Need Ideas for Teaching Church School

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Registered: 09-15-2003
Need Ideas for Teaching Church School
Fri, 10-17-2003 - 9:33am
Good Morning Everyone,

I signed up to teach in our parish's family faith program once a month. I will be teaching 12 and 13 year olds. I am a former teacher, currently SAHM. I have lots of teaching experience but little experience with religion. I am feeling uncertain and inadequate but I know I was called to do this for a reason.

Can anyone recommend a book that would help me pull things out of thereadings, to teach to the students?

Next Wednesday we are doing the readings of 10/5 which discuss divorce. YIKES.

Thank you.


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Fri, 10-17-2003 - 6:03pm
"One Hundred Fifty Fun Facts Found in the Bible" I will recommend to try.

The one I use, "Fun Facts about the Bible You Never Knew" may not be ALL

appropriate for your needs, since I haven't checked every facet out.

Best of LUCK on your search!

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Sat, 10-18-2003 - 8:34am
Good Morning and Welcome.



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Sun, 10-19-2003 - 2:42pm
Michelle, this may not be of help for your very next class but here's a link for a series of religious education books that are Lectionary based from Saint Mary's Press.

I have the Advent/Christmas/Lent/Easter one. Author is Lisa Marie Calderone-Stewart. There are other separate books for Ordinary time for either of Cycle A,B or C. For each Sunday they give the Scripture references, state the Theme, give a "Focusing Object" followed by separate Reflections for Adults, Teenagers and Children. Each ends with a Closing Prayer. Example from my book for this year's First Sunday of Advent....Theme is David's family tree (with an explanation); Focusing Object: A branch from a tree or bush. Reflections for Teenagers "Have you ever tried to draw your family tree? How many uncles/aunts do you have? How many grandparents do you remember knowing? Are any of them still living? If so, what are they like? Do you have older relatives that you really admire? What country or countries are your relatives from? Luke and Matthew want us to know that Jesus was born in King David's family. How would you feel if you found out that one of your ancestors was king or queen? What do you think your children and grandchildren will be like? Where do you think they might live? What country do you hope they will live in? What do you hope for all people living in the world by the time your children or grandchildren are grown? The Closing Prayer: Almighty Creator, We thank you for leafy trees that give us lemons and bananas and cinnamon and walnuts and maple syrup. We thank you for elms and oaks and pines and palms and bamboo. And we thank you for family trees that give us parents and grandparents and uncles and aunts and cousins. We thank you for stepbrothers and half sisters and godparents and foster parents and adopted parents. Amen. (We're starting Cycle C on November 30th the first Sunday of Advent).