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Finding God Grades 1–6
It’s prayerful. It’s personal. It’s powerful.
A faith-formation program for children in grades 1–6 and the significant adults in their lives. The program mentors children, parents, and adults in cultivating a special place in their hearts to meet with God. Preview samples ...
Finding God Grades 1–6
It’s prayerful. It’s personal. It’s powerful.
A faith-formation program for children in grades 1–6 and the significant adults in their lives. The program mentors children, parents, and adults in cultivating a special place in their hearts to meet with God. Preview samples online at www.findinggod.com/preview.
• Empowers catechists and teachers to lead children in prayer
• Offers high-quality sessions with a strong presentation of Church doctrine
• Connects technology and faith through online activities, planning tools, and assessments
• Integrates multisensory opportunities to experience Scripture, music, and prayer
• Provides an abundance of prayer that allows children to nurture a lifelong conversation with God
• Equips parents and adults with components that correspond to the structure of the children’s program
• Opens every unit with the story of a saint
• Presents doctrine, Scripture, and Tradition through engaging four- to eight-page sessions
• Connects the lesson with their living faith by offering opportunities for reflective prayer, links to liturgy, reading God’s Word, and much more
• Provides three prayer opportunities in each session as well as additional prayer services
• Encourages knowledge of the faith by providing an extensive supplement, Prayers and Practices of Our Faith
• Provides clear, concise preparation for each session
• Addresses various learning styles through variety of lesson options
• Offers extensive online resources and support
• Models different ways of praying with opportunities to put them into practice
• Includes reproducible blackline masters with activities and assessments
In the first year of adoption, a free guide is included with every 25 children’s books purchased.
Online resources for program users
• Family E-Newsletters
• Additional assessments for each session
• Detailed session-planning tool
• Hundreds of additional activities
• Activity Finder searchable by grade level, subject, or learning style
• Sunday Connection linked to readings and activities
• Seasonal resources
• Articles and activities for families
• Additional prayer resources
As I open this book,
I open myself to God’s presence in my life.
God calls me to be aware of him in all the people I know,
the places I go,
and the things I do each day.
When I quiet myself to allow God’s grace to help me,
I see with truth,
hear with forgiveness,
and act with kindness as God’s love works through me.
Thank you God,
for your presence in my life.
God Loves Us
Saint Francis of Assisi Saint Francis loved all living things.
Francis liked the country. He loved the trees. He loved the animals.
Once a hungry wolf began to bother people. The people were scared.
Francis was not. He talked to “brother wolf.” He gave the wolf food. Soon, no one was scared. “Brother wolf” was their friend.
God Made Everything
Think about the wonderful world around you. Think about the animals. Think about the trees and the flowers. Think about your friends and your family.
What are your favorite things?
God, help me see the beauty of your world.
Help me always know that you love me.
God Is the Creator
God is the creator of everything. God made the sky and the sea. God made trees and flowers. He even made us.
God loves us. He wants us to enjoy all he made.
God Makes Good Things
God looked at everything he made. He saw green plants, sweet fruit, and fresh water. He said, “It is very good.” adapted from Genesis 1:31
Think about crunchy lettuce, sweet apples, and pretty birds. Draw your favorite things God made.
Reading God’s Word
Clouds play in the sky. Flowers bloom on earth.
Trees bow their branches to God. All are happy.
God is good.
adapted from Psalm 96:11-13
Take Care of Our World
God wants us to be happy. How? We can love God and others. We can work together. We can play with one another. We can take care of our world.
We can show love for God by praying. When we have finished, we pray “Amen.”
Some people show love for God in a special way. Francis of Assisi did this. He was a saint.
People show love for God’s world by helping others.
Some people build homes.
Some people share their food and clothes.
Meet a Saint
Saint Vincent de Paul lived long ago. He helped people who were poor and in need. This is how he showed God his love.
When we pray, we talk to God. We think of him. We ask him for what we need. We begin and end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Show God your love. Talk with God in your heart. Tell him what you are thankful for.
Living My Faith
God is the creator of all people and all things. When we care for the world, we show God our love.
Words I Learned
Amen creator God saint
Ways of Being Like Jesus
Show that you love God’s world.
Put trash where it belongs.
With My Family
Tell your family what you like about them. Tell them, “Mom, I like your singing. Dad, I like your cooking.”
Thank you, God, for making this great world for us.
How can you show that you love God’s world?
RAISING?FAITH-FILLED?KIDS: A Parent Page
Focus on Faith God Made Everything Good
A father was looking at his two-year-old son. Never had he imagined the joy that having a child would bring to his life. Until this point, he had not given much thought to God; in fact, he was not even sure that he believed in God. On this day, however, he noticed his little boy’s perfectly shaped ear. It must have been formed deliberately and intricately to perform its function of gathering sound. The father marveled at how something so seemingly ordinary as an ear could be formed so flawlessly. Amid these thoughts, he realized that he was looking directly at the wonder of creation. He saw how good it was. At that moment, he realized that his son existed because of something much larger than he: a loving, caring God.
Dinnertime Conversation Starter
Think about the wonders of creation that you noticed today. Consider the most minute to the most grand. Share these with your child, while encouraging him or her to do the same.
Hints for at Home
Plant flower or vegetable seeds in small paper cups. As a family, talk about how God created everything—from flowers to oceans to people. All of God’s creation is precious and special in its own way, and we can each show our appreciation by caring for it. Discuss with your child simple ways in which he or she can care for God’s world. When the plants grow large enough, encourage your child to give them away as gifts or plant them in your neighborhood.
Spirituality in Action
Go on a nature walk with your child to instill in him or her an appreciation for God’s world. Point out the beauty that surrounds you: trees, grass, flowers, birds, insects, smells, and sounds. Explain to your child that God made all these wonderful things for us to enjoy. Talk about how you can show respect for nature and care for it.
Focus on Prayer
Your child has learned that when we pray, we open our minds and hearts to God and ask him for the things we need. Practice beginning and ending prayer with the Sign of the Cross.
Table of Contents
Unit 1 God Loves Us 1
Session 1 God Made Everything 3
Session 2 God Cares for Us 11
Session 3 God Is Our Father 19
Session 4 God Gives Us Peace 27
Session 5 Review 35
Unit 2 Jesus Loves Us 41
Session 6 God Sends Jesus 43
Session 7 Jesus Teaches Us 51
Session 8 Trust in God 59
Session 9 Jesus Rises From the Dead 67
Session 10 Review 75
Unit 3 All Are Welcome 81
Session 11 Following Jesus 83
Session 12 Jesus Sends the Holy Spirit 91
Session 13 Jesus Teaches Us to Share 99
Session 14 God Chose Mary 107
Session 15 Review 115
Unit 4 Meeting Jesus 121
Session 16 Jesus in Our Lives 123
Session 17 Joining God’s Family 131
Session 18 Celebrating Jesus 139
Session 19 Listening to Our Father 147
Session 20 Review 155
Unit 5 Living Like Jesus 161
Session 21 Making Good Decisions 163
Session 22 Jesus Cares for Us 171
Session 23 Jesus Loves Families 179
Session 24 God Loves the World 187
Session 25 Review 195
The Year in Our Church 201
Holy Week 215
All Saints Day 227
Prayers and Practices of Our Faith 231
Knowing and Praying Our Faith 234
Celebrating Our Faith 244
Living Our Faith 250
Songs of Our Faith 256
Understanding the Words of Our Faith 273
English Glossary 273
Spanish Glossary 284