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TEACHER’S GUIDE

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God Gives Us Life and Love Goals The children will come to appreciate everything and everyone as a gift from God. They will have a deeper understanding of Baptism and the Church.

1 God Is the Giver of Gifts The living God shares with each person the gift of human life and calls each one to eternal union. The children learn that their life is a sign of God’s love and that they are led to a deeper awareness of God’s presence in the love, beauty, and goodness of the other gifts given to them each day.

2 Jesus Is God’s Best Gift The Father reveals his love for the human family in the gift of his Son. Jesus shows us how we can come into the fullness of our being and enjoy life with God forever. The children learn how they can begin to live in union with God, who has come to dwell among us.

3 Jesus Lives in His Church Baptism initiates us into a way of life that leads to personal fulfillment and to oneness with all peoples and with the Father, in and through Christ, together with the Holy Spirit. It joins us to the Church, a community of people who believe in Jesus and try to live together in love and unity under the leadership of our Holy Father, the pope. The children learn how Baptism opens their hearts to God’s love and is the beginning of a new life. They learn that the Church proclaims and teaches God’s Word, celebrates God’s presence among us, and devotes itself to living in the power of God’s love. They share in the mission of Christ as members of his Church.

4 God Speaks to Us We celebrate God’s gifts by using them for others. The children review the main concepts of Unit 1. They participate in a celebration of their belonging to the Church community.

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God Is the Giver of Gifts Faith Focus We were made like God and given many gifts.

Reflecting on the Faith Experience Take a few moments to reflect prayerfully before preparing the lesson.

Listening You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works! Psalm 139:13–14

Reflecting Poets capture in words the wonder of the world and the vitality of life. Their sensitivity to sights, sounds, and feelings helps us see familiar things in a new way and increases our awareness of the greatness of God. Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made.

The psalmist, reflecting on how the human person surpasses the other marvels of creation, says When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you set in place— What are humans that you are mindful of them, mere mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them little less than a god, crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them rule over the works of your hands, put all things at their feet.

Responding God, giver of all good gifts, thank you for your gift of life to my students and me.

Scripture for Further Reflection Genesis 1:27–30 We are created in the image of God. Luke 12:24–29 God provides for his creatures. James 1:17 Every perfect gift comes from God.

Psalm 8:4–7

Do I express thanks to God aloud in the presence of my students and other people?

Romans 1:20

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Preparing for the Faith Experience Day One

Church Documents

Music in This Chapter

God Gives Us Many Gifts

Catechism of the Catholic Church. The themes of this chapter correspond to the following paragraphs: 299, 301, 355–358, 422.

For a list of all the music suggested in this program, see page T460.

Day Two We Are Gifts

Day Three God Cares for His Gifts

Day Four Each Person Is a Special Gift

Day Five Extending the Chapter

National Directory for Catechesis #48. Children should learn to recognize their own dignity and their importance not only for what they will do in the future but for who they are now. Sharing Catholic Social Teaching (USCCB). Our Catholic tradition teaches us that every person is precious and that people are more important than things.

Enriching the Faith Experience Use the activities at the end of the chapter to enrich a lesson or to replace an activity with one that better meets the needs of your class.

Scripture in This Chapter Psalm 139:14 Psalm of Praise

Bulletin Board

Catholic Social Teaching

A suggestion for a bulletin-board design for this chapter is pictured. Write the name of each student in gift boxes. You may want to use real bows on the gifts. See page T430 for a further explanation of how to use bulletin boards.

• Life and Dignity • God’s Creation

GOD’S I F T S

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Day One God Gives Us Many Gifts LEARNING OUTCOMES The children will be able to • describe the gifts of God’s love that are experienced each day. • explain that God’s love is known through the love of the people in their lives. • explain that God’s gifts are for sharing.

Before You Begin 1. God reveals himself as a loving Father who has given us everything in nature and even a chance to participate in divine life.

2. All creation speaks of the wonders of our God, who calls us to an ever-closer intimacy.

3. God’s gifts are given for all

Materials • Song, such as “Come Along with Me to Jesus” from Hi God 2 for Centering #2 • Student book for each child • Gift box with a mirror taped inside (see Day Two Materials)

people and are to be shared by all.

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5. The student books could be blessed earlier—either before the dismissal at a eucharistic celebration or at a prayer service. Presenting the religion book in a prayerful ceremony encourages the children to regard it as a special book that can help them come closer to Jesus. The presence of a priest will further impress the children with the book’s importance.

