The Kindergarten religion program, “In God’s Image,” consists of 8 modules containing 33 themes. The “Me” module celebrates the child through such topics as feelings, senses, capabilities, needs and family. The “Earth Times” module celebrates the wonder of the earth through activities related to the seasons. The “Community” module celebrates caring through discussion, by making friends and by helping. The “Changes” module invites children to experience support and comfort at such times as the birth of a sibling or moving to a new house. The “Plants” and “Animals” modules celebrate creation through activities with trees, flowers, bugs, pets and other animals. The “Special Days” module suggests activities for celebrating such events as birthdays, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. The “Church Times” module is a sequential set of lessons that invites children to celebrate the Christian story as it unfolds through Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.

Grade 1

Expectations (Summary)

  • We are created in the “image of God”
  • We are able to think about how our actions affect our relationship with God, others and ourselves
  • We are social by nature and are called, as individuals and as a community, to offer friendship and charity
  • The characteristics of a family can be compared with the characteristics of the Church
  • Human beings are created equal yet different
  • God calls us by name
  • Prayer is essential to our relationship with God
  • We learn to recite common prayers
  • There are many ways to pray
  • Children can be examples of holiness

Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ, Grade 1

Grade 2

Expectations (Summary)

  • Shared experiences shape families and communities
  • The ways we encounter the presence of God and how we experience God’s love through them
  • Ways to show God that we respect our gift of “human dignity” and show respect toward others
  • Certain rhythms to prayer and prayer can take many forms to be used in personal and communal prayer as well as the celebration of the liturgy
  • Celebrate God’s presence through the sacraments - Reconciliation/ forgiveness and God’s grace as a gift that changes lives
  • The Beatitudes
  • God has established Laws to guide us in deciding how to act – Ten Commandments, Commandment of Love
  • Identify the specific graces that come from God and that we receive in our lives
  • Celebrating the Sacrament of Penance
  • Retell stories of Jesus caring for those in need
  • Examine biblical passages in which God reveals Jesus as the Son of God and the second person of the Blessed Trinity and the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Blessed Trinity
  • Scripture reveals the Holy Trinity and the profession of our faith as a belief in The Blessed Trinity

Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ, Grade 2

Grade 3

Expectations (Summary)

  • Focus: Human dignity and solidarity
  • Holy Spirit assists us to develop and strengthen our relationship with Jesus and one another
  • Understand the gift of freedom and the responsibility we have in the choices we make in trying to live a moral life 
  • Understanding of how God teaches us to be good and to reflect this goodness in our actions 
  • Link special moments in human life to the sacraments
  • Scripture reveals the universal call to prayer from God
  • The church teaches and provides us with guidance as we learn how to pray 
  • Learn to pray and understand the meaning of traditional and liturgical prayers
  • Examine gospel passages to see what Jesus taught us about how to pray
  • Nature of sin and our capacity to choose
  • Describe the origin of Advent and Christmas – connecting the images related to each season to Scriptural roots 
  • The church has established special days to celebrate the life of Christ

Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ, Grade 3