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American Life League Picks Liguori's “Mother Teresa: A Life of Love” for K-2 Lesson Plan9/23/2016
The Catholic grassroots organization American Life League selected Liguori’s Mother Teresa: A Life of Love by John and Marieta Monette to be the lesson text for “Do Small Things with Great Love: St. Teresa of Calcutta,” a lesson plan for kindergarten through second grade. The lesson plan, available in late September, is one of a series produced by the League's Culture of Life Studies Program (CLSP) to help students understand the value of every human being.
“We were charmed by Mother Teresa: A Life of Love from Liguori,” said Laura Kizior, CLSP content developer. “We had originally planned to use a different book, but we rewrote our lesson after seeing this book.”
Kizior said that the book helps students explore the life of St. Teresa, her work among the poorest of the poor, her founding of the Missionaries of Charity, and her love for God and neighbor.
“We can easily use St. Teresa’s life and beauty to teach children to respect human beings from the first moment of creation forward,” Kizior said.
As they examine the life and holiness of St. Teresa, teachers and parents have “an opportunity to help your students and children become saints and to build the culture of life,” Judie Brown, president of the American Life League, writes in a letter included with the lesson plan. It also offers an introduction, reading time, discussion questions, activity instructions, and coloring pages.
The League's endorsement of Mother Teresa: A Life of Love follows other educators who have praised the book’s capacity for enabling faith conversations with children.
Barb Gilman, a third-grade teacher at St. Margaret Mary School, Omaha, and a 2014 NCEA Distinguished Teacher, said, “Mother Teresa: A Life of Love is a darling book—certainly one to add to a child’s library. Mother Teresa’s story is told simply and directly, and the full-color illustrations draw children into the book."
"While reading this book with children, you can easily bring about a conversation with each page. It’s a very good book for all ages. It piques the interest of older children, too, and is a springboard to reading more about Mother Teresa,” said Gilman. “Being able to get the big picture from one book will, many times, lead an older student to read a more detailed book. As a classroom teacher, I'm adding it to my faith library for my third-grade students.”