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The Religion Teacher membership website is finally available! It has been more than a year-long process to get these resources up and available for you to use in class and for you to use for personal growth. I'm excited, today, to open things up for everyone to see. Check out The Religion Teacher Membership website! I've been working on building this membership website for over a year now. There is such an incredible need for quality, … [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 of the Eucharist and to help them understand the meaning of transubstantiation (without actually introducing the word) as kids. I. Where the Students Are Now Do you know what your students know or feel about the lesson you are about … [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]

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 what to do during the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I wanted to come up with a a fun First Reconciliation activity that would really get them prepared. So, to prepare for Penace . . . we practiced! I simplified the Sacrament of … [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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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. … [Continue Reading]

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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]

Liturgy of the Word Lesson Plan Hook

The Liturgy of the Word Lesson Plan

I realized as I was teaching one of the final lessons of the year this week that I don't share what I actually do in class often enough. I make a lot of suggestions based on what works for me, but it has been … [Continue Reading]

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Become a Member of The Religion Teacher

The Religion Teacher membership website is finally available! It has been more than a year-long process to get these resources up and available for you to use in class and for you to use for personal growth. … [Continue Reading]

Change How They Feel

If You Can’t Change What They Think, Change What They Feel

When I was a high school theology teacher, there were two incredibly intelligent students that, I have to admit, were a challenge to teach. Ben and Jerry (not their real names) were smarter than me and they … [Continue Reading]

Catholic Confirmation Activities

Catholic Confirmation Activities that Excite and Engage

This list of Catholic Confirmation activities will help you get your students excited and engaged in the sacramental preparation process. The Sacrament of Confirmation is a critical sacrament in the life of … [Continue Reading]