4. You may wish to begin religion time by calling the children to a different part of the room, by playing special music, or by praying the Sign of the Cross.

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Centering 1. Talk about religion class. ✦

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You have come to learn more about Jesus so that you can grow to be more like him. This year is special because you will be preparing to meet with Jesus in the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. During this year together, we will help one another know and love Jesus more as we come to know one another better. We will share ideas and pray together.

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2. Play a song and have the children walk around the room. Take one child by the hand and walk a little.

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Have him or her join hands with another child so that three of you are walking together. Continue until the entire class is walking hand in hand.

3. Present the religion books. ✦

Today you will receive a special book to use this year. [Show the religion book and ask someone to read the title.]

How do you think this book will help you? (It will help us learn more about Jesus.) This is a special book. How can you care for it? (Handle it carefully; keep it clean; do my best work in it.)

4. In a simple ceremony, distribute the books. Call each child by name and present the book. Add a comment such as “John, here is your religion book. It will help you on your way to Jesus” or “Emily, I know Jesus wants you to have this special book so that the two of you may become even closer friends.”

5. Direct the children to write their names on the inside front cover of the books.

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Day One

Sharing 1. Show the gift box to the

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Dear Parents and Family,

Did you ever receive a gift that wasn’t in a gift box? What was it? Turn to page 1 in your books. Here is a picture of a gift that is not wrapped up and tied with a pretty bow. What is the gift in this picture? (a baby)

be involved in your child’s learning about the Catholic faith. Your interest, participation, and discussions at home will expand your child’s understanding of these lessons and convey a message about their importance. This first unit of Christ Our Life introduces your child to an all-loving God who cares personally about each of us. Your child will learn that everything and everyone are gifts from God and be led to a greater awareness of God’s presence in the everyday.

How many of you have made something, drawn a picture, or picked flowers as a gift for your mother, father, or friend? What is it that you did? Why did you give these gifts? (to show my love)

In the second chapter, the children learn that God’s greatest gift is his Son, Jesus, who freed us from sin. Jesus shows us how we can enjoy life with God forever. The children will be offered a deeper understanding of Baptism and the Church in Chapter Three. Baptism is an initiation into a new life united with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This leads to a discussion of a key mystery of our faith, the Trinity.

Someone has given all of us hundreds and hundreds of gifts out of love.

Love on page 3. Have the children close their books. Then invite them to listen while you read aloud each verse of the poem and discuss the gifts it mentions: (after verse 1) What gifts of God did you enjoy this summer?

(after verse 2) What things in the world are your favorite gifts?

(after verse 3) Who are some of the people who love and care for you?

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Baptism also joins us to the Church. The children will learn how the Church shares and teaches God’s Word, celebrates his presence among us, and is dedicated to living in his love.

2. Turn to God’s Gifts Show His

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Welcome to Christ Our Life! You have the opportunity to

At the end of three of the chapters in this unit, the children will bring home a review of the chapter along with the “Building Family Faith” feature. This feature gives you a quick review of what your child learned and offers practical ways to reinforce the lesson at home so that the whole family may benefit. At the end of the fourth chapter, the review for this unit, the children will bring home a Family Feature handout to help nurture the family’s faith at home. Visit www.christourlife.org/family for more family resources.

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UNIT 1 God Gives Us Life and Love I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works!

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Day One 3. Have the children open their books to page 3. What is the title above the poem? (God’s Gifts Show His Love)

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Read the poem again and have the children say the words in all capital letters with you.

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In God’s holy book, the Bible, there is a story about Elijah. Elijah was God’s friend. One day he was very hungry. He met a woman and asked her for something to eat. This woman was poor. She had only enough flour and olive oil in her house to make a little bread for her son and herself. Even so, she made some bread for Elijah first. Then she went to make her own bread. To her surprise, she found that her jar still had the same amount of flour as before and that her jug had the same amount of oil as before. For a whole year, she never ran out of flour or oil.

God’s Gifts Show His Love God is the GIVER OF GIFTS. God gives the gift of summer. I feel the warm sun on my back and cool blades of grass beneath my feet. And I know that GOD IS GOOD! God sends the gifts of rain, colorful flowers, trees to climb, and lakes with waves. I know the gift of the touch of a soft, furry kitten and the sight of a puppy’s wagging tail. And I know that GOD IS GOOD! God gives the gift of people who love me and care for me when I fall and scrape my knee, who help me with my school work, who hug me when I feel sad or lonely or scared. And I know that GOD LOVES ME!

