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Helping Kids with Body Image Issues

Helping Kids with Body Image Issues

Most kids love the warm weather and outdoor fun of spring and summer, but not all children enjoy this time of year. The more revealing clothing can make kids uncomfortably aware of their bodies. Body image issues might be aggravated – or brought to light for the first time – during the warmer seasons.Not that negative body image is a part-time problem! Today's kids feel tremendous pressure to be attractive every day. They frequently compare themselves to peers, celebrities, and m...
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The Two Newest Saints Are Kids!

The Two Newest Saints Are Kids!

May has always been a special time of year in the Church, in Catholic schools, and in the world. Something about the sun coming out and the flowers in full bloom gives us renewed hope in Our Blessed Mother, her holy month, and the promise of summer being closer than it seems. May is the first of two months out of the year when we celebrate Mary and her revered place in the Church family. Students (and hopefully teachers and parents) get excited for the May crowning ceremony, the living rosa...
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Tolerance: How to Nurture It

Tolerance: How to Nurture It

Our faith teaches us we are all God's children, created in His image, but we don't always treat others that way! It's not easy to accept and respect the "different" people in our lives – and facing the wider challenges of racism, sexism, and other prejudices in our society can be overwhelming.Kids deal with intolerance, too. Some personally experience bigotry – or their loved ones do. Others observe intolerance on television and in social media or witness it in ...
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Six ways to make Lent as exciting as Advent…(well, almost!)

Six ways to make Lent as exciting as Advent…(well, almost!)

The excitement of Advent’s preparation for Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus is hard to replicate in a season of penance. Plans for Christmas parties and gifts and family get-togethers automatically give Advent an exciting flavor that Lent and Easter don’t quite have for children. Though prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are an integral part of Lenten practice, I believe that a family or class can integrate these into their Lenten activities in ways that arouse imagin...
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Ideas for Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

Ideas for Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

February is a great month to look ahead:Why not take this month before Lent begins to plan ahead how you will celebrate the Jubilee Year of the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima in your classroom or home.2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. In honor of this important centennial, Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year from the 27th of November 2016 till the 26th of November 2017.On May 13th,...
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JClub Celebrates National Catholic Schools Week!

JClub Celebrates National Catholic Schools Week!

Since 1974, the National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, so this year it’s January 29th through February 4th. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.”Why not celebrate Catholic Schools Week and join us on the JClub journey today? We believe that part of a great Catholic education is great Catholic reading materia...
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Kids are listening!

Kids are listening!

Kids are listening!It seems like such an obvious statement. Of course they are! Kids are listening to our conversations, they listen to their teachers, but they also hear the news that we are listening to, the programs we are are listening to, the conversations we are having, they read the comments we are making.And with the intensity of political discussion in these past months and the appearance of a normalized civil discourse that is disrespectful and at times vu...
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Cyberbullying: How to Spot It

Cyberbullying: How to Spot It

Bullying is nothing new -- teachers have always had to deal with it. But cyberbullying adds a horrible twist to an old problem. Cyberbullies use communication technology to harass their victims online. Their hurtful actions can include texting or emailing threats, publishing insults on blogs and social network pages, posting private photos, and impersonating others online in order to embarrass them.Modern devices allow cyberbullies to torment their victims at any time of a day, away from adult s...
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Materialism: How to Discourage It

Materialism: How to Discourage It

Expensive sneakers. Designer clothes. Cutting-edge devices. Popular toys.If you think your students care too much about these kinds of material things, you're probably right. Studies show that today's kids tend to be more materialistic than children of the past. They often judge others by their possessions and assign a higher social status to those who have the "coolest" stuff. Many mistakenly believe that owning the right things—and plenty of them!—will lead to hap...
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