Thursday, April 29, 2010

Little Flowers Girls' Club ~ Perseverance

Today was our very last Little Flowers Girls' Club Meeting for this school year and Wreath 2!  The meeting was based on the virtue of Perseverance, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and the Lotus Flower.

Since we have been meeting every two weeks this Spring, to catch up from our Winter/Baby break, plus all the other things we've had going on, I just haven't been able to keep up with sharing about Little Flowers.   I am still planning on going back and posting about our last two meetings, but right now I am just going to share about today.   It was a great meeting and we all had so much fun!

~ Coloring Pages ~

Since this was our last meeting for the summer, and since the girls were making Hawaiian Leis Lotus Necklaces, we decorated with a Palm Trees, Lei's and other Luau decorations.  (Thank you Marci for bringing all the decorations!) It really made for a fun and festive last meeting! 

I actually had 3 coloring pages for the girls to choose from, and then had to go and copy more since they all wanted one of each!  I don't blame them since I couldn't choose just one either!

The first one was emailed to me by of my visitors here at Shower of Roses (Thank you Maureen!).  She got it from the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in MD. 

The other two coloring pages are both from Catholic Artworks.  One is from the Faith Keepers Combo and the other is from their new Faith Keepers God Bless America!  (I'm not sure if this can be ordered yet or not, but it should be available soon and it includes the "Saints in America and a title of Mary for all 50 States!") 


I also wanted to print out Paper Dali's St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Paper Doll for all the girls, but I ran out of time. My girls enjoyed making it during E Week.


~ Meeting ~


Since Rose was born I have been assigning the different moms each one of the lessons to present to the girls.  This has been such a huge help!  This week my friend Dee Dee gave the lesson.  After reading about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, she explained the virtue of Perseverance and read the story The Tortoise and the Hare.   I loved how the girls were all sitting at the beginning of the story and moved closer and closer as she continued reading! 



~ Notebook Pages ~


For the notebook pages, I used the memory verse for Perseverance, A quote from Robert Louis Stevenson, this beautiful image of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, a quote from the Bible, and some lotus flowers.  You can download my document here.

Here is the sample page I created:


The girls all did a wonderful job as usual! 


 


~ Craft ~

During the last couple meetings I have been setting up two tables and splitting up the girls during craft time.  Half of them go to one table to work on the craft while the others work on their notebook pages, and then they rotate. 

This week we had two crafts.  Lotus Necklaces and a little gift to give their moms at our upcoming Tea Party! 




The kits were purchased from Oriental Trading.  They included flower petals, straws, string and a plastic needle.  Very basic, yet very cute!  The girls had fun making them. 


Since most of the girls mothers read my blog, I can't show you a picture of the other craft.




"MOM!! Don't look!" . . .  As they quickly hide what they are working on! ;) 


~ Snack Time ~

Late last night I realized that the person who was suppose to be bringing the snack was not going to be at the meeting today.  Yikes!!  I got online and started trying to figure out what I could possibly make with the limited baking supplies in my pantry right now.  Basically NOT MUCH!  

So, this morning I called my friend Marci to help me brainstorm, and after telling her my ideas:  Colonial Brown Bread (which sounds delicious, but isn't the sweet treat the girls look forward to at Little Flowers), these Upside Down Peach Cupcakes (that would sort of tie in to the "color" peach for the meeting), or these Edible Crayons, since St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was a teacher (which I've been wanting to make since last year and would be SO COOL, but I just didn't have enough time to go to the store with all 6 kids).  

Marci loved the last idea and insisted on doing it for me (despite the fact that her daughter is sick and was going to miss the meeting), and headed to the store herself, made the "crayons" and then brought them over for the meeting.

Aren't they CUTE?!?!




Edible Crayons

Ingredients:
  • Pretzel Rods
  • Candy Melts (or white chocolate bark/chocolate chips with a little of your favorite food coloring added)
  • Paper Labels (make them yourself from construction paper with black squiggly lines)
Instructions:
  • Break or cut pretzel rods in half.
  • Melt candy melts or chocoalte chips in microwave on medium heat for 1 minute. Stir and continue cooking at 15 second intervals until melted. Stir well. Add a few drops food coloring if desired.Dip ends of pretzels in melted candy.
  • Place on wax paper or aluminum foil to dry.
  • When dry, wrap with labels and secure with tape.
Marci bought a couple large boxes of crayons and used the cardboard boxes for displaying and serving the edible crayons.  Four fit perfectly in each box.   We then printed out a picture of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for the outside of each box!  


The girls LOVED the Edible Crayons!

Marci also picked up some Palm Tree Straws from the Dollar Store. 
(These would also be great for the Week 5 Garden Party!) 



~ Group Photo ~



We need to assign a "blog name" to the sweet little girl in the top left!
The rest of the girls are as follows:
 Daisy, Hope and Faith, Chiquita
Twinkle Toes, Branch and Blossom


Additional Books About St. Elizabeth Ann Seton:

Saint Elizabeth Painted Saint


Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us.  Help us persevere for the love of the Lord our God above all others.

Saint Therese, the Little Flower, pray for us!

10 comments:

  1. Love it! I can't wait to see the "secret" craft.

    I’m still debating if I will have my LF girls move on to Wreath II or go back to Wreath I.

    I’m leaning towards toward Wreath I since I will be getting 6-8 new girls, age 5.

    Do you have any experience with Wreath III? I'm only familiar with Wreaths I, II and IV. Wreath IV is not an option for us since the girls move on at age 8 to Rosa Mystica and then Sodality at age 14.

    Pax Christi - Lena

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  2. Thanks Lena!

    The "secret" craft is just something small and simple (also from Oriental Trading - all the crafts were this year to keep it simple with the new baby) but the girls had fun making it all by themselves! :)

    That is wonderful that you will have so many new girls! !! I wish I could open our group up to more girls, but 10-12 is the most I can fit (or rather PACK) into my little kitchen and living room.

    I was thinking about Wreath III today and wishing I had the Leader's Manual to look at! I don't know anything about it at all... I'm such a beginner when it comes to Little Flowers, since this was just my 2nd year. I wonder which Saints and Virtues are included? Hum. . .

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  3. Love it. Can't wait for my Peaches to do Little flowers. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was the very first saint I remember having learned about as a little girl.

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  4. Thank you! Thank you! A million thank yous! I have been thinking of starting a Little Flowers Group at our parish and have been trying to put together a package to show our Pastor. This post is a great resource! Thank you.

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  5. Absolutely adorable...those crayons are fantastic! And the sweet faces of all the girls...too cute! Well done...

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  6. Don't forget Dee Dee's girls too! They need blog names too!

    The meeting was wonderful as usual. Daisy loves going every time.... and so do I!!!!

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  7. Amy ~ Did you see that Dee Dee started a blog?! Her girls are "Hope and Faith." :) It was great to see you yesterday, but I never have enough time to visit!!

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  8. Oh whoops! They do, lol!!! Hope and Faith, I missed that! :S

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  9. Beautiful and thanks so much for the inspiration for the rest of our Little Flowers!

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  10. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is my patron saint. :)

    The edible crayons idea is really cute and looks great for a last day of school party. Your friend did a great job, and what a good idea to put them in the little boxes. I have your fig newton Bibles/books in the back of my mind, too... this could be fun!

    God bless you, Jessica, for all these precious things you do.

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