As children study the life and teachings of Jesus, there is a natural opportunity to explore the geographic region in the time in which Jesus lived and taught, and today.
Making connections for students between new and mastered concepts or personal experiences improves retention and enhances learning. This fact also holds true in the Religious Education classroom.
Catechists, teachers, PCL's, and parents should always encourage children to make cross-curricular connections when studying the New Testament. A simple way to begin helping children make cross-curricular connections is with religious geography. Discuss and study the geographic region in the time in which Jesus lived. Explore the holy sites in Jerusalem with children by pinpointing their locations on a map of the city during the life of Jesus. Then to compare (and make more connections), locate the holy sites in Jerusalem on a modern-day map. As children study the religious geography of the New Testament, the life and ministry of Jesus Christ will become more meaningful.
Start exploring the geographic region of the New Testament with the Land of Jesus in New Testament Times map. This printable map will help your students start making cross-curricular connections. Available in English or Spanish.