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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Teaching kids about Anglicanism

I had an email from a nice lady this weekend asking about a curriculum for Anglican homeschoolers, specifically a curriculum to teach about our faith. Well, unfortunately, other than Sunday School curricula (which aren't a bad solution), there really isn't anything like that geared toward home education. However, there are some good books which you could use to create your own curriculum.

Here are some I use:

One of my favorite resources. This is based on the Book of Common Prayer, but set up for family usage. Gives some good guidance for parents and nice prayers for children.

Another great resource by Anne E Kitch. This is a nice activity and coloring book. It covers Sunday Worship, the Church Year, People and Worship, We Worship with Our Senses. You'll want one for each child as these are consumable.

This is a nice picture book with a double-page spread for each season of the Church Year and special celebration days.

By the same author as above (and with the same cute mouse characters), this walks kids through the church service with explanations in simple language for all portions of the service.

This book takes the Rite II Holy Eucharist from the Book of Common Prayer (each style, too - Prayer A, B, C, and D) and pairs it with thorough, but easy to understand explanations. This book goes a little deeper than the one above and is from an Anglican (the previous one is Presbyterian) author. I really like this little book.

Here's a real gem! This book teaches spiritual truths to go along with the Church Year. Each week in the Church Year a new Christian symbol is presented and paired with an object lesson. The lesson also includes a teaching objective, suggested bible texts, verse to learn, children's message, prayer, suggested music, and an activity. At the beginning of each Season, a nice discussion of the season is given including: seasonal colors, themes, explanation of the season. The book also comes with a CD-ROM that has the symbol images for you to print out.

I think you could easily take these books and lay out a curriculum for your kids covering: Creeds and Prayers, Seasons, Christian Symbolism, Basic Doctrine and the Church Service. You might want to add in important Christians (Church Fathers, Saints, etc). Those would be easy to incorporate on their remembrance days.

What books do you use with your kids? What other things would you cover in an Anglican curriculum?

This post is part of the weekly Carnival of Homeschooling currently hosted by Jacque at "Walking Therein". Want to learn more about the carnival? See my sidebar for the link.


Laura said...

this is a terrific resource! Thanks for compiling it!