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Unformatted text preview: In the Curriculum that follows, please note that a truth of the Faith that is being introduced will be bolded.
When introducing a new teaching, present a brief overview of the Truth of the Faith, helping the students to simply
understand the teaching and to see how it is connected to their life.
All other teachings of the Faith, which are not bolded, were introduced in a previous grade and are to be reinforced,
leading to greater understanding and integration into the students’ lives. August 6th, 2005
Transfiguration of our Lord Diocese of La Crosse Page 2 of 16 Grade 1
Profile of a First Grade Child
Children of this age are growing away from egocentric social behavior toward an awareness of other people.
They are entering into peer-group activities with zeal. Now they need guidance in learning to handle playtime
conflicts and to exercise the social skills needed to establish and maintain friendships.
These skills include learning to give and take and to share responsibility with peers, learning boundaries,
learning to read and to write, and other related intellectual skills.
They are capable of understanding a story and can retell it from beginning to end. Some are even capable at
this stage of finding hidden meaning or discovering the moral in a story.
The children’s sense of self-worth is quite fragile at this stage. It is imperative that the catechist be sensitive to
this fragility. When a child misbehaves, the correction in behavior should be handled in such a way that the
child’s emerging self-image is not damaged or hurt. Faith Development Needs
Six-year-old children, in order to develop spiritually, emotionally, physically, intellectually, and socially, need
to be loved so as to love. Faith has its roots in love.
First graders need to be involved in group prayer and related religious activities. They should continue to
experience times of silence in which to listen to and talk with God, to wonder, to reflect, to imagine. e.g., see
the Story of Samuel (1 Samuel 3:1-10).
Six-year-olds need to be recognized, appreciated and praised as a unique individual, created in the image and
likeness of God, and precious in the eyes of God. They need to experience a sense of security and belonging,
which is essential to their growth.
Little children need to be taught how to share. They need to see role models from Scripture, the lives of the
saints, and especially from the most familiar adults in their lives. In these models, they will begin to see that
faith is to be lived out through prayer and action.
Children at this age need to appreciate others and recognize that each person is special. The value of each
person comes from being created and loved by God, regardless of social status, race, physical handicaps, etc.
It is important to help children learn to value others different from themselves.
Young children need to experience an atmosphere in which self-discipline can be fostered by giving them real
responsibilities. Gradually, they will l...
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