This book shows you step-by-step how to make learning fun for children ages 3 to 8, and beyond, with short stories, crafts, games, and traditional decorations to observe of the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, etc. Prayers and devotions — some new, some traditional — keep all the fun centered on faith, and might just become lifetime habits. If you teach in Catholic schools or CCD classes, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without this book. If you’re a homeschooler, this is just the help you’ve been looking for. If you’re a parent or grandparent looking for some rainy-day fun, here’s fun you can feel good about.
All children love stories and these wonderful saint stories are no exception. They put children in touch with the key events in the saint’s life, but also with the Church’s liturgical year. Using symbols and seasons to great advantage, the author creates beautiful and meaningful moments for sharing these stories.
She not only offers stories of saints of long ago, but also a variety of creative ways to get to know and celebrate them. These will be fun for children, of course, but they also offer spiritual values that they can apply now as well as later in their lives. She believes that celebrating the saints gives children at least two experiences they rarely encounter, both vital to a healthy spirituality: taking time for reflection and learning the language of symbols.
And so, while these stories are enjoyable and active, they also offer time for reflection on the qualities and spiritual gifts that each saint possessed. Those whose stories are told here include Nicholas, Lucia, John Bosco, Bridget, Bernadette, Peter, Martin de Porres, Mary, and twenty-eight others.
In just four weeks, you can teach Bible stories and salvation history to children of all ages and abilities. You can introduce them to Catholic faith traditions, give them meaningful ways to anticipate the birth of our Savior, and deepen their awareness of Christmas.
You can do it in any setting, even with limited time and resources. Meeting Jesus through the Jesse Tree: Stories and Activities for Advent brims with activities and symbols to support this storytelling tradition. You ll find many creative Jesse tree ideas suitable for Catholic schools, parish programs, and families at home.
Best of all, each activity is based on a story. Here are 24 enthralling tales; from Adam and Eve, to Abraham and Isaac, to Mary and Joseph. Each is told in kid-friendly language, with shorter versions for the youngest listeners. Each points the way to Jesus, with suggested prayers and discussion starters, scripture citations, tips for audience participation, and much more.
Meeting Jesus through the Jesse Tree: Stories and Activities for Advent is more than an activity book. It s a storytelling treasure that helps children find their place among the people of God.
Throughout twenty centuries of Christianity, the world and its peoples evolved in fascinating and various ways. This book touches on some of these ways, concentrating on one century at a time. It weaves Christianity’s roles throughout these times and places with stories of saints and corresponding activities. Reflecting the great variety of cultures and eras, the saints represent many places, many temperaments, many social levels and many approaches to loving God.
Help My Child Know the Saints (E-resource)
Make these small booklets available to the families in your community, so parents can teach their children about the saints. These are a wonderful addition to bedtime stories! Each booklet includes a short telling of the saint’s life, talking points for families to discuss, and a closing prayer. The stories are told in an engaging way, often from the perspective of the saint or someone in the saint’s life, to capture children’s imagination.
Distribute these around All Saints Day or one at a time on the saints’ feast days (these dates are listed on the first page of each booklet). The saints span the diversity of the Communion of Saints, with special attention to those from the Americas.
These handy guides for busy parents are sent as PDF files to you. The bundle price includes permission for you to email or make copies for all parents in your parish or school. Print each on 8.5″ x 11″ regular paper and fold into small booklets.
- St. Bridget of Ireland
- St. Josephine Bakhita of Sudan
- St. Katharine Drexel of the United States
- St. Mary Magdalene
- St. John Bosco of Italy
- St. Peter the Apostle
- St. Isadore the Farmer
- St. Francis of Assisi
- Mary the Mother of God
- St. Therese of Lisieux
- St. Catherine of Siena
- St. Kateri Tekakwitha
- St. Martin de Porres of Peru
- St. Juan Diego of Mexico
- St. Paul the Apostle
- St. John XXIII