Wow - Patjoe, I am quite shocked, and insulted, at your response. Anytime you use I don’t mean to, BUT… you mean to do what ever is in front of the BUT in the sentence.
Although this has nothing to do with my original question, I will answer your posting.
Perhaps you should come to where I live and teach religious ed since there aren’t enough volunteers to even cover the classes that we have which results in rather large class sizes.
I am a certified teacher as well as having a Masters degree in Counseling. Therefore please don’t lecture me on how to teach children. As a convert to the faith, I may not have the strongest Catholic background yet we should ALL continue to be learning about the faith. I tell my students straight up that I was an adult convert, including baptism, and tell them my story - as well as tell them I don’t know all the answers, but I will try to find them out for them.
I discussed this specific question with my husband, who comes from a strong Catholic family that includes many priests, nuns, and bishops, only to stump him - Therefore I came to the forums. These forums are for postive question and answering, correct? If you have a side comment that is not directly related to the question in the posting, post a new thread about your comment/concern. Overall I find this forum to be a great source of knowledge and a wonderful place to learn things you didn’t even know you didn’t know.
As for resources, we have tons at our Church. We don’t meet in our Church since there are no classrooms there and we are not associated with a school - we meet on a college campus classroom. We cart all our supplies (art, books, prayer centers, etc.) ourselves to and from home each week - with smiles on our faces . I brought some books with me, since I am a prepared teacher. None of these books addressed this issue. So I would need to go back and get a different book, which would have resulted in another week of waiting anyway.
We have an excellent certified DRE. She is usually available, only this day she was covering a class herself. It is not appropriate to interrupt someone else’s lesson just so you can have an answer for your class, so I posted the question here.
As per the lesson… We have textbooks, including teachers guides. Our lesson in the text focused on saints. The students led an expanded discussion on saints and angels. It wasn’t that I didn’t understand the difference between angels and saints - it was St. Michael question that threw me. I never really thought about St. Micheal - what a great question for a third grader to pose in front of his peers. It shows that they were processing the information and applying it to their existing knowledge base. And that, my friend, is true religious education.