the Holy Rosary

CHC Lesson Plans: 3rd Grade, Appendix Three "At the Feet of Mary: Holy Rosary Project"

Book cover: 'CHC'
Copyright: 
2003
Publisher: 
Catholic Heritage Curricula
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30 sheet supplement to the larger resource reviewed here

This rosary resource includes a cut-and-color rosary booklet featuring half-page illustrations on each of the 20 mysteries of the Rosary by Anna May McCallum. This project is designed to cover five weeks - an introductory week and one week each for the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries of the Rosary. This resource also provides instructions for compiling the book (along with the child's own meditations on each mystery), suggested book, movie and game ideas, meditations on each of the mysteries of the Rosary (including commentary by the Pope from his encyclical on the Holy Rosary) and beautiful commentaries on four great Shrines in Europe from a young girl who visited them (Loreto, Lourdes, Rue-de-Bac and St. Peter's Basilica). A very beautiful resource.

Review Date: 
4-25-04
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Praying the Rosary with St. Paul

Author(s): 
Paul Thigpen
ISBN: 
159 276 553
Copyright: 
2008
Publisher: 
Our Sunday Visitor
Binding: 
Softcover
Number of pages: 
95 pages
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I am happy to review this little book as the prayer of the Rosary is my constant life companion. The book consists of clever selections drawn from the biblical writings of Saint Paul, to illustrate a theme related to the fruit of each of the twenty mysteries of the Holy Rosary.

The preface explains how the apparent conflict between Saint Paul--a saint who never payed the Rosary--and the Rosary is just a superficial one. As both are engulfed in Scripture and the life of Our Lord, both are actually highly compatible. The author also discusses here how Saint Paul would have become acquainted with the Blessed Mother's life.

The bulk of the book is each mystery of the Rosary in order, starting with the Joyful mysteries, followed by a Pauline scripture passage related to the spiritual fruit of the mystery, and a reflection by the author. Thus, the First Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation, is followed by a passage from Hebrews on Faith, which is the mystery's spiritual fruit.

The beauty of this book, in my opinion, is that it is able to serve well both an audience who say daily or weekly Rosaries--in ways of enriching their prayer--and also the one who have yet to enter the delights of the daily recitation of one of the most beautiful of all prayers of the Church. For the latter, what better way to begin a new form of prayer than by careful, set-by-step refection on the spiritual fruits of each of the 20 mysteries, by way of the scriptural words of the great Apostle?

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On a personal note, the author's dedication--"For my students at Southern Catholic College, as they soar upward to truth on the wings of faith and reason"--touched the chords of my heart. A professor should, in a perfect world, have this sort of love for his students. How beautful. I went to the college's website, and all I can say is, I'd like to go to college all over again if it looked like that, and in such a warm climate too.

Review Date: 
6-10-2009
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Rosary Reflections

Help Your Children Contemplate the Mysteries of the Rosary through Drawing
Book cover: 'Rosary Reflections: Help Your Children Contemplate the Mysteries of the Rosary through Drawing'
Author(s): 
Joseph J. Oka
Copyright: 
2003
Publisher: 
Ascension Press
Binding: 
Softcover
Number of pages: 
32 pages
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Review: 

This simple booklet offers a new idea in helping children learn to meditate upon the Rosary. After six pages introducing the prayers and mysteries of the Rosary (including the Luminous mysteries), there are 26 coloring sheets with a rosary in the center and five segments where children can draw their own pictures of each of the mysteries. Each coloring sheet lists all 20 mysteries of the Rosary. We're planning on using these sheets as a centerpiece in our history timeline binders to illustrate the basic story of the Life of Christ as well as to jump-start a renewed interest in the Rosary in the younger children. Keeping to the Biblical and Apologetics emphasis of the Ascension Press materials, the overview of the Mysteries of the Rosary consist entirely of Biblical citations and quotes for each mystery. The format has a very professional look to it and this resource would be great for use in homes, schools and CCD classes.

Additional notes: 

Binding details: softcover with 26 perforated drawing sheets

Review Date: 
4-25-04
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Rosary Reflections for Kids Tablet

Publisher: 
Ascension Press
Binding: 
Other
Number of pages: 
30 pages
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Last night during family rosary, I gave my 7 year old son and 5 year old daughter one sheet each from the Rosary Reflections drawing pad, and the ziplock bag of colored pencils. The children immediately and enthusiastically began drawing the mysteries while we prayed the rosary. This instantly solved a problem for us: How to keep the little ones engaged and close to the rest of the family (mom, dad and two older daughters) while we pray together, instead of watching them dramatically flop over on the floor or wander off to find a toy.

