Celebrate Our Lady in May or anytime of the year you feel close to the Mother of God.
Traditionally, the Church dedicates the month of May to our Holy Mother. In that month, we are asked to meditate on Our Lady, her immaculate heart, and the love she has for God. However, there are many other times during the year that we may feel especially called to reflect on the Blessed Virgin Mary, including: Mary's birthday, Mother's Day, feast days, solemnities, in correlation with the liturgical readings, when teaching the Hail Mary prayer or the devotion of the Rosary, or to meet schedule of your religious education curriculum.
For the special month of May or at any time of the year, we invite you to use some of our favorite resources to bring a reminder of the Mother of God to the forefront of your learning time and family life.
We have selected some of our favorite resources that teach about or have been inspired by the Blessed Virgin Mary.
1. Oversized Wall Calendar
To begin our celebration of May, we have created an oversized monthly calendar depicting 31 different images of our Holy Mother.
2. F3 (Flip, Flap, Fold) Folder Lesson on the Blessed Virgin Mary
This F3 Folder about the Blessed Virgin Mary is a good way to introduce your child or class to our Holy Mother, the perfectly virtuous life she led and the powerful intercessor that she is.
3. Mysteries of the Rosary for Little Hearts and Hands Game
Play this game to help little hearts and hands learn about the individual mysteries and decades of the holy Rosary. This game is simple enough for first graders to use and a great review for older learners and those new to the Catholic faith.
4. Plan and Plant a Mary Garden
Honor and Remember Mary Year Round With a Garden Just for her!
5. 4 Cool Facts About the Blessed Virgin Mary Worksheet
Let children highlight what they think are the coolest, neatest facts about the Blessed Virgin Mary.
6. Mother Mary Poetry and Prayer bookmark
Help encourage poetry writing and reflection on the Blessed Virgin Mary with this simple bookmark. This resource is easy to create - just cut apart, fold, and glue. Created in a black-and-white format with two bookmarks per page, this resource is suitable for home or classroom use.
7. Help Children Learn the Hail Mary Prayer Through Copywork
Use our gentle trace style copywork to help very young children learn to say, write, and understand the prayer which honours the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mother of God. Copywork sheets feature a print font with only a few lines per page.
8. The Hail Mary Put It in Order Game
Prayer is lifting our hearts and minds to God. It can sometimes be intimidating to talk to God without a plan, which is why the memorized recitation of prayer is so useful for little souls and big souls alike. The Hail Mary Put it in Order Game is the perfect little activity to help children become confident in saying and understanding the Hail Mary prayer. This resource is also available in a black-and-white version as well.
9. Describe Mother Mary Worksheet
Get your learners thinking about mothers. Who says we can't mix religion, grammar, and fun? We think that it is possible to infuse the faith into anything we study and grammar is no exception. Use this graphic organizer worksheet to teach about adjectives - words that describe nouns. Using the picture Madonna and Child by Sassoferrato and the common noun mother, children can practice finding words that describe a mother, their own mother, or our Holy Mother.
10. Set of 6 Madonna and Child Montessori Cards
Montessori cards are a great way to encourage natural learning for your children. We have found that cards of any sort are always a hit in our little homeschool. Download this neat set of 6 Montessori cards of the Blessed Mother Mary and Baby Jesus from various classic artists from different time period.
11. My Book Mini-Books on the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary
Explore the Mysteries of the Rosary with our My Book Mini-books. Children can write about the mysteries of the rosary with these prompted mini-books.
12. Hail Mary Prayer Sheet
Use this simple color sheet to help children learn and master the Hail Mary prayer. This resource is also available in a black-and-white version as well.
13. Our Lady Match-Up Game
What is your favorite title for Mary? Our Holy Mother Mary is known by many titles. Many of them correspond to her apparitions around the world at various times in our history. Introduce young Catholics to Our Lady with this matching game using titles and classic images of our Holy Mother. Although there were lots of titles to choose from, we tried to select some popular titles (Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Fatima) as well as some lesser known titles (Our Lady of Bethlehem and Our Lady of Charity.)
14. Mother Mary Wooden Bookmarks
Our Holy Mother is honoured as we put a new twist on an old favourite - the bookmark.
15. Our Learning Flashcards Featuring the Hail Mary and the Hail Holy Queen Prayers.
Flashcards have been around for a while, but they have generally been used to help children learn math facts, alphabet names, or phonics sounds. We decided to do something a little different to meet the needs of our trivia loving children. We made Our Learning Cards bigger, brighter, and filled with unique info that makes the cards suitable for fact recall as well as for reference use. We've tried to include many different learning areas, including our Catholic faith.
16. Ten Words About Mary Copywork
Children can practice handwriting and copywork while they learn or recall details that describe the Blessed Virgin Mary. This set includes trace copywork sheets in print and cursive styles, as well as a writing, non-trace version. You can use completed sheets as discussion starters and have children try to think of other words that can describe Mother Mary.
