Curriculum Summary For Elementary Grades
Be My Disciples Series
Every lesson in the Be My Disciples series has faith concepts, Sacred Scripture, Disciple power, faith vocabulary, faith filled people (Saints), statements of what Catholics Believe, how the Church follows Jesus, Prayer, Catechism of the Catholic Church, and statements of belief from the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults. There are 8 chapters on “We Believe”, 8 chapters on “We Worship”, 8 chapters on “We Live” plus many extra chapters on special occasions in the Church, ie. Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, etc. These areas follow the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
In the First Grade, the children are introduced to the Bible as God’s Word and how much God loves us. God, as our Father and Creator, Jesus, the Son of God, and Mary, the Mother of Jesus are also part of the introduction. How Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Church supports our journey in faith is covered. In our Catholic family, we pray, go to Mass, and learn about the first Christians. Prayers memorized are the Sign of the Cross, the Hail Mary, and the Our Father.
In the Second Grade, the children are prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Everything they do focuses on the basics of both. The first half of the program focuses on Reconciliation and Bible stories referring to sin, forgiveness, and God’s love for us. The children learn the Act of Contrition. In the second half of the program, the children will learn about the Mass, the prayers of the Mass, Bible stories about the Eucharist and how much Jesus’ love for us makes us better people. They also study about how the Mass is God’s way of keeping us living in His love.
Celebrating Our Faith: Reconciliation and Eucharist are the additional books we use for the sacramental preparation programs. These books are for parents and catechists to work together to prepare the children to celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time. There are also sessions for the parents for each sacrament with Msgr. Gaalaas on an adult understanding of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
In the Third Grade, The Church as the holy People of God called to live holy lives are a people of prayer. The Communion of Saints, gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Church Year, and the Sacraments encourage our worship and faithfulness. They also study God’s Laws of Love, the Great Commandment, and the Creed as well as how to live our faith and pray as Jesus did.
In the Fourth Grade, the children study about the people of God and how learning about the Bible, the gift of faith, the mystery of God and His promises inspires us to more closely follow Him. They also learn about Jesus and His death and resurrection and the Holy Spirit coming on Pentecost. The children learn more about the liturgy and worshipping God. They also study the Sacraments and how we are to respond to God’s call to us to be like Him. The Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments are a big part of this year of study.
The Fifth Grades study Divine revelation and how God makes Himself known to us. The Holy Trinity is another mystery of the faith that we can begin to accept along with the greatness of the Lord. The Paschal Mystery is taught to the children with a greater understanding of celebrating the Liturgy. The Sacraments along with more information about making moral decisions and living the Covenant is also taught. As part of this year the students are introduced to living a just and truthful life through prayer and knowledge.
In the Sixth Grade. the students continue exploring the mystery of the Church and God. They concentrate more on the Scriptures, the Sacraments, the Law of Love, making moral choices, and how our conscience help us to judge whether an act is good or evil. They also study the Lord’s Prayer and how it teaches us to live the Gospel. Other forms of prayer such as vocal prayer, prayers of meditation, and contemplation are part of the year’s study.