After reviewing the options for sessions in the topic of Formation Programs/Theology, I found myself already thinking of new ways to bring the Catholic faith into my classroom. I know I already do some of these ideas for my religion classes, but I want to know even more about how to do it! That’s the best part of this upcoming conference, you can always learn more!
Celebrating the Liturgical Year in Your Classroom: Sing a Song of Seasons is a tremendous topic that needs to be discussed. We are a faith that has a focus on Christ and we need to celebrate His sacrifice at Mass. While we go to Mass, it is also imperative that we understand the Mass and the Liturgical Year. Bringing the Liturgical Year into the classroom will bring a greater understanding of Mass to not only our students, but of our faith community.
Learning Through Song! An Engaging Way to Teach Catholic Prayer to Children is a session that I know I am excited about! I’m a big fan of music and I use music quite often to teach all of my subjects. When it comes to music, you can hear it coming from my classroom a lot! Connecting music with prayer is an easy mix and a great way to connect the faith to our students. Traditional prayer can be overwhelming to some students, but it is our responsibility to connect our faith to our students. Music just might be the connection that students need.
Journaling is also another great way for students to pray and reflect on their lives and faith. Connecting prayer life across the curriculum is also important. Using Prayer Journals with Middle School Students will be a great session for me as I begin to find new ways to have my students reflect and grow in their faith. I’m also interested in learning how to utilize prayer journals in a variety of subject areas. We must introduce prayer in all aspects of our Catholic schools.
These are just a few of the sessions that are offered in Formation Programs/Theology. There are so many wonderful options to choose from and each will offer you some new insight into forming the faith of our students!