After dinner I surprised the kids with *watermelon* popsicles. (Red and green are colors associated with St. Ann.)

Watermelon Popsicles

  • watermelon chunks, fresh, to fill half the blender
  • sweetener, if desired
  • popsicle molds
  • green sherbet ice-cream
Blend watermelon, adding sweetener if desired. Pour 3/4 of popsicle molds. Freeze slightly at this point to have the popsicles look like pieces of watermelon. Once slightly frozen, add soft green sherbet ice-cream to tops and put in holders. Freeze rest of the way. I ran out of time so I added the ice-cream right away and it just makes a marbled popsicle. Still good, or so I hear!

My grandparents and the penguin pair I painted for them.

Parents of Mary, pray for all parents that they may provide the 
loving home and faithful teaching that you provided your daughter. Amen.

First Holy Communion Notebook, Part II: Salvation History

Blogging day #5, can you believe it? I'm still here! Let's continue where we left off yesterday with Skipper's First Holy Communion notebook - Salvation History.

My Faith ~~~ The Sacrament of Reconciliation ~~~ The Sacrament of Holy Communion

For this section I kept all background pages the same color. I used Microsoft Word and Google images to create mini books for the particular Bible stories I wanted to include. We read the stories together, and Skipper narrated them back to me. We all helped color the pictures since coloring is just now becoming a *fun* thing to do.

I like the mini books but you could do a full-page coloring book, cover only a few Bible stories, write a paragraph, have kids draw the pictures, use colored pictures from the Internet - the ideas are many. I found it best to do the Old Testament stories alongside our Jesse Tree readings during Advent and the New Testament stories alongside our Jesus Tree readings during Lent.

The pictures are horrible so I'll apologize now.

Narration for the story of Mary and Martha.

9. Joseph

Skipper also added two little pocket pages to hold the mini prayer book he's worked on the last few years (he enters prayers as he memorizes them) and for his Mass book from Catholic Icing (though now he prefers the Magnifikid).

Thursday, July 25, 2013

First Holy Communion Notebook, Part I: My Faith

Day #4 of blogging - Time to finally share Skipper's First Holy Communion notebook he worked on all last year.

Last year Skipper prepared for and celebrated his First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. It was an exciting time! While he attended our parish's CCD program, we also did extra work at home that resulted in a nice little keepsake First Holy Communion Notebook.

Notebooks are fun to do with kids. You do bits at a time, and you can adapt it to the skill level of the child. One can write, do narration, color, draw, etc. and each produce a unique piece.

For Skipper's FHC notebook, I divided the year into Our Faith, Salvation History, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (post to come), and the Sacrament of First Holy Communion (post to come). Since he struggles with handwriting, he personalized his notebook through narration, choosing the cardstock, the folder, the images, and using stickers. If your child likes to draw, color, or write that would make for an even more personalized notebook.

Our Faith

The Cover Page

All the notebook pages were a heavier cardstock, three-holed punched, and stuck in a one inch binder. For the cover, I used this image and added the title myself in a picture editor.

My Name

Skipper looked up the saints for his name and narrated the stories to me to type. He added images of each saint as well (and you can't miss those stickers!).

The Nicene Creed

It was a simple cut and paste, but we read and talked about it as well.

God the Creator

Skipper's picture, Psalm 139:13-16, hand and globe picture, and title.

My Baptism

Baptism picture, picture of baptism candle, description of Skipper's baptism, and what baptism is in Skipper's own words.

The Blessed Trinity

Glory Be prayer, title, and a simple cut and paste craft.

Mary, the Mother of God

Picture of Mary, title, who Mary is in Skipper's own words, Hail Mary prayer.

My Guardian Angel

(Ignore Skipper's obvious lack of planning on this page.)

Guardian angel picture, Angel of God prayer, title, who a guardian angel is to Skipper.

The Bible

What the Bible is in Skipper's words, title, picture.

The Lord's Prayer

Copy work time! I was so proud of Skipper's handwriting here. He kept at it until it was done, and wrote so neatly - a real feat after struggling so long with writing.

Psalm 23