The Baltimore Catechism for children is very helpful for learning the basic Catholic beliefs.
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.
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.
A word on the Baltimore Catechism.
The No. 1 is for First Communion preparation.
The No. 2 has the questions and answers for third to eighth grade and Confirmation.
The CCD series that Our Lady of Victory sells, Living My Religion, and the series that Neumann Press/cum Tan Books sells, Our Holy Faith, have better First Communion questions and answers, especially in My Jesus Comes, Book 2 of the Our Holy Faith series.
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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.
These are the books we use in our Saint Anne's Helper digital downloads.
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.
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.
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.
You may want to have each of these Baltimore Catechism No. 1 Communion audio, ebooklet, and worksheets for kids (and adults). Same text throughout.
First comes the good news.
The New Saint Joseph First Communion 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 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:
Anyway. Now you know.
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