Tools to Assist Parents in Family Catechesis: Interactive Session Reviews

Christ Our Life Family Catechesis computer components

As we talk more and more about family catechesis, it is important to assure parents that we are equipping them with tools they can use to help them form their children in faith. Most parents are not professional teachers and can be intimidated by the prospect of teaching their children the faith. To help them teach effectively, we need to provide them with user-friendly tools that can help them engage their children in their faith-formation experience.

One such tool that I find extremely effective for parents to use when teaching their children at home is the Interactive Session Reviews that are available for both the Finding God and Christ Our Life programs. Here’s what I can tell you about these great, free resources:

These Interactive Session Reviews help children to learn the content of their faith and provide parents with an opportunity to sit along with their children and oversee their development. They provide parents with a tool to be involved in their child’s faith formation and to identify key concepts that Catholics should know in order to articulate their faith in Jesus and his Church.

Finally, at the very end of each assessment, you have the opportunity to input the e-mail address of someone you would like to (godparent, sponsor, etc.) or are required to (Director of Religious Education) share the results with.

As always, for more information about either the Finding God or Christ Our Life Family Catechesis programs, contact your Loyola Press Educational Consultant.

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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.

1 Comment on Tools to Assist Parents in Family Catechesis: Interactive Session Reviews

  1. Hi Joe! We have been doing the Session Reviews from Loyola Press and the Chapter Reviews from RCL/Benziger for several years now. What I have found is that it is too easy for a parent to tell their child to sit at the computer and do it, without sitting with them. This year, I purchased the Assesssment books from RCL/Benziger and am printing out the Unit Tests. These provide a little more opportunity for discussion because they have to answer, not only the questions from the lesson they as parents taught, but they have to answer the questions from the lessons that were taught in class. Some of the questions are short essay type questions that really require discussion. Since many of my parents are reluctant to discuss their faith in a small group around a table, even with parents who have children the same ages, my hope is that I will be able to “break the silence” by getting them used to talking about their faith at home. Also, hopefully, parent and child will learn together.

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