Thursday, October 27, 2022

Little Saints Preschool :: Colors & Guardian Angels

I'm bouncing ahead from I Belong to God to the Little Saints Preschool theme we finished last week, on the Feast of St. Luke, before moving on to Fall is Here! This was such a fun and colorful unit study and perfect for October with all the gorgeous fall colors and the feasts of the Holy Guardian Angels and St. Luke who is the patron saint of artists. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a chance to win a copy of How the Angels Got Their Wings

.: Picture Books :. 


Rainbow Stacker • Eco-Kids Finger Paint • Eco-Dough • Small Rainbow Stacker
St. Luke Peg Doll • Archangel Blocks (pictured below)






(Note: Only four of these books* are listed in my Little Saints book, the rest are my own additions.) 






My rolling Book Display has been perfect to set up for each unit! I can display all of our picture books on the top, add some toys and games to the shelf, and the bottom holds my other supplies, teacher manuals, and my Primary Arts of Language crate. I also love that I can easily roll it out of the dining room when I want it out of sight. 


.: Learning Games :. 

Jonathan's Angel Wings

The story in Little Saints is all about a little boy and his Guardian Angel who tries to help him.  With each different challenge the angel's wings change a different color (red for charity, when the angel was trying to help the little boy not be angry, etc) .

We followed it with the brand new book How the Angels Got Their Wings!
(The girls have asked to be read this so many times now... and always talking about their Guardian Angels!)






Color Hunt
Instead of just asking them to find something in each color and bring it to me, we set up one of their rainbows and displayed the color objects they found. They loved doing this! 

 




Grimm's Counting Rainbow (similar to this) • Grimm's Natural Semicircles Building Set
Various Ostheimer Wooden Toys • Wooden Strawberries • Butterfly Finger Puppet 
Turtle Finger Puppet • Bluebird Finger Puppet (from the Folkmanis Sequoia Tree set)
Blue Tea Cup • Wooden Bluebird (from Franciscan Friends Lacing Set)


Additional Leaning Games I Added: 

Noah's Rainbow Race





Teddy Bear Counters






Color Palette 
(Primary Arts of Language Game) 




 



.: Color Blindness :.
(Not included in Little Saints Preschool but a perfect time to discuss!) 


A story for every color blind child and those who love them. 

Conan is a creative little chameleon who loves to find new ways of looking at the world around him, but being color blind is not a perspective he loves. He can't draw pictures right, can't play color-based games with his friends well, and can't figure out how to color-change to camouflage correctly. Can Conan find a new way to look at his color blindness and discover how it makes him a truly special chameleon?


This excellent new picture book was written by our 10 year old's Godparents' daughter! 
He was really excited to read it to his little sisters and learn more about those who are color blind. 
They all loved the book!  Great job, Elise! 





Our littlest has been pulling it off the shelf all month to flip through the illustrations and asing her older siblings to read it to her again. 




.: Arts & Crafts :.

We ended up just doing one of the suggested crafts from Little Saints :

Angel of God


We didn't get around to the crayon resist glue wash and glitter part of this craft... 


Additional Arts & Crafts I Added: 

Hand and Foot Print Angel Art




(In the background you can see how our littlest insists on displaying Conan the Colorblind Chameleon!)





St. Luke Coloring Pages



From left to right: Grace (5), Bud (10), Joy (3) 

Joy (3) and Grace (5) 


.: Snacks :. 

I'm adding snacks to our plans for each theme. 
For "Colors" we made our St. Luke's Artist Palette Cookies!


One of our older girls is allergic to Red40 -- We love that Trader Joe's has so many colorful candies without food coloring...  Not quite as vibrant as M&M's put still very pretty! 



 


 
 

St. Luke's Artist Palette Cookies



.: Giveaway :. 

Sophia Institute Press has offered to send one of my visitors a copy of How the Angels Got Their Wings! We've read it a number of times now and the little girls (and older kids!) love it. It's definitely and excellent introduction to the angels for little children and has been frequently requested to be read again!   


 

Leave a comment on this post and then enter using the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win. Good luck! 

(If you have trouble with Rafflecopter let me know and I can get you added manually, I just need to have a way to contact the winner and emails don't show up in my current comment box set up -- I recently had to get rid of the Intense Debate commenting system I loved since they stopped updating it awhile back.) 


