I Need Your Input

For my next lesson, I plan to show my class some kid-friendly, Catholic Web sites where they can learn about the Catholic faith. I’m looking for Web sites that are appropriate for intermediate grade kids (grades 4-6), are interactive, and invite kids to learn about and practice the Catholic faith. I have a few in mind already, but I’d like to know what sites you know of and would recommend. I look forward to your input.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

12 Comments on I Need Your Input

  1. Joe
    Just curious…How to you intend to use these websites? I know that in many of the homes of my 4th grade students age using the internet is simply forbidden by their parents.
    Are these suggestions you intend to give to parents or students directly or will you be using them in the classroom ?
    Does your parish’s program have a policy about these issues? If yes what is it?
    Peace,
    Maura

    • Maura, good point. Our parish does not have a policy about these issues that I am aware of. I intend to make a handout that kids can take home to their parents, indicating that these are trustworthy Catholic Internet sites and to encourage them to visit them with their children. Of course I plan to run this by my DRE first to make sure that I’m not opening up a can of worms.

  2. You’ve probably already found this one, but I love the Holy Childhood Association’s website: http://www.hcakids.org

    It is very interactive. I really like their “games” The Bread of Life — where kids learn about the Eucharist and about breads from around the world — and What Happens To My Dollar — where they learn how their contributions help other kids.

  3. My grandkids go to EWTNKids all the time. My grandson is 4 and he enjoys it. It has a good age range, at least up to Confirmation age where the quizzes are concerned.

    I give my class (5th – 7th grade) a card with the websites on them (Jclub is another one as state above). They take them home and the parents can see that they are recommended. My prayer is that the parents go on the site with them and maybe learn a thing or two themselves. 🙂

  4. I do not teach CCD as such but a Rel. Enrichment class once a week to all grades in a Cath.School. I find even the older kids enjoy the games and puzzles on ewtnkids.
    I used to use these for the last 5 or 10 min. of a class but unfortunately, our projector
    broke and the school can’t afford to get a new one. They are great for a day the kids
    are restless or as a reward. I would often begin class with the 3 minute retreat for Gr.5 and up. (Loyola Press). Thanks for this question as I will get some new ideas from other
    catechists.

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