I have seen first communion notebooks all over the internet, and I think they’re a great idea! We happen to do notebooking pages with our homeschooling, so to extend this into First Communion Preparation seemed natural to me. To make it seem a little more personal, we are calling ours a First Holy Communion Journal.
First I want to say whether you are homeschooling First Communion, or whether your child is attending a First Communion class at your church (as most churches require you to do during the Sacramental years anyway,) it is important for parents to be involved in the Faith education of their children. Making a First Holy Communion journal at home is a great way for the family to be involved in the preparation of this amazing Sacrament!
How to Get Started with a First Communion Journal:
- Get a binder. (We are using a 1 inch white binder with a clear pocket on the front.)
- Fill it with clear page protectors.
- Make a cover. (The one I designed is available for free to Catholic Icing subscribers, details below.)
- Decide what you’re putting inside the journal. You might want to add somewhere around 1 thing to the journal per week. (This can be a mixture of coloring pages, writings, copying prayers, drawing pictures, copying scripture, thoughts about First Communion lessons, pictures, etc… see this post about things to put into a notebook. Also, see examples of First Communion notebooks here and here.)
- Keep watching Catholic Icing for ideas of what to put inside as the year goes on.
My subscribers can all download this “My Very Own First Holy Communion Journal” cover for free! If you’re not already receiving the Subscriber Bonuses, read about how to access these extra Catholic printables here.
I want the journal to feel personalized, full of Lydia’s own pictures, handwriting, and thoughts, so although I drew the title and a border, I let her color it herself. I also left a place for kids to draw their own cover picture, and write their name in.
You can draw any picture you want in the blank space. Lydia drew grapes and some wheat. Of course, the first thing she told me was that she couldn’t draw grapes or wheat, so I created a “How to draw grapes and wheat” sheet for her to use. I will share that with all of you later this week as well.
You can read more about how we’re kicking off this First Holy Communion year here.
Find all of my First Communion Resources for Kids Here.
- Paper cut Monstrance Craft
- EASY Doily Monstrance Craft
- 3D Monstrance Craft
- Last Supper Craft (printable)
- Silhouette Chalice and Eucharist Craft
- How to Make a First Communion Banner
- 14 First Holy Communion Traditions