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Holy Thursday teaching resources

Dear friends,

We have gradually collected a lot of Holy Week content on the Orthodox Pebbles website, and it’s getting a bit hard to navigate. We thought it would be helpful to include everything that you can use for teaching today in the easy-to-access list below.

Printable packet
Includes planner, flashcards, a worksheet and a fact sheet. A new page with printing instructions was just added, in case you have any difficulties printing our PDF files.

Free crafts
Make a flower-framed icon of the Crucifixion.

Free lesson plan: Four icons for Pascha
Use four icons in sequence to teach about the Holy Passion and the Resurrection. Includes a short animation video to help present the themes.

Digital activities
A slideshow, a digital matching game and a Memory game for the whole of Holy Week. Start learning the Paschal troparion today!

Holy Week Craft Kit tutorial of the day
If you own our Holy Week Craft Kit, the crafting instructions for Holy Thursday are on this page.

Pascha fabric set
A soft fleecy teaching aid to help teach about Pascha. If you own it already, don’t forget to print out the bonus activities (the password is on the back of the package cover card).

Background information
Summarized information and curated helpful links for the instructor. Explore the Orthodox service of this evening, and learn about the icon of the Extreme Humility.

A blessed Holy Thursday to all!

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Holy Wednesday teaching resources

Dear friends,

We have gradually collected a lot of Holy Week content on the Orthodox Pebbles website, and it’s getting a bit hard to navigate. We thought it would be helpful to include everything that you can use for teaching today in the easy-to-access list below.

Printable packet
Includes planner, flashcards, a worksheet and a fact sheet. I just added a new page with printing instructions in case you have any difficulties printing our PDF files.

Free crafts
Make the silver coins of Judas and a scene inspired by the Mystical Supper icon.

Holy Week Craft Kit tutorial of the day
If you own our Holy Week Craft Kit, the crafting instructions for Holy Wednesday are on this page.

Digital activities
A slideshow, a digital matching game and a Memory game for the whole of Holy Week.

Background information
Summarized information and curated helpful links for the instructor. Explore the Orthodox service of this evening, and learn about the icon of the Mystical Supper.

A blessed Holy Wednesday to all!

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Holy Monday teaching resources

Dear friends,

We have gradually collected a lot of Holy Week content on the Orthodox Pebbles website, and it’s getting a bit hard to navigate. We thought it would be helpful to include everything that you can use for teaching today in the easy-to-access list below.

Printable packet
Includes planner, flashcards, a worksheet and a fact sheet.

Free craft and hands-on activity
Make a paper oil lamp and a working oil lamp out of a citrus fruit.

Holy Week Craft Kit tutorial of the day
If you own our Holy Week Craft Kit, the crafting instructions for Holy Monday are on this page.

Digital activities
A slideshow and a digital matching game for the whole of Holy Week.

Background information
Summarized information and curated helpful links for the instructor. Explore the Orthodox service of this evening, learn about the Bridegroom icon, and about ancient oil lamps.

A blessed Holy Monday to all!

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Teach about the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent!

Dear friends,

On the Orthodox Pebbles website, you will find the following material for this week:

It includes resources for teaching not only about the Saint, but also about Orthodox monasticism – including sayings of the Desert Fathers, a cool mini desert diorama, information about the Holy Hermits and an activity on the most secluded area of the Holy Mountain of Athos in Greece.

Additionally…

A blessed Fifth Sunday of Lent to all!

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We got hacked on Instagram – please help!

Dear friends,

We are sharing some unfortunate news: The Orthodox Pebbles Instagram account got hacked yesterday. The account was taken over and we can’t have any access to it. It is posting malicious content and sending messages on our behalf, trying to manipulate Orthodox Pebbles followers. There is absolutely nothing we can do about it! We can’t contact the followers to warn them or get back into our account. 

PLEASE HELP US OUT!

If you have been following us on Instagram, kindly do the following:

  • Follow the new account we created for Othodox Pebbles, @orthodox.pebbles (with a dot between the words).
  • Help spread the word on social media so people can find us back! We have no way of reaching out to them ourselves.
  • REPORT THE HACKED ACCOUNT as follows:
    – Go to the previous account, which is currently named ___.orthodoxpebbles__ii
    – Click on the 3 dots by the bell.
    – Click “Report account”.
    – Choose the option that says “fraudulent or impersonation”.
    – Then use the new name as the one they are impersonating.

If many people report it, it will be blocked by Instagram, and at least the terrible content will stop.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your help!

With love in Christ,
Natalie and Despina

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Worldwide Pascha Exchange

Let’s get together to celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection – all around the world!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 23, 2022

Through the Orthodox Pebbles project, we feel blessed to have formed connections with Orthodox Christian homeschoolers and educators around the world. This gave us an idea… We would love to organize an Orthodox worldwide Pascha exchange!

Please click HERE to learn all about it and to sign up your group.

Warmest wishes for a blessed Great Lent and a joyous Resurrection to all!

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Join us this Great Lent!

