Emily is very excited and most anxious to begin “walking” Along the Alphabet Path, a fanciful phonics unit study from Elizabeth at Serendipity. What a delightful way to introduce letters and sounds! Fairies and the Saints…all bound together in a program that is extremely child-friendly. In addition to the whimsy provided by the Flower Fairy books, An Alphabet of Catholic Saints offers a healthy dose of faith along with the fun. First grader Charlotte has begged to be allowed to participate, having watched mommy working on our very own wooden Alphabet of Saints.
It was quite enjoyable painting our little “Saints,” and Jessica at Shower of Roses deserves all the credit for this lovely idea. These sweet, painted figures are just the perfect size for pudgy little hands to hold onto. I still need to spray a bit of clear coat to protect them, and plan to label each bottom with the name of our Saint, but I can already envision the creative play and exploration the two little girls will engage in with their new “friends.”
Want to make your own? A Child’s Dream Come True has the wooden doll forms in a few different sizes, as well as a lot of other Waldorf-inspired crafts. Hobby Lobby, the retail craft chain also has the same hand dolls available, 8 for $2.99. A big thank you to my dear friend Kitty for that tidbit!
The photo above shows the seven I enjoyed painting most: St. Bernadette, St. Kateri, St. Therese, St. Ignatius, St. Lucy, St. Patrick and St. Cecilia. Thus far, I’ve completed Saints Ann through Ursula. Just four more to go…