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Catholic Review of: The Big Book Of Catholic Customs And Traditions For Children's Faith Formation

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Authors:
Anne E Neuberger
Beth Branigan McNamara
Sue Robinson

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This item received 4 stars overall. (08/12/2009)

Orthodoxy: Completely orthodox.
Reading Level: Easy

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Synopsis

Share the faith with your kids in a fun way.

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I recently purchased the Big Book of Catholic Customs and Traditions for Children's Faith Formation to get some fun ideas that I could use for the Kindergarten Religious Ed. Class I'm teaching this Fall, and also to get some ideas to help my own children grow in their faith.
 
The nice thing about this book is that its format makes it easy to use in a classroom setting or at home.  The introduction gives a short list of tips for sharing customs and traditions in a classroom setting.  There is also a list simple things you can easily do to incorporate faith into the everyday life of your students or children.  The first chapter of this book focuses primarily on ways to incorporate faith into everyday life through prayer and various activities and crafts.  The following chapters of the book are organized by month (Lent and Easter have their own chapters for obvious reasons).  Since the book is primarily focused on faith formation in a classroom setting, the book starts with September.  The chapter for each month starts off with an overview for the month.  You'll see the month at a glance, dedication for the month, the liturgical color(s) for the month, and the patron Saints of the month.  I think it's important to note that the intended audience for this book is clearly American.  The book incorporates holidays such as Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, Presidents Day and Independence Day into the activity ideas.   
 
Within the chapter for each month there are many craft ideas that can be adapted for preschoolers up to elementary school aged children.  Many of the projects are simple and will require simple materials that families with small children are likely to have on hand (construction paper, crayons, glue, pipe cleaners, etc.).  There are some projects that will require a trip to a local craft store, but the majority of the crafts will use things you probably already have on hand.  My only criticism of this book lies with the description of the crafts.  A materials list would be very helpful.  Instead, one has to carefully read the craft description to discern what items are needed to do the project.
 
Overall, I think this book is a great resource for integrating Catholic customs and traditions into the lives of young children in a way that is fun and engaging.
 
 

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