Religion

Purpose 
The predominant theme in the K2 curriculum is God as loving Father and creator. 

Outcomes 

Doctrine 
The students will learn: 
• that God gives us many gifts. 
• that God is our Father and the creator of all things. 
• that God made us in His own likeness. 
• that we were made to know, love, and serve God. 
• to respect herself/himself, others, and all living things. 
• about Jesus and what he did for us. 
• about the lives of the saints and establish a playful relationship  with them. 
• that Mary is the mother of Jesus. 
• that the Catholic Church is a family. 
• that Jesus wants us to share God’s love. 
• the seasons of Advent and Lent. 

Scripture 
The students will learn: 
• the story of creation. 
• about the Nativity and Crucifixion of Jesus. 
• about Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles through Bible stories. 

Prayer/Sacraments 
The students will: 
• learn that prayer is talking to God. 
• learn spontaneous prayers of praise and thanksgiving. 
• learn appropriate formal prayers. 
• learn about receiving God’s special grace in Baptism. 
• attend Mass with the student body and experience a sense of  community. 
• learn the Sign of the Cross and Hail Mary 
• participate in all communal celebrations such as Advent and  Lenten prayer services and school liturgies.

Morality 
The students will: 
• appreciate God’s love for the uniqueness of each other. • become more conscious of the signs of God’s love and of the  ways they can express care for fellow human beings and the  gifts of the earth. 

Justice, Peace, Service 
The students will: 
• learn an appreciation for God’s gifts. 
• learn we are all God’s children and are unique. 
• learn that we are all equal in God’s eyes. 
• learn that God wants us to care for each other. 
• develop a sense of fairness to all. 
• learn that everything God made is good. 
• learn about different ways to care for themselves and for  others. 
• learn that we all have feelings and feelings are good. 

Family Life 
The students will: 
• learn that they are a part of God’s family and of their parish  community. 
• learn to share God’s love in their families and parishes. • invite families to attend children’s liturgies and celebrations. 

Personal Safety 
The students will: 
• recognize the importance of wearing a seatbelt in a car. • recognize the need for traffic, fire safety, and gun safety rules. • know how to stay safe when they are lost. 
• describe appropriate responses to being asked to go  
somewhere with somebody. 
• describe appropriate responses when they are offered gifts. • identify safe, caring touches. 
• say “no” to unwanted touches. 
• identify the Touching Rule. 
• identify personal safety steps. 
• identify what to do if someone breaks the Touching Rule. • understand that secrets about touching are not okay.
• identify whom to tell if they have a touching problem. 
• understand when someone breaks the Touching Rule, it is  
never the child’s fault. 

Bullying Prevention 
The students will: 
• define bullying, share ideas about bullying, and become more  aware of the problems that result from bullying behaviors. 
• identify bullying behaviors. 
• understand and deal with feelings. 
• deal with angry feelings and avoid engaging in bullying  
behaviors. 
• develop empathy for students who are bullied. 
• respond to bullying behaviors. 
• distinguish between telling and tattling. 
• identify the school-wide consequences for engaging in bullying  behaviors. 

Teaching Strategies 
• question and answer 
• discussion 
• storytelling 
• SMARTBoard interactive whiteboard activities 

Assessment 
• teacher observation 
• class participation 
• discussion 
• storytelling 

Resources 
• We Believe, God Made the World, Sadlier 2011 
• We Believe, seasonal resources 
• We Believe, website resources 
• We Believe, teacher instructional and assessment resources 
• teacher created materials 
• Sing and Tell Bible Stories, Tabor Publishing Co. 
• Children’s Illustrated Bible, Doubleday, 1983. 
• Talking about Touching, Committee for Children, 2001 
• Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Hazelden, 2010