Children & Education

 Jesus said to them: Suffer the little children, and forbid them not to come to me: for the kingdom of heaven is for such. 

~Matthew 19:14

Parents must regard their children as children of God and respect them as human persons. Showing themselves obedient to the will of the Father in heaven, they educate their children to fulfill God's law. 

Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery - the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the "material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones." Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them.

~Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 2222-2223 

Ascension - Quick Catholic Lessons

Let Fr. Mike teach your students quickly and clearly why they should be Catholic and not just Christian

Students today are often confused why they should belong to the Catholic Church instead of any of the other 30,000 Christian denominations. When you download the Student Worksheet, you'll have a ready-made lesson plan showing them why. You'll get: 

  • A connect-the-dots breakdown - An ultra-simple outline of Fr. Mike's main points provides your students with the very essence of his video.
  • Relevance to your student's lives - Focused, evocative discussion questions allow the students to internalize the lesson and connect it to their own lives and their own relationship to Jesus and his Church.
  • Engagement for hands-on learners - A simple, straightforward classroom activity brings the video and discussion topic alive in this practical exercise.
  • Prayer and Scripture - Pre-written, topical opening and closing prayers help you and your students be open to God's wisdom during the lesson.

Catholic Icing - Crafting & Homeschooling resources

Founded by Lacy Rabideau. This website is full of creative Catholic resources for kids. Great for Sunday School teachers, sacrament preparation or homeschoolers! Some resources are available as a free, printable download and others (eg. homeschooling curriculum) can be purchased.

The Catholic Kid

Free printable Catholic colouring pages and games for children.

Catholic Kids Bulletin

Created by an American mom and teacher. Sign up for a free "Teachers Pay Teachers" account and download these kid's bulletins free of charge. The link to do so is provided on the website. These bulletins are available in both in English and Spanish. There are also some great Catholic teaching resources available on this website for purchase.

Catholic Online School

Jocelyne's Resource-of-the-Month, September 2019
Catholic Online School is providing a Free, World Class Catholic Education with over 140,000 student enrollments across 150 countries!” 

Catholic Sprouts Podcast for Children

A short (less than 10 mins), daily podcast for children. Search for this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher or Youtube. The link to the podcast website is below.

Catholic Sprouts Website

Visit the website for all kinds of activities for children...some free of charge and some available for purchase. There are free Catholic colouring pages, and many other resources for Catholic parents and children. 


Catholic-themed games and online activities.

How Should Catholic Educators Respond to Gender Ideology?

Article by Bishop Mark Davies, Roman Catholic Diocese of Shrewsbury England. September 29th, 2016. Published

This website is full of great resources! Follow the links below for some of our favourite free educational content. Also, check out their parenting resources,blog posts, articles, the "CM Hangout" podcast and more. An awesome resource for parents, teachers, homeschoolers and Catholic daycare or Sunday school staff.

Credible Catholic

A free educational resource for school, parish, and individual usage, brought to you by the Magis Center. Religious Education from a scientific perspective, geared towards intermediate and senior-aged children (12-18yrs), and to adults as well.

Holy Family School of Faith Resources List

The Holy Family School of Faith has a section of their website dedicated to Catholic learning resources. Choose from online resources, recommended reading and free online audio and video resources. There's also a place where you can ask your Catholic questions and receive a response from one of their theologians by email. 

The Homeschooling Saints Podcast

The podcast that helps you create the homeschool you love for the people you love.

Mom For All Seasons

A website by Catholic mom and homeschooler, Heather Bowen, whose mission it is to make motherhood easier by providing tips, tricks and resources for your journey. There are tons of great educational resources and unit plans provided free on her website for Religious Education, Science, Language Arts, Math, and more!

OP Chant

Promoting and teaching Gregorian chant according to the Dominican tradition. Learn to chant free with their online video lessons!

Primary Latin

Designed to help primary schools deliver Latin and Roman civilisation - online and for free - without the need for any background in Latin. Great for home educators as well!

Saint Anne's Helper

Saint Anne's Helper provides catechism resources to help you teach your children the Catholic faith. Based on the Baltimore Catechism, this website provides audio and print downloads, Communion and Confirmation audio books, CCD and Catechism worksheets, colouring pages, prayers, information on the saints and feasts, and many other activities to help teach your children the faith. Some free some available for purchase.

Stations of the Cross for Children - Loyola Press

Download the pdf of the Stations of the Cross for Children to help you pray during Lent or view an online presentation of the Stations of the Cross for Children. In English or Spanish.

Stations of the Cross for Kids Online

Images, meditations and prayers for each of the 14 Stations of the Cross.

"The Eucharist, My Highway to Heaven"

Children's Eucharist Video: A free cartoon video that can be downloaded to your computer or viewed online. This is a 49 minute video that was put together by Antonia Salzano Acutis, and as such, the copyright © 2016 rightfully belongs to her. (Please note that the file for downloading has a full resolution of 1920 x 1080p, and is 845 Mbytes).

The Kid's Bulletin

"A fun way for Catholic kids to learn about the Faith every week." A free, printable bulletin for kids, created by a Canadian, that includes a comic strip about the saints and activities to help kids learn the Gospel. 

Loyola Press - Educational Resources

Tons of great resources on this website for educators, some free, and some available for purchase.

The Religion Teacher

A plethora of religious education resources for educators and parents.