Good Morning, dear friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week.
This week in class we focused on learning about Mary and the Rosary.
Our Saint~ Saint Bernadette
I read a quick biography about Saint Bernadette from the Picture Book of Saints by Father Lovasik. While reading about her life, the kids worked on coloring her picture.
A wonderful story to read and share with the kids is Bernadette: The Little Girl from Lourdes. Therese loved this book when she was little. Bernadette: Our Lady's Little Servant from Vision Books is great for kids that are just a little older.
Other great resources for Saint Bernadette...
The Song of Bernadette DVD- great to watch as a family
Bernadette The Princess of Lourdes is a great movie for little kids!
Obviously, we are not able to do all of these great things since we are on a limited time schedule, but they are wonderful activities to do at home.
Our Virtue~ Fortitude
Fortitude is being brave and strong in the face of trials
We talked about when fortitude could be used. When we are scared when we need to stand up for what is right, stand up to a bully, and help someone that is being left out.
Role-playing different scenes can help students learn to help others and stand up for them when no one else will.
Week 4 Lesson~ Who is Mary?
So who is Mary? Why is she so important? Every year I asked this and every year I get the same response.
Mary is Jesus's Mother and she's important because she's the mother of God!
Easy question, simple answer. The kids always seem to get it!
This year I picked up a new book about Mary to share with the class, Our Blessed Mother by Christina Virgina Orfeo. The book is beautifully illustrated and shares the life of Mary with children. It tells about her early life, her role as Jesus's mother, and her ascension into heaven. The storybook is geared for kids ages 7-9, so perfect for 1st grade!
After talking about Mary, we spent some time learning about the rosary.
Learning to pray the rosary can be easy for children to do.
A wonderful way to help your child to pray the rosary is by using the Make Your Own Rosary Kit.
For some other great resources to try at home, check out the blog by Elizabeth Claire.
Till Next Time,