It is good to ask them to repeat all the Bible book names and do a drill. I have typed out a list - “The Order of the Books of the Bible” and made copies. I will use it along with the idea of reading and drilling for my 7th grade CCD class.
This is my first time to teach 7th grade. There are 22 in my class.
This year’s theme is “Jesus in the New Testament”. We are supposed to cover one book for each class; therefore, very intensive. Each week I type out my lesson plan in details, and figure out how many minutes for each section. So far the time control is good, I can usually cover all the planned topics.
I usually start with a prayer, ask the class if they attended Sunay Mass, and if they can recall the contents of the homily. It is disappointing that usually only half of them went to Mass.
Some kids can recall part of the sermon. Then I will summarize the key points of what Father has preached.
I also often emphasize the real Presence of the Eucharist.
The first time I asked if they knew about the real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, only one student raised his hand. This has to be repeatedly explained and emphasized.
They also have never heard of Eucharist Adoration and had no idea what that was. So, this Sunday evening in the beginning of the class, we will go to the Chapel for a short Adoration, followed by teaching of Rosary.
I try to have them play one faith related game each time, such as
un-scramble faith related words, solve word puzzles, or act out a Bible story, etc. If any of you have any game to suggest, it is most welcome. Thanks.