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Arts and Crafts from A to Z 150 Ideas for Catechists and Religion Teachers/Feast Days & Holidays Living and Celebrating Our Catholic Customs and Traditions

Magazine article Momentum

Arts and Crafts from A to Z 150 Ideas for Catechists and Religion Teachers/Feast Days & Holidays Living and Celebrating Our Catholic Customs and Traditions

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Arts and Crafts from A to Z 150 ideas for Catechists and Religion Teachers Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND Twenty Third Publications, New London, Connecticut ISBN 978-1-58595-869-6 2013, 120 pages, $24.95 (paperback)

Feast Days & Holidays Living and Celebrating Our Catholic Customs and Traditions Joan Marie Arbogast Illustrated by Virginia Helen Richards, FSP and D. Thomas Helping, FSP Photos by Mary Emmanuel Alves, FSP Pauline Books and Media, Boston, Massachusetts ISBN 978-0-8198-2707-4 2012, 266 pages, $19.95 (paperback, spiral bound)

Crafting is a holy art of creating, a language that exists all on its own. Yet, when it comes to arts and crafts, many catechists feel ill-equipped, inexperienced or even intimidated. But not if they have "Arts and Crafts from A to Z." The book is a springboard for catechists who struggle with how to incorporate crafts or feel they lack those "crafty" ideas. There is a need for today's children to find ways to stimulate and express the spirit that is so very alive in them. Handson activities like crafts provide this outlet. They are a creative way to keep students engaged as they learn and celebrate their faith.

As Sister Kathleen Glavich states in the book, "Art brings faith to life." The book is jam-packed with kid-friendly, parent-friendly and catechist-friendly project ideas using many forms of media (paper, clay, paint, wood and more). The easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions for each project come with catechetical connections to help the catechist or parent to reinforce our wonderful faith. …

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