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February 6, 2023

4 Lent Activities for Families

Children can develop a closer relationship with God during Lent. Lent activities revolve around prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. 


Here are a few Lenten activities you may want to try:

1. Make a prayer jar. 

Have children write a prayer each day, and place it in the jar. 

You can add a prayer choice board...


Or a use a  prayer box instead of a jar...


An alternative could be to set up a prayer writing center...



2. Make Lenten crosses.

Gather small sticks and tie them together with string. You can even use the crosses to make a Lenten garden!

3. Participate in a Lenten fast.

Brainstorm a list of items that children could possibly give up during Lent (electronics, cookies, candy, etc.) Have students choose one to give up.

4. Give to others.

This may be a good time to sort out clothes and toys that are outgrown to donate to charity. Children may be able to help with a service project during lent. They could also help clean out the pantry or go shopping to choose items to donate to a food pantry. 


Choose an activity to complete during Lent, and watch the children grow closer to God!



January 26, 2023

Formative Assessment Types That Students Will Love!

 Formative assessment can be fun and creative!


1. Break students into groups and challenge them to put on a skit. 

Skits work with almost any content area! They can be used to show understanding of a particular reading passage, a timeline of events in social studies, problem-solving in math, or a process in science. 

2. Have students create a quiz.

Students could create a short quiz on a topic and exchange it with a partner. The partner groups could then have a discussion about the questions and answers.

Another option would be for students to submit questions and you could select a few to create a quiz. 

3. Use self-evaluation charts in your classroom.

From time to time, ask students to rate their learning. Students are quite aware of how well they are grasping the material you are teaching, so simply ask them! These charts have been super helpful in getting quick feedback from students. Students rate their understanding on a scale of 1 - 5. There is no 0 because being ready to learn counts! You're sure to smile when students rate themselves an off-the-charts 10!

January 6, 2023

5 Ways to Celebrate the 100th Day of School for Big Kids

 Big kids can celebrate the 100th Day of School too! 


1. Create a 100th-Day of School time capsule.

Have the students write letters to themselves about what they've learned in school so far and what they hope to learn. Put the letters in a time capsule to be opened up on the 150th or 175th day of school. No need to spend any money...roll up the letters and stick them in an empty paper towel roll.

2. Have a 100th-Day of School scavenger hunt.

Create a list of 100 items for the students to find around the school, in their classrooms, and on the playground. Students may enjoy working with a partner for this activity. Play for fun or for small prizes.

3. Partner up with a younger buddy class.

The big kids will love to work with the little ones on 100th-Day activities, and the teachers will appreciate the help. Have the big kids help the little ones make 100th-Day crowns or complete one of the many activities here:

100th Day of School Activities

4. Celebrate with a 100th-Day party!

Have 100th-Day snacks such as a Twinkie and 2 mini donuts to make the number 100 or have students make trail mix with 100 pieces of snacks. Play music from 100 years ago!

5. Have a 100th-Day photo shoot.

Take pictures of your 100th-Day activities and party. The photos will look extra special if students dress as if they're 100 years old!


Make sure to join in on the fun!


With faith and friendship,