5. Discuss the story with the children. In the story, what did the woman do with her gift of food? (She shared it with Elijah.)

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How do you think Elijah felt when he received the bread? (happy, grateful) Why did God bless the woman by giving her enough food for another year? (He rewarded her because she shared.) God likes us to share his gifts. It is good when countries share their gifts with other countries, when churches share their gifts with other churches, and when children share their gifts with other children. What gifts have you shared with other children? (toys, a snack, clothing) Life and Dignity

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Have the children thank God in the quiet of their hearts for his love.

3. Point out A Letter Home on page 2 of the student book. Tell the children that the letter explains what they are learning.

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Help them tear out the page.

Have them take it home for their parents to read.

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Day Two

We Are Gifts

Student pages 4–5

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Materials

The children will be able to • explain that we are made in the image of God. • name three things we can do because we are created in God’s likeness. • explain how to give ourselves as gifts.

• Gift box with a mirror taped inside so that when the children look inside the box, they see themselves

Word to Know

Before You Begin

• Bible, with note card on which you have written the adapted Scripture reading for Sharing #1 • Pictures of mountains, flowers, animals, and children that reflect things that appeal to the senses (optional)

1. Our lives are precious gifts from God our Father, who has formed all people in his image. God made us with the power to think, to choose, and to love.

2. We are set apart from and called to care for the rest of creation.

• Crayons and pencils

Trinity See the Glossary for definition.

Key Terms image—a likeness; something that is like another thing in form Psalm—a prayer in the form of a poem

Centering 1. Let the children think quietly of how they have shared God’s gifts.

2. Present the gift box. ✦

I want to show you another of God’s wonderful gifts. You will know what this gift is when you look inside the gift box. Who would like to unwrap the box and look inside to find out what the gift is? Don’t tell us what you see.

Sharing 1. Develop the concept of image. ✦

Why did you laugh or smile when you looked into the box?

You saw an image or likeness of yourself. [Write image on the board and explain its meaning as found in the Key Terms.]

The Bible tells us that we are made in the image and likeness of God. [Read the following adaptation of Genesis 1:27 from the Bible.]

Let all the children look inside to discover that the gift is themselves.

God created man and woman in his own image; in the image of God he created them.

2. Talk about why we are gifts. ✦

We all have strengths and weaknesses, but God loves each of us, and that is why God made us. We are special gifts. We are made like God in some ways.

What can people do that the mountains, flowers, and animals God made cannot do? [Show pictures of these things.]

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Have a volunteer read aloud the first two paragraphs of We Are Gifts on page 4. ✦ How can you tell that the child in the picture is enjoying life? What gifts has God given him? ✦

Who created all things? (God)

What is another name for God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? (Trinity) We recognize the Trinity every time we pray the Sign of the Cross. (Point out that Trinity is a Word to Know.)

What three things can we do because we are made in the image or likeness of God? (think, choose, love) God’s Creation

We Are Gifts God made everything. He made the sun and the moon. He made plants and animals. All creation is a gift from God. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We call this the Trinity.

Have a child read the third paragraph. ✦ How can we give the gift of ourselves to others? (give our time to help someone; give someone a smile or a kind word) ✦

God made us. We are gifts too. God made us like himself. We can think. We can choose. We can love.

How can we give ourselves back to God? (by offering ourselves to God in prayer; by doing everything for God) Life and Dignity

Gifts are to be given. We give ourselves to others. We give ourselves to God. I give you thanks for making me so wonderful.

5. Tell the children the story of Lea. Lea’s mother was having a birthday party. Everyone had come with a pretty gift. Lea was only five years old. She had no money to buy a present. While her mom was opening her gifts, Lea left the room. When she returned, she was carrying a tray. She set it down on the floor in front of her mother. Then she stood on the tray and said, “Happy birthday, Mom. I’m your gift.”

adapted from Psalm 139:14

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Day Two 6. Guide the children through God Gives Us Gifts on page 5. ✦ Have the children do each activity. ✦

God Gives Us Gifts God gives us a mind so that we can think.

Invite one of the children to share his or her responses.

Print one thing you learned last year.

7. Talk about things the children can do with their senses. God has given us eyes to see. What do you like to look at?

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God has given us ears to hear. What do you like to hear?

