Religious Education Books
For Sacrament Preparation
Over the years we have utilized many homeschooling resources, but the religious education books that we've used for sacrament preparation have pretty much remained constant with all of our children.
1. I have found that one of the best preparations for each of the three school-aged sacraments, Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation, is practical experience.
Of course, you have to start with your first child from scratch, but when you have multiple children who get to watch the older children prepare and then receive the sacrament, it really makes an impression on them. It seems that my younger children are ready at a much younger age for their sacraments because they've lived through it so many times.
Aside from that, there are a few religious education books that we've used over the years to make sure they really have that solid foundation.
2. One small book that I found that has a wealth of information that can be used for all the sacraments is the book "What Catholics Believe".
This great book covers the all the basics of the Catholic faith. This is the main book that I use to prepare them for Reconciliation, I just tailor the information to fit their understanding. It works well because it has easy-to-understand illustrations, too. In addition to this book, we do a lot of practicing and drilling.
In addition to the two points above, for First Holy Communion preparation I add the book The New St. Joseph First Communion Catechism"I like the Q & A format of this book. It seems to work well for us and provides a solid foundation for the reception of the sacrament.
Confirmation prep books are harder to find. We have used a book from Seton called "Confirmation Preparation for Young Catholics" that I was able to pick up one year at a homeschool conference. We've also used "The New St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism" during this time.
Hopefully this has helped you with some ideas for religious education books that you can use for sacrament preparation. If you are interested in any of the books, simply click on the pictures and you can purchase them or find out more information about them.
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