Curriculum Framework: Kindergarten

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1. Read, interpret and apply Scripture to life.


2. Demonstrate an understanding of liturgical seasons and feasts.


3. Present a reasoned rationale for being Catholic.


4. Illustrate basic understanding of Catholic dogma and doctrine in light of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  
– listen and recall Bible stories

– identify qualities/actions in Jesus and other people from Scripture

– model in daily life qualities/actions in Jesus and other people from Scripture

– identify Easter and Christmas as the major feasts of the liturgical year

– celebrate the concept of “new life”

– recognize God as Creator

– demonstrate the knowledge that God created us

– recognize God as Creator

– describe God as good and loving


5. Illustrate a basic understanding of the history of the Church and an appreciation of her basic traditions.  6. Demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of the diverse cultural expressions of Catholicism.  7. Demonstrate an appreciation for the relationship between faith and culture (e.g. through arts, social sciences, sciences, technology, etc.)   8. Pray regularly and use a variety of prayer forms to enrich and express personal and communal spirituality. 
– recall the major events of Christmas and Easter

– participate in Christmas and Easter celebrations

– acknowledge and affirm the cultures represented in the class

– explore the same element of several cultural expressions relating to a specific liturgical feast

– demonstrate that our faith can be expressed through the arts (music, drama, drawing, etc.)
– participate in daily class prayer by showing reverence for prayer time, making the sign of the cross, making short spontaneous prayers and joining in giving the sign of peace

– participate in the Our Father and the Hail Mary

– say a prayer of Thanksgiving


9. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for the importance of Sacraments, with an emphasis on the centrality of the Eucharist, in the life of Catholics.   10. Celebrate the presence of the Sacred through participation in worship experiences using sacramentals, symbols and rituals.  11. Use appropriate resources to plan and participate in liturgy and other prayer experiences.  12. Demonstrate the ability to apply Catholic principles to interpersonal relations (e.g. family, peers, work, society, Church, etc.) 
– attend school liturgies

– identify Sunday as a special holy day

– bless themselves using holy water

– participate in an Enthronement of the Word celebration in the classroom

– participate in school liturgies and prayer experiences
– recognize that Jesus teaches us to love one another as He loves us

– demonstrate love for others through sharing


13. Demonstrate the ability to make moral decisions consistent with Church teachings.   14. Demonstrate an understanding and respect for the gift of life; demonstrate an understanding of responsible stewardship.   15. Demonstrate an appreciation for faith community by participating in its life and activities activities as an essential way of coming to know God.  16. Express a willingness to develop and use God given gifts and talents in a Christ-like way to build Christian community. 
– identify good choices and poor choices in light of the Great commandment “Love God and love your neighbour”
– take responsibility for their own belongings and those of others

– acknowledge God's gift of creation

– participate in group prayer

– recognize the church as a place where the parish gathers for worship

– recognize the gifts God has given them

– recognize that each person is a gift from God


17. Critique societal structures in light of Catholic social justice principles and apply to social and personal situations.  18. Engage in service to the community (e.g. family, parish, local, national, and global) in response to the Gospel call.  19. Examine the variety of Christian vocations as ways to live out the Baptismal call to a life of service. 
– demonstrate an awareness of their call to build a world of love, justice, and peace

– identify good choices and poor choices in light of the Great commandment: “Love God and love your neighbour”

– recognize that God calls us to help other people

– clean up after themselves for the benefit of others

– demonstrate service to others

– recognize God's call in simple day to day tasks as vocations

– identify the difference between the vocation of their parents and the vocation of priests


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