Great Orthodox Books – 7 Must-Read PreSchool and Elementary Books

Inspired by the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Orthodox Christian Network features Great Books, Music & Teaching Publications featured in the Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog.  The Catalog is a publication of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Department of Religious Education.   All items featured can be purchased by downloading the Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog or by using use the fillable order form.

Great Orthodox Books – 7 Must-Read PreSchool and Elementary Books

Looking to foster the faith of your preschool and elementary school children?

“With the help of a generous grant from the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment”, the Department of Religious Education publishes a “series of student texts and teacher guides for the Living Our Orthodox Faith Curriculum for grades 1–5” including:

1.  PreSchool:  God Loves Us – Preschool Teacher’s Binder

    • This is a teacher’s guide with reproducible handouts for your students. Love, which children so freely give and so naturally expect, is the basis for this program. Here are the materials a teacher needs to build an effective, customized program for this age group.
      • Catalog code N-10 for the Teacher’s Guide.  One copy can be purchased for $27.00.

2.  Kindergarten:  Happy with God

By Sophia Annas

    • God’s love is the source of joy, the main theme of this program designed for kindergarten age children. Aspects of worship and stories from scripture highlight specific examples of and reasons for joy centered on Christ.
      • Catalog code K16 for the Student Handbook.  One copy can be purchased for $15.00.

3.  First Grade:  Me and My World

By Theodore Kaltsounis

    • The focus of this program is on Creation as God’s gift. In discovering the world, the child understands that the family, friends, church school—all come from God. Through depictions of the daily experiences of God’s world, the child comes to realize that God is real, loving, and caring.
    • Catalog code 110 for the Student Handbook.  One copy can be purchased for $15.00.

4.  Second Grade:  Loving God

By Theodore Kaltsounis

    • This program concentrates on the theme of “Loving God.” Through the example of men and women of the Bible, and of our Saints, children begin to understand right, wrong and forgiveness in the light of God’s love. They also learn the importance not only of loving God unconditionally, but also of respecting other people, of taking care of the environment, of doing good in His Name.
    • Catalog code 211 for the Student Handbook.  One copy can be purchased for $15.00.

5.  Third Grade:  Sharing God’s World

By Elizabeth White

  • Children learn about sharing through the example of Jesus and are inspired to observe these same examples in the Divine Liturgy, the Sacraments, and other services of the Church. From there they become caring, sharing indi- viduals. Contains words to hymns and songs.
  • Catalog code 320 for the Student Handbook.  One copy can be purchased for $15.00.

6.  Fourth Grade:  Growing with God

By Sophia Annas

  • A program devoted to helping children learn how to use and appreciate the Bible. Also in- troduces examples of living the sacramental life—attending services, fasting, praying, ob- serving feast days, helping others, learning about the saints and the Church of Christ. After this program, children love the Bible, and know how to refer to it in times of doubt and fear.  Contains words to hymns and songs.
  • Catalog code 410 for the Student Handbook.  One copy can be purchased for $15.00.

7.  Fifth Grade:  God Calls Us

By Stephania Gianulis Charalambides, Ted Theodorou, Aimee Cox Ehrs, Angeliki Constantine & Anton C. Vrame

  • Concentrates on the stories of those heroes of the Faith who have responded to God’s call. Through these examples of faith, loyalty, self- sacrifice, obedience, love, justice and social responsibility, students of this age learn to respond to God in terms of personal faith and the basics of Christian morality.
  • Catalog code 550.  One copy can be purchased for $3.50.

How to Order from the Department of Religious Education

To learn more about these excellent publications and how to order, visit religioused.goarch.org; and view new releases and seasonal flyers, browse or download the Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog and fillable order forms.  To order, call (800) 566-1088, fax (617) 850-1489 or email religioused@goarch.org.

All items featured can be purchased by downloading the Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog or by using use the fillable order form.

Published on behalf of Dr. Anton C. Vrame, Phd, Director, Department of Religious Education.

Mission of the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

The mission of the Department of Religious Education is to serve the parishes and dioceses of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America by providing materials and services that will advance their programs of religious education.

The Department also serves individuals, organizations, military bases, ecumenical groups, and overseas parishes with catechetical resources that advance the spiritual admonition to:

“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”

2 Peter 3:18

To learn more about the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, click here.

About the Department of Religious Education Director – Dr. Anton C Vrame

Anton C. Vrame, Ph.D., is Director of the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He was appointed Director of the Department by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, effective January 1, 2007.  Dr. Vrame is Adjunct Associate Professor of Religious Education at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

He is the author of The Educating Icon: Teaching Wisdom and Holiness in the Orthodox Way (Holy Cross Orthodox Press). In this book, he proposes a theory or theology of education for the Orthodox Christian Church based on the art, theology, and life of the Byzantine icon. He is also the editor of three other books, and the author of journal articles and chapters in books on Orthodox Christian Religious Education, published both in English and Greek.


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