Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Marian Apparition Investigation



We've reached the end of the school year, and my students are well, a little restless, as I can imagine yours are too. :) With the time that we have left, I've decided to try some high interest Catholic topics to keep them learning and (hopefully) engaged during our last classes- things like Eucharistic Miracles, incorrupt Saints, the Stigmata, etc.)

One group is going to be studying Marian Apparitions, a perfect topic for this month of May.  My hope is to help develop Marian devotion and understanding of the guidance Mary still gives to the Church.  I also want the students to more readily recognize different Marian titles and devotions and their symbols.


I used these Marian prayer cards to intro the lesson and talk about titles of Mary we know, as well as the symbols, etc. in the images.  (These lovely cards are from Avery & Co on Etsy.)


On the back of this booklet, I provided a list of Marian titles (certainly not exhaustive, but a good place to start) and a list of (what I think are) Vatican approved apparitions.  I talked with the students about the purpose of Marian Apparitions, and how they can be approved for devotion but that we are not required to believe private revelation- it does not (and cannot) change the content of our faith. I tried to find a reliable source that lists all the Vatican approved Marian apparitions, but couldn't locate a single exhaustive source.  This list is the best I could find by cross referencing several places.  If you know of a good, reliable website to check, please let me know!


Once the students chose a Marian Apparition, we got started on research.  They looked for basic facts like where, when, and to whom the apparition occurred.  We used the internet (again- would love to have a specific reliable site to have them use!) and my collection of Marian books.  (You can see some of them in this post). The students also had to summarize the message or purpose of the apparition.  On the front, there is space to draw an image of the apparition or list the symbols described.


Then, to work in a little more content no matter the apparition chosen, I had them read a few paragraphs in the Catechism and summarize some Marian facts.  And finally to develop some higher level thinking, I asked them to consider what we can learn from this apparition and the message shared for the Church today.


Finally, the students will share a little mini report on the apparition they chose with their classmates, so we are all learning more about these Marian devotions.  So far it's working great and been a high interest way to use some of our last days this school year. 

I hope that it might be a good resource for you as well!  Feel free to add in the comments or send me an email if you have any great books or websites that you think would be helpful for this project- I'd love your input!

Click here to download your copy of the student guide:

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Lovely Lady {Ideas for Honoring Mary in May}


In honor of this month of Our Lady, I've collected a whole series of posts with tons of ideas for teaching kids about Mary- and through her, modeling Christian life, prayer, generosity, and virtue.


Click on any of the pictures below to take you to a post with more info, ideas, printables, and pictures.

Marian Music Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5sexwzkyqUWfv8cgIVoeMgjBWwKz8j1e

Favorite Books About Mary:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2015/05/favorite-books-about-mary-playlist.html

Hail Mary Sort Cards:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2012/04/memorizing-prayers.html


Angelus Mini Book:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2013/09/angelus-mini-book.html

Regina Coeli Mini Book:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2014/03/regina-coeli-mini-book-for-kids.html

Holy Family Hearts Coloring Page and Prayer Cards:


Immaculate Heart of Mary Coloring Pages and Prayer Cards:

Immaculate Heart of Mary and Seven Sorrows Coloring Page:

Mary as the Moon Coloring Page:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2014/04/mary-is-moon.html

Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue Coloring Page:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2013/03/sheen-and-mary.html

Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue Retreat:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2015/05/lovely-lady-dressed-in-blue-retreat-for.html

My Soul Magnifies the Lord Theme:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2012/09/my-soul-does-magnify.html

Marian Bulletin Board:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2012/09/my-soul-does-magnify.html

Mary, Mother of the Church Feast Day

Mary Garden Plant Labels:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2012/04/plant-mary-garden.html

Mini Mary Flipbooks:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2013/03/sheen-and-mary.html

Notebook Marian Shrine:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2013/03/notebook-pop-up-mary-shrine.html

Marian Prayers Flipbook:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2013/03/notebook-pop-up-mary-shrine.html

Marian Typology Info Cards:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2012/04/mary-and-scripture.html

Mary & Discipleship Youth Bible Study:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2012/05/who-do-you-sit-at-feet-of.html

Family Marian Shrine:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2014/08/happy-home-family-shrines-immaculate.html

World Mission Rosary:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2013/03/world-mission-rosary.html


Brown Scapular Resources:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2015/03/celebrating-brown-scapular.html

You might also like these Marian Stamps in my Etsy Shop:




Lovely Lady, dressed in blue, teach me how to pray.
God was just your little boy, and you know the way.