Inviting and Engaging Parents
If we want parents to engage in Religious Education, we need to make connections and build relationships. It takes time, but it’s not difficult. Here are six suggestions:
Get to know them. Learn names and use them, make eye contact and smile.
Invite them into the classroom. Ask them to read a Bible story to the class, help with an easy craft or join you in praying a Rosary or Chaplet. If they don’t come at first, keep asking.
Make a connection. Tell them what you’re teaching and tell them how their child is responding. Make it interesting to them and keep it positive. Send notes home, send emails home, have face-to-face conversations, have phone conversations.
Instruct them through their children. Give students talking points to take home to their parents and siblings. Follow up each week at the beginning of class.
Ask them to pray for you. Ask them if you can pray for them. What are their prayer intentions? You learn a lot about people and what’s going on in their lives with this question.
Listen. Listen to their feedback, questions and suggestions. Respond using their language. Many parents are not familiar with the religious language and terms that we use. Share the faith with them but be careful not to make them feel judged or inferior in any way.
We have wonderful and amazing Catechists in our diocese that are very creative and dedicated. We rely strongly on our Cateshists to help each other and to offer resources, ideas and direction.
Examination of Conscience - for teenagers
Lapbooks For Catholics
A lapbook is a tool used to showcase and consolidate material studied and learned on a given topic. A lapbook is created from a file folder, refolded to create a book which can be held in the lap. Many different mini-books and other special projects are then stored and displayed in the lapbook. Lapbooks can be used for science, social studies, phonics, religion and so much more. The possibilities are endless.
Faith Folders for Catholics
A Faith Folder is our version of a Lapbook. Our Faith Folders are Catholic based and are used to teach and spread the Catholic Faith. They are sold in a variety of formats: digital, cd-rom and kits.
"Lindy Meyer is a busy mother and active parishioner at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Concordia. She has developed a very practical tool which parents and catechists will find helpful as a supplement to their catechetical programs. I am grateful for her initiative in designing these Faith Folders for Catholics." Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City
Parents are the first and best teachers of their children. They are the first examples of God in the child’s world. Inside, please find some tried and true ways to make every day events into teachable moments for your child to see the love of God. By trying these ideas you will see that it is easy to model faithfulness for your child.
These single fold brochures can be downloaded by going to www.pastoralplanning.com which is 23rd Publications. For a nominal fee, you will be able to immediately download any of the 11 color brochures or all 11 at a discounted price and begin using them with your families! To see any/all of the complete brochures, click on the image to the left.