Daily Archives: July 31, 2017

Jesus Bucks Are The Best!

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Are you having concerns about class management? Jesus Bucks might be your answer. You can find Jesus bucks at JesusBucks.com. Visit their site to get the original Jesus Buck. It’s totally free.

Here are some examples of classroom problems that have changed due to Jesus Bucks.

  • Problem: arrival time is chaotic, talkative, excited, noisy, rambunctious. This takes time to settle down and get to work.
  • Cure: Jesus Bucks given to all who enter quietly, sit in their seats and work on the ‘bell work’ paper. Bell work is simply something like a word search, or a crossword puzzle, for example, that pertains to the lessen of the week.

 

  • Problem: students not paying attention during presentation of the material.
  • Cure: Jesus Bucks given to any student who paid attention during the presentation. (usually about 20-25 minutes)

 

  • Problem: Students are disruptive during class.
  • Cure: Jesus Bucks to all students who listened quietly during class.

 

  • Problem: Students not working as a team on group projects.
  • Cure: Jesus Bucks to team member(s) identified as working together for a common goal.

 

  • Problem: Students not cleaning up after themselves after a project.
  • Cure: Jesus Bucks given to those students who helped clean up.

 

  • Problem; Students not exiting timely to meet their parents.
  • Cure: Jesus Bucks on the way out the door if within 2 minutes of the bell.

 

  • Problem: Students not trying hard enough to answer game questions.
  • Cure: Jesus Bucks to anyone who answers correctly, wins the game. Losers of the game get Jesus Bucks at a lesser amount because they certainly did try to win and learned something in the process (as long as they participated).

 

  • Problem: Transitioning from one activity to another takes long with all the chatter and excitement.
  • Cure: Jesus Bucks to anyone who transitions quietly.

 

 

As you can see, Jesus is the cure for everything :-). I use these bucks as awards for good behavior and winning games. So what? What this means is the student can collect the Jesus Bucks to buy prizes at the end of the school year. I collect inexpensive items to include in the prizes available. Here’s are some examples:
• Bibles
• Rosaries
• Tiny bible key chains (like really tiny. hilariously tiny)
• Stuffed emoji clips (poop ones removed)
• Jesus inspired bouncing balls
• Coloring books for adults with colored pencils
• Fancy pens
• Fancy pencils
• Pencil cases
• Makeup bags
• Highlighters
• Markers
• Games (like travel Connect Four)
• Puzzles (like Rubik’s Cube)
• Slinkys
• Silly putty
• Artist paper and paint
• Fancy notebooks
• Fancy post-it notepads
• Locker mirrors
• Locks
• Locker accessories
• Note books
• Tiny binders
• Auto rosaries
• Book marks
• Bracelets (WWJD)
• Bracelets with various sayings on them (proverbs)
• Glow sticks
• Small flashlights with Jesus sayings
• Inspirational message pens
• Journals
• Nail polish
• Nail care kit
• Drawstring backpacks
• Drinking cups with local coffee shop gift card
• Gift cards to iTunes
• Candy and lots of it. But I put these at a high cost because I don’t encourage it, but understand that Kids. Love. Candy. What can I say.

On the first day of school, the students see a photograph of the bribe loot that could be theirs. At the end of the year, at the last class, the students are presented with the loot and prices are posted. I choose low prices for bibles and inspirational information, and high prices for games, toys, and candy. I want them to choose the inspirational, of course.

This system of bribery has worked remarkably well in my classroom. I don’t have discipline problems, or chaos. Things flow pretty smoothly and on close to schedule. Jesus Bucks can work for any grade level. My students are 7th graders. But any grade up through 8th grade works. I imagine that high school students are mature enough to contain themselves and act appropriately. If not, they need to go back to Ms. MacKay’s 7th grade and learn it.

 

Comment below and let me know what you use for classroom management.   I love to hear what others do.

Homeschool Verses Religious Education Class

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As far as I can tell there’s no difference in the level of education for home schooling religious education and in parish religious education.  Well, there might be one difference.  The homeschoolers have to come in and test out at the end of the year.  The parish schoolers just have to show up and participate.  Typically, there is no ‘test’ to speak of, but a conscientious teacher will assess for learning.

A web review indicates that the Vatican and the CCC encourage Homeschooling.  It has long standing that the parents are the primary teachers of the Catholic Faith.  The parish is secondary.

So why does Religious Education exist? You ask.  It is an adjunct to family teaching.  Religious Ed also gives students something to ask their parents about should they have additional questions.  Let’s say your student wants to apply something he/she learned from class time, the student needs to ask the parent to clarify.  Or, if the student needs to demonstrate Social Justice activities, a student needs parental supervision.  These are just two examples.  I am certain there are more.

Another concern is perhaps the parents are not feeling confident in the Catholic religion but seek to get a better understanding for their child. Religious education can help the child achieve a better understanding of the Catholic faith – thus helping the family grow.

So, if religious education classes exist, why homeschool?  Some families prefer to keep their lessons of religion within the family. It is their right as a Catholic and citizen of this free country to homeschool.  God Bless America.

All students use the same books to learn, the same bibles, the same Masses, the same penance, the same First Communion, etc.  There is no difference and each family can decide what works better for their own circumstances.

 

Keywords; religious education, homeschooling

Yes! You Should Be Able to Decide!

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I saw this statement on a pro-choice site and it occurred to me that, YES!!! Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family. As an anti-abortion Catholic woman, I totally agree.  That’s why there’s the choice to use birth control, and/or abstinence if you DEFINITELY don’t want to parent with that jerk.  You decide by CHOOSING not to get pregnant with someone you don’t want to be with.  Birth control has been proven to be effective.  If you CHOOSE to have unprotected sex, well then – you choose to have a baby because that’s what happens with unprotected sex, right?  Ya, ya, I know that birth control can fail 0.0099%.  Tell me, how in heck did it fail for over 54 million times? (The number of abortions in America since 1973 -I’m going to puke) I don’t understand that.

The next failed argument is ‘I don’t see you taking in unwanted babies’.   Well… if there were actually ‘unwanted’ babies to take in, I would.  But since the few number of unwanted babies who actually come to term are taken up for adoption lickety-split, there’s none left for me.  Babies are adopted fast.  Bring your baby to term and offer adoption. You’ll see for yourself just how fast.  There are loving parents just waiting with open arms.

The next failed argument – there are hundreds of thousands of unwanted babies now.  Where? Tell me where in America are there hundreds of thousands of unwanted ‘babies’ now. Oh! You mean children who have been mentally abused by their parents who no longer want them because they can’t handle the mental instability of the child due to their own cause? Those babies? Now that’s irresponsible.   But let’s not let the children suffer. We have homes for these children.  Where do you think they live? In a homeless shelter? In an orphanage? Seriously, people reach out to children in need ALL THE TIME.  You will find these people are Christians. Period.   It’s what we do. We protect those who cannot protect themselves. Like unborn children.

 

Keywords: anti abortion, pro life, birth control, abstinence, adoption, faith, saving lives, catholic