3rd - 5th grades
ROOTED: Grade 3-5 Theology of the Body Curriculum. This is an invitation to live the truth. Fundamental truths of Theology of the Body are not only expressed in greater detail but are encouraged to take seed in the heart and begin a growth in a life of holiness through action. Using engaging literature to foster discovery, the child will deepen their relationship with the living God, to embrace and exercise their unique gift as a child of God and temple of the Holy Spirit.Get started
Path to Holiness
The Journey to Self-Mastery Takes Root
Each unit provides a series of lessons centered around a beautiful work of literature that is read to the class. As the stories come alive for the children, so do the themes that are foundational to Theology of the Body. Our Grade 3-5 Into the Heart materials include Holy Scripture as the Word of God to be explored and treasured.
Cultivating a child’s natural wonder at creation and deepening their understanding of God as a loving Father is the foundation for glimpsing one’s greatness and our unique role in the world. The task of inspiring children to make a gift of themselves throughout the whole of their lives is taken up — right here in the classroom.
Why literature based?
Saint john Paul II had a tremendous love for culture. During World War II he met with friends to keep Polish culture and the Catholic faith alive by reciting plays, poems, and literature. On hiking trips with the youth, he would sing and read stories around the campfire.
Knowing that culture builds relationships, each unit of the curriculum is centered around a work of literature. Stories are powerful. We remember them — we relate to them — we revel in hearing them again and again. Stories have the ability to fire the imagination and proclaim truth, and resonate in our hearts.
Through discussion, activities and real life application, each unit offers a journey through the truths of Theology of the Body. Many themes are available to you to choose a path or two or three that brings this learning to life in your classroom.
Every lesson in the ROOTED: K-5 Theology of the Body Curriculum is designed for teachers to take the students through five lesson stages.
INVITATION seeks to introduce the child to a new idea by beginning with what is already known and revealing a new path that needs to be more fully discovered.
PRESENTATION OF TYPES. Here examples or models already familiar to the child are presented to help frame mental images of the concepts to be explored.
COMPARISON OF TYPES. Models of the new teaching are compared with those of the previous stage to search for patterns of truth. Pondering and beholding will excite the child’s natural curiosity toward this new learning.
EXPRESSION. This stage belongs to the child. Using the body to create, to act out or explore — the child expresses in their own words or artistic imagination the truth of what they have learned.
EXPERIENCE. The challenge is presented to the student to take this learning into their heart and into their life.
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