Saturday, October 1, 2022

Updated and Expanded Prayer Card Collection ebook

Have you ever wanted your kids to start learning a new prayer, or you realize that today is is a special feast day, so then you go google a particular prayer, copy and paste the text, try to format the font and spacing to be readable, change the margins to try and not waste paper, then print, usually with something wonky, trim and trim and trim, and use the prayer page, just to see them lost or thrown away? It can't be just me! I want to simplify teaching kids the beautiful memorized and communal prayers of our Church, so I started making prayer cards of uniform size and design to use in my classroom.

Back in 2016, I compiled a huge ebook with over 90 pages of prayer cards and offered them to my subscribers. It has been a super popular resource and was long overdue for an update!

These prayer cards were first created because I saw a need with my 5th grade students, and over a decade later they remain a resource which is used daily in my junior high classroom. As parents, catechists, and teachers, we strive to create prayer experiences for kids that help them develop their relationship with Jesus. We also want to give them a solid foundation on memorized prayer, which allows them to participate in communal life as well as give tools that can be used for a lifetime. I want to share these prayer cards and mini books so that you can help the kids in your life (and yourself) to go deeper in the wealth of prayers that the Church offers us, and as a result know and love Christ more deeply!

The second edition of the Prayer Cards Collection is ready for you, updated with a few corrections, more consistent fonts, more artwork, and almost double the resources. Many of these printables can be found somewhere on my blog, but not in this easy-to-print format. In the ebook they are all organized in one place for you, making it as simple as possible to add in new prayers to your home or classroom.

I've used these prayer cards as a teacher consistently for ten years. Here are a few reasons I love them:
-they are a uniform size which makes for easy printing, cutting, or storing (they fit great in a 4x6" photo album or magnetic frames, for example!)
-they help aid students to memorize new prayers and review prayers they have formerly learned
-they can create a great resource for private prayer time or adoration
-there are both prayer cards and mini books in the ebook- including Bible studies, devotions, and liturgical celebration tools
-the prayer cards features original illustrations that can be fun to color, making the prayers more memorable and easier to locate in a collection
-even I am excited that they are now all organized in one place so that I can pull out the book and print exactly what I need (I seriously use this ebook all of the time!)

If you are curious about what is included, here's the table of contents: 

If you would like to get yourself a copy of this ebook, I am offering it as a thank you to my email subscribers!

If you are already subscriber, you should have received an email with the link to the ebook at the bottom of my new monthly newsletter. If you are not a subscriber, you can sign up today in the subscriber form just over in the right column of the blog.

(If you are viewing this post on a mobile device, scroll down to the bottom of the page. There is an option to "view web version." Click on this and you will be able to see the subscriber button on the right side of the post.)

Make sure to verify the email that you receive from MailJet, and the ebook is all yours! If you don't see the email, please check your spam or promotions folders. Feel free to email me at hello (at) looktohimandberadiant (dot) com if you have any trouble!

Another bonus feature I'm offering my subscribers is access to a Google Drive folder with all of the prayer cards saved as individual files. Instead of opening the giant ebook, you can just download and print the prayer you are ready to use. 

My subscription list will receive a monthly newsletter with the Radiant Roundup- a collection of ideas to help you learn and pray and celebrate the coming month. It will include links to blog posts with resources, a Catholic kids book list, and a highlight from the archives you might like. Short and sweet! October looked like this:

P.S. Your email is safe with me! It will only be used to send you the Radiant Roundup, which I hope is a worthwhile resource for you!

I pray that the Prayer Card Collection and the Radiant Roundup are an effective way for you to bring the truth, goodness, and beauty of our Catholic faith alive with your family or students!

Sunday, September 25, 2022

October Radiant Round Up

Month of the Most Holy Rosary
Happy Month of the Most Holy Rosary! There are SO MANY wonderful things to celebrate this month, and I've packed tons ideas into this edition of the Radiant Round Up. New this month, I'm also including a book recommendations list at the end of the post, so while snuggling up with a picture book or selecting your older kiddo's independent reading, you can weave in some liturgical living! 
To start off, here are lots and lots of ideas for learning and praying with the Rosary:
Rosary Resources in Spanish*
World Mission Rosary* (2nd & up)
Hands-On Rosary Resources (Pre-6th)
Ideas for a Rosary Lapbook  (2nd-6th)
Rosary Mystery Match Review Page* (5th & up)
Google Classroom Mysteries of the Rosary Quizzes* (5th & up)

Guardian Angels: October 2nd
Guardian Angel and St. Michael Prayer Cards (K & up)

St. Francis of Assisi: October 4th
St. Francis of Assisi Coloring Page*(all ages)

St. Faustina Kowalska: October 5th
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* (2nd-6th)

Our Lady of the Rosary: October 7th

Pope St. John XXIII: October 11th
Two Popes, Two Saints* Trivia about St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII (4th & up)
Play Scripts/ Readers' Theater* about the miracles of St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII (4th & up)

Bl. Carlo Acutis: October 12th
Eucharistic Miracle Investigation (coming soon!)