17. Mary Garden Math Game
Are you planting a Mary Garden this year? If you are you may want to plant some roses in it for Our Lady. You may even need to buy a flat of twelve seedlings or baby rose plants to put in your garden. That is the premise of our math game!
18. A Little Latin with Our Holy Mother
Here is another wonderful classical language worksheet contribution from Thinking Love, No Twaddle. This is a cute gentle little Latin worksheet combo pack that teaches young scholars about Mary, more specifically Stella Maris (Star of the Sea) and Our Lady of Peking.
19. Mary in the Holy Family
Mary is part of Holy Family - Jesus' family. Along with Saint Joseph and her son, our Lord, Jesus, Mary completes the most loving, safe, and best example of the immediate family unit.
20. Have a Little Fun with Our Mother Mary Word Search
Have a little fun today! Do a word search to find words associated with our Mother Mary.
21. Flowers in a Mary Garden Montessori Cards
Here's something to brighten up your learning day - flowers from Our Lady's Garden! Help children learn about flowers, more specifically flowers that would go into a garden dedicated to the Blessed Mother. Find the common plant name plus the religious reference as well.
22. Our Lady’s Garden Maze
How much do you know about the legendary Ladybug? Almost everyone has heard about the usefulness of our garden friend, the ladybug. But where did its legendary status come from? Can you believe, centuries ago in Europe? Grape crops were threatened by aphids so farmers began praying to Our Lady for help and intercession. In a short while, a swarm of over 1000 red beetles came and ate up the aphids. They were thought to be a gift from Our Lady and were so-called in her honour, Ladybugs. A gardening story that is sweet and faith-filled.
23. Printable Folder Cover Sheet Featuring the Blessed Virgin Mary, Baby Jesus, and Four Virtues
Print out this cover sheet to slip inside the clear vinyl pocket of a 3-ring binder. There is a space for a child's name, class, and teacher. These are great for classroom, CCD, or Homeschool co-op use.
24. Holy Mary Mother of God Writing Sheets for All Ages
Celebrate your faith and evangelize at the same time with writing sheets suited for notebooking as well as evangelizing! This set of four different lined sheets is perfect for children or adult alike as it depicts a line drawn version of the Madonna Della Sedia by Raphael. Use these sheets to celebrate your faith when you or your children write thank you notes to others, letters to family members, or even a nice thank you note to your priest or spiritual director. The drawing could easily be colored in using fine tipped color pencils or felt markers.
25. Blessed Virgin Mary Mini-Book
Use this simple eight-page book to help children reflect on the person of Mary, the Mother of God. With cut-apart pages that are simply stacked and stapled, children need simply to answer the writing prompts provided.
26. Hail Mary, Full of Grace in Latin
The Visitation is the joyful mystery of the rosary in which Mary visits Elizabeth and is joyfully greeted by her cousin and the infant, John the Baptist, in her womb. It is during this visit that the words to the Hail Mary prayer reveal themselves to us.
27. Let’s Pray and See the Hail Mary Mini-Book
Create a sweet mini-book to help teach children the Hail Mary prayer. Our little Let’s Pray and See the Hail Mary Mini-Book is a delightful way to help children of all ages learn to pray and understand the Hail Mary prayer.
29. Hail Favored One Coloring Sheet
Help celebrate the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary as well as the First Joyful Mystery of the Rosary with this clean-lined coloring sheet.
30. Hail Mary Prayer in Latin Put It in Order Game
One of our favorite games for home as well as CCD use is also available in a Latin version. As year round learners, we are always creating and using resources in our effort to prevent backsliding. The study of Latin is one of those subjects that you definitely don't want to lose any ground on over breaks or the summer.
This resource is also available in a black-and-white version as well.
31. The A-Z Quest of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Play our A-Z Quest game to test your knowledge of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
32. Celebrate Mary's Birthday with our Happy Birthday Mother Mary Party Pack
Help celebrate the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary with these cute printable table setting, party pieces and activity sheets, which highlight her birthday. Whether you want to have a special family meal or an actual party, celebrating Mother Mary’s birthday is sure to be a fun and memorable experience for young Catholics.
33. Pray the Litany of Loreto - the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Introduce children to praying a litany, which is a liturgical prayer consisting of a series of petitions prayed by a leader alternating with specific responses by congregation or people.
This method of prayer can be appealing to children because of its repetitive nature, which offers comfort while encouraging participation.
34. Decade-A-Day Spiritual Bouquet for Mom Prayer Gift
Prayer project creates a beautiful gift and helps teach children about praying for others and honoring Mom.
Children can enjoy praying for mom, grandma, or even a special mom they know at Mother's Day, Valentine's Day or any day with this unique prayer project that features our Holy Mother, Mary on the cover.
35. Little Lesson Packet to Learn About Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows
Created and shared by Shell over at Thinking Love, No Twaddle blog this six-page worksheet packet teaches us about Our Lady of Sorrows including a calendar highlighting different Saint feast days for September, an explanation of the Seven Dolors, a coloring sheet, a bit of Latin, and more.
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