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teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses” (Evangelization in the Modern World,
Pope Paul VI, #41). In the Curriculum that follows, please note that a truth of the Faith that is being introduced will be bolded.
When introducing a new aspect of a teaching, present a brief overview of the truth of the Faith in the context of the Big
Picture which is developed in the Overview pages 2-6, 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, 2009
Transfiguration of our Lord Diocese of La Crosse Page 2 of 22 Grade 2
Profile of a Second Grade Child
Second-graders are beginning to develop socially. They enjoy increasing involvement in group activities such
as team projects, singing and joint recitation; they need to learn to respect others as created and loved by God,
and to treat others as they would want to be treated (with love & respect); they need help to understand and
handle constructively their feelings and emotions, reassurance and encouragement, praise and reward,
direction, discipline, and love from the catechist, from parents, and from other adults whom they admire. This
learning fosters their growth in complete Catholic Formation. (Temperance, Fortitude, Faith, Love)
Second grade children:
Are more cognizant of right and wrong and of their ability to choose between the two.
Are easily influenced by a set of action patterns based on those they observe in adults they admire.
Therefore it is important for the teacher of the Faith to be aware that certain lessons, experiences, and
influences (both true and false) will affect the 2nd grade child profoundly at this age.
Have a short attention span (about 10 to 20 minutes) and tire easily if lesson segments are too long or
if too many ideas are presented at once.
Enjoy memorizing simple prayers, verses from the Psalms and Scripture, as well as other prayer forms
such as the response in a litany.
Learn best through concrete experiences because their ability to think in the abstract is very limited.
They grasp concepts like “unity” and “belonging” from doing things such as sharing, listening, eating
together, giving, thanking and celebrating.
Show interest in the beauty and wonder of God’s creation. This interest can easily be cultivated to
prayers of praise, awe, and thanksgiving.
Need both direction and affirmation in choosing virtue over sin in their daily life. It is helpful to lead
the second-grader to realize the effects of their personal choices, and especially how these choices
affect their relationship with God and with others. (Justice, Prudence)
Should be taught the value of prayer as a means of deepening their relationship with Jesus. In
particular, they also need to...
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2013 for the course RELIGION Religion taught by Professor Hansel during the Fall '13 term at Pacelli High School, Stevens Point.
- Fall '13