Pope St. John Paul II: October 22nd
Two Popes, Two Saints* Trivia about St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII (4th & up)
Play Scripts/ Readers' Theater* about the miracles of St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII (4th & up)

All Hallows Eve/All Saints Day/All Souls: October 31st-November 2nd 
Since these feasts are so interwoven, you'll find ideas for Halloween along with All Saints & All Souls. I'll include these and more in the November Radiant Round Up!

October Catholic 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.
10/31-11/1- You Were Born to Be a Saint, Kortnee Senn
10/31-11/1- In Caelo et in Terra: 365 Days with the Saints- The Daughters of St. Paul

A Quick Grown Up Book Recommendation: The Every Sacred Sunday Mass Journal
Hands down, the best prayer resource I've ever invested in for myself is the Every Sacred Sunday Mass Journal. I've used it consistently for going on six years! I've shared about it a few times on the blog (here and here and here) and just love its full Mass Readings, space to journal, original art, and heirloom quality. Preorders for the 2023 journals open on October 3rd. You can use code KATIE10 for a discount with your order! 

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

Friday, September 2, 2022

September Radiant Roundup

Seven Sorrows of Mary
It's the month of the Sorrowful Mother, a reminder to all of us that the Saints- including the Mother of God- know sorrow and suffering. We can follow in their example of uniting our own sorrows to the wood of the Cross.

St. Teresa of Calcutta: September 5th
Mother Teresa*- Decorations, bulletin board, signs, folder covers, etc. (featuring my favorite bulletin board border ever, as pictured above ;) )

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: September 8th
Lovely Lady Marian Bulletin Board (could be used for decor for a Marian Birthday Party!)
Favorite Marian Songs a playlist (all ages)

Most Holy Name of Mary: September 12th
Blessed Virgin Mary Digital Scavenger Hunt (5th & up- Includes investigating titles of Mary)
Marian Typology Cards* (5th & up) (One of my favorite resources I've ever made! I probably need to go back and do a redesign, but the info is solid and kids love the "scavenger hunt" of seeing how the Mother of God was foretold in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament with Mary.)

Exaltation of the Holy Cross: September 14th
The Stations of the Cross aren't just for Lent! This is a perfect feast day to remember and thank Jesus for the gift of our salvation, won on the Cross.

Our Lady of Sorrows: September 15th

St. Padre Pio: September 23rd

St. Vincent de Paul: September 27th
Honor St. Vincent's work with the poor by learning about the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Choose a few to put into practice!
Corporal Works of Mercy* (Coloring Pages and Mini Books- K-6th)
Spiritual Works of Mercy* (Coloring Pages and Mini Books- K-6th)

Our Lady, Star of the Sea: September 27th

Our Lady, Undoer of Knots: September 28th

St. Jerome: September 30th
Celebrate St. Jerome's work compiling and translating the Bible by spending some time in Sacred Scripture!
Structure of the Bible Printables* (4th & up)
Lectio Divina Journaling Prompts for Kids* (Pre & up)
Lectio Divina Graphic Organizers* (4th & up)
Lectio Divina Book Marks* (6th & up)

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us!

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Jesus in the Monstrance Bulletin Board Ideas (and Eucharist Video Playlists!)

Last week I posted a quick tour of my classroom in this video on Instagram. The most common question I got was about the details on this Eucharist bulletin board. Lucky for you I took some process videos and made a shareable version!

This bulletin board is the first thing you see when you come in my classroom door, so I like to take the time to make it something eye catching and meaningful. With the Eucharistic Revival beginning this year, it seemed like a great theme to run with for the beginning of the school year. This bulletin board is good sized at around 45"x45". First I'll give you the steps for this version, and then I have an easy to print one further down in the post.

