Each morning, before we begin school, the children get to place a magnet on their calendar that depicts the Saint of the Day. I made the magnets by attaching the stickers from this wonderful Sticker Album to magnets. Everyone loves this and the kids take turns putting the magnets on the calendar.
During dinner each night my dear husband reads a short story of the Saint of the day from Saints for Young Readers for Every Day of the Year. He had one of them (Vol 2 - covering the second half of the year) from his childhood, and after much searching I was able to find the orignal edition of Volume 1. I was SO excited! Pauline Books has reprinted these books (with a few revisions and new pictures), so here is a link to Saints for Young Readers Vol 1 and Vol 2.
On special feasts days, we try to do something "extra" to foster a greater love of the saints in our children. Cay Gibson has published a beautiful guide called Catholic Mosaic, which I mention often, and absolutely LOVE!! I am working on building up our personal library with the suggestions in her book.
I also LOVE A Year with God by Catholic Heritage Curricula. It is rather expensive, but I have gotten so many wonderful ideas out of it. A couple other books I draw from are: Cooking with the Saints and Catholic Traditions In The Home And Classrooms: 365 Days To Celebrate A Catholic Year.
Women of Faith and Family has a great page that has info on the current liturgical year that is also very helpful!
I also find so many wonderful ideas from a few of my favorite blogs including: By Sun and Candlelight, Sweetness and Light (she just did a wonderful post on this very topic!) and Real Learning. These women never cease to amaze me!
Here is a bit of what the Church teaches on the Saints as quoted from "The Catechism of the Catholic Church":
957. Communion with the saints. It is not merely by the title of example that we cherish the memory of those in heaven; we seek, rather, that by this devotion to the exercise of fraternal charity the union of the whole Church in the Spirit may be strengthened. Exactly as Christian communion among our fellow pilgrims brings us closer to Christ, so our communion with the saints joins us to Christ, from whom as from its head issues all grace, and the life of the People of God itself.
We worship Christ as God's Son; we love the martyrs as the Lord's disciples and imitators, and rightly so because of their matchless devotion towards their King and Master. May we also be their companions and fellow disciples! (Martyrium Polycarpi, 17:Apostolic Father II/3,396)
The Catechism also says:
956. The intercession of the Saints. Being more closely united to Christ, those who dwell in Heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness...they do not cease to intercede to the Father for us, as they proffer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus....so by their fraternal concern is our weakness greatly helped.So, this is a bit of what we do over here to learn about, and hopefully imitate, the Saints of the Church... I would love to here what you do! Feel free to leave any ideas or links to your own posts in the comment section!