Thursday, September 29, 2016

St. Michael's Stomp

Last year, for our annual All Hallows' Eve party, I asked each family to bring a game. My friend Aleesa brought along the supplies (the sign pictured above, balloons attached to rubber bands, and fun music) for a St. Michael Stomp!

All of the saints were broken into age groups for the game. When the music started playing the players goal was to stomp and pop the other balloons, staying within the set boundaries and without using their hands. Once their balloon had been popped they were out of the game. 

With today being the feast of Michaelmas, and All Hallows' Eve coming up again next month, I thought it would be fun to share the pictures with you all! 

Mother Teresa held her own against all the other little saints... 


... and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was disqualified for his steel-toe hiking boots! 

In the end it came down to, most appropriately, St. Michael himself who ended up being assisted by a piece of grass to defeat St. Louis IX, King of France. Everyone had a blast! 

You can scroll though our past All Hallows' Eve partiescostumes, party printables, and find ideas for Michaelmas in the archives.

St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Search for the Hidden Garden: A Discovery with Saint Thérèse {Book Review & Giveaway}

The month of October is right around the corner which means the feasts (both new and traditional!) of dear Saint Thérèse of Lisieux are coming up quickly! I'll be updating our our September book basket with books for October and have a brand new chapter book to add this year.

Like the first book in the Friends with the Saints series, The Wolf and the Shield: An Adventure with St. Patrick which my children loved reading earlier this year, the second book in the series will be another welcome addition to our collection!

Search for the Hidden Garden: A Discovery with Saint Thérèse by Sherry Weaver Smith transports the reader to historical 19th century France with a fictional story of young Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and her inquisitive companions. The story depicts the girlish adventures of a close delightful Christian friendship between fictional characters and young Therese Martin.

In addition to a "Historical Note" about St. Therese, a post-story section of "Discussion Questions" gives young readers the opportunity to thoughtfully apply their reading experience. This story is sure to captivate the minds of young girls and give them a lasting impression of The Little Flower.

Pauline Books & Media provided me with a free copy of Search for the Hidden Garden in exchange for an honest review.  They also sent me a second copy to give away to one of my visitors here at Shower of Roses!

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St. Therese, help me to always believe
as you did in God's great love for me,
so that I might imitate your "Little Way" each day.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Little Saints Preschool :: Fall is Here!

Folkmanis Puppet Sequoia Wildlife Set • Mini Barn Owl Finger Puppet 

This week we jumped ahead to the "Fall is Here!" theme in the Little Saints Preschool Program. I pulled out all of our fall themed picture books (and favorite fall puppets!) and then headed to the library with my little ones to pick up more. We had a break from the summer heat, with a couple rainy days to welcome fall, but the sun is back and the forecast says it's going to hit 95˚ by Monday...

Acorn Fairy HomeGray Squirrel Finger PuppetThe Complete Peter Rabbit Library • Tree Finger Puppet Play House

.: Learning Games :. 

Counting Apples
I tossed our old, homemade and very well-loved flannel board a couple years ago so we used one of the couch pillows instead... The apples were great for practicing his number sentences for "some, some more" and "some, some went away" stories. 


Away up high in the apple tree. 
10 red apples smiled at me. 
I shook that tree as hard as I could, 
And down they came
And mmmmmmmm, were they good! 

Forest Friends Block Puzzle
This fun puzzle from our collection made a nice addition this week!

A video posted by Jessica (@showerofroses) on

September Poetry Review
"Today it is summer; Tomorrow is fall." 🍃🍂🍁 

.: Arts & Crafts :. 

Fall Walk & Nature Study followed by...

Branch & Twig Colored PencilsStockmar Beeswax Stick Crayons

Fall is... 
Craft with Template from the Little Saints Program

.: Fall Recipes & Snacks :. 


Apple Puff Pancakes 
A "Second Breakfast" on September 22nd to celebrate the First Day of Fall and Hobbit Day!
I've been making this recipe for years... It's at the top of the list of fall favorites around here.
We quadrupled the recipe and saved the last piece for Sean. 


Apple Pie
They used the recipe from How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World and served it topped with some vanilla ice cream, of course! The market happened to be open when we ran down to pick up apples the other day... though the power did flash while we were in the store! 

Any (and every!) puddle will do...  #firstrainydayinmonths

"Remember that apple pie is delicious topped with vanilla ice cream, which you can get at the market. But if the market happens to be closed . . . YOU CAN EAT IT PLAIN!"

Acorn Donut Treats
Made with Donut Holes, Pretzel Sticks, Melted Chocolate, Chocolate Jimmies, and Sliced Almonds

Edible Fall Tree
Inspired by Meet the Dubiens, using leftover pretzel sticks from last week...
...along with Cheese Slices, Cucumber, Red Pepper, Orange Pepper, and an Oak Leaf Cookie Cutter
We made a simple dip with some plain yogurt mixed with Deliciously Dill

I had hoped to make Leaf Rubbings and My Blessings Handprint Trees, but ran out of time... Fitting all these fun activities on top of the rest of our school schedule and the 15-20 hours I've been spending at the office each week has been a challenge, but so worth it... I'm really enjoying sharing these great picture books and fun activities with my littlest ones! Next week, with Michaelmas and the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels coming up, we'll be focusing on "Colors/Guardian Angels"...