The Lucky Cake & St. Basil

The new year will be here before you know it! I wanted to let you know about an awesome book to help your little ones learn about the tradition of the Vasilopita (vah-see-LOW-pita) and St. Basil. First, let’s talk about this neat tradition.  (more…)

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A New Orthodox Book & Matching Game

What Can I Do at Divine Liturgy – An Orthodox Board Book

“Children are great imitators, so give them something GREAT to imitate!” -Anonymousbook-for-web

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Do you wish that your child would follow along and participate more during the Divine Liturgy? This book teaches children how they can be active participants of the Faith. With beautiful photographs of children demonstrating what they can do at church, it is sure to be a favorite with the little one in your life.

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Praying Unceasingly

Every day I have every intention of praying all day. I go to bed with such a positive attitude that tomorrow will be the day that I will pray unceasingly. “I won’t forget to pray,” I tell myself. I will be closer to God. I will be filled with the Holy Spirit. I drift off to sleep…

My alarm goes off and then the reality hits. My mind starts racing about all the tasks I need to do to get the kids on the bus in time. All the things I cannot forget. While I’m doing one thing, my kids interrupt me with things that they need. After I’ve had a few digressions from my original task, I’m faced with the burning question, “Now, wait a minute……what was I doing 10 minutes ago??” Then the cycle starts over again. Ahhh! With all of these things going on in my head, I had to figure out a way to REMEMBER to pray. (more…)

Elevation of the Cross – Peg Dolls

I am so excited to share this activity with you! It was so much fun making these dolls! I wanted my kids and students to have a visual for the Elevation of the Cross story, so I decided to make peg dolls. What is that, you say?  It is a doll made out of a clothespin or a wooden peg. (more…)

Elevation of the Cross – Part 2 – Activities

Today I have some fun activities for you to do with your children and/or students! These activities might be something you have out for the children to do while waiting for the rest of the class to come down from communion or have students do these activities in rotating centers. For us, we never know how long we’ll have in class since the kids watch the procession, so I try to have multiple activities that I can quickly use if I need to fill time. Today I have 3 activities to share! (more…)

Elevation of the Holy Cross – September 14 – Part 1

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Greetings! As the days are quickly growing longer and school is about to start, I always think of my Yiayia (grandma). Why? Because it reminds me of going to her house after church in the fall and her giving me bags full of vegetables from her garden. The aroma of the plants, dirt and basil greets you at the end of her driveway. She always had small pots of basil to give to others and she always gave me some around this time of year. We also would get a sprig of basil from church, too. What does basil have to do with this special feast day?  Read this story and you’ll find out! 🙂 (more…)

Happy Birthday Theotokos! September 8

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I know it might seem a bit early to post about a date in September, but you know it will be here before you know it!  Whenever school starts, I’m reminded that it is a new liturgical year. And we kick of this new year with the feast, Nativity of the Theotokos on September 8. If you’re like me, you might not have grown up knowing all about the Feast Days (there’s 12 of them, in case you’re wondering. 😉 ). (more…)