God has given us touch so that we can feel things. What do you like to touch and feel?

God has given us a nose to smell. What smells good to you?

God has given us taste to enjoy food. What do you like to eat?

We can choose, too.

Choose the pet you like best. Make a circle around it.

8. Draw on the board an outline of a body and talk about God’s gifts. ✦ As you add parts of the body, have the children tell the things we can do in relation to each part: head (think), eyes (see), ears (hear), nose (smell), mouth (taste), fingers (feel).

God has also given us a heart to love with.

What special thing can we do that wasn’t mentioned? (choose) [Refer the children to page 4 if they have difficulty.]

Write their names or draw their pictures in the heart.

What three things can we do because we are made in the likeness of God? (think, choose, love)

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Provide a few moments of quiet. Have the children thank God for the gift of themselves and the things they can do.

Whom do you love in a special way?

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List their suggestions on the board.

Ask each child to choose from the list one way they can gift themselves and the person to whom they will offer that gift.

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Day Three God Cares for His Gifts

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LEARNING OUTCOMES

Materials

Before You Begin

The children will be able to • describe God’s never-failing care for creation. • explain why people are especially important to God. • talk about trust in our heavenly Father’s care.

• Song from Day One or Two for Centering #1

A person whose vision of life is shaped by the Christian faith sees God manifesting himself in all of creation, in the events of everyday life, and especially in the people who faithfully image God’s loving kindness.

Centering 1. Play a song from Day One or Day Two that the children enjoyed.

2. Introduce the Bible as a treasure. ✦ What are some valuable gifts or “treasures” you own? How do you care for them? Why do you care for your treasures in this way? ✦

I have a special treasure to show you that really belongs to all of us. [Reverently hand the Bible to a child and ask him or her to place it on the worship table.] The Bible contains messages from God to us.

• Bible enthroned on a table • Scenic pictures: sky, land, trees, flowers, birds, sun, stars, animals • Pictures of people • Crayons

Sharing 1. Display the pictures of nature and people. Ask the children to tell how God cares for each creation.

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God cares for people, giving them the things they need. What do we need? (food, clothing, homes)

God takes care of the things in the sky. What are some of these? (sun, moon, stars, planets, clouds) God gives them special laws to follow. The sun shines during the day, and the moon shines at night. There are times the clouds give us rain or snow.

How did [Name] show that the Bible is a treasure? (by carrying the Bible carefully, by walking slowly, by placing the Bible on the table and not dropping it) Today we will talk about the way God cares for us because we are precious to God.

God takes care of the land and makes it beautiful too. The grass, the trees, and the flowers grow according to God’s laws of nature. The trees change colors in the fall. In some places, it snows in winter. God cares for plants and animals during winter.

God also takes care of the lakes, the rivers, and the seas. The waters stay in place according to God’s laws.

God takes care of all living things, giving them food, water, and sunshine to help them grow.

2. Tell Jesus’ story about how God cares for all creatures. ✦ Jesus wanted people to know that God our Father cares for everything he made but that God cares for people in a special way. ✦

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“Look at the ravens. They don’t plant seeds or store food in storehouses or barns. Yet God our Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than the birds? Look at the flowers that grow wild in the field. They don’t spin thread or weave cloth to make clothes. Yet not even a king has clothes as beautiful as theirs. Now if this is how God clothes the wild grass in the field, which is here today and gone tomorrow, how much more will he take care of you! You are worth so much more than the birds and the flowers.” (adapted from Luke 12:24–29)

3. Ask the following questions: ✦

Do birds plant seeds or store food in barns? (no)

Why don’t birds do this? (God provides food for them in nature.)

Do flowers have to make cloth and sew clothes to look beautiful? (no) Why are flowers so beautiful? (God makes them that way.)

Do you think God will take care of us? (yes) Why? (We are more precious than all the other creatures.)

How are people special? (God made us in his image. We can think, choose, and love.)

In the Bible, Jesus tells us about God’s loving care. Listen to what Jesus said:

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Day Three 4. Share with the children a personal experience of God’s loving care.

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5. Invite the children to share a

One day Jesus said,

time they experienced God’s loving care. ✦ Remember that whether you are happy, sad, excited, or afraid, God is always with you and will take care of you. ✦

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“God loves you more than the birds. He loves you more than the flowers. God takes good care of you.” adapted from Luke 12:24–29

Trace the bird and the flowers. Color them.

