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As a religious education director, you know better than anyone that the opposite of love is indifference. For so many families, the conventional textbook experience is underwhelming.
You see the results: disengaged students, apathetic parents, and frustrated catechists.
Spirit of Truth was created to help you change that dynamic.
Our new K-8 religious education program takes your students on an immersive and memorable journey through the Catholic Faith. Our engaging lesson plans and activities will give your catechists the confidence they need to create an engaging environment that they and their students actually look forward to each week.
Spirit of Truth provides lesson plans for every week of your religious education program, including vivid sacred art reflections, stories of the saints, games, role-plays, and critical thinking questions, to help catechists capture and keep their students' attention.
Spirit of Truth covers the breadth of the entire Catechism in a rich and age-appropriate way, to connect with students of diverse backgrounds and differing familiarity with the Catholic Faith.
While it's important for your students to understand the Faith, Spirit of Truth is designed to help them internalize the Faith and apply it to their own lives, providing ample opportunity for them to reflect on how everything they are learning applies to their own lived experience.
Our weekly lesson plan format simplifies preparation without sacrificing content or quality.
"Spirit of Truth doesn't present religion as a simple set of facts and rules dictating how we should act. It connects students with the Faith and leads them to understand why their faith matters in their day-to-day living."Chris Mominey
I can't tell you how happy we are with the Spirit of Truth series. It puts us back in a position to actually teach the Gospel message in a truthful way.Miriam Rios Day, Director of Religious Education at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Enid, OK
Spirit of Truth incorporates all the things I look for in a Catechetical text. First and foremost, it has at its core Jesus Christ, and everything is taught in reference to Him. Secondly, it is a full presentation of our Catholic Faith. Lastly I am so excited that this series is USABLE! It's INTERACTIVE! It is filled with beautiful sacred art. There is endless support from the staff at Sophia Institute and a website with tons of resources for Catechists.Kelly Vardakas, Director of Religious Education, St. Patrick Church, Yorktown Heights, NY
All Sophia Institute for Teachers materials are written by veteran Catholic school teachers with advanced degrees. They are then tested in classrooms as well as reviewed by leading academics before publication.
In grades K-5, as long as you have a teacher’s guide for your use and workbooks for each student, you are ready to go. We recommend each student have his or her own copy of the Bible to use grades 6-8.
Once you adopt the Spirit of Truth religion textbook for your parish, you will be assigned a Sophia Institute master teacher who will provide you and your catechists with a free, live training webinar, as well as be available via email to answer questions or provide other advice. Additional webinars that help provide background knowledge on the Faith and teaching strategies may be purchased.
We also provide your catechists with free lesson plans on the Sunday Gospels each week, and lesson plans that help students apply Catholic principles to current events are provided each month.
You may download sample units from this page. Please email us to request a review copy.
We encourage you to schedule a live tour to see how Spirit of Truth can help you classroom come alive.
The beauty of Spirit of Truth is its lesson plan format. Its comprehensive but modular design ensures that it can be used successfully by experienced and knowledgeable catechists as well as by those with little to no theology or teaching background.
Because all the readings, handouts, activities, and assessments are ready to go, your students will receive a complete understanding of the Faith even if their catechist is learning along with them.
Catechists frequently report how well Spirit of Truth has increased their personal understanding of the faith and bolstered their own spiritual life.
To help you manage the expense of textbooks, we offer you 40% off if you order 10 copies or more of the student workbook.
Parishes considering Spirit of Truth may request one free sample of a printed teacher's guide and student workbook. Additionally, you will be given access to an online folder where you can review all grades in PDF form. If you would like additional hard copy samples, these may be purchased at regular price, and may be returned within 90 days for a full refund if you decide against adoption. Email us here to request a sample set.
We are launching Spirit of Truth for Parishes for the 2018-2019 school year. Click here to request a sample lesson.