Faith that Works

Teaching middle schoolers how to live and practice their faith

October is the month of the rosary, and while I am still home on maternity leave, I wanted to take the time to share some of my favorite resources for celebrating the rosary with my students and also with my family. In pre-covid times, our entire school would gather to say the rosary together, and I loved seeing the creativity that different classes would use to lead us through the mysteries. Some of my favorites were the glow in the dark luminous mysteries where students created a rosary out of glow sticks while we prayed the prayers, the outdoor rosary where the students sat in the parking lot around a chalked out rosary filled with student prayer leaders, and any time students acted out a story or the mysteries themselves.

Here are some ideas I’ve shared in the past:
Five ways to celebrate the month of the rosary
5 ways to celebrate the month of the Rosary
Our Lady of Fatima Rosary
Mary Infographic Project

I also have some favorite books to help students and teachers learn more about the rosary and pray it more consistently. This section of the post contains affiliate links. This means that if you click on any of the links and purchase the books, I receive a small commission at no cost to you.

This year I am going to use The Mysteries of the Rosary: A Catholic Coloring Devotional to help me pray my way through October. This beautiful resource is not expensive at all- only 7 dollars, and features reflections and beautiful coloring pages for each of the 20 mysteries of the Rosary.

In the past I’ve used The Mysteries of the Rosary Coloring Book for myself and students, and the details in it are truly beautiful. However, the art is pretty small and so it’s definitely better for older kids with colored pencils or super fine tip markers.

A few summers ago I used the book Ponder for my summer spirituality series. (You can read about that here.) I loved the layout and style of the book, which takes you through the twenty mysteries of the rosary in a four week study- this would be perfect for the month of October. The devotional has scripture, guided lectio divina journaling and a color and pray rosary for each day. I really loved it. There’s also a Ponder For Kids version which I haven’t used yet but want to.

I also have a wonderful resource in my Teachers Pay Teachers store that focuses on the four words of Mary in the scriptures and the four Marian dogmas of the Catholic Church. While not strictly a rosary resource, the four words would fit well with any Bible study on the mysteries of the rosary. You can find that resource here.

What are your favorite ways to celebrate the month of the rosary? Let me know in the comments!

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