Catechetics

The following list appeals especially to Catholics of course, as we are a Catholic school. However, there are a number of resources focusing also on various virtues and healthy lifestyle that may be of interest to those with other perspectives. Buen Camino!

Catechetics and Preparation for the Sacraments

 

Teens and young adults

  • Growing in the Virtues of Jesus offers a spiritual journey of being changed gradually by taking on certain attitudes and habits of Jesus Christ.
  • YouCat––a summary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church written for young people. Also corresponding to paragraph citations in the CCC.
  • Word on Fire is an apostolate created by Bishop Robert Barron, with articles and videos on a range of topics. Geared more towards teen and adult faith formation.
  • Ascension Press offers a range of bible studies for all ages, including the ever-popular Great Adventure Bible Timeline, as well as other focus areas in Scripture and the spiritual life.
  • You: Life, Love and the Theology of the Body is video series produced by Ascension Press, presenting John Paul II’s teachings on human relationships and sexuality to teens.  Hosted by Brian Butler, and Jason and Crystalina Evert.
  • Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations––a great cultural read for adolescents, offering advice for growing up. Written by two brothers when they themselves were 18.
  • The daily readings are available from Evangelizo (also available as a phone app).

 

Bibles and catechetical stories

 

Health and Lifestyle

  • God’s Design for Sex gently discusses the facts of life from a Christian, family-oriented perspective
  • Lessons in Responsibility focuses on various virtues to develop, and includes a version for both boys and girls.
  • The Temperament God Gave Your Kids explores the four temperaments with children in mind –– also useful as a discussion tool with children.
  • The Human Dignity Curriculum, a K-12 program from World Youth Alliance––aiming to promote a healthy and integrated understanding of sexuality for young people. Focusing on character formation and ethics as well as sexual development.
  • Proper Manners and Health Habits––suitable for primary students.
  • The Time-In Toolkit is a fantastic option for developing emotional safety and resilience through calming strategies and play-based education, built around the principles of nonviolent communication. A great resource for children of all ages, from toddlers and up. More info available at genmindful.com.
  • Teaching Love: A Parent’s Guide offers a Christian understanding of sexuality in language that is sensitive and respectful, with appropriate answers to real questions asked by children at specific stages in the developmental process.

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