Why Teach This Way
The key sections for learning and memorizing the catechism are Teaching, Reinforcing, and Reciting. Emphasize them each week. You may lengthen or shorten the lessons to fit your particular program by choosing the other activities you will use. Notice that at some point in every lesson children recite as a group the answers to all of the questions they have learned. This is essential for long-term retention.
Each volume of Beginning Kids’ Quest is divided into three units of four lessons each. The first page of each unit gives the unit’s theme and the catechism questions you will teach over the next four weeks.
The teaching and activities are structured around the catechism questions. The children learn new questions and concepts in the first three lessons of the unit. The fourth lesson is Review and Recitation Week. Children recite for credit the answers to that unit’s questions only on R&R Week.. To highlight the importance of reciting, R&R Week is treated as a celebration, with decorations, special refreshments, alot of songs, photos, a theme, and activities. You may record the children’s recitation on the Recitation Chart (p. 108) and the Attendance/Recitation Poster, while the children color or place stickers in their First Catechism booklets for each answer recited successfully. Early planning and additional helpers are needed for this special event.