God loves us just as much when we are in trouble or in pain as he does when everything seems pleasant and we are feeling fine.

Discuss with children how they can care for creation. ✦ God asks us to take care of ourselves, other people, and all the things he has made and given to us. Why do you think God wants us to look after all these things? ✦

How can you take care of yourselves? (eating well, learning) How can you take care of other people? (sharing with them)

How can you help take care of the beautiful land God has given us? (not littering or destroying the land)

How can you take care of the water in the lakes, rivers, and streams? (by not polluting)

How can you help take care of living things such as animals? (feeding, playing with, and loving your pets, respecting wild animals, not littering where wild animals live)

How can you show God during mealtimes at home and in the cafeteria that you’re grateful for the gift of food? (Don’t waste food. Don’t play with food. Pray before and after meals.) God’s Creation

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Invite the children to spend some quiet time with Jesus each day.

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Day Four Each Person Is a Special Gift

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beginning of the Bible for a reason: to make the emphatic statement that all of creation comes from God, is directed toward God, and is good.

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LEARNING OUTCOMES

Materials

The children will be able to • identify the different levels of being. • describe the dignity of each person. • demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts in this chapter.

• Stepladder (or a drawing of ladder steps on the board)

• Pictures of a fish, a turtle, or a bird • Picture of a person • Picture of an angel • Large sheets of paper

Key Terms

• Crayons

angels—creatures God made that are pure spirits and have no bodies

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creation—everything God made creature—something God made

Centering

Before You Begin 1. God has set humankind over the rest of the created world and calls us to cooperate in bringing it to perfection. The story of creation in the Book of Genesis is placed at the very

1. Have the children name ways they used their senses since the last class.

2. Ask the children what they would thank God for if they were grass, a pony, or a bird. ✦

Sharing 1. Introduce the Ladder of Creation exercise. You can help me make a very special ladder called the Ladder of Creation. What does creation mean? (things God made) We can also call whatever God made creatures. [Print the words on the board.]

2. Show the children some things God has created. ✦ Let’s put a rock, a plant, and an animal on the right steps of the ladder. ✦

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On the bottom step belongs something God made that is not alive. What can we put on this step? (rock)

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Put a living thing that can grow, but cannot see or hear, on the next step. (plant) On the third step, put a creature that can do more than a plant can do. What are some things an animal can do that a plant can’t do? At the top of the ladder belongs someone God made in his own image and likeness. Who could this be? [Place a picture of a child on the top step of the ladder.]

3. Discuss why people are special. ✦

Why are people on the top step of the ladder? (People are greater than the other creatures God made on earth.)

Why are people greater than the other things God has made? (God made people in his own image and likeness.)

How are people like God? (They can think, choose, and love.) Because we are more advanced than other created things on earth, we have a responsibility to take care of them. God’s Creation

#5, you might choose to use paper large enough so that each child can lie down on it and be traced for a life-sized picture.

3. You may wish to read aloud the BLM quizzes for the children to test their knowledge of religion, not their reading ability.

4. When planning today’s lesson, keep in mind that Day Four is when the children take the quiz for this chapter. Reserve time at the end of class for this assessment. The quiz can also be administered on Day Five.

4. Place a picture of an angel above the Ladder of Creation. ✦ God made some creatures who are his special helpers. What do we call them? (angels) ✦

The angels are beautiful creatures who adore God in heaven. Angels can also do some of the things we do. What are some of these things? (They can think, choose, and love.) Angels take care of us.

The Bible tells us that God made us a little like the angels. We are special people who share God’s life.

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Day Four 5. Have the children make self-portraits. Distribute large sheets of paper.

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Instruct the children to make selfportraits. Encourage them to make their drawings fill the paper. Remind them to think about the color of their hair, eyes, and so on before they draw.

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Have them write at the bottom “God, thank-you for making me so wonderful.”

6. Discuss uniqueness. ✦

Have the children form a circle, holding their portraits in front of them so all can see.

Does anyone have a portrait that looks just like yours? Why not? God didn’t use a cookie cutter to make us all alike. He designed each person individually and carefully. There is no one else like you in the whole world. Each person is a wonderful creation. Each one is in the image of God and is a child of God. [Hang the portraits around the room if possible.]

Pick a gift of God that is special to you.

Draw the gift in the gift box above. Print your name on the tag. Was it hard to choose just one gift? God is good to give us so many gifts. What would you like to say to God when you think about God’s gifts to you?

