For grades preK-2
Author Anne Neuberger takes storytelling to a whole new level. These delightful stories give children unique insights into the way other children live in far-off places like India, Turkey, China, Ethiopia, and Iraq. Each introduces wonderful customs and traditions, and also offers guidelines for before reading the story, and questions, activities, and prayers for after reading the story.
Best of all, Neuberger s stories introduce children, parents, and teachers to Catholic Social Teaching in a simple yet profound way. She gently creates an awareness of our responsibility to one another as a human family and as God s family. Twenty-six of the stories are about individual children from diverse cultures and sixteen are based on cultural feasts and festivals from around the world. All are excellent, informative, and fun.
This book is the 2nd place winner in the children’s book category of the 2011 Catholic Press Association Awards!
To Love Tenderly: Teaching Compassion and Justice Through Stories and Activities for Ages Five Through Nine
For grades K-4
This book contains thirty-two short, absorbing stories about children and families from many different countries and cultures: from Tanzania to El Salvador, from the United States to Croatia, from Sweden to China. Some are based on real-life situations, others on folk tales. But they all introduce children to the realities of poverty, injustice, and abuse of natural resources, to help them develop a strong sense of identification with children all over the world. The stories are grouped according to age levels (from kindergarten to fourth grade). They can be read aloud, or acted out by the children with simple puppets. There is also information on how to involve children in one or both of two different social justice projects: learning about hunger and learning about child labor. These projects have actually been carried out with groups of children and offer practical and enjoyable learning experiences. Finally, several plays help children put themselves into situations of other children throughout the world whose lives are different from their own. To Love Tenderly: Introducing Children to Acts of Compassion and Justice is an invaluable resource first of all for Catholic school religion teachers, parish catechists, and families. Teachers of geography, social studies, and even literature will also find it a refreshing and unique source of educational material.
For ages 7-11, for grades 2-6
Catholic social teaching is not an extra or a frill, but an essential part of the faith, and therefore a necessary part of children’s faith formation. This child-and-adult book is filled with stories of real people who acted justly and helped change the world and real situations of children struggling in unjust situations.
teach the Beatitudes
introduce the teachings of Vatican II
familiarize children with the seven social justice principle
Many activities and resources complete the book.
For grades 5-8
Here Anne Neuberger offers fifty-five wonderful stories from around the world to help young Catholics connect with the social, environmental, and economic problems of children around the globe. It encourages them to accept and think of these children as family, as sisters and brothers. This is a great resource for catechetical leaders, catechists, parents, and Catholic school teachers.
CREATION CARE KIDS – E-Resources for teaching children about On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’).
Anne is co-author.
An ancillary curriculum for teaching Pope Francis’ encyclical
A complete week-long summer program for teaching Pope Francis’ encyclical
(also called Becoming Faithful Citizens as Kids)
4 pages – Reproducible PDF eResource
Laudato Si’ calls on all of us to work through our political system to promote the common good: for all people and the rest of creation (especially see Chapter 5). Pope Francis says that change will not happen unless we influence those in power. Likewise, he urges us to work through community organizations and other groups to create a better world.
This guide helps parents and teachers to nurture a child’s Christ-like compassion and to develop a sense of political and community responsibility. It provides tips for three age groups: preschool through grade 2, grades 3 through 6, and middle through high school. Specific suggestions are made for school and religious education classes and at home.
The Catholic Church is nonpartisan. It does, however, call us to be political. It is our children’s right as citizens in a democracy to learn about our political process. It is the adults’ responsibility to teach them. Catholic parents and teachers have a unique responsibility in this area for they must help their children understand what Jesus asks of them as they become part of their greater community. This guide is a perfect way to start.
For grades K-3, 4-6, and 7-12;
This resource provides lesson plans based on articles in the award winning Maryknoll magazine, teaching students about issues of social justice and the work of missioners in many parts of the world. From 2008-2017, Anne wrote the lessons for K-3 and 4-6.