The second, and unexpected, result was that as we older ones watched the little ones grab their colored pencils and sketch out, say, a glowing Jesus next to stick figures of Moses and Elijah, or a smiling John the Baptist pouring water over Jesus in the river, we all reflected more deeply on the mysteries as we prayed.

In addition, the children asked a few questions, so they could get their sketches right. For example, "Who was with Jesus at the Transfiguration?" "How old was Jesus when He was baptized?" The drawing tablet provided several "teachable moments" which made the prayer time richer for all of us.

Each sheet has drawing space for five Mysteries; a printed Rosary in the center helps children keep track of their progress. The sheets are sturdy, high quality paper, which would stand up to crayons, markers, or even paint. The finished works are suitable for hanging on a bedroom wall, as my children requested, or for keeping in a portfolio of their art projects.

Additional notes: 

Binding details: 11" x 17" Drawing Pad; 30 sheets

Review Date: 
5-3-04
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The Rosary (Wall Chart)

Book cover: 'The Rosary (Wall Chart)'
Copyright: 
2004
Publisher: 
Ascension Press
Binding: 
Other
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This simple wall chart offers colorful pictures for each mystery of the Rosary (Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious are included) along with an illustrated explanation of how to say the Rosary. Each mystery of the Rosary is labeled along with which days of the week to say each set of mysteries.

My children love having this chart on their bedroom wall where they listen to the Rosary on Catholic Radio at night. The pictures have really helped them in visualizing the mysteries and in getting a better understanding of the Life of Jesus.

On the back of the chart you will find four reproducible worksheets - a listing of the Mysteries of the Rosary with Biblical references, "Prayers of the Rosary", a reproduction of the chart itself and "How to Pray the Rosary"

Perspective: 
Catholic
Additional notes: 

19 3/8" x 26" poster (available laminated or unlaminated)

Review Date: 
1-3-05
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The Rosary is Alive

Author(s): 
Vincent J. Baratta, M.D., AAFP
ISBN: 
971 631 549
Copyright: 
2000
Publisher: 
The-Rosary-is-Alive
Binding: 
Softcover
Number of pages: 
60 pages
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The premise of this simple volume revolves around the Rosary and only around the Rosary. Designed to be used during prayer, it provides for a very directed praying experience. Introductory pages explain how to use the book and how to pray the Rosary, and final pages offer references and extras such the story of the Rosary. Each double page displays one mystery, with written reflections and five illustrations. I found it interesting to find a clever mirror image sketch of Swiss painter Antonio Ciseri's famous Ecce Homo painting among the Sorrowful mysteries! Two or three oval pictures of Rosary beads are displayed under each illustration, with the letters OF for Our Father or HM for Hail Mary.

The Rosary is Alive may be very helpful for little hands learning to focus on the prayer and reflection of the Rosary mysteries. When praying the Rosary as a family, I noticed that our 6th grader enjoyed following along with this book.

Companion volume:
A Study Book for Catechists and Religion Educators by Dr. Vincent J. Baratta
2005, The-Rosary-is-Alive, 69 pages, softcover
ISBN: 0971631557

As the subtitle on the cover states, the Rosary can be used to teach the Catholic Faith. This companion book to the Rosary is Alive Illustrated Book follows a simple question-and-answer format, covering each mystery of the Rosary in order. Beginning consistently with a question on the application of the study of each mystery to our daily living, each of the 20 mysteries offers 2 or 3 pages of questions and answers revolving around just about any subject related to the Catholic faith one can think of. A helpful three-page index is added at the end.

I believe this book could be used in the Catholic homeschool as a spine for a Unit Study on the Rosary. The questions cover a wide gamut of subjects related to the Rosary and will certainly yield good discussion and learning.

The illustrations are of vital importance to this volume, since they make up the bulk of its content. Although obviously done by a talented artist, the lack of detail in the illustrations is many times distracting. Also, one wishes one neutral font would have been used throughout the book.

Perspective: 
Catholic
Additional notes: 

Also available in Large Print and Spanish Large Print editions.

