Saint Celebrations is a four-page guide with links to coloring pages and activities for use throughout a 32-week school year starting prior to August 19th, Bernard of Clairvaux. (Having said that, there is also a four-week bonus for summer from June 27th through August 17th). There are two-pages of explanation and two-pages of a chart with names, dates, coloring pages, and suggested activities.
This 32-Week scope and sequence supplies parents and teachers with links to a relevant weekly coloring page and ideas for weekly activities based on weekly readings from William Weedon’s Celebrating the Saints (to be purchased separately, such as here from CPH or here from Amazon). Use the Table of Contents in the book to find the pages that correspond with the saint of the week.
- Read the relevant section from William Weedon’s Celebrating the Saints, according to your school year. (Weeks listed are approximate to the dates. It is wonderful if families can celebrate on the exact saint day, but not always practical.) Sing the hymn and pray the prayer (or save these for closing the activity.) Some families may find it helpful for children to work on the coloring page while the selection is read aloud, or color afterward.
- Links are given for coloring sheets. For most, you will need to copy and paste the image into a document and then print the number that you need for your family.
- Complete the activity as described in the link. (Some preparation or supplies may be required.) If you have a limited amount of time, this overview could be completed in two school years, completing coloring pages the first year, and activities the second year.
- (Optional.) Consider creating a timeline of the saints in this curriculum, as they are not learned in chronological order.
A Note about My Saint Choices:
More saints are highlighted in William Weedon’s book than I include in this guide. Please feel free to explore all of the saints in his book! For my purposes, I wanted a predictable weekly schedule for my homeschool, and I wanted to expose my children to lesser-known Christians (whom they would not encounter in Bible history books), as well as specifically Lutheran fathers (whom they would not encounter in their generic Christian history books).
A Note about Activities:
Due to food sensitivities in my family and our desire to minimize sugar, I purposefully chose activities that do not include sweets or desserts. However, there are many recipes out there for treats on saint days. If it is of interest to you, feel free to search for these recipes and include them in your family’s celebration.
Theological and Practical Notes:
- Many of these links go to non-Lutheran sources. Please use websites with discernment and note that I am not necessarily endorsing the theology of these sources.
- It may be helpful to explain to children that many of the coloring pages come from Catholic sources and include this word, and that the term catholic technically means universal or comprehensive, like in the Athanasian Creed. Prior to the Reformation, all Christians were part of the same “denomination,” namely, the Roman Catholic Church. Even now, all Christians, whether Lutherans or other, are part of the Holy Christian Church.
- Many parts of the Bible contain violence, and my children are exposed to this, so I do not personally have a problem sharing stories of martyrdom with my children. However, you know your own children best, so please be discerning with how much to share or shield.
- Some Protestants have concerns with anyone besides Jesus wearing a halo in Christian art, as Jesus was the only holy human; however, a pastor once explained to me that any Christian who is now a resident of Heaven is currently holy, and Christians may rightly honor them with a halo.
*Supply list does not include common household items, such as paper, cardboard, construction paper, tape, scissors, glue, markers, crayons,
colored pencils, paint, computer, printer, etc. or common household cooking supplies, such as spices, baking soda, vinegar, etc.
Week 4: Wooden crosses, Opt. Yarn
Week 6: Dragonfruit, blackberries
Week 15: Beeswax, molds, string
Week 17: Air-Dry Clay
Week 23: Felt, hot glue, clothespins
Week 24: Watercolor paper, black and white paint
Week 31: Popsicle sticks, small dowels, hot glue
At the time of publication, every effort has been made to link to working sources. My apologies for any links that are broken. Contact me through the LutheranHomeschool.com or Into Your Hands, LLC to inform me of broken links and we can try to find something similar.