Monday, June 4, 2018

Saints for the Summer

Yesterday Carrie posted on her wonderful blog, The Parenting Passageway, about her family's plans for June, including a list of Feast Days for different saints. That was perfect timing for me, since I'm about to start a Saints block and I'm always curious about some of the saints out there which we've never studied. I have done Saints many many times, but it's always fun to see the lists from other people. Check out her blog post because she includes links to resources and other suggestions for the following:

    June 9 - Saint Columba

    June 11 - Saint Barnabas

    June 12 - Saint Enmegahbowh – first Native American priest in the Episcopal Church of The United States

    June 19 - Sahu Sundar Singh of India

    June 22 - Saint Alban

    June 24 - The Nativity of St. John the Baptist / St. John’s Tide

    June 29 - The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

This Summer I'm working with a family who asked for some saint stories. It is good timing for their family because it's currently Ramadan. So I pulled out my notes from doing the Saints block in the past and picked eight favorites which we can do over the next few weeks. The evening of Thursday, June 14th is the end of Ramadan this year.

These are my favorite versions of the stories but it is worth nothing that lots of these saints are represented in more than one book. I did a HUGE blog post in 2015 listing the saint stories which are in each one of my books... check it out if you're trying to decide what to buy.

For our list of saints -- and stories -- this summer I'm thinking

I put them in order of their feast days. For activities, I'm thinking

    Saint Werburgh - a poured pulp handmade paper illustration of a Goose, inspired by Denise Fleming's illustration style, especially Barnyard Banter, and where the shape of the Goose makes a G as in L M N O P and All the Letters A to Z

    Saint Joan d'Arc - colored pencil drawing of the beautiful sword from Archangel Michael

    Saint Kevin - wet felting over a raw egg (chicken, duck, peacock)

    Saint Rose of Lima - watercolor painting of her bed and then adding coarse sea salt while the paint is still wet, so that it has the texture of the broken pottery and glass she slept on

    Saint Jerome - block beeswax crayon drawing of a lion from Teaching with the Fables: A Holistic Approach by Sieglinde de Francesca

    Saint Francis - wool picture of "Saint Francis Preaching to the Birds" from Magic Wool: Creative Activities with Natural Sheep's Wool by Dagmar Schmidt & Freya Jaffke

    Saint Elizabeth of Hungary - illustration with stamped celery heart roses using red paint

    Saint Hilda - field trip to Giant City State Park to look at rock formations

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