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"I am looking for quality video/DVDs for our catechetical classes, K-6. There must be something better for telling stories of the Saints and teaching the Sacraments. This generations of kids who know quality aren't interested in the old videos we have. I would like to find something to hold their attention and spark their interests in their Catholic faith!"

 

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We are of the opinion that the traditional teaching materials are the best. While certain modern materials may be more "entertaining" or have "better visuals", history shows that Catholics knew their faith much better with traditional materials (e.g. Baltimore Catechism, Butler's Lives of the Saints) than they do with far too much of the modern catechetical materials. I usually find that looking by publisher seems the best route. If you find a good/reliable publisher, often they have a variety of suitable materials. You might also contact good, traditional Catholic homeschooling groups for suggestions. In any event, we strongly advise sticking with "tried and true" materials that have proven their value over time. Perhaps even the "old videos" you speak of could be supplemented with activities or projects that enhance their interest? Or perhaps some sort of incentive or reward system might increase children's engagement with the films? Perhaps the children could watch the videos and then act out the stories themselves (as appropriate)? There are many creative ways one might use to increase the interest in and expand the educational value of "old" items.


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