Check out my Catechist’s bookshelf list at Tiber River for ongoing reviews of books and other media I recommend for catechists.
General online resources for Catholic education:
- Biblical Art on the WWW – searchable by topic, person, etc. Really cool set of images and links to images elsewhere
- BibleGateway.com – search engine for the Bible
- CatholicMom.com - a great site all-around, with a wealth of resources in the Education section
- Catholic Education Resource Center
- Chastity.com (Jason and Chrystalina Evert)
- Digital Catechesis, a forum for those interested in using technology in religious education
- Mark Hart (The Bible Geek)
- The New American Bible (USCCB.org) – digital version of the NAB
I am very indebted to Nick Senger of Catholic School Chronicle for assembling a comprehensive list of blogs by Catholic educators. Please visit his original list of Catholic religious educators to discover a whole network of people who focus on religious education. I am working through Nick’s list myself, so I have excerpted the blogs I’m personally familiar with.
- BarbinNebraska – Barb Gilman, teacher and pioneer in social media for Catholic educators. You should also check out BarbinNebraska’s Twitter list of Catholic educators
- Catholic Faith Education – Gilles Côté, catechist and former Catholic school teacher
- Catholic Teacher Musings – Laura, a middle school teacher
- One Catholic Life – Nick Senger, teacher and vice principal at All Saints Catholic School in Spokane, WA
- The Ordinary Catholic – Matthew Hebert, Catholic school teacher
- Catechetical Foundations – Mark Postma, Michael Tober and Adam Janke
- Catechist Corner – Carlos Torres, catechist
- Catechist’s Journey – Joe Paprocki, catechist and National Consultant for Faith Formation for Loyola Press
- Catechesis in the Third Millenium – William O’Leary, Director of
- Catholic Icing – lovely, creative, non-corny crafts to do with your kids at home or as the “icing on the cake” as part of faith formation
- Catholic Toolbox – the blogger, “Amazing Grace,” also posts at CatholicMom.com – many craft activities and detailed lesson plans
- Engaging Faith – catechetical tips from Ave Maria Press featuring contributions from Mike Amodel, Karey Welde, Bob Hamma, Jared Dees, and Nancy Clemmons, SNJM
- Felice mi fa - Margaret Felice is a self-described “Religion teacher by day, opera singer by night.” Read her for reflection on culture and catechesis, and music, of course
- Jonathan F. Sullivan – Director of Catechetical Ministries for the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, co-chair of the Technology Committee for the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership
- Liturgy and Catechesis Shall Kiss – Joyce Donahue, catechetical
associate, Diocese of Joliet, IL
- Marc Cardaronella – Director of Religious Education in Champaign, IL
- The Religion Teacher – Jared Dees, Adolescent Catechetical Specialist at Ave Maria Press
- Riparians at the Gate – Jennifer Fitz, fifth grade catechist and homeschooling mom
- Smaller Manhattans – Christian LeBlanc, fourth grade catechist from South Carolina.
- Teaching Catholic – new blog by Kassandra Combs, who has taught various sacrament preparation classes
- Team Catholic – Allison Griswold, funny and enthusiastic youth minister
- Too Bad It’s Raining - Margmor, a career youth ministry coordinator now doing adult faith formation
- Catholic Youth Ministry Blog – D. Scott Miller
Music Education and Choir
- American Federation of Pueri Cantores – the Student Choral Organization of the Catholic Church
- Lee Gwozdz’ Toys That Teach curricular DVD.
- Kenneth Phillips’ Teaching Kids to Sing- not online, but it’s my go-to source for educating myself further about all aspects of working with children’s voices.
- Noel Jones of Basic Chant has several great books available, some as free downloads. I have seen a preview copy of the Gregorian Chant Coloring Book that he’ll be publishing in early 2011, and I think it’s really clever.
- Musica Sacra forum, which has a whole section on music education for children.
- Michiko Yurko’s Music Mind Games – great materials for teaching concepts like reading music, understanding solfege (do-re-mi), and especially teaching rhythm.