Over the course of attempting to homeschool this year, I got rid of my kids Catholic Catechism program. It just wasn’t working for us, but I was wanting something to replace it. I recently had the opportunity to take a peek at one of Arma Dei‘s Cathletics Craft Kits. Arma Dei offers Catholic craft kits, books and quizzing cards to teach and celebrate the Catholic Faith.
Journey With Jesus Through the Sacraments is a printable craft kit that runs some 30 pages and is in black and white so that it can be colored by the kids and not eat all your ink! It goes through all seven sacraments as well as corresponding areas — for instance, after Reconciliation/Confession comes pages about the 10 commandments and sin.
It ends up being about 20 scrapbook pages if you choose to do it that way, though there are directions to make a fun accordion-style book, if you are crafty like that. I am not :).
I love that this printable craft kit has no fluffy or unsound information. It quotes heavily from the bible, traditional prayers and the Catechism. There is clip art and areas for an (older) child to fill in answers to questions and make it really personal. Since my children are 4-1/2 & 1-1/2, I chose to leave the questions blank or fill it in for them since the lines are very tiny.
As I mentioned above, I put ours together like a scrapbook. I was hoping that my younger, who is known as the home-wrecker, wouldn’t be able to destroy it in the plastic page protectors. It cost about $5 to buy a 8-1/2″ x 12″ album with a 1/2 off coupon at JoAnn’s and I used leftover scrapbook paper from another project. We have read and discussed the pages in the car on the way to the “far away church” and they have loved flipping through it.
It’s been a great source of information to me as well, since I feel like I’m learning for the first time, too! For $14.00 you get the whole PDF with a license good for one classroom for one term OR an entire homeschooling family. When she gets a little bigger, I will definitely be adding the ‘Color Me Catholic’ Mass Set to our collection. The graphics are great quality and not cheesy!
Check out Equipping Catholic Families for family and Faith activities and traditions, free printables and Catholic Link-Ups and the Arma Dei Shoppe for teaching tools and gifts.
What Catholic Resources do you use in your homeschool?
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review.