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February 5, 2009

Catholic Social Teachings

The beauty of homeschooling allows me to give my children an affordable Catholic-Christian Education. I was looking up movie reviews and trying to find info about a movie and book that I saw and read in about 6th-7th grade. (Where The Red Fern Grows)

It was in the course of looking for this info that I STUMBLED upon resources that are available for FREE on the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) web-site. This stumble was so great that I thought I had to share it here. USCCB offers resources and lesson plans on their web-site for educators to aid them in teaching Catholic Social Teachings to children (and adults).

The resources include a list of books that can be read to children. This list also explains what subjects those books teach. What's so cool is that many of the books can be found at any good size public library and/or library system. So I'm really excited about this!! Many of the books on the list (for my kids age range) I have already have check out and read to my kids. I just didn't think about how these books could be teaching my kids Catholic-Socialism.

It was an WOW moment for me. Many of the books I will be re-reading to the kids. There will be others that I will be seeking out now. This is truly a hidden gem for me! I have browsed the USCCB site many times before, I just didn't know that all of these Educator's Resources were there until tonight.

I'm hoping that my US Catholic-Christians readers knew this Educator's Resource was available at our bishops' web-site. If not that's okay; you know it now!!! (Please share this with others homeschoolers, especially Catholic homeschoolers. Our bishops' have this on their website for our use, so I think we should take advantage of it.)


  1. Thanks ~ can't wait to check it out.

    Where the Red Fern Grows is one of our FAVORITE books...I assign it to each child as they reach the appropriate age...the movies are GREAT as well; both the original AND the new one with Dave Matthews...VERY well done1

  2. Just a note of caution...I noticed that one of the books on the site (for 6-8 grade) is "The Education of Little Tree"...while this is a FANTASTIC book...it DOES have some parts that are VERY derogatory toward the Catholic Church...a parent should read it first and be prepared to explain these chapters to their kids...it IS a good book...but a caution is warranted as far as this part goes.

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  4. hmm...that's interesting Judy and I thank you for your comments. This is from the USCCB website, so I wonder why they (our bishops') would suggest such a book "The education of little tree". hmmm...very interesting.

    Mine are younger 1st-2nd grade and from what I can see their is no questions about the books in that age range. :)


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