While the new Liturgical Year started back in November, another New Year is upon. I created this bulletin board for our little family because I wanted my children to know how the Liturgical Year works, just like any calendar. I needed some way to teach them the days of the week, the months of the year, what a year is and looks like, how to know which Rosary mysteries to on which day, what is an Ember Day? A Rogation Day? Saint's Feast Day? What special prayers are said on each day of the week, what day of the week is dedicated to St. Joseph? To the Angels? To the Crucifixion? What days do we not eat meat on? So on and so forth, that is a lot for one person to learn at any age, let alone a wee one! I learn best visually and so that is how I teach our kiddos at home to. I've found I have one visual learner and one that likes to move around doing things so this was our solution to all of the above.
Below you will find the files and a tutorial on how to make our Liturgical Year Bulletin Board. Save your pieces from month to month as they ARE reusable and you should only need to make the pieces one time and be good for year after year. Some of the pieces get reused throughout the year, such as the purple pockets from Advent will be used for Lent, the Gold pockets from Christmas will be used again at Easter time and so forth.
What you need:
* 20 in x 16 in plain laminated calendar with grid(any size that fits the above bulletin board will do so long as it is not smaller... the saint pieces are made to fit this size)
6-9 sheets of card stock (110 lb works best, 65 lb will do)
* Color Printer
* 1-2 Lamination Sheets (optional)
* Stapler that unlatches backwards for attaching items to bulletin board (and staples)
* Three Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors
* 60 + Velcro Dot sets
You will need more throughout the year so if you see them at the $1 store stock up! Or find a deal online... that sticky puddy stuff will do as well. A friend also recommeded buying velcro at the fabric store by the yard. That way you are able to purchase the side you need instead of having a lot of one side left over.
*** These Files!!! Please print one copy of each file in COLOR on CARD STOCK ***
January Saint's Bulletin Board Pieces
** Note, if you have already printed the Liturgical Calendar from the Advent Board you do not need all of the second file as you can reuse the pieces **
2.) Laminate Saints pieces; today, tomorrow & yesterday pieces ; This Sunday Is: piece; Rosary Mystery piece; Today's Rosary Mystery piece and pieces for the Liturgical Wheel (the wheel itself as well as the arrow to attach to it.)
3.) Cut all pieces out, laminated and regular card stock.
4.) Cut out and fold all 7 pockets (one for each day of the week). Directions for cutting and folding Days of the week pocket are below:
8.) Cut the Month/Year and monthly dedication out, tape pieces together so they line up. Attach Month and Year to the top of your Bulletin Board using your stapler.
9.) Attach Days of the Week pockets below your calendar in-line with the days of the week grid on your calendar (this makes for less confusion for the kids) using your stapler.
10.) Attach your Liturgical Wheel to the bottom middle of your board with the stapler and then attach the arrow to your liturgical wheel using a push pin right in the center. This allows the arrow to spin and move according the the season that we are on.
11.) Attach the remaining pieces with a stapler using the picture at the top of this blog as a guide for placement. With a dry erase marker write the up coming Sunday's name on the "This Sunday Is" piece. This coming Sunday is the Feast of the Circumcision.
12.) Add Velcro dots to the back of your Rosary Mysteries and one dot to 'Today's Rosary Mysteries Are" making sure that they will stick correctly. Use either the loop or hook on the mysteries and then the opposite on the piece that they are attached to each day.
13.) Place the Rosary mystery pieces in the pockets with the 'Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow' pieces on the day they will be needed next.
In my online browsing I saw this cute Bulletin Board Storage Bag and thought I would share. For now we are just using manilla envelopes for our pieces that are not currently being used.
Have you downloaded all of our File Folder games too? There are several for math and phonics, and soon some for preschool learning. I also spotted this File Folder Game Storage Hanging Pocket while online, that looks like a good way for kids to easily access file folder games.
Enjoy! We will be sharing again next month for February's files! I hope you enjoy and that it helps provide a little hands on learning for your little one's this New Year!