Monday, April 29, 2024

May Radiant Roundup: Mary, Ascension, Pentecost, and May Saints!

 

May is a beautiful month! There are so many things to celebrate during this time of year- I know I have been busy with Confirmations and First Communions, and my 8th graders are wrapping up their school year and looking toward graduation. There are so many things to savor about this busy month, including the continuation of the Easter Season, the month of Our Lady, and the Solemnity of Pentecost just to name a few! Click below on any of the links to help you learn and pray this month.

The Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Marian Idea Collection* (all ages)
My Book, Through the Year with Mary, and bonus activity pages* (all ages)
Shareable List of 30 Ideas for Celebrating Mary (all ages)
Mary and the Saints Idea Board on Pinterest
Make Your Own Marian Shrine (both color and black/white)* (K-6th)
Mary Mother of the Eucharist Coloring Page and Shrine* (K-6th)
Marian Symbols and Marian Monogram* (K-6th)
Digital Blessed Virgin Mary Scavenger Hunt (6th-8th)
Mary, Mother of the Church* (K-6th)
Marian Apparition Investigation* (6th & Up)
Names of Mary Bookmarks* (all ages)
Our Lady of Guadalupe Block Print* (all ages)
The Seven Sorrows and Immaculate Heart of Mary Coloring pages and notes* (2nd-6th)
Seven Sorrows Reflections Mini Book and Script* (4th-8th)
Preparing Kids to Receive the Brown Scapular* (4th-8th)
Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue Girls' Retreat* (all ages)
Take Home Family Marian Shrines* (all ages)
Miraculous Medal Embroidery Pattern* (5th-adult) and resources (all ages)
Marian Typology Cards* (5th & up)
Hail Mary Prayer Cards* (K-2nd)
Mary Garden Plant Labels* (2nd & up)
Mary and Discipleship* (6th & up)
Mary Fact Flipbooks* (4th-8th)
My Soul Magnifies the Lord Theme (all ages)
Pop Up Notebook Marian Shrine* (4th-8th)
Pop Up Marian Shrine in a Lapbook* (4th-8th)
Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue* (all ages)
Marian Paper Dolls (2nd & up)
Mary as the Moon coloring page* (2nd & up)
Favorite Marian Books (all ages)
Favorite Marian Songs a playlist (all ages)
Angelus Mini Book* (2nd-6th)
Regina Coeli Mini Book* (2nd-6th)
Memorare Prayer Cards* (2nd-6th)
Our Lady of Loreto Digital Scavenger Hunt (6th & up)

️️️5/1:-St. Joseph the Worker
St. Joseph Idea Collection* (all ages)
St. Joseph Mini Study (junior high & up)
St. Joseph Clickable Activity Menu (all ages)

5/8 Fulton Sheen's Birthday
Teaching with Fulton Sheen Curriculum* (all ages)



5/9 or 5/12- The Ascension
A great day to celebrate the Four Marks of the Church!*

Or to learn about the differences and similarities between the Ascension and the Assumption!

5/10- Saint Damien de Veuster of Moloka'i

5/11- St. James the Less and St. Philip
5/14- St. Matthias

5/13- Our Lady of Fatima
Our Lady of Fatima Block Print*

5/15- St. Isidore the Farmer
Angelus Print*- use this as a tool for praying for all farmers and agricultural workers!

5/16- St. Simon Stock
St. Simon Stock & Brown Scapular Unit* (4th-6th grade)




Corpus Christi: June 2nd
Looking ahead- if you want to make one of these Eucharistic Procession sets in time for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, you can start early!

The Easter Season (continues until Pentecost)
50 Ways to Celebrate the 50 Days with 2022 Update*
50 Ways to Celebrate the 50 Days- Easy to share pdf with ideas for the whole Easter Season
Fifty Days of Easter* Post with collection of ideas for celebrating Easter
What Easter Looks Like * Coloring Page/Printable
The Sound of Easter: An Easter Playlist
Resurrection Eggs*
The Gospel in an Eggshell*
Paschal Lamb Printable*
New Life Seeds*
The Way of Light Mini Book*
The Way of Light Easter Sunrise Craft*
The Way of Light Resurrection Eggs*
The Way of Light Story-in-a-Bag*
The Way of Light Shareable Bible Study for Google Classroom
Way of Light Easter Bible Study
Regina Coeli Mini Book*
Debunking Resurrection Theories*
Fulton Sheen Good Friday & Easter Sunday quote coloring page*
Easter Scripture Typography Posters
The Way of Light Adult (or Teen) Seven Part Bible Study*
Women of the Resurrection Adult (or Teen) Seven Part Bible Study* (with coloring pages!)
Paschal Candle Craft for Kids
Divine Mercy Activities*

Books about Mary for Catholic Kids


Books for May

Saturday, April 27, 2024

May Books for Catholic Kids- Including a giant list of books about the Blessed Virgin Mary!

May Catholic Kids Book List
Below are a few favorite titles that fit well with devotions and feast days this month! This list contains Amazon Affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no cost to you. I'd also love to encourage you to shop directly with the publisher or with your local bookshop, or try to request these at your local library! I'm sure I've missed some books that would be great for this month, so feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments! You can find my giant list of Catholic Kid Books by topic here.

