Christian LeBlanc is a revert whose pre-Vatican II childhood was spent in South Louisiana, where he marinated in a Catholic universe and acquired a Catholic imagination. During his middle school years in South Carolina, Christian was catechized under the benevolent dictatorship of Sister Mary Alphonsus, who frequently admonished him using the nickname “Little Pagan.” After four years of teaching Adult Ed and RCIA, he returned to Sr. Alphonsus’ old classroom to teach Catechism himself. This is his 12th year of teaching sixth grade. Married to Janet, the LeBlancs have five children and two grandsons. Christian and Janet belong to St. Mary’s Parish in Greenville, South Carolina.
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- Bible-Based Catechesis
Drawing from my book, The Bible Tells Me So, and 15 years of teaching Catholicism to Bible-belt adults and children, I can demonstrate classroom-proven, Scripture-based methods to get middle-school-age kids fired-up about their faith. Topics include, but are by no means limited to:
- Teaching Catholicism directly from the Bible.
- Teaching the Mass directly from the Bible and a Missalette.
- Teaching by drawing.
- Teaching through impromptu skits.
- Teaching with props such as a stick, bone, rag, balloon, and umbrella.
- Teaching with fine art, including works by Northern Renaissance Masters such as Rembrandt, frescoes, and early Christian mosaics.
- Teaching with the Socratic method of constant Q & A.
- Teaching useful bits of Hebrew, Greek, Latin and other languages.
- Teaching beyond the textbook.
- Teaching the Big Picture.
- Teaching without technology.
- Teaching without resorting to games, movies, crafts, parties, or other time-fillers.