Dear friends,

The resources we had planned for the first Sunday of Great Lent are now up on the website. They include:

  • Tutorial/instructions to make this Sunday’s craft from the new Orthodox Pebbles Great Lent Craft Kit (the kit is available for purchase at the Draw Near Designs Marketplace. It contains templates to make one craft each Great Lent Sunday).
  • Great Lent Lapbook: Everything you need to start a lapbook with your children or Sunday School students, to help them learn about the Sundays of Great Lent; keep working on it throughout the whole of Lent.
  • New printable teaching packet for the Sundays of Great Lent: one fact page for every Sunday, and a worksheet to go with it.
  • …And there is still all the old material available: For this Sunday, a lesson plan on holy icons and even more icon crafts, if you’re up to it.
  • Finally, we are also including links to our favorite external Great Lent resources.Stay with Orthodox Pebbles throughout Great Lent, as we plan to upload new free resources every week.

Please click on the button below for a complete list of our Great Lent material.

Warmest wishes to all for a blessed Great Lent!

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Triodion resources

Dear friends,

We are including below a list of useful resources for the upcoming Triodion season. You can use them to teach:

  • The calling of Zacchaeus
  • The Parable of the Publican and Pharisee
  • The Parable of the Prodigal Son
  • All about Great Lent and Orthodox fasting

We have a long list of resources for the whole of Great Lent on the website, for which we will send out a reminder in due time. Our next scheduled free lesson plan is on Palm Sunday, so please stay tuned!


NEW FREE LESSON PLAN!
Zacchaeus Sunday

As we approach the Triodion, the calling of Zacchaeus is a seasonal religious education theme, and teaching resources about it abound, both online and offline. We attempted to tackle this quite popular topic from a uniquely Orthodox perspective – and learned a lot in the process. For instance, did you know that, as per Church tradition, Zacchaeus followed the Apostle Peter on his travels, and later became Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine? He is now a Saint, celebrated on the new calendar on April 20. Enjoy our new teaching page, which includes a variety of free hands-on activities!


The Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee

Free lesson plan: Resources for teaching the parable in an Orthodox-focused way.


The Parable of the Prodigal Son

Free lesson plan: Animation, printables and background to help teach the parable.

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Triodion Parables: Fabric Learning Set

A soft fleecy fabric set to help teach young children the parables of the Publican and the Pharisee and of the Prodigal Son in a hands-on way.


GREAT LENT – February/March/April

Great Lent, the Holy

Free lesson plan: All you need to teach young children about Great Lent.

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Lady Lent wall hanging calendar

Our very first physical – not digital – product: a Lady Lent hanging calendar made out of fleece fabric, to help count down the weeks from Clean Monday to Pascha.


Orthodox fasting

Free lesson plan: Background and printables on Orthodox fasting.

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A very busy season…

Dear friends,

It has been a busy season for Orthodox Pebbles, and I would like to THANK YOU for your support and encouragement. As this effort grows, I keep getting feedback about the usefulness of my creations and this really makes me so happy! I am genuinely grateful for everything, Glory to God.

Please find below a short list of new Orthodox Pebbles material and developments.


NEW FREE POST

Old Testament Connections

Material for teaching nine Old Testament stories, focusing on their connections to the New Testament – as explained by the Church Fathers and celebrated in the Orthodox liturgical life.


NEW TEACHING TOOL

Jesse Tree Craft Kit and teaching cards

Coordinating with the Old Testament stories explored in the above post, this kit contains crafting templates and a pack of cards. The templates are used to make a 3D Jesse Tree based on the Orthodox icon type of the Root of Jesse and its variations. The cards are used for educational games, to help reinforce the main themes. Additional material is offered on our website to assist with using these resources as a teaching tool at home, in class, or at a religious retreat.


NEW TEACHING TOOL

Nativity play dough learning mats

For the youngest children, a hands-on sensory activity teaching the Orthodox theology, icon and hymnology of the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ.


NEW TEACHING TOOL

Holy Theophany fabric set

The newest addition to our fabric set collection, this soft, fleecy, hands-on teaching resource helps teach the theology, icon, and hymnology of the Great Feast of Holy Theophany. It comes with exclusive digital educational material available on the website.


NATIVITY RETREAT

A Different Jesse Tree

I was so grateful to have been invited to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Taxiarhai and St. Haralambos in Niles, IL, to conduct a Nativity retreat on December 11. Young and old alike learned about the relationship between the Old and New Testaments, the hidden prefigurations of the Theotokos and Christ in various Old Testament stories, and their connection to the Orthodox celebration of the Nativity of Christ. It was a wonderful experience, and I would love to do it again!


On behalf of Despina and myself, warmest wishes to all our friends for a peaceful Nativity and a blessed 2022. We are always grateful for you and your continuous support, as it is what gives meaning to our effort. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!

With love in Christ,

Natalie

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A new Sunday School year begins!

Dear friends,

We were very grateful for the summer break – stepping away from Orthodox Pebbles for a while always helps us put the project into perspective and get inspired with new ideas. We are now back with many plans for the following months – may God grant us the time, abilities, patience and endurance to accomplish a few of them.

While we are working on new content, we compiled a list to remind you of our existing resources that might be useful at this time of year. Please click on the button below to access it.

Warmest wishes from both of us for a blessed ecclesiastical and academic year!
Natalie and Despina