Feast Days this Month
5/1- St. Joseph the Worker



Monday, April 1, 2024

April Radiant Roundup

 

Happy April and Happy Easter! Alleluia, He is Risen! Here's the Radiant Roundup for the month, filled with resources for the whole Season of Easter, the month of the Holy Spirit, and Saint Feast Days for April!

The Easter Season 3/31-5/19
50 Ways to Celebrate the 50 Days* Easy to share pdf with ideas for the whole Easter Season
Fifty Days of Easter* Post with collection of ideas for celebrating Easter
What Easter Looks Like* Coloring Page/Printable
The Sound of Easter: An Easter Playlist

Divine Mercy Sunday- 4/7/24
Divine Mercy Watercolor Art* (printable coloring page-2nd-6th)
Divine Mercy Melty Bead Craft* (printable pattern and examples-2nd-8th)
Pop Out Divine Mercy Chaplet* (Connection to Reconciliation-2nd-6th)


April: The Month of the Holy Spirit


4/21/24- Good Shepherd Sunday
While these activities are not exclusively about Jesus, the Good Shepherd, I think that Good Shepherd Sunday is a perfect time to teach about the parables:
More info on how to teach the parables* (ideas for all ages, printables for 6th & up)

April Books for Catholic Kids
Click here for a list of book recommendations for Holy Week, the Easter Season, and Saint Feast Days this month:


May the Lord bless and keep you! 

April Books for Catholic Kids

April Catholic Kids Book List
Below are a few favorite titles that fit well with devotions and feast days this month! This list contains Amazon Affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no cost to you. I'd also love to encourage you to shop directly with the publisher or with your local bookshop, or try to request these at your local library! I'm sure I've missed some books that would be great for this month, so feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments! You can find my giant list of Catholic Kid Books by topic here.

The Month of the Holy Spirit
Building the Way to Heaven- McKeegan, Maura Roan (Connecting the Tower of Babel and the Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost)


Saint Feast Days this Month
4/8- St. Julie Billiart

4/16- St. Bernadette Soubirous

4/23- St. George

4/26- St. Raphael Arnaiz

4/27- St. Zita

4/28- St. Gianna Molla

4/28- St. Louis de Montfort
Marian Consecration for Families with Young Children- Pressprich, Colleen (not about St. Louis specifically, but he is known for promoting the beauty of Marian Consecration!)
Through the Year with Mary- Bogner, Katherine (my book has a chapter on Louis de Montfort!)

4/29- St. Catherine of Siena

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Prayer for the Pope Coloring Page & Papal Trivia


Today is the 11th Anniversary of the election of Pope Francis! This papal conclave was my first as a teacher, and I had recently switched from working at a public school to teaching at a Catholic school. I remember following Pope Benedict XVI's resignation and working to explain it to my students. We then followed the coverage together, and I looked all over for resources to teach them about the historic events. I made some things of my own and we watched videos of the cardinals gathering in Rome, and later the white smoke appearing above the Sistine Chapel and then meeting Pope Francis for the first time.

On this anniversary, I'd like to offer this coloring page for you to use with your children to pray for our pope! I wrote the prayer to be simple by meaningful, using kid-friendly language. Added to make it a coloring page are illustrations from Kortnee Senn, the talented illustrator from our book We Have a Pope.

Click on the image above or here to print the coloring page!

If you'd like another activity, try out this set of Papal Trivia:

Or you could grab a copy of We Have a Pope at The St. Paul Center here or it is also available on Amazon here.

Friday, March 1, 2024

March Radiant Roundup: St. Joseph, St. Patrick, and Holy Week!

Here's a list of ideas to help you and your kids have a holy and purposeful Lent and Holy Week, as well as celebrate some of the important March Feast Days like St. Patrick and St. Joseph!


Feast of St. Katharine Drexel: March 3rd

Feast of St. Patrick: March 17th
St. Patrick's Breastplate Prayer Cards*

Bl. Josef and Wiktoria Ulma and Children: March 24th
Ulma Family Biographical Study* (7th & up) Editable/Google Classroom ready

Solemnity of the Annunciation: March 25th (Transferred to Monday, April 8th this year)



The Season of Lent
Lent: Ideas for 40 Days* (Round-up Post of Links)
What Lent Looks Like* Coloring Page/Printable
What the Triduum Looks Like* Coloring Page/Printable
Lent: Pray, Fast, Give Foldable* (Also in Spanish)
Lenten Prayer Challenge Board* (Also editable)
Lent Family Weekly Plan*- Pray with Sunday Gospels and Fasting/Giving using the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy (editable)




Holy Week & The Sacred Triduum
Holy Week Family Retreat & Journal* (In English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese)
This post has ideas for each day of Holy Week, including a printable journal and clickable links to activities and videos.

Here's a list of great books for March:

And Stations of the Cross books for kids:

Saint Joseph, Guardian of the Holy Family, pray for us!

March Books for Catholic Kids


March Catholic Kids Book List
Below are a few favorite titles that fit well with devotions and feast days this month! This list contains Amazon Affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no cost to you. I'd also love to encourage you to shop directly with the publisher or with your local bookshop, or try to request these at your local library! I'm sure I've missed some books that would be great for this month, so feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments! You can find my giant list of Catholic Kid Books by topic here.

The Month of St. Joseph

Saint Feast Days this Month
3/3- St. Katharine Drexel

3/17- St. Patrick

3/19- St. Joseph
See list above

3/25- The Annunciation
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Tomie de Paola