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Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people, and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life.

(Catechism of the Catholic Church #5)

We have been using the following standards in educating our children. They have helped us focus our in-home education, and ensure that our teachings are based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade


Confirmation Syllabus

We are currently developing weekly lesson plans. In the mean time, we use the Coming Home Catholic e-letter as our family's lesson plan. Although we have tried other curricula, that which works best for us is to have Catholic night every Tuesday. Together we read the Sunday readings, discuss the history of the writers of the books, introduce new prayers, discuss relevant doctrine from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, read about upcoming saints' days, and pick a reading for the following week. The children, ages 8-13, are in charge of desserts, so it is always fun and calories with learning!
We use the standards (above) as a check-off list to make sure we are instructing our children appropriately. If we are missing something on the standards, we add it to our lesson plan. Click here to see our lesson plan outline. Our primary focus is to live our Catholic faith. We refer to doctrine, examples from saints, and love in dealing with others throughout our everyday activities. Doing so does make us aware of our own faults, but also makes us aware of  our many blessings.  


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