Little Flowers Girls' Club

Find my original Little Flowers Girls' Club post here:


"Little Flowers Girls' Club® is a Catholic program for girls ages 5 and up based on learning Catholic virtues through the lives of Catholic saints, Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Developed by a Catholic mom of nine, Rachel Watkins, and based on Fr. Lasance's Catholic Girls' Guide, the Club strives to bring the Catholic faith alive and inspire the girls to become authentic Catholic women..." Read more here.

As many of you know, I've really been enjoying leading a "Little Flowers" group for my daughters and a number of other girls. I opened my group to girls ages 5-8, though I do have a couple girls that are 9, and a couple that are almost 4 (that way I could include my youngest daughter).

Over the past few months I have been receiving quite a few emails asking for more information (how I lead my group of girls, the notebook pages we are making at our meetings, and tips on which supplies to order, etc...). I thought I would try to answer the questions in one post, as well as link our past meetings for reference, and then add it to the new tab list at the top of my blog. I will continue to update the links as I add new posts after our upcoming meetings.

I just want to remind you all that I am a brand new Little Flowers leader myself, and by NO MEANS an expert on how to lead a group. ☺ What you will find here is my imperfect attempt to make the group a fun filled learning experience for my own girls, in which, by the grace of God, they can learn more about our faith and grow in virtue. That said, I am more than happy to share our meetings with you all, after they take place, and when time permits. ☺

Resources I Use:

Our Group's Supplies:

To keep the costs to a minimum, I purchased all of our supplies from Sacred Heart Books and Gifts. Not only do they offer a wonderful discount, they offer free shipping on orders of $25.00. For myself I ordered the Craft Companion (which I have used minimally), the Wreath One Leader's Guide, and the Tea and Luncheon Guide. I also ordered the Memory Cards and the Little Flowers Virtues CD as well, both of which I highly recommend each mother to purchase for her girls too! They are great!

In addition to our annual dues, which coverer the group/leader supplies and all the craft materials for the year, each girl was required to purchase a Member's Guide, a Sash, and a Wreath 1 Badge. Next year I am planning on having the girls also purchase the Art and Activity Book for Wreath's 1 and 2. I am sure this would vary greatly for each group depending on the number of girls that you have participating and the types of craft projects you decide to make.


Finding a Location:

Though my home would be convenient for me (when it is clean!), it is not for most of the other families, due to distance. Ideally I would love to hold our meetings in my local parish hall, but I wasn't able to get approval from the pastor. (We will be getting a new pastor in the summer, so maybe that will change for next year!) In the meantime, the owner of the local Catholic Bookstore agreed to let us use her backroom, which has been working out wonderfully. I also looked into using a meeting room at the Library, which could have worked out as well. Our group only meets once per month, but next year I would like to change it to twice per month: one meeting for the lesson and notebook page; another for a review, craft, and playtime.

Update:  Our monthly meetings are now held at my home, which has been working out wonderfully!


Snacks and Assignments:

For our group, I have assigned each family a month in which they are to provide the snacks and the drinks. (The extra month was divided up between the moms that have more than one daughter attending.) I've asked each mother to try and follow the theme for the month, if possible. So far they have all been more than willing to cooperate, and the snacks have been so much fun!

Update:  For Wreaths III & IV I have provided the snacks (cupcakes and drinks) for each meeting, adding the supply cost to our yearly dues.   


Scrapbook/Notebook Pages:

I decided to have my group create Notebook Pages at each meeting based on the Saint, Virtue, and Memory Verse. If you would like to do the same, the documents I created can be downloaded here, or directly from any of the posts below.  (NOTE:  These can be downloaded for your personal/group use, but please do not repost these pages, or any of the pictures from this blog.  Thank you!) 


2008-2009 ~ Wreath One



  1. St. Catherine of Siena ~ Faith ~ Sunflower
  2. St. Monica ~ Hope ~ Ivy
  3. St. Agnes ~ Love of God ~ Peony
  4. St. Jane Frances de Chantal ~ Love of Neighbor ~ Rose
  5. St. Joan of Arc ~ Obedience ~ Carnation
  6. St. Cecilia ~ Piety ~ Forget-Me-Not
  7. St. Catherine Laboure ~ Humility ~ Violet
  8. St. Francis Xavier Cabrini ~ Industry ~ Daffodil
  9. St. Bridget of Sweden ~ Truthfulness ~ Narcissus


2009-2010 ~ Wreath Two




  1. St. Faustina ~ Mercy ~ Lily
  2. Blessed Margaret Pole ~ Courage ~ Yucca
  3. St. Clare of Assisi ~ Joy/Mirthfulness ~ Tulip
  4. St. Katharine Drexel ~ Generosity ~ Daisy
  5. St. Angela Merici ~ Prudence ~ African Violet
  6. St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein) ~ Wisdom ~ Iris
  7. Bl. Mary of the Incarnation ~ Justice ~ Aster
  8. St. Lucy ~ Loyalty ~ Poppy
  9. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton ~ Perseverance ~ Lotus


2010-2011 ~ Wreath Three

  

   
  1. Mary & Martha ~ Eutrapelia ~ Dandelion
  2. Ruth & Naomi ~ Friendliness ~ Morning Glory
  3. St. Margaret of Scotland ~ Initiative ~ Black Eyed Susan
  4. St. Zita or Proverbs 31 Woman ~ Orderliness ~ Cranberry
  5. St. Felicity and Her Seven Sons ~ Self-Control ~ Amaryllis
  6. St. Anne, Mother of the Blessed Mother ~ Responsibility ~ Mum
  7. St. Bathildis ~ Patience ~ Lily of the Valley
  8. Mary Mother of God ~ Cheerfulness ~ Blue Phlox
  9. St. Julie Billiart ~ Fortitude ~ Hyacinth
Little Flowers Tea Party 2011:


2011-2012 ~ Wreath Four

  1. Wisdom ~ St. Teresa of Avila ~ Jasper
  2. Understanding ~ St. Catherine of Alexandria ~ Emerald
  3. Knowledge ~ St. Gertrude ~ Topaz
  4. Counsel ~ St. Catherine of Sienna ~ Aquamarine
  5. Fortitude ~ St. Joan of Arc ~ Opal
  6. Piety ~ St. Therese of Lisieux ~ Amethyst
  7. Fear of the Lord ~ St. Maria Goretti ~ Sapphire




Little Flowers Tea Party 2012:


Additional Ideas can be found in the link up posts below:





Little Flowers Tea Party 2013:

St. Therese the Little Flower ~ Pray for us!

*Please do not repost my pictures. You are, of course, welcome to link directly to any of my posts, and print out the images of my notebook pages for reference. Thank you!