As I was reflecting on my last post, I thought about another way to use a lapbook to teach our children and students about how the Church dedicates each month of the year to a different devotion.
Most CCD classes begin in September, so I organized the lapbook in such a way that a single dedication can be introduced monthly rather than doing the year as a whole. I also incorporated the colors of the liturgical seasons so the children can be more aware of the rhythm of the wider the Church. Liturgical colors do not correspond exactly to the monthly calendar. The colors on the table below are those which are most likely to be used during the greater portion of the month.
The Church dedicates each month of the year to a particular devotion. Depending on the source, slight variations in the list may occur:
Month Dedicated to Liturgical color:
- September Seven Sorrows of Mary Green
- October The Holy Rosary Green
- November Poor Souls in Purgatory Green
- December The Immaculate Conception Purple
- January The Holy Name of Jesus White
- February The Holy Family Green
- March St. Joseph Purple
- April The Blessed Sacrament White
- May The Blessed Mother Green
- June Sacred Heart of Jesus Green
- July The Precious Blood Green
- August Immaculate Heart of Mary Green
This time I did all the writing by hand and printed out the pictures from computer files.
1. Let’s begin in September. September occurs during ordinary time and is the month dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows. Using green paper representing ordinary time, create a minibook for the Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows. The minibook is a green piece of paper that when folded in half makes a 3.5″ x 3.5″ square.
2. Start with a green piece of paper and fold it in half so the long sides go together, leaving you with a rectangle 11″ x 4.25″. Trim .75″ off the long side so that you are left with a piece of paper folded in half which forms a rectangle 11″ x 3.5″. Next, cut the rectangle perpendicular to the long side at 3.5″ lengths. Here’s a picture to help you better understand:
3. Write the name of the month on the cover of the minibook:
4. Draw or find a picture to represent the dedication and put it on the inside of the minibook. Write a description of the dedication on the inside:
5. Make the lapbook itself using a manila folder. Follow these instructions to properly fold a manila folder. Put it all together by attaching the minibook created above onto the center portion of the open manila folder. You will do this one month at a time, starting in the upper left corner of the lapbook and going across. As the year progresses you will fill in the entire middle section of the lapbook. Obviously, you’d have to do all the summer months at the end of the school year, as most CCD classes don’t meet. Here’s what the inside will look like by the end of the year:
Note: Even though they appear to be pink, January and April are white. I used the color paper I had on hand at home. If I were doing this with a class, I would you a deeper green which is closer to the green vestments used during Mass.
Lapbooks can be a fun way to draw children into learning and introduce new ides. They really like the finished product, too!