Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Rosary and Kids - Part 4

October is almost over, which means it's time for the 4th and final "The Rosary and Kids" post.  This time I've come up with a list of some of our favorite rosary products that have helped make the rosary a part of our home. I am so thankful for the wonderful people who take their time to make holy products!

1. Baby Rosary (0-12 monts). These sturdy non-toxic, wooden rosaries are a favorite teething toy. We love giving them as gifts to our expecting friends and family. You can find them at most Catholic Book stores.

2. Holy Baby DVD (1-2 years). We don't watch much TV in our home, but we wouldn't have survived the Cotter family vacation to Lake Michigan without this DVD. Bean was 13 months at the time and we drove somewhere around 12 hours straight to get home. Watching Holy Baby kept her happy when the drive got long. The DVD recites the rosary in 7 languages while a montage of very simple objects are shown. Many of them are religious, like statues of saints and Noah's Ark toys.

3. A Child's Guide to the Rosary By Elizabeth Ficocelli (3-8 years). This is a delightful little book about a class of children who are learning about the rosary. They present each of the 20 mysteries in a way that is easy for kids to understand. Complete with kid friendly pictures and points of meditation, this book is a great tool for introducing the mysteries in a practical way.

4. Speak, Lord, I am Listening: A Rosary Book By: Christine Haapala (7-12 years). We recently received this as a gift from one of our mission partners and it is a wonderfully crafted book. Each mystery is presented with thought provoking watercolor images and relevant scripture verses to accompany each bead. It is a great way to help keep focused on the mystery you are meditating on.

5.  The New Rosary in Scripture: Biblical Insights for Praying the 20 Mysteries By: Edward Sri (13+, maybe? I'll let you know when we get there). This book walks you through a biblical explanation of each of the mysteries. It also includes frequently asked questions about Mary and the Rosary, as well as explanations on John Paul II's reflections on the meaning of the rosary.


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