Learning about the saints is a perfect opportunity to teach youngsters to be aware of the importance of animals. Saint Francis considered all animals “brothers” and“sisters” because they were created from the same heavenly Father. The lives of these saints have taught us that God’s creatures are family to us. As stewards of creation, we should care for them like family, assisting them, protecting them, and advocating for their welfare.
If youngsters are nurtured and encouraged to model the saint’s ministry to all creatures, then they will become compassionate and kinder individuals to all of creation — including humankind.
Practical Ideas To Become Saint-sational Keeper Of The Earth:
1. Design a special spot in your back yard for a butterfly or bird sanctuary. Lovely to look at and a safe haven for God’s feathered and flying creatures.
2. Make sure pets have I.D.‘s and are spaded and neutered. Be sure your pet has a veterinarian to have regular healthcare checkups.
3. Be a wise shopper. Support products and services that respect animals lives.
4. If you live in a state that may require natural disaster evacuation, be prepared with a kit for your pets and a plan of safety for them.
5. Be a community leader and get involved in animal projects to support our furry, finned, and feathered friends.
Here Are A Few “Fur” Raising Ideas:
a. Furry Friends Food Drive — Select a day to collect non-perishable food items to be given to animal shelters.
b. Toys For Pups — Lead a toy drive for toys and supplies for training dogs.
c. Miss Kitty’s Kitchen — Sponsor a drive for cat food, health supplies,and toys.
d. Pooch Spa Clinic — Lead a drive to collect grooming needs for our canie friends.
e. Conduct pledge drives and ask for donations to help abandoned animals.
f. Pledge drive can be minutes reading books, minutes away from technology, walking, swimming, and yes, even studying.
g. Sponsor bake sales that focus on selling pet treats, supplies, toys, blankets, and food.
h. Contact homeless shelters regarding their policy on families who also have pets. Donate proceeds from your event.
6. Purchase cruelty-free cosmetics and household products.
7. Adopt a pet from a local animal shelter or rescue group.
8. Work with your local parish to encourage a “blessing” of pets day.
9. Hold a Saints And Holy Creatures Day on All Saints Day. Children can come dressed as a saint who loved animals and tell his or her story.
Encouraging youngsters to be good stewards is a blessing and prayer for the whole universe.
A Celebration Of St. Valentine’s Day: Traditions Of History And Honoring The Universe
St. Valentine’s Day is a day that is more than hearts and flowers for adults. It should remind us that in the midst of all the turmoil of life, we need to take moments
and appreciate the beauty of someone or something that touches us.
We take so little time to really say or do a kind act. One takes for granted the
person just “knows” how we feel.
Whether at home or in the classroom, children sense how we take on holidays
and hold their special reverence for them in our own lives.
That is why I decided to create:
The Valentine Quiz Game Book:
The Mystery and Challenge For Sweethearts Of All Ages:
to emphasis the history and origins rather the clutter of the superficial holiday activities to enrich our family’s life.
For the majority of us growing up, Valentine’s Day was a day of sending hearts and receiving cards and chocolates.
However, understanding the background and cultural significance of Valentine’s Day is really an integral component to offer our children a meaningful encounter to this holiday.
Therefore, as with any positive learning experience we can creatively connect youngsters in meaningful games to aid them in evocative character development
Here are some suggestions that can develop a great family tradition in your household to honoring St. Valentines’ Day with purpose and respect.
Playing Games Together That Deal With Words
Of Kindness And Appreciation
Word Search Maker
This is a fun and a great family activity. You can go on-line and even
find templates that can help you build a basic word search foundation.
Go tohttp://www.puzzle-maker.com should you wish to use this
Be sure you include in your word games, the history of Valentine Day’s
and keep a global perspective of how other nationalities honor the day.
Remember, this is not strictly a North American European holiday
Paper Trace Race
- You can have a paper trace to see how Valentine’s Day has changed
since its very beginnings.
- Ask children to draw and explain the different images and symbols that have grown
over the decades.
- Which Valentine’s Day gifts are no longer used or what do we give in
place of flowers or candy to people we care about?
- Another option is to teach students about how Valentine’s Day has developed, and
how different imagery of Valentine’s Day has changed over the years.
Create A Great Valentine Day Game Board
Youngsters love the idea of creating and inventing their own toys and
games. Imagination is the story of the soul and the greatest 21st
Century learning tool along with collaboration.
- Have them spend some time each evening in place of TV or a computer game
inventing a Valentine Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, or Jeopardy.
- Let them research the history of the day and allow the most questions to be
answered as the centerpiece of winning.
- Everyone should have some type of prize at the end to encourage further exploration
of the next holiday game they can invent.
Good Old Fashioned Valentine Bingo With A Twist
- The whole idea is to play the game using historical characters and events that compose the significance of the day- Cupid, Venus, roses, locks of hair, cards, and Henry VIII can be part of the cast of characters. As the game is played, the explanation of those symbols can be share with the family.
One of the many legends that are we hold precious is that St.
Valentine’s Day is not only for adults. Children of the villages and
towns would script little love notes to him while he was in prison often
telling him of their love and devotion to his service. They would thank
him for his brave works despite the dangers he was encountering.
Perhaps this wonderful tradition can be started in your family to write
thanking someone one for their goodness and kindness during times
when they were challenged by studies, students, bullies, or even
pressures of growing up
Tell A Wonderful Valentine Story About An Ancestor
In Your Family WhoHas Shown Love Unconditionally
- Everyone has a St Valentine figure in their family. Pass that legend on to your young ones. Let them create a family scrap book of St. Valentine’s heros of thier own heritage.
Have A Global Valentine Celebration For The Universe. Love The Earth.
- We use a disproportionate amount of the world’s resources. We need to remind our loved ones that the simple life is the best life. As we waste the world’s natural resources, we are hurting everyone around us. Everyonebecomes richer when we share with one another what has been given to us. Giving a lot of candy and sweets is lots of fun.
But what can we give our universe on Valentine’s Day?
What things make an impact on loving the earth?
- Suggest children check their toys. Have them make a list.
- Toys that are made of wood,metal, plastic, or paper objects have an impact
on the world we live in today. Share that with them. Their contributions do count to the world.
Honor The Day With St. Valentine’s Day Share
Activity To Love The Earth On Valentine Day
Even though we know, we individually do not make a huge dent in the world’s erosion, together we can visually allow our children to see the impact we do have.
Have a colored piece of paper for each kind of toy your child wants to share on his world Valentine Board.
Blue = Plastic Orange = Sports Toys
Red= Wood Black = Video Games
Green = Metal Yellow = Others
1. Create colors to represent the kind of toys your child has.
2. Have each child write the name of his toy. It will represent what they
have in the world.
3. Have the children place their papers on the table which represents the
universe we live in to see how high the pile goes.
4. Ask how the pile looks and what damage all this can do together
5. Ask what gift we can give the earth as a Valentine? Less toys to play
with and share with others is what you will be wanting to hear.
6. Would this be hard or easy for us to do this at our home?
7. Could you begin to distribute and share toys with each other?
8. Is giving away a toy the same as sharing? Can you do that with love and
bravery with children outside our home?
8. Could you do this as with friends with a toy sharing station? Can you
create a toy library and dedicate it to St. Valentine?
9. Where can a toy library dedicated to him be placed? How can you
start the project?
10. The lesson learned for our children on this St.Valentine’s Day is
that we should hold devotion in our hearts rather than in our
possessions, and then only then can we see how much we have when we
give it away to one another.