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]

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]

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 our class this year and I'm looking forward to being able to use the game again throughout the year. Once the game is created, it can be used again as an activity for centers or as an activity that students who finish assignments early can … [Continue Reading]

Why join The Religion Teacher?

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 of people who have registered so far. Here are a few reasons why I think you will love the member resources and what you can find there right now. Why You Should Join The Religion Teacher I get emails every single day from catechists … [Continue Reading]

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Why join The Religion Teacher?

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 … [Continue Reading]

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Why join The Religion Teacher?

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]

First Reconciliation Activity: Examination of Conscience Box

Practicing Penance: A First Reconciliation Activity

One of my biggest goals this year for my second grade students was to encourage them to feel comfortable going to confession and communion for the first time. Even seasoned veterans have a hard time remembering … [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 … [Continue Reading]

Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Liturgy of the Eucharist Lesson Plan

This is part 2 of a lesson I recently shared: The Liturgy of the Word Lesson Plan. In this short lesson, I wanted to introduce my second grade students to the importance of the words we pray during the Liturgy … [Continue Reading]