Back on 4/27/10, I received this comment from Michael N.
It seems that Catholic religion textbooks (we use one designed for schools) are painfully bad…to the point of being almost unusable. I think I’d do much better if they just gave me a religious-themed coloring book!
Any websites you recommend for ideas/content (games, songs, prayers, activities, printable sheets, etc.)??
God bless you!
Although I don’t agree with Michael’s assessment of Catholic religion textbooks (what we need is for catechists to get better training for how to effectively use textbooks), I understand and share his desire for more activities. Well, Michael (and anyone who is looking for activities for their classroom), I just may have found the answer to your prayer. It’s a new product called Expand the Experience. (I personally worked on grades 7 & 8!)
Here’s how it is described:
The Expand the Experience box includes 120 cards, each with an age-appropriate themed activity ready to enhance your existing lessons. We provide a chart with clear directions on exactly when to use the activities within your existing faith-formation program. Making your faith lessons fun and meaningful has never been this easy!
- fall under one of six themes—God, Jesus,
The Church, The Sacraments, Morality,
and the Seasons of the Church Year.
- have clear instructions on exactly when to use
with your faith formation program
- include adaptations for two different grade levels
so all children can participate
- engage children in active learning to reinforce
Talk to your catechetical leader about acquiring a box for your grade level!