Monday, February 27, 2012

When Pinto Beans Become Jelly Beans!

Repost from March, 11':

"Mami, is Lent when the frijoles turn into jelly beans?"  -Mr. C last night.

The sacrifice jar is out! That means Lent has arrived and for the duration  my children can earn these:
And on Easter morning their sacrifices will turn into the sweetness of these:
This is one of the many things we do to show the children that we are on a 40 day journey with Jesus during Lent. At the end, there is the joy and sweetness of Easter. The grit before the glory, the pinto bean before the jelly bean!

Some people color their beans purple because that is the Liturgical color of the season. We however, have found that purple colored pinto beans are a bit too tempting for little ones! ;)

Here is a link to some of the stuff we were doing last year, which we'll be doing again:
Lent: Our Journey with Jesus to Easter

Want to teach your little one's about the Catholic faith the Montessori way? Check out Elizabeth Papandrea's Catholic Montessori album!


  1. Truly beautiful idea!

    Thanks for sharing!


  2. Thanks! The children have been doing so much around here since we started it. I tell them they're going to put me out of a job! :)

  3. I love this idea and never really gave much thought as to how I would celebrate Lent with Logan. As a kid we usually just gave something up like bubblegum for the 5 weeks and that's about it. Not too much of a sacrifice and not very meaningful. Thank-You for making me think about this.

  4. I know what you mean about Lent growing up Jodi! By the grace of God, I have gotten so many wonderful ideas to implement with my family by sweet mother's like you too!


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