The Baltimore Catechism for children is very helpful for learning the basic Catholic beliefs. These are the truths children will need through all their lives.
The Baltimore Catechism is known as the main catechism for children, especially for those who speak English because it has easy to memorize questions and answers. Its answers are complete yet concise.
The key to helping your children learn the answers and prayers is to give them time to practice.
If you do this twice a day, your children will have a much easier time remembering for Sister's class.
How does we make learning the Baltimore Catechism easier?
If you're homeschooling, you will love all this extra help.
Through the twentieth century the Baltimore Catechism for children was changed many times. Sometimes it was changed in different ways by different publishers. It's a lot to try to track.
I have a twenty inch stack of Baltimore Catechisms for kids and I would not be able to vouch for most of them. It would take hours for two people to go through eac edition.
Generally, the Baltimore Catechism that is considered best is the original from 1885 as promoted by the bishops in Baltimore, Maryland.
Next is a word on The Baltimore Catechism as it was in the 1800s.
This is the main Catholic catechism the United States used for decades before the first changes in the 1940s.
TAN Books has republished their old pamphlets in paperback format. We have compared both the old and the new TAN versions and have found them to be verbatim the same. You can buy the Baltimore Catechism Two at Amazon.
The main changes in the Baltimore Catechism Came from the Confraternity for Christian Doctrine, the CCD.
The Living My Religion Series, 1941-1951 has the same wording as the old Baltimore Catechism yet it added pictures and a story line that runs through each book.
The books give examples of keeping the Commandments and some Catholic Bible stories. It also added the modern method of asking other questions related to the catechism.
The books took on the graduated system though; so instead of there being the Baltimore Catechism, No. 2 and its subsets the No. 0 and No. 1, there were eight or nine books to match the age levels and sacrament levels through grades 1 through 8.
You can see the series at Our Lady of Victory School.
The series that Neumann Press/cum Tan Books sells, Our Holy Faith, from the 1950s as seen at Seton Home Study is being republished by the new TAN Books which has newly started its own homeschool division in 2021.
My Jesus Comes, Book 2 is the First Communion level of the Our Holy Faith series. This is the book from which Saint Anne's Helper has taken the First Communion questions and answers which has these Baltimore Catechism 1959 PDF downloads: Audio with PDF printable text file, manuscript and cursive handwriting copywork PDFs, and a PDF ebooklet of the same information.
It has better First Communion questions and answers
All of the questions and answers are the same except the confession answers are given in the singular form rather than the plural form. Instead of learning to say, "We confess our sins..." the children learn to say, "I confess my sins...."
It seems that the priests, nuns, and catechists of the late 1940s and 1950s had enough classroom wisdom and experience to teach children confessing heir own sins instead of other people's sins. Doctrinally, the singular is better as it gives less room for today's corporate confessions.
I think you will enjoy owning Jesus Comes as it has lovely images where even Adam and Eve are modest and it tells sweet Bible stories for kids. You can buy My Jesus Comes at Amazon.
Nearly any catechism in the Catholic Church had been changed by the time of Vatican II in the 1960s. See the following pages to see the disasters in what was called The Baltimore Catechism.
We used the singular confession questions and answers and added what happens to those who die in mortal sin as added to the 1950s catechisms.
Both of our Saint Anne's Helper catechisms are available as
Of the several Confraternity for Christian Doctrine versions of the Baltimore Catechism that I have used, the Living My Religion series and the Our Holy Faith series have the best First Communion questions and answers.
They have the extra explanations and stories that make teaching in a classroom or homeschool setting more complete.
These are the books we use in our Saint Anne's Helper digital downloads.
It is hard to find Catholic handwriting practice in copybooks and workbooks unless you go to the Catholic homeschool curriculum providers.
More and more these have complete programs for penmanship practice that will edify your children in the Faith. Our printable worksheets are an awesome addition for cursive writing practice.
We also have many Catholic coloring pages that can go with any Catholic catechism book and helps you celebrate the different saints and holy days.
"Momma. What can I do?"
"Run go get your Catechism Copybook!"
These Catechism copybooks will help your youngest children so that they would have spelling and penmanship practice.
They're great for filler or busywork to keep your children busy with real school work while your older children are working.
It is easy to print our Baltimore Catechism for children.
You can use the handwriting practice sheets as penmanship practice sheets, memory aids, and busywork. They have two files:
Our older children have asked if they can use the copybooks, too, they like them so well.
This was a magic moment because they actually "wanted" to learn to write beautifully. When they want to write beautifully they can write beautifully!
Being able to continue writing, even though he could not read well, kept one of our sons "write" ready for the moment when reading "clicked".
He he soon moved up to near grade level because we had kept up his explicit instruction in phonics and writing by using dictation.
This extra copy work exercise had given him something "easy" to do, so he felt a sense of accomplishment and kept on working.
The Saint Anne's Helper First Communion Catechism Copybook is a printable Baltimore Catechism for children that is ready whenever you need it.
It will be there for several children in the same catechism class, or for successive children as your family grows.
Both the Audio Catechism and the Catechism Copybook include the question about what happens to those who die in mortal sin. This was a 1950s addition to this level.
See all our First Communion downloads on our order page.
The Confirmation Catechism Copybook has the same features, meaning that it is a Baltimore Catechism for children that is reproducible whenever you need it for all of your students or children through the years.
Anyway you choose, you now have good Catholic copybooks that use the Baltimore Catechism. They can also be printed as individual penmanship practice sheets.
How many times have you treasured a particular verse, or wished your student could review his assignment again?
Or perhaps there are too many erasures and Grandma is coming soon? Now you can simply print off another sheet for more practice or better effect.
See all our Confirmation downloads here.
First comes the good news.
The New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism booklet is a sweet book with many lovely pictures and ideas. Several of the answers are better than in other versions:
If you use this booklet, have your children memorize these two answers well, as the answers will be true through life and your children may not ever study them again.
Many schools and homeschool companies use the New Saint Joseph First Communion CCD booklet (NSJ), yet you will find that there are better questions and answers to memorize for First Communion in other Baltimore versions.
Someday I hope to take pictures inside of the several old reprints of the NSJFC that I own and add them here. You can see the increasingly removed items from the altar throughout the end of the book. [Done! See them in a three part article here.]
Update: You can see the NSJ catechism changes here.
Even the earliest Baltimore Catechism has difficulties:
I explain more comparisons between different catechisms on my Catholic answers page.
Anyway. Now you know.
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