Creative Catechism Boys (8-9)

Course Syllabus & Required Books/Materials

This year, 8 and 9 year old students will have the opportunity to adventure into the Church, Her Sacraments and the Spiritual Life through interactive, hands-on activities which go along with and support the Catechism 2 syllabus. This active class will help reinforce the material being learned with Sister and give students a way to integrate the knowledge and better retain the information learned.

Projects such as: interactive books, posters, games, memory quiz games and other creative avenues for learning will be used. These 8 and 9 year old students will not have regular homework, however there may be some required work from time to time, along with a little memorization of Baltimore Catechism questions which will coincide with the Cat 2 class.

At the end of the year, it is hoped that they will have an even better understanding and knowledge of the Faith as well as have their own personal book(s) to show all that they have learned.

I am very much looking forward to continuing what was begun over the last 2 years with Creative Catechism, and am happy to have your students back in class and watching them grow in their beautiful love for our Holy Catholic Faith!

Cost: $75 / year long course

(supplies are included in fee)

Tutor: Mrs. Mara Poole

Biography: Born in Minnesota, I grew up the daughter of an art teacher, and thus began my love of creating and teaching combined. With gratitude to God and His great gift of Faith which He most generously gave me, I graduated from the University of St. Thomas with degrees in Catholic Studies and Philosophy. Over the years I have worked as a summer camp counselor, an activities director for inner city youth, a director of senior high youth ministry, a free-lance journalist (the Rome Correspondent for a Catholic publication), and for 8 years I took the calls on a pro-life after hours hotline (fielding crisis abortion calls), and then also for several years did weekly sidewalk counseling outside abortion clinics in Minneapolis. I have taught English in Italy, as well as directed a co-op drama class, taught as a co-op elementary Latin teacher, and coordinated and carried out 7 Nun Runs!

Some of my favorite memories include the 4 years my husband and I (and our son for 3 of those years) lived in Rome after we were first married, and I especially treasure my volunteer time spent in Mother Teresa’s cause office in Rome the year before her beatification. My experiences in Rome have deeply impacted and shaped who I am today. It is also in Rome that my husband and I first met the Fraternity and began to fall in love with the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.

My husband and I have seven children (ages 21 down to 3), four of whom are adopted. Currently we homeschool 5 children with one wiley 3 year old in the mix! We are going on 6 blessed years with All Saints Co-op, having joined the parish right away when the FSSP first came to Minneapolis – DEO GRATIAS! After working together with the FSSP Fathers and others to develop All Saints Co-op, I began teaching 2 years ago. I love teaching Creative Catechism and am happy to be doing so again this coming year! Bringing the love of Our Holy Catholic faith to the children in a hands-on way, living and true, is a great joy for me! Our family loves the co-op and we are grateful to the Fathers and the Sisters for their special role in our children’s lives.

If you asked me a question about the golden key to life, I would say PRAYER and CHARITY! Without either of these I would cease to exist. To love God and be loved by Him… There is no greater gift!!!