"I am looking for
quality video/DVDs for our catechetical classes, K-6. There must be something
better for telling stories of the Saints and teaching the Sacraments. This
generations of kids who know quality aren't interested in the old videos we
have. I would like to find something to hold their attention and spark their
interests in their Catholic faith!"
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We are of the opinion
that the traditional teaching materials are the best. While certain modern
materials may be more "entertaining" or have "better visuals", history shows
that Catholics knew their faith much better with traditional materials (e.g.
Baltimore Catechism, Butler's Lives of the Saints) than they do with far too
much of the modern catechetical materials. I usually find that looking by
publisher seems the best route. If you find a good/reliable publisher, often
they have a variety of suitable materials. You might also contact good,
traditional Catholic homeschooling groups for suggestions. In any event, we
strongly advise sticking with "tried and true" materials that have proven their
value over time. Perhaps even the "old videos" you speak of could be
supplemented with activities or projects that enhance their interest? Or perhaps
some sort of incentive or reward system might increase children's engagement
with the films? Perhaps the children could watch the videos and then act out the
stories themselves (as appropriate)? There are many creative ways one might use
to increase the interest in and expand the educational value of "old" items.
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