I love learning more about saints. And I love helping my kids learn more about them too! This month, Angie at Real Life at Home has Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Juan Diego printable pack available to her readers. The cost for family use is free and co-op, class or group use is a $2.50 minimum donation. For 20 pages of fun and learning, those prices sound great to me! Head on over and check this printable pack out for yourself!
You remember how I was talking about our learning about the Holy Rosary? Well, we added to our studies by adding in a Holy Rosary Faith Folder from Holy Learning. I was so excited surprised and happy by what we made while learning about the Rosary!
What Is It?
The Faith Folders from Holy Learning are $10 PDFs that include all the templates you need to construct your most beautiful creation ever!
The supplies you need to complete this fun learning project would be:
A file folder for each child
24# Colored paper (this is heavier weight paper and makes it more durable for the elements of the folder)
Glue Stick (We loved the Elmers Xtreme glue stick)
After getting your supplies together, you are than going to go and get ready to print the elements you need to complete your folder. The thing with this part is…make sure you read before you just print away 🙂 I just printed and had some doubles. With this pack, you have two options for each element. You are able to do black and white (and use the colored paper) or use white paper and print in color. Your choice!
Now when it comes to the cutting of the elements…that depends on your child. I would cut Ray Ray’s elements out, while Moe Man cut his own. If your child has good scissor skills, let them have the fun. If you are a control freak, than go for it and cut it yourself! There are no major rules to this part.
How We Used It
Like I told you, both Moe Man and Ray Ray had different ways of getting their elements cut, but after that, they both put together their folders together. We would pick so many sections to work on each day, usually about 20 minutes worth. We would talk about these sections and what they meant. Mommy learned just as much as the boys during this process! When we came to the gluing time, we would turn on our audio version of the Holy Rosary and listen to that while putting the pieces where they should go.
Speaking of where the pieces go…the PDF comes with a wonderful help sheet of where to lay everything out. This makes it easy for making everything fit, but also making it make sense.
What We Thought of This
We loved this Faith Folder! It was so fun to be able to learn about the Holy Rosary and put together a folder that we are able to show off to our family and friends. The kids had fun getting their hands on their learning instead of just listening or writing. To make learning more fun and to learn the details of the Holy Rosary was a great time. Both of the boys loved to have a fun way to learn and this was one of the first major folder activities that we did together.
Would I recommend these Faith Folders to others? Of course I would! In fact, right now there is a sale (until December 5th) that will give you 25% off your order when you use the code “thanks”. Want another code?? For the next two weeks, use the code “hopkins” and get 15% off your order! Together that means, if you order by December 5th and use both codes, you get 40% off your order!!! Tell me why you haven’t gone to check these out yet?! I hope you love them as much as we have!
I was planning out the week ahead for my kids, and I thought I would share with you about Catholic Saints. We have been adding some saint studies into our weekly schedule and we have just been picking and choosing. Well, this week it happens to be one of my favorite saints and his feast day is this week also! Funny how things play out sometimes!
This week we are going to learn about St. Jude. We like to use a notebooking sheet in our studies. Catholic Icing has this simple Mini Saint Information Fill-in Page that we like to use. Simple information needs to be found and filled in along with a hand draw picture of the Saint.
Heather at Upside Down Homeschooling has a year’s worth of Saints Studies in her My Journal of Saints that we love to use also! She has the pictures already and adds in a beautiful prayer to go along with each Saint. We love both of these, and it just depends on the Saint or day as to which one we will use.
Finding information on St. Jude was a little harder than I had hoped for. Although I love to pray to him, I kept finding information for the wonderful St. Jude’s Hospital. Not that I minded…but I really wanted to teach the kids about St. Jude, not the Hospital.
I found a fun site that helped me learn more, Catholic Online provided me with the information to start our study. St Jude has a feast day of October 28th. He is the patron saint of lost causes and desperate cases. Not only was St Jude (also known as Thaddaeus) an apostle of Jesus, he was a relative of Our Lord.
St. Jude is known as the apostle who asked Jesus at the Last Supper why he would not manifest Himself to the whole world after His resurrection. While sharing a similar name, St. Jude is not the same person as Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Our Lord prior to His crucifixion.
A prayer to St. Jude to help with your lost cause or desperate case would be:
"O most holy apostle, Saint Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honoureth and invoketh thee universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, and of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, who am so miserable. Make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded to thee, to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of. Come to mine assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolation and succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (here make your request) and that I may praise God with thee and all the elect throughout eternity. I promise thee, O blessed Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favour, to always honour thee as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to thee. Amen."
I find that when I feel lost or hopeless in situations, that reciting this prayer and/or the Novena have helped me feel more at ease. I truly believe that the Saints and Angels hear our prayers and work their hardest to answer those.
Do you know about St. Jude? Something that I haven't mentioned? I would love to hear what you know! I would love to see any posts you may have written on him as well. Please share those in the comments below!