Behold I will send my angel, who shall go before thee, and keep thee in thy journey, and bring thee into the place that I have prepared. 
- Exodus 23:20

46 comments:

  1. I’ve read this book at VBS at a local parish last summer and loved it! So beautiful! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  2. Wow! Thank you! This was an awesome post! I have a couple toddlers and am always looking for new activities.
    This book looks amazing! I love learning about new good books to help introduce the littles to our Faith! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Natalie! I'm glad the posts are helpful! I've been having a lot of fun with it all. God bless!

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  3. Love your posts! Would really enjoy having the book in our library, thanks so much. God bless!

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  4. Love all of Anthony DeStefano’s books!

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  5. Your last post inspired me to get started with the theme I belong to God. Looking forward to more posts. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  6. I am in awe of how awesome your homeschool preschool is. My 5 year old loved the archangels and would enjoy the book.
    Natalie

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    1. Thank you, Natalie! Some weeks we aren't able to get to everything we would like to, but I'm hoping to complete a couple themes each month on top of the other school work. We'll see if I can keep it up over the upcoming holidays!

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  7. Sooooo cute!!! ❤️❤️❤️ Thank-you so much for sharing. Hard to believe how much time has passed since the older ones were little!!!

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    1. Isn't it?! Our first two, who I did Little Saints with back in 2003-2004, are graduating college in April!

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  8. The book would be a fantastic addition to my classroom library!

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  9. Our family enjoys the Anthony DeStefano books! We would love to add this to our collection :⁠-⁠) Thank you for all of the wonderful posts!

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  10. Thank you for sharing this theme. You always have such great ideas! I love Anthony DeStefano books!
    Carol

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  11. Looks awesome :) would love to win the book too

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  12. Looks awesome! Would love to win the book !:)

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  13. I love the Anthony DeStefano books, especially the illustrations. Thank you for the giveaway. - Laura G.

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  14. commenting for the comment requirement

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  15. A nice addition to a family Library.
    Marion

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  16. It is so good to have you posting again. Let us pray that health issues will not keep you away again. I did enjoy the trip tp the Holy Land but still missed your posts.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! I'm hoping I can keep it up. I'm glad you enjoyed James' posts while I was taking that unplanned extended break of mine! :)

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  17. Such a beautiful post! I love all of the wonderful hands-on activities you suggested.

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    1. Thank you, Heather! I love coming up with additional things to tie into each theme!

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  18. I love the Noah's color game instead of Candyland. What great books, crafts, and snack ideas for my little ones. Thank you Jessica!!!

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  19. So cute! This book is on my list for my own littles!

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  20. What a lovely giveaway! Definitely could be great use in my household!

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  21. Always so grateful for your inspiration! You are the big sister I have always wanted! God bless you.

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  22. This looks beautiful. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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  23. I love reading your posts! Thank you for taking the time to share your great ideas and family!

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  24. Preschool is such a wonderful time to homeschool. We are starting preschool with #6. You have a lot of great ideas.

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  25. Wow! So many ideas! I must admit, I totally dropped the ball on preschool with my 4 year old but maybe it's not too late to start as this all looks so fun!

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  26. Beautiful book!! Thanks for the giveaway

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  27. Thanks for letting us know about this new book. Looks wonderful!

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  28. Thank you for sharing about this book with us!

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  29. Thank you for sharing about this book with us. I enjoyed the blog post, too.

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  30. Thank you for the opportunity! We're always looking for more faithful books to share with our girls (4&6) :)

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  31. Love your posts and book recommendations!

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  32. Great books and activities!! Thanks for sharing!

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  33. These books are beautiful! I love sharing beautiful books with my kids. :-)

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  34. Wow, impressive! Definite goals. Have you always been so on top of homeschooling or did it come with experience?

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  35. You have really been inspiring us in our own homeschool and liturgical life! My kids would love this book. They have started to ask so many questions about angels!

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  36. Love this! I read a review that said one of the pages talked about First Responders…my 3 oldest are First Responders!!

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  37. Just a thank you for all your share. I'm a catechist of many years with several classes per year and have relied on many things from Shower of Roses. Angels (especially in relation to the Annunciation, the Nativity and Feast of the Guardian Angels) are a big topic for me with the kids. I would love to have this book to share with my classes for years to come.

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  38. What a great collection of activities and books!

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  39. Love the angel hand print & foot print craft, so cute!

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  40. Thank you for all the great inspiration!

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