There are a lot of methods for teaching religious education to your children during the grade school years and I've tried quite a few of them. There are workbooks, unit studies, textbooks and practical experience, to name a few. The format I've found that works best with my kids is to learn their faith by actively participating in it on a daily basis. What does that mean? To us it means:
In other words, we immerse ourselves in our faith. There are many solemn events we attend, but we also make sure that there are fun religious events, too.
Of course, there is a need for formal learning, and
we've tried a variety of books out there. I'm including some of our very favorites, but as you know, there are a ton of resources out there to choose from so ask around and see what your kids like. That is how they will learn the best and have it stick with them.
These Vision books are fabulous for imparting knowledge to your kids in a very engaging way. We have a collection of these books that my kids love to read and this is the series that I am basing my Catholic Unit Studies on. If your kids like to learn about the lives of the Saints and our Catholic faith, these books are a great way to do that.
If you're looking for a series of books that you can use throughout all of the grade school years, then either of the Faith and Life or the Image of God series are a good choice. We've tried both and we liked both of them.
Faith and Life has beautiful Catholic artwork woven throughout all of the books, as well as solid information. Image of God is also very solid, but is more of a workbook format.
I have both Book One and Book Two of the "New St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism" and I utilize them at various times throughout the homeschooling years. You can't go wrong with these books because they are chock full of great information on our faith.
They are written in a question and answer format and are broken down into sections, which makes it easy to jump into a section at a time based on what topic you are studying. Even if you don't use these books consistently, they are great to have on hand as resources.
One of my personal favorites is the book "Treasure & Tradition: The Ultimate Guide to the Latin Mass" by Lisa Bergman. This book is outstanding. Even if you don't go to the Traditional Latin Mass, you can learn a ton of history and information about the Mass in general. I learned some amazing things by going through this book! I also was fortunate enough to do some photography work for the book. You have to get this book directly from Lisa (and this isn't an affiliate link, either!). I really think this book should be in every Catholic home.
Another great book I found is called "A Year With God: Celebrating the Liturgical Year". This is a fun book to have on hand to use when you want to bring the different seasons of the liturgical year to life.
As you can see, there are many different ways of teaching religious education to your children. When making your decision on which path to follow, take into consideration the way that your children learn best. I would also encourage you to choose a variety of ways for your children to learn their faith.
Remember, though, that living it is one of the best ways to cement that faith in place!