Frequently Asked Questions
I teach religious education and the curriculum is set. Do I have to time to fit this in?
The great thing about our program is that you can use pieces of the lessons or take your time and use them in their entirety. We break everything into bite-sized chunks so that you can pick and choose what will work in your classroom. Many religious education instructors tell us they have only 15 minutes or so to actually teach and that they are overwhelmed by the amount of material they must cover. Our advice, which has worked for many, is to start small. Pick one thing from one lesson. Let the Holy Spirit guide you. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
What if parents get mad about the pro-life message?
All of our materials are age-appropriate. We believe that parents are and should be the primary educators of their children. For younger children, we begin with lessons about the beauty and sanctity of life. We teach how every person is a gift from God. As children get older, we talk about more sensitive issues, but we don’t begin those until after 5th grade, and even then we focus on protecting innocent hearts and minds. We have many lessons (for all ages) that teach a culture of life by telling inspiring stories of saints, the Blessed Mother, or that use much-loved books to impart kindness and charity. If parents question the program, sit down with them and show them the website. Let them look through the books you plan to use. Chances are, any fears will be assuaged. If the parent still has concerns, send us an email. We are here to help!
Do I have to have a background in pro-life philosophy to teach these lessons?
You need only the desire! With our panel of experts, we have done all the research necessary, so you don’t have to! Our simple lesson plan format and step-by-step teaching instructions will help you quickly build confidence. Plus, we make it a rule to never ask a discussion question without providing you the answer.
What if I don't know the answer to a question a student asks ?
It’s wonderful when students think for themselves and come up with those really hard questions. Take your time and think about what he is asking. Ask for clarification. Sometimes their questions are actually simpler than they sound. There is also nothing wrong with saying “That’s a good question. I will look for the answer and let you know tomorrow.” Our lessons provide links to additional information for educators, and we are always available to help. As an educator and part of our program, you have access to our team, and by extension, our experts! We are always just an email or phone call away. When answering questions, always remember to protect the innocence of young children by phrasing your words appropriately.
I teach younger students. What if a student asks a question that should be handled at home?
At the CLSP, we always keep in mind that parents are the primary educators of their children. Protecting the innocence of young minds and hearts is a cornerstone of our program. If a child asks a question that is too sensitive to answer in class, encourage him to talk with his parents or a trusted adult. With young children, we always recommend that you let the parents know which pro-life topics you will cover and keep them updated as you progress.