The following post is from Dianna of The Kennedy Adventures:
As a Catholic homeschooling mom, teaching my children about our faith is at the top of our list. One of our major points of focus is teaching our children about the Church Triumphant – the holy men and women who have gone one before us to become saints.
Teaching your children about Catholic saints doesn’t have to be hard, scary, or complicated. Take a look at some of the ideas we put into use in our home and choose one that works for you.
Catholic Picture Books
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One of the easiest ways to teach your children about the saints of our Catholic Church is through stories. There are so many children’s picture books about the Saints available!
We have quite a collection in our library, and I’m always looking to add more.
Start with a few of the saints you hold most dear, or a saint you want to study. Grab a collection of saints stories and add it to your morning time routine.
We use this book and read the saint of the day after we say our morning prayers.
These Catholic family calendars are perfect for planning ahead to celebrate the saints in your home. You’ll find plenty of ideas for crafts, recipes, prayers, books and more.
Want to focus on a particular saint all month long? Don’t miss these Saint Fun Fact Cards.
Recipes for Catholic Feast Days
Feast days are more fun when you make a special meal. Over at Catholic Cuisine, you can find hundreds of ideas for foods to prepare for your favorite saint or liturgical season.
Strength in numbers
When you’re looking at living the year liturgically and celebrating feast days, it can be a little daunting. Most of your friends may say, “What? You’re planning a special day for St Blaise? Blessing of the Throats?”
For me, it’s a little easier if I convince one of my Catholic homeschooling friends to join in the fun and planning with me. It’s an excuse to see our friends and it takes some of the burden off me. Like taking my children to Adoration, it’s easier when someone else is coming along.
Catholic Crafts and Activities
Pinterest is my go-to resource for planning Catholic liturgical celebrations. It’s always the first place I look for crafts, activities, recipes, books, and more.
Looking for a starting point? Don’t miss this list of must follow Catholic Pinterest boards.
Check Your Parish
We’ve gone to St Nicholas Day parties in the past, and attended a potluck to celebrate St Francis Xavier at our local parish. Many times, the activities committee will have a special celebration for the parish’s patron saint. Don’t see anything like that in your bulletin? Call the office and chat about getting something started.
How do you study saints in your home?