Grade 1: Learning objectives
The first-grade program of the Christ Our Life series, God Is Good, is designed to provide a simple overview of the mysteries of our faith. Through learning of the goodness of God, and the love of Jesus, the children respond to God in friendship and prayer.
The children should • become aware of God’s presence and goodness in their lives, in others, in the world, and in his Church. • respond to God’s goodness by loving him and others.
Prayer in this grade • Sign of the Cross • Glory Be to the Father • Lord’s Prayer (Our Father) • Stations of the Cross • Hail Mary • To the Guardian Angel • Morning Prayer
Grade 2: Learning objectives
The second-grade program of the Christ Our Life series, God Cares for Us, is designed to prepare the children for their first celebration of the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.
The children should • come to realize God’s loving care for them, especially through the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. • respond to God’s call to give themselves in loving service to him and to others.
Prayer in this grade • Act of Faith, Hope, Love • Morning Prayer • Act of Contrition • Meal Prayers • Prayer to the Holy Spirit• Act of Consecration to Mary Unit Chapter Theme Scripture CCC References Catholic Social Teaching Themes
Grade 3: Learning objectives
The third-grade program of the Christ Our Life series, We Believe, presents the main truths Catholics believe and express in the Apostles’ Creed.
The children should • grow in the power to make decisions in the light of God’s Revelation and the redemptive acts of Jesus. • come to a knowledge and an appreciation of the mysteries of their faith expressed in the Apostles’ Creed.
Prayer in this grade • Act of Faith, Hope, Love • Morning Offering • Come, Holy Spirit• Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel • The Apostles Creed, The Rosary • Act of Contrition
Grade 4: Learning objectives
The fourth-grade program of the Christ Our Life series, God Guides Us, focuses on the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes as guides for living
The children should • grow in understanding and appreciation of God’s call to eternal life and his ever-present and loving guidance. • choose to live the Commandments in the spirit of the Beatitudes.
Prayer in this grade • Acts of Faith, Hope, Love, and Contrition • Angelus • Come, Holy Spirit • Queen of Heaven • Way of the Cross • Morning Offering
Grade 5: Learning objectives
The fifth-grade program of the Christ Our Life series, We Worship, focuses on the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, the center of Christian life
The children should • grow in their appreciation of the Church as a worshiping community, and of Christ’s action among us in the Eucharistic liturgy and in the sacraments. • give worship to God by prayer, loving service, and celebrating the liturgical seasons.
Prayer at this level: • Come, Holy Spirit • Prayers of the Mass • Psalms
Grade 6: Learning objectives
The sixth-grade program of the Christ Our Life series is devoted to the study of God’s saving love as it is revealed in Sacred Scripture, particularly the Old Testament. God Calls a People is designed to help the students increase their knowledge of salvation history so that they may respond to God with ever-deepening love and gratitude.
The students should • come to a deeper appreciation of the person of Christ and of his presence in his Church through the study of salvation history. • grow in their relationship with God and in giving witness of their faith.
Prayer in this grade • Psalms • Memorare to the Blessed Virgin
Grade 7: Learning objectives
The seventh-grade program of the Christ Our Life series is devoted to the study of God’s saving love as it is revealed through his Son, Jesus. Jesus the Way, the Truth, and the Life is designed to help young adolescents grow in their knowledge of Jesus, that they may love him more ardently and serve him more generously.
The students should • grow in knowledge and love of Jesus through prayer and studying the Gospels. • appreciate that the sacraments enable them to respond to the call to follow Jesus, live by his teachings, and proclaim God’s kingdom in word, worship, witness, and service.
Prayer in this grade • Prayer to Saint Michael • Morning Offering • Prayer of the Penitent • Act of Faith • Prayer for Christ likeness (John Henry Newman) • Nicene Creed
Grade 8: Learning objectives
The eighth-grade program of the Christ Our Life series is devoted to the study of God’s faithful love as it is revealed in the Church founded by Jesus Christ. The Church Then and Now is designed to help young teens grow in their knowledge and love of the Church.
The students should • come to a deeper understanding of the Church by studying its images, history, and members. • grow in love for Catholic beliefs and ritual and strive to respond to God’s love through Christian morality, service, prayer, and witness.
Prayer in this grade • Reflective prayer • The Liturgy of the Hours