How to Teach the 10 Commandments to Catholic Children

by Sarah Greesonbach

Teaching the 10 Commandments to Catholic school children can be a trying task, but it's important to lay strong foundations for children seeking a Catholic lifestyle. These review tips can cement a classroom bond while giving students handy review strategies they can use for the rest of their education.

Reviewing the 10 Commandments

List the 10 Commandments on the board in front of the students. As a class, discuss each commandment, including what it means and why they think it's important. Students who understand the commandments will be better able to recall all of them.

After discussing each commandment, look back on key words in each sentence. Circle them on the board. Create a new word or idea that can link the commandment to its number in the list. For example, commandment number eight: "Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor." When writing the number "8", add claws and bear ears to the number to remember that "8" equals "bear". The association should make it easy to remember that the eighth commandment is "Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor."

Consider giving a short quiz to assess which students are having trouble remembering all the commandments. If your class is not for a grade, consider giving candy or another type of reward (free time, new book) to students who receive above a certain score or a perfect score.

Things You Will Need

  • 10 Commandments
  • Index cards

About the Author

Sarah Greesonbach is a former teacher turned content and new media specialist whose career and personal finance writing has appeared on MSN Money, AOL Jobs and in the "Chicago Tribune" business section. She holds a Masters in Arts in teaching and a degree in English.