Catholic Review of: The Big Book Of Catholic Customs And Traditions For Children's Faith Formation
Beth Branigan McNamara
Anne E Neuberger
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Must Have for Religious Education teachers!
The Big Book of Catholic Customs and Traditions
is a huge book jam-packed with information about Catholicism. Children of all ages can benefit from the activities that are featured inside this book. The book is divided by month and each month has a listing of information such as feast days and holy days during that month. The activities in each chapter pertain to that month so that catechists only have to open the book to the appropriate month and have all the information needed at their fingertips. The organization of this book is much better than any faith formation book that I have read thus far. The book is easy to read and adhers to Catholic teachings.
My favorite part of this book is in the beginning where it offers suggestions for setting up the classroom. I have a small religious education classroom but I think the idea of a monthy alter is great. I would love to find a way to incorporate this into my classroom. Throughout the book, there are great ideas for celebrating feast days and there are craft activities as well as interactive activities in each chapter.
My only qualm with this book is that when a book is boasting a title of "Catholic Customs and Traditions", one would expect the book to be full of references to the Catechism, Bible, Catholic Documents, etc. or at least have some interesting background information about the customs and traditions of the church. Although there are a few catechism references, I feel that this book would be much better had there been more. The activities are fun and somewhat unique and overall I would consider this a great back-up book for teaching religious education when you are stuck for something to do but would not suggest it as the only means of catechising Catholic children. I am giving this book four stars because there are not many books that offer the organized material that is presented in this book but didn't give five stars because of the lack of references to the catechism/Bible/Catholic documents.
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