Friday, January 22, 2016

Ladybug Warriors :: Praying for the Unborn

While many from around the country participated in the March for Life, I spent the afternoon at home teaching my children about the culture of life and praying for the unborn.

The Culture of Life Studies Program recently shared an awesome and FREE "Ladybug Warriors" mini-lesson for elementary students.  This unit study can be easily completed in an afternoon and teaches children about ladybugs, how the ladybug is named after our Blessed Mother, and how we can be warriors for Our Lady and pray for the protection of all preborn babies! 

.: Picture Book :. 

Last night I stopped at Barnes & Noble and picked up a copy of The Grouchy Ladybug... 

Of course, after discovering the book on the table this morning and recognizing the artist, my little guy insisted on wearing his Brown Bear t-shirt and pulling out the rest of his Eric Carle collection including: Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Around the Farm (a favorite birthday gift from his Big Red Barn Birthday)! 

.: Craft :.

After reading the story and discussing the book and the meaning of the name ladybug, we moved on to the suggested craft: Ladybug Prayer for Preborn Babies Prayer Cards

Craft Supplies:
  • Red, Black, and Green Construction Paper (we used card stock)
  • Ladybug Template & Hail Mary Prayer Card (download here)
  • Hole Punch (for punching black spots out of paper/card stock to use as spots)
  • Black Crayon
  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes (2 per child) 

This beautiful lesson also includes explanations for each of the Joyful Mysteries to share with the children while praying for the unborn. We also discussed spiritual adoption as suggested:

"As Ladybug Warriors, we can spiritually adopt a preborn baby and his parents as they wait for the baby to be born. Spiritual adoption means that you pray for protection for the baby every day so that he will be born happy, healthy, and holy. You can pray the Hail Mary prayer on your ladybug’s leaf as well as the rosary for the baby you are spiritually adopting."

.: Coloring Pages :. 

In addition to the Pregnant Mom Coloring Sheet (provided in the lesson packet) I also printed out a a couple copies of the Immaculate Conception Coloring Sheet from Catholic Icing

They all said they colored me as the "pregnant mom" (pregnant with them) and, apparently, they all interpret my hair color and highlights differently. lol I'm not quite sure what to think of that huge blond streak in the middle picture! I actually haven't had my hair cut or highlighted since last June.... It's time to make an appointment! 

.: Ladybug Snacks :. 

The lesson packet included a few snack suggestions including Red Punch or Strawberry Lemonade, Strawberry Slices with Chocolate Chips inserted into them to look like spots, and Ladybug Cupcakes.

Most of our kids are fighting colds at the moment so I opted for healthy snacks today, starting with some "Ladybug Appetizers" we made using cucumber slices, baby spinach leaves, cherry tomatoes, and black olives. We probably should have cut the tomatoes and olives in half to make them a little more stable, but they were quickly eaten so it didn't really matter. We loved how they turned out! 

I wanted to make the strawberry ladybugs, but organic strawberries were way too expensive last night at the store so I opted for raspberries instead. We used my favorite Enjoy Life Mini Chips (melting some to create the faces and adhere the spots) and even I was able to enjoy this treat! 

I definitely prefer these snacks to the Ladybug Cake and Ladybug Apples we have made in the past. 

.: Prayer :. 

We ended the lesson with some words from our Archbishop and a prayer for life. ♥

"Defend the unborn against abortion even if they persecute you, calumniate you, set traps for you, take you to court, or kill you." ~ Pope Francis

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