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The Religion Teacher Turns Six (and a Birthday Giveaway)

March 12th marked the sixth birthday of The Religion Teacher. It is hard to believe it has been that long and it's incredible to think about how far we've come. I remember sitting in the living room of a rented home in South Bend, Indiana six years ago ready to hit the publish button on the first blogpost of The Religion Teacher. Back then I didn't really know what a blog was. I knew people had them and marketing podcasts I listened to said … [Continue Reading]

Church Lesson Plan

What is the Church? Lesson Plan

One of my favorite lessons to teach students of all ages is the distinction between a church as a building and the Church as a people. We use the word "church" in so many different ways, but it is so important that our young people know that the real meaning of the Church refers to the People of God not just a place we go or a thing we do on Sundays. I thought you might like to see a recent lesson plan I used to teach about the meaning of the … [Continue Reading]

Our Father Activity

Our Father Activity: Pray It and Have Fun Too

I spent a couple of days in prayer at a monastery not long ago and when I got back and told my students about the experience and the life of a monk, they're response was a little disheartening. "How boring!" one student exclaimed. "ALL day long? They just pray all day long?" asked another student with a confused look on her face. Let's admit it. Prayer can be boring and if we're not careful, our students will only think of prayer as a boring … [Continue Reading]

Transfiguration Activities & Worksheets

Transfiguration Activities & Worksheets

Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Mark 9:2-3 At a turning point in the Gospels, Jesus was transfigured along with Moses and Elijah. The disciples Peter, James, and John witnessed this amazing event and recognized, maybe for the first time, who Jesus … [Continue Reading]

Teaching with the Joy of the Gospel

Teaching with the Joy of the Gospel

Some teachers and catechists walk around with so much joy. You know the people I'm talking about, right? They're always smiling. They're good listeners and they always put a positive spin on things. They never complain. They get excited when they talk about their lesson plans or activities. They're humble. They want to know about what you're doing and how they can use your ideas in class. Occasionally, you see them overwhelmed, but they're … [Continue Reading]

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The Religion Teacher Turns Six (and a Birthday Giveaway)

March 12th marked the sixth birthday of The Religion Teacher. It is hard to believe it has been that long and it's incredible to think about how far we've … [Continue Reading]

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trt-sixth-birthday

The Religion Teacher Turns Six (and a Birthday Giveaway)

March 12th marked the sixth birthday of The Religion Teacher. It is hard to believe it has been that long and it's incredible to think about how far we've come. I remember sitting in the living room of a … [Continue Reading]

Transfiguration Activities & Worksheets

Transfiguration Activities & Worksheets

Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth … [Continue Reading]

Beatitude Activity Ideas

Beatitudes Activities: 11 Teaching Ideas for Religious Educators

One of the most commonly requested topics from teachers, catechists, and fans of The Religion Teacher has been the Beatitudes. I cannot believe this is the first time I've ever written or created something … [Continue Reading]

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The Religion Teacher: Membership Benefits

It has been awhile since I shared an update on The Religion Teacher membership website. Since it opened in March, dozens of new resources and teaching ideas have been posted for premium members for the hundreds … [Continue Reading]

Sacraments Matching Game

Sacraments Activity: Matching/Memory Game

Kids love playing games. As a catechist, I love seeing kids learn about their faith. When you find an activity that kids love while they learn, you've hit a sweet spot. The sacraments matching game did that for … [Continue Reading]

Church Lesson Plan

What is the Church? Lesson Plan

One of my favorite lessons to teach students of all ages is the distinction between a church as a building and the Church as a people. We use the word "church" in so many different ways, but it is so important … [Continue Reading]

Catholic Ice Breaker Games

Fun Catholic Ice Breaker Games

It is the beginning a new year and for many of us that means . . . fun Catholic ice breakers! I know, I know, ice breakers aren't always the most exciting things to do, but they are effective. You want to … [Continue Reading]