One of our favorite Catholic resources that my children and I have really enjoyed using this past school year is Catholic Brain. It is unlike anything that I’ve come across while educating my five children from home. Although many aspects of it are geared toward teachers such as the lesson plans and printables found with many of the lesson videos, it also appeals to parents and kids because students can navigate about the website and explore at their leisure the many videos, songs, games, and quizzes. Catholic Brain is also a wonderful one-stop Catholic reference for everyone that includes the entire Bible, Catholic Encyclopedia of terms, and alphabetized mini biographies of the saints.
Another unique feature of Catholic Brain is the Daily Activities. Everyday there is a video for the “Saint of the Day.” “Today’s Reading” is taken from the daily Mass readings and is adapted for children and “Today’s Quiz” is based upon that content. Additionally, Sundays also includes a short video and activities based on one of the readings. During Lent we enjoyed the daily Bible videos that traced the life of Jesus from His infancy to His resurrection on Easter.
The video collection is quite unique and seems to be growing everyday. There are many categories to choose from that include liturgical and catechism lessons with engaging videos. Each of these lessons also include lesson plans, printables, quizzes, and games to reinforce learning. My kids loved taking the quiz and fill-in-the-blank after the video and my younger ones enjoy the memory and name match games.
With the hot days of summer upon us, Catholic Brain is featuring a summer program that will provide the opportunity for Catholic kids to learn their faith through the catechism. Over eight weeks children will watch a catechism video that will take about 5-10 minutes. These videos follow the Baltimore catechism format of questions and answers. Following the video, they can play games and quizzes, along with printable activities, based on what they learned to reinforce their understanding. To engage the kids they will be offering prizes and awards to the top participants for the summer.
This wonderful Catholic resource for schools, parishes, and families is a subscription service that provides year-long learning to our kids about their faith. They provide a 14-day free trial so you can try it out for yourself and see what it is all about!