Welcome all Parents and Teachers!

Welcome all Parents and Teachers!
Homegrown Catholics is an excellent resource for religious education teachers, homeschoolers, and parents. Here you'll see all my lesson plans and project ideas on many Catholic subjects as well as school topics. If you would like to read about my adventures as a Home Educator, click on the St. Brigid's Academy tab above.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Nativity Ornament Look N Find

I came upon a midnight clear idea while at the craft store. There were these buttons with Christmas and Epiphany characters. They were so sweet, it was inevitable that I should make a craft with them. I am so glad I took a chance on this project.

You'll need:
Plastic Ball Ornament, clear
Nativity/Christmas Character Buttons or ShrinkyDink Minis
  [Michael's: Celebrate It Christmas|Noel or Merry Minis]
Quinoa or other grain/filler
Glitter optional
Hot Glue

First, add the Christmas characters in the ornament. I was relieved that they all fit, especially the camels. The only trouble is that these are one sided, so sometimes they'll be found by the backside which isn't as cute. You could cut off the button loop and glue to sets together back to back.

Use a funnel to add the quinoa/grain/filler and glitter if you'd like. My glitter simply stuck to the insides via static. But it's a festive look!

Finally add hot glue around the opening and carefully replace the closure loop. Add a pretty ribbon bow if you'd like.

Hang on the tree as a surprise gift for your children, godchildren, grandchildren - any busy body. These are also great items to add to your child's tote for Keeping Quiet in the Pew. Simply roll it around in your hands to find each character.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Autumn Brick Building Activities

There is never a day that we're not being creative, especially with our Lego and Knex bricks. Here is a free sheet to print for a month's worth of ideas for this fall/autumn.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Honoring Mary in May

As most of you know, May is dedicated to honoring Mary. Here are some of my ideas how to celebrate and honor her earthly and heavenly life. Most of these crafts are for ages 3-12.

This year we made the Marian Grotto's from Illuminated Ink. [We bought ours at a local store, but the company also sells a 10 pack for a great price online.] We gave one to each grandmother from the children. Not only was it enjoyable to make, but the kids loved making something so beautiful for someone special in their life. The kit includes a great booklet about the history of grottos and Our Lady of … that you chose to make.

My popular blog: Mary's Little Crowns Class includes printables to make a paper Mary Statue, Mother Thrice Admirable rosary to color, Offering Basket, and Marian Princess Crowns. It comes complete with a script and prayer card to print and use for a class.

Our children enjoyed creating this Ave Maria art, using construction paper scraps. It was a great cutting skills project, discussion about color families, Mary's names, crowns and more.

A marshmallow and krispy rice grotto is a fun snack project for toddlers! We used the multicolored rice cereal and toddler star puff snacks.

You can find many more Catholic Crafts on my Pinterest board:

Read about gardening, especially Mary Gardens at this link. In our garden, Mary is surrounded by these perennials and more. This picture is from 2015 at it's peak bloom.

There is a website about Mary Gardens called: Mary Garden of Virginal Consecration, complete with poems and drawings that I think would be a great children's project. It is very through and perfect if you want specific names of plants and their Marian association.
"Snow Angel" Coral Bells,
Pansies or "Our Lady's Delight,"
"Mary's Mantle" [Alchemilla vulgaris]
Bleeding Hearts or "Sacred Heart of Mary."
You might read my: Joyful Mysteries for Homeschoolers  as well as my blog about Illuminating Mysteries. I recommend to print out the Novena to Mary the Mother of God.


We have made "easy to thread" rosaries.

ROSARY HOLDERS are a fun project as well!

Click here for a reflection I once wrote about "Where's Mary?"

The 7 Dolors (Sorrows) of Mary by CatholicTradition.org is a great resource.

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