Posted by: liturgicalyear | July 14, 2011

More on dedication of the months of the year

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!

Blessings, Anne



  1. […] monthly devotion. You can adapt the lessons in this post to apply to Mary’s Seven Sorrows: Creating lapbooks. Learn more about Mary’s Seven […]

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