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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 ...

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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 online at

Program features
• 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

Children’s Book
• 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

Catechist Guide
• 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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829418217
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Series: Finding God 2005, 2007
  • Edition description: First, Student, Parish Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 6 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara is Vice President for Catechesis and Faith Formation for Loyola Press. Her role involves her in the development of faith formation resources and services designed for the benefit of parishes and schools. Prior to accepting her position at Loyola Press, Barbara served as the Associate Executive Director of NCEA's Department of Religious Education, working primarily in service to members of NPCD, NCEA's national membership association serving parish catechetical leaders. Her experience also includes diocesan and parish work in Religious Education and Youth Ministry as well as extensive teaching experience at high school and college levels. She completed her Doctor of Ministry degree at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. She also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO.

Jim Campbell is Staff Theologian for Loyola Press. His role includes planning and development of catechetical and faith formation materials to be used in parishes and schools. Jim also reviews material from the text editorial and trade divisions. Jim has been a teacher, writer, and administrator in the field of catechesis for over 30 years. He has served as Consultant for Curriculum Development for the Office for Catechesis in the Archdiocese of Chicago. He was Director of the Orange Catechetical Institute, the adult ministry formation program for the Diocese of Orange, California. Jim has taught religious studies courses at Chapman University, Orange, California and the Aquinas Institute of Theology, Dubuque, Iowa. Jim was the General Editor for Harper’s New American Bible Study Program. He has written Mary and the Saints: Companions on the Journey, Understanding Scripture: The Genesis Creation Story; Stories of the Old Testament: A Catholic’s Guide  and Serving the Catechetical Mission of the Church, all for Loyola Press. Jim has a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Education and Master of Arts in Theology from the Aquinas Institute of Theology. He also has a Master of Arts in European History from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

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Read an Excerpt

As I open this book,
I open myself to God’s presence in my life.

God’s Invitation
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.

My Response
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.


Unit 1
God Loves Us

Saint Francis of Assisi Saint Francis loved all living things.

Saint Francis
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.

Session 1
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.

Helping Others
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

Faith Summary
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.

My Response
How can you show that you love God’s world?


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.

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Table of Contents

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
    Advent        203
    Christmas         207
    Lent        211
    Holy Week        215
    Easter        219
    Pentecost        223
    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

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