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In this post, I am sharing our favorite catechism resources and religion books that we are using as part of our Catholic homeschool.
Catholic Catechism Books
In a post at the beginning of this school year, I shared which school books we were using to build up our curriculum. And I’ve been asked from readers about our favorite catechism resources more in depth.
You can find the post about our 2022/2023 curriculum sources here.
We are using The CMEC for the majority of our curriculum plans. FYI -This is not an open and go curriculum. And it takes a lot of prep and pre-reading on the part of the mother-teacher.
That being said, it has been such an incredible and invaluable resource. We absolutely love using the CMEC!
I’ve learned so much about Charlotte Mason’s methods & principles of education. But, I also don’t follow every single book recommendation.
For starters, Charlotte Mason was not a Catholic. So, I will not be using some of the recommendations for religion such as the Paterson Smyth bible commentaries.
We also don’t use all of the recommended history books either. These are generally written by Protestants and lean heavily towards favorability of the Reformation (aka Revolution). Another conversation for another day.
Anyway, I’ll share what we are using for the new school year in a future post. For now, I’ll share our favorite Catechism books.
We are really enjoying the format of this catechism series and we’ve had a lot of great discussions as a family.
Bible Study Lessons
We are reading selections from our Douay-Rheims Bible for the majority of these lessons. But I also have a vintage print New Testament from 1941 that is excellent (pictured below). This one is from the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine.
We also use these bible commentaries for helping with structuring lessons and discussions:
I wrote about how we do a bible study lesson according to Charlotte Mason’s method of lesson in this Holy Week Bible Study blog post.
In addition to these readings, we are using these bible atlas books for additional background information.
We have also used this Child’s Bible History by F.J. Knecht periodically. It’s filled with short lessons which makes it great for little ones.
And we are loving this Read Aloud Book of Bible Stories for an additional read aloud time block in our week.
Charlotte Mason recommended special Sunday readings to help encourage building a family culture around Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.
And I believe this is a great help in not only family culture, but also in aiding our children in Sanctifying Sundays.
Other Sunday reading books as recommended by Charlotte Mason includes:
- liturgical living books, focused on the church year, spiritual reading, truths of our faith/catechism, bible readings
- stories of saints, martyrs, and missionaries
- folk tales
- cultural stories
- inspirational books & tales
We have this excellent catechism for family discussion on Sundays, The Catechism in Pictures.
The pictures are absolutely beautiful and makes for a great picture/art study as a family alongside our catechism lesson.
I highly recommend this book!
Catholic Inspired Poetry
We love regular, daily poetry reading. For the most part, we’ve been reading through The Harp and Laurel Wreath and The Child on His Knees.
We’ve also recently discovered these Catholic poetry books from Tan.
A great supplemental addition to regular readings of the Lives of the Saints are including their biographies to the children.
We love the Mary Fabyan Windeatt books for young children. I have vivid memories of reading these as a child!
For supplementation that pairs really well with our catechism lessons, we are enjoying Angel Food for Boys and Girls. These have fun stories and great morals.
In addition, we are using this St Jerome School Songbook for learning new Catholic hymns.
We are not currently using these Mother Mary Loyola books (pictured below) this year, but have in previous years. And we will use them again in the future!
They’re great for instruction in Holy Communion preparation. We found these books at St Augustine Academy Press.
Where would you like to start?