Review Date: 
5-21-2007
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Wooden Rosary Holder Kit from Illuminated Ink

Publisher: 
Illuminated Ink
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The Wooden Rosary Holder Kit creates a lovely wooden plaque to hang your child’s rosary on. One of the few wooden projects, this kit includes a wood plaque and knob (to hold the rosary), stickers, an attractive picture to color, glitter glue, brush, and sealant. There are several pictures to choose from: Our Lady of Fatima, St. Joseph, Immaculate Heart of Mary, and Sacred Heart of Jesus. Illustrated step-by-step instructions are included to ensure success. As with most products, this is more than just a fun kit. There is a short synopsis of the saint or apparition chosen. Once completed, your child will have a beautiful plaque to proudly display, and at the same time, a special place to hang a rosary. No more lost or tangled rosary. With this beautiful plaque, your child will have a daily reminder of God’s great love. Approximate size is 3” x 5.”

Perspective: 
Catholic
Review Date: 
5-2-2006
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Catholic Heritage Curricula Lesson Plans: Third Grade - Supplements

Book cover: 'Catholic Heritage Curricula Lesson Plans: Third Grade - Supplements'
Series: 
CHC Lesson Plan
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Review: 

The supplements are carefully woven into the third grade lesson assignments, but for those who prefer not to use the lesson plans the supplements alone could easily be used for enrichment and would make purchasing the plans worthwhile. For example the book report supplements contain clear guidelines for helping young students write book reports, a checklist to help the student in their efforts, creative ideas for written reports or oral reports and hands-on project reporting. There are over 20 beautifully illustrated forms to be used for writing the reports or keeping track of books that have been read. These are not the normal squares and circle forms on the market, but are ruled pages containing illustrated borders depicting Victorian, Catholic and nature scene which would appeal to the eyes of both children and adults. Book report books comparable in length sell for about $6.99.

In addition to the book report supplement, the plans include a series of reading comprehension pages. Once again the pages are visually attractive to the student and they focus on questions designed to encourage beginning literary analysis as well as the usual comprehension type questions. These pages are based on three outstanding books: Catholic Tales for Boys and Girls, More Catholic Tales for Boys and Girls, The Little Apostle on Crutches. Almost 50 pages in length, this supplement is comparable to workbooks that sell for about $8.99 with the added feature that they are Catholic and clever in their design.

"At the Feet of Mary: Holy Rosary Project." is the most beautiful introduction to the rosary that I have seen. It is designed as a hands-on project to bring the faith to life. Each week the child focuses on a different mystery through discussion, readings from a lovely description of a child's trip to shrines, the coloring of gorgeous illustrations that form part of a prayer book and meditations that are clearly explained. The prayer book that the child makes includes illustrations that will touch the heart of a child because they depict the Mysteries as seen through the eyes of a child. At the end of this 5 week project the child has produced a gorgeous prayer book. This supplement is 65 pages long and nothing on the market even remotely compares to the depth and beauty found in this project, but books on meditating, understanding the rosary and illustrations on the rosary combined would stand at about $15.95.

The fourth supplement focuses on geography and is entitled "Tour a Country." It includes both a general plan for the study of any country, as well as nine sets of four week plans for studying specific countries. (i.e., 36 week course covering nine specific countries.) The instructions are easy to follow and have a Catholic world view. The pages themselves are beautifully illustrated and the activity pages are sure to please the children. We have been using a "Countries of the World" activity book that cost $15.99, but will be switching to the "Tour a Country" supplement as the activities are more interesting and the study approach is more focused and logical as well as Catholic.

Finally, there are: monthly planners and certificates which could be used for any grade or program; thirty pages devoted to the teaching of third grade which answers home schooling questions as well as teaching independence; a dozen pages of memory gems and how to use them; illustrated chore and virtue charts Similar books covering home schooling helps, charts and poetry together would cost at least $12.99 If one were to buy books that covered the material contained in each of the four supplements the cost would be over $50.00 but the books wouldn't be Catholic in approach or presented in a way that allows the home school mother to efficiently teach the subject. For the family that home schools using material other then those published by CHC it is clear that the supplements alone make the plans well worth the price. You won't be disappointed. (365 pages of lesson plans and supplements cost $38.95 from CHC)

Review Date: 
4-29-04
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