I've written quite a bit about Mary this year, (like here and here and here).
Fulton Sheen loved Mary. He dedicated every one of his 66 books to her, spoke often of her, and taught others to know her.
Was he making a "mountain out of a mole hill"? Practicing idolatry? Losing sight of Christ in focusing on His Mother? No. He was loving the Woman that Christ loved, learning from her example, and following Christ more closely because of it.
As he said:
"God, Who made the sun, also made the moon. The moon does not take away from the brilliance of the sun. All its light is reflected from the sun. The Blessed Mother reflects her Divine Son; without Him, she is nothing. With Him, she is the Mother of Men."
(Coincidentally, as we started taking about Mary, we were in the light section of our Science book, which talks about how every object that we can see either produces its own light or reflects from another sources. Wove those two lessons together and had a ready-made journal topic!)
After these "fact activities," the kids were ready to talk about devotion to Mary and how she is a powerful intercessor for us. Check back tomorrow for their favorite part of this project so far!