Monthly Archives: January 2014

Mary, Mother of God or wait a minute I wasn’t brought up catholic what does this mean?

I grew up Methodist…there it is I said it Now the bible is something the Methodists are really great at as a kid we learned all the parables of Jesus and all the important and “interesting” stories of the Old … Continue reading

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God as Creator

Simply put God made all things. But that statement alone would be a rather short lesson even for a first grader. God made(let your students supply answers) some things they may say: Sun Earth trees plants animals people After a … Continue reading

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God is Love: We are loved by God

So here goes, The first weeks class of each year of Religious Education starts out (regardless of curriculum in use) explaining to the children that God is Love and We are loved by God and We are called/ chosen to … Continue reading

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Teaching about the Church Year

When teaching children about the church year the following are good leading discussion questions. What is a calendar? What is a year? It helps to have on hand…if you have one.. a yearly calendar(like you might have on your wall … Continue reading

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The 3 R’s of Religious Education, and I’m not talking Reading, Writing and arithmatic

In talking with other Catechists and after spending over 20 years teaching sunday school and religious education type classes I have found at least when teaching my first graders there are three things to always have in the back of … Continue reading

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What is The B-I-B-L-E

One of the most important lessons we teach is What is the Bible? My lesson on the Bible (for 1st graders) would go something like this: First get a copy of a Bible and hold it up to the class. … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Seeds: Make it real

Parables are Great …no really and they are easy to make into Real…Relevant lessons for your class Remember I teach first grade but the following can be taught to classes of any level. If you want your class to remember … Continue reading

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God in his Infinite Wisdom: meets us where we are

In my college studies “the comparative studies of the worlds religions”  I took classes on early Christianity modern Christianity old testament new testament as well as others on both christian denominations and other world religions. What I always found amazing … Continue reading

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What I wish I knew when I started teaching Religious Ed

Whether you are teaching your 1st or  20th year of Religious Education or Sunday School hopefully you’ll take away something from the following list These first two are important -kids are eager to learn    *are you eager to teach? … Continue reading

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The Good Samaritin: A guide for teaching the story

To start I teach first grade but this would be a good framework to elaborate on for teaching any age level. Lets reflect on the 3 R’s of religious ed through the eyes of the parable of “The Good Samaritan” … Continue reading

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