Curriculum Overview

Our programs of instruction, Discovering God’s World, Faith First (Kindergarten), Be My Disciples (Grades 1st-5th), the EDGE Middle School Program and Life Teen are rooted in Scripture, Prayer and Catholic Doctrine. We use the Church’s documents as guides: The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994, Sharing the Light of Faith, The National Catechetical Directory of the United States, and the Guidelines of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  The curriculum materials are approved by the United States Bishop’s Conference, Washington, D.C. and the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

“Discovering God’s World”
A PreK4 curriculum from Sadlier Publications.  The curriculum is an introduction to all of God’s gifts — people, our world, families, ourselves, God’s family — as well as lessons on celebrating seasonal or special times of the year.

"Faith First Legacy Edition" - Kindergarten
Faith First, from RCL Publications, provides an effective catechesis for children, families, and the whole community of faith.  Specially designed just for parish programs, the Faith First Legacy Edition has all the ground-breaking features that have made Faith First so effective and popular, plus extended support for families and the whole community of faith.  Faith First uses the Spiral Learning Method.  The timeless truths of our Catholic Faith are taught every year on every grade level with the unique spiral learning method that sets Faith First apart from all other programs.  Every text contains:

Doctrine—Our Beliefs
The four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church taught every year on every grade level.

Scripture—Our Stories
Special chapters dedicated entirely to the in-depth study of the Bible.

Liturgical Year—Our Celebrations
Material for all the weeks of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost.

Flexible lesson plans make it easy for volunteer catechists to accomplish successful weekly sessions. And Family Pages help to reach into the home every week by providing a full page in every chapter with ideas for family prayer, faith sharing, activities and more.

Faith First also has offers an award-winning web site: "FaithFirst.com". This website provides teachers with opportunities for personal enrichment and more activities to use in class. Parents and children can use interactive sites to enhance their learning experience with games and kids pages.

“Be My Disciples” – Grade 1-5
Be My Disciples from RCL Benziger Publishing is an innovative religion curriculum that empowers children and their families to answer Jesus’ call to discipleship. It shares the Christian story using reflection on Scripture and doctrine, plus prayer celebration in every class and during all the major seasons of the Church year. It initiates children into the community of faith and challenges them to discipleship.

Using a balanced approach this curriculum teaches, reinforces, and extends knowledge of Scripture, Catholic doctrine, and the Church year every year in every grade through RCL Benziger's unique spiral structure. It challenges children to a deeper integration of faith and life by leading them to higher levels of thinking and encouraging a weekly faith choice. Be My Disciples helps children know and live their faith through loving service to others. Week by week, children gather to:

Grow in Knowledge. Through RCL Benziger's unique spiral structure, children are introduced to Scripture, Catholic Tradition, and the liturgical year, and reinforce and extend their knowledge year by year.

Connect Faith with Their Experience. Through a process of presentation, application, reflection, and decision, children relate knowledge of the Catholic faith to their life experiences and commit themselves more deeply to the person and mission of Jesus Christ.

Practice the Skills of Discipleship. By learning the gifts and qualities of discipleship and practicing its habits and virtues, children learn the skills required to follow Jesus.

And children, parents, catechists, and catechetical leaders have access to unparalleled online resources to deepen discipleship at www.BeMyDisciples.com.



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