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
- Image of God is a pre-K – Grade 8 catechetical series that explores aspects of the faith, emphasizing elements of Scripture and Vatican II, and the teachings of John Paul II.
- Catholic Mosaic: Living the Liturgical Year––a story/discussion approach to the liturgical year (similar in style to Five in a Row or Come Sit By Me)
- Kevin Vost, Memorize the Faith is a catechetical approach that develops students’ memory while learning about different aspects of the faith.
- Faith & Life is a catechetical series from Ignatius Press, with different areas of focus for each grade.
- Though not strictly a homeschooling resource, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd does provide excellent guidance for catechists, also based on the methods of Maria Montessori.
- Maria Montessori’s The Mass Explained to Children offers a beautiful and developmentally appropriate explanation of the Holy Mass, especially in its extraordinary form.
- The Faith Explained is a handbook for family catechism, highly recommended.
- The Baltimore Catechism (also available online at Catholicity)
- The Baltimore Catechism flashcards, available from quizlet.com, can also be used to review specific concepts.
- Preparing to Receive Jesus: Hands-On Religious Resources, especially useful for sacramental preparation.
- Guidebook for Confession (for Children) offers an illustrated introduction to confession.
- At Home with the Sacraments offers a variety of resources for catechetics and sacramental preparation.
- There is also a free curriculum on the virtues, put together by a group of Dominican Sisters in Nashville.
- For students with modified needs,Loyola Press offers colourful and effective resources for adaptive sacramental preparation, including First Eucharist, Reconciliation and Confirmation, as well as resources for prayer.
Teens and young adults
- 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
- Barnes and Noble offers a good selection of children’s bibles for comparison.
- Susan Brindle writes a series of stories introducing children to the mysteries of the sacrament. Written in both Spanish and English, so could also be used for students learning Spanish. There is also a story explaining all seven sacraments: The Little Butterfly Who Loved Jesus.
- Jesus Speaks to Me About the Mass is written in the voice of Jesus, explaining the mass for children.
- Devotional Stories for Little Folks, from Catholic Heritage Curricula, offers early readers opportunities to read inspirational stories of faith.
- Caryll Houslander, Catholic Tales for Boys & Girls
- Daniel Lord, Heroes of God: Saints for Boys
- Marigold Hunt, particularly The Life Of Our Lord For Children and The First Christians: The Acts of the Apostles
- Olivia and the Little Way is a modern story of a girl trying to imitate St. Therese and her Little Way in a 21st century context.
- The Inos Biffi books are also great, discussing a variety of catechetical topics.
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