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The Catechist’s Toolbox: How to Thrive As a Religion Education Teacher – Each year, roughly one-third of the more than five hundred thousand volunteer catechists in Catholic parishes are new to the job; they come with little formal training for their work and are essentially students themselves, quickly needing to learn how to prepare a lesson, lead a discussion, supervise children, apply discipline, and help kids grow in their faith. The Catechist’s Toolbox by Joe Paprocki is an invaluable collection of techniques, tips, methodologies, and advice for all catechists who must learn on the job. Paprocki shares the wisdom he has gleaned in two decades as a catechist, high school teacher, and religious educator. Employing the metaphor of a homeowner’s toolbox, Paprocki explains how a catechist is like a do-it-yourself builder who needs the right collection of tools to do the job; throughout the book, Paprocki explains what the tools are, what they can do, and how to use them skillfully and effectively. The Catechist’s Toolbox will help first-time catechists feel at home in their new role and will empower catechists at all levels of experience to thrive as educators of the faith.
Laura Grace, has taught first grade religious education for over 15 years and writes our lesson plans from St. Nicholas Chapel at the Pax River Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Maryland. Visit Laura at her blog at The Catholic Toolbox. Elyse Wilson lives with her husband and six children on Yongsan Army Garrison in Seoul, Korea. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Theology. Among other things, she enjoys teaching Religious Education classes, studying her Bible, and spending time with her six children (five boys and one girl) and her husband, Col. Russell A. Wilson of the US Air Force. She hopes that her Mass worksheets will help children become more enthusiastic about their faith, and her ultimate goal is to design another worksheet that will keep her husband awake during Mass. Lisa Hendey is the founder and webmaster of CatholicMom.com and loves to color and work puzzles!