-Cover bulletin board with black paper. I didn't want a border to distract from the quote/rays, so just trimmed the edges carefully.
-To make the Monstrance, I found a photo of a Monstrance that I liked online and projected it on my smartboard. With the touch sensitivity turned off, I taped a piece of kraft paper to the smartboard and "traced" the Monstrance with a black marker. It really was a rough trace- it doesn't have to be perfect. It will still look quite detailed from a distance, so don't go crazy trying to get every little line!
-I then used some gold acrylic craft paint to add some highlights to the Monstrance. Again, not going for perfection, just some shiny details. Up close it is far from perfect, but on the bulletin board it looks great.
-Cut a host out of white paper and attached to the Monstrance. Hung in the center of the bulletin board.
-Lettered "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name" on white paper and hung at the bottom, kind of like an altar cloth beneath the Monstrance.
-Wrote out a series of Eucharistic quotes from Scripture and the Saints. (List included below). I wrote them with black marker on old adding machine tape, which was way easier than cutting paper. I did a little rough measuring to know how long the lengths of paper needed to be, and then chose the length of quote to fit. 
-Tucked the end of the rays of white paper under the edge of the Monstrance and had the radiate off the sides of the bulletin board. I now wish that I would have made them all about 2" longer so they all hung off the edge, symbolized the effects of the Eucharist in the world... but wasn't crazy enough to redo them. ;)

You might be thinking, "That's nice Katie, but that is a whole lot of work for a bulletin board."
So I also have a printable version for you! :)

I made this one with bright paper just for something different, but you could do the exact same thing in black, white, and gold if you like.

I don't have anything that can print on paper larger than 8.5"x11", so I printed this Monstrance image using the poster feature in Adobe Acrobat Reader. In the print dialogue, click on "Poster" and then change the tile size to something larger like 150% or 200%. It will print on several sheets of paper which you can trim and tape together to make it as large as you like! Here is mine on 4 sheets of regular paper:

I then taped it together and roughly cut out. (No way am I cutting on all of those tiny lines! Just the general shape is enough!) I cut out a small white circle and glued on for the host.

I have the "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name" still at the bottom for balance, but it certainly could go on the top. The Eucharist quotes are printed on 8.5"x11" paper, so those rays are all 11" long. You could also print those on a larger scale if you were decorating a larger bulletin board. 

All together, this printable bulletin board sized in right at 3'x3.' It would look great on a door as well!

Click here for the Monstrance Printable:

Click here for the Eucharist Quotes
4 per page size (used for the rays in the bulletin board design)  (this one also has the "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name" title)

Along with the resources for the Eucharist that are already here on the blog (check under the "Sacraments" tab above) I plan to pull together and organize some new tools during this time of Eucharistic revival. I've saved 100s of videos to YouTube playlists over the years, and those playlists are getting quite long. So I started a few new sets that you might be interested in below. 

I teach 6th-8th grade, so most of these videos are things that I would consider using with them or my high school youth group. There are definitely some things for younger kids mixed in. As always with any video, please watch it first and make sure it is a good fit for your kids. I'll be adding more to these playlists as I continue to curate!

Eucharist Video Playlist

Eucharistic Saints Video Playlist (still working on adding to this one! Feel free to add some links in the comments!)

Eucharistic Procession Playlist

May a renewed love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament change our hearts and our world!

Monday, August 1, 2022

August Radiant Roundup: Resources for the Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Philomena, St. Maximilian Kolbe, the Assumption & Coronation, Back to School, and More!

August: The Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Marian Medallion Circle Stickers* (print, color, and add to your new back-to-school folders and notebooks! These fit on 3" circle sticker labels, or you can print on full sheet label stickers and cut out, or just print on your favorite paper and glue/tape on!)
Immaculate Heart of Mary Coloring Pages* 
Immaculate Heart of Mary and Hail Holy Queen Prayer Cards*
Immaculate Heart of Mary Block Carving Print*
Holy Family Hearts Coloring Pages and Prayer Cards* 
St. John Vianney: August 4th
St. John Vianney Mini Study (Google Classroom Ready)

The Transfiguration: August 6th

St. Philomena: August 11th
St. Philomena Block Carving Prints:*
-prayer cards in color or black/white

St. Maximilian Kolbe: August 14th
Teaching about St. Maximilian Kolbe* (Cross curricular literature, writing, spelling, art, religion, and research unit) (4th-6th)

Assumption of Mary: August 15th
Queenship of Mary: August 22nd 
If you missed out on crowing Mary in May (or just love honoring Our Lady!), making a little Marian shine is a perfect way to celebrate her Assumption and Coronation! You also can crown your own statue of Mary with flowers or a homemade crown, and then pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary or sing a Marian Hymn.

Back to School

Print.Cut.Pray. Prayer Card ebook* (K-8th) Over 100 prayer cards and mini books
Little Prayer Books (K-8th) Storage solution for prayer cards
Favorite Prayers Printable Mini Book*