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7. Guide the children in reading and working God’s Gifts Are Special on page 7. ✦ Read aloud (or have a volunteer read) the first sentence and the directions. ✦

Let the children draw their special gifts.

Have them turn to the person next to or behind them and show their pictures.

Read the rest of the page to the children, pausing to allow them to answer the questions.

Give the children time to write their prayer on the lines. On the board, print words they will probably need: Jesus, love, thank, God.

Ask volunteers to share their prayers with the other children. Respect the privacy of those who do not wish to share.

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How many people did you circle? (all of them)

God made everybody. God loves everybody, too.

There are about 5 billion people in the world, and they’re all different. [Write 5,000,000,000 on the board.] How many of these people are special? (all of them)

Circle each person God made and loves.

How did God make us? God made us in the image and likeness of himself. We can think, choose, and love. What is the Trinity? The Trinity is God. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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How wonderful are your gifts. They are more than I can count.

administer BLM 1, Chapter 1 Quiz. Use this opportunity to assess the children’s understanding of the main concepts in the chapter. If there is not sufficient time for the children to complete the quiz, consider moving it to Day Five.

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Building Family Faith ALL CREATION speaks of God’s love, beauty, and goodness, but human beings have a special relationship with God. Each one of us is made in the image of God, and we are called to do our part to take proper care of the world God has entrusted to us. REFLECT “Notice the ravens: they do not sow or reap; they have neither storehouse nor barn, yet God feeds them. How much more important are you than birds!” (Luke 12:24)

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Pray a litany of thanks for all God’s people with the response “Bless them.” ✦ Thank you, God, for people who care for us. (Bless them.) ✦ Thank you, God, for people who are our friends. (Bless them.) ✦ Thank you, God, for people who make us laugh. (Bless them.) ✦ Thank you, God, for people who are lonely and alone. (Bless them.) ✦ Let the children add their own petitions.

2. At the end of class, have the children tear out page 8. Encourage them to share Building Family Faith with their families.

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DISCUSS AS A FAMILY • How has God taken care of you in your life? • What are some typical ways that people take care of one another in our family? Visit www.christourlife.org/family for more family resources.

PRAY Thank you, Lord, for all your gifts. DO • At family mealtimes this week, ask each person to tell one thing he or she is grateful for. • Show gratitude for creation by picking up litter. • Help your child see that everyone is created in the image of God by performing a kind act, such as offering to help a neighbor with a chore. • Read a story or poem that evokes an appreciation for nature.

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• Were the learning objectives achieved? • Do the children demonstrate an understanding of their dignity as creatures of God?

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Day Five Extending the Chapter

Day Four

Use the following suggestions to create an additional lesson for Day Five.

3. Consider the time of the liturgical year and use the appropriate Special Seasons and Lessons. SSLs begin on page T333.

1. If you haven’t already done so, remind the children to take home page 8 to share what they are learning with their families.

4. Visit www.christourlife.org to find additional activities for Extending the Chapter.

2. Incorporate any unused BLMs

5. Use activities from Enriching the Faith Experience.

6. Guide the children in a prayerful discussion of Sunday’s Scripture readings. Visit www.christourlife.org for more information.

from the week’s chapter.

Chapter 1 Enriching the Faith Experience Use the following activities to enrich a lesson or to replace an activity with one that better meets the needs of your class.

4. Make a class booklet with drawings of good things God has given us. Let each child contribute one page. Have someone design a cover for the booklet and write on it the title “God Fills My Life with Good Things.”

1. Take a nature walk around the school grounds. Point out the beauty and bounty of God’s creation.

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Have each child write his or her name at the top of a sheet of paper. Then have the children move from desk to desk and jot down one thing that makes that person special. Life and Dignity

3. BLM 2 Guide the children in working BLM 2 Window of Love, which leads them to a greater appreciation of the gifts of creation.

5. Invite a local veterinarian or wildlife rescuer to the class to talk about how to care for animals.

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Have the children decorate a large box in which to collect supplies for an animal shelter. Children can use drawings, pictures, or words to decorate the box. Consider placing the box at the church entrance. God’s Creation

7. Start a Good News Box by covering a small box with a lid and labeling it with the words Good News. Each week, have the children think of one or two important things they have learned. These might be taken from the We Remember and We Respond sections or might be expressed in the children’s own words. Write them on cards, place them in the box, and use them for review the following week.

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