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"The Teaching Guide for each elementary level consists of 32 lesson plans that systematically guide students through the Apostolate's Family Catechism. It helps students develop a deeper understanding of the whole Faith, covering the Creed, Sacraments, Prayer and the Ten Commandments each year at the students? appropriate level. The lesson plans are organized in an easy-to-follow format and include the following sections: teacher preparation, materials, video presentation, prayer, quiz, discussion, workbook assignment and other activities. In a typical lesson, teachers may quiz students on the answers or Scriptures that were memorized from the By Heart Catechism and Scripture Review book. Then the recommended Family Catechism commentary video program may be viewed, followed by discussion and other activities. The Teaching Guide also includes ideas for additional activities, examinations, and answer keys to the student workbook. Each lesson plan can be spread out across a number of days depending on the days and duration of the religion classes. The Teaching Guide is part of the Consecration in Truth® Catechetical Program which has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church by the Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, making it an approved resource for family, school and parish religious education programs."

In response to the needs of catechetical leaders, catechists, pastors, and parents, Our Sunday Visitor is proud to announce Alive in Christ, a premier religion curriculum that engages today's children.

*Jesus Christ is at the Center

Alive in Christ is intentional in its focus on the life, mission and saving work of Jesus Christ. This lays the foundation for a lifelong relationship with Jesus, who "...alone can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity"(CCC 426).

*Building Knowledge of, and Reverence for, Sacred Scripture

Sacred Scripture from both the Old and New Testament is presented in ways that encourage students to learn about the people and stories of the Bible and listen to the voice of God.

*Comprehensive Presentation of Catholic Teaching

Alive in Christ provides a comprehensive and systematic presentation of the Catholic faith. Key themes of Catholic teaching are repeated each year through a grade-level lens, building on the child's knowledge of the faith at each developmental stage.

*Unique and Effective Pedagogy

Mirroring the divine pedagogy, each lesson begins with God's invitation through Sacred Scripture and leads children to reflect on his Word, study it in Sacred Tradition, and respond with a lived faith.

*Developmentally Responsive and Appropriate

Written by a team of experts in child psychology, education and theology, Alive in Christ incorporates the most trusted research on how children learn and communicate. Faith concepts are presented at important developmental "windows"?ages when research in child development tells us that learning about a particular topic would be most effective.

*Putting Faith into Practice

Activities and questions throughout each lesson prompt children to relate knowledge of our faith with their life experience so they can apply the many ways we worship, live, pray, and serve together as Catholics.

*Complete and Purposeful Approach to Prayer and Worship

At every grade level, Alive in Christ intentionally incorporates the five basic forms of prayer and provides complete lessons on Church feasts and seasons.

*Tools for Involving Families in Children's Faith Formation

The "Family + Faith" page and an extensive website give families the tools they need to know what their children are learning, talk about their Catholic faith, and recognize ways they can apply it to their daily lives.

*Support for Both Novice and Experienced Catechists

Alive in Christ Catechist Edition empowers catechists with easy-to-use and effective tools for lesson planning, teaching and reinforcing faith concepts, and growing in their own relationship with Christ and his Church.

*Organized in a Convenient, Consistent, Time-Saving Format

The key concepts, doctrinal content, and chapter objectives are fully explained and conveniently located at the beginning of each chapter.

*Easy-To-Use Wraparound Lesson Plan

Clear, concise, wraparound lesson plan leads the catechist page-by-page through the effective three-step process with integrated connections to music, Sacred Scripture, teaching tips, liturgy links, and Catholic Social Teaching.


1. Materials 

2. Organization of the Lesson Plan 

2.1 Family Catechism Section 

2.2 Teacher Preparation 

2.3 Prayer 

2.4 Catechism Quiz & Homework Review

2.5 Video Segment

2.6 Motivation 

2.7 Discussion 

2.8 Activity 

2.9 Workbook Assignments 

2.10 Monthly Examination of Conscience 

3. Additional Teaching Tools and Activities 

3.1 Heroes of Our Faith 

3.2 Re-Enacting 

3.3 Charades 

3.4 Read a Story 

3.5 Singing 

3.6 Give Me a Clue 

3.7 To Tell the Truth 

3.8 Review Game 

4. Merit Cards and Tokens 

5. Suggestions for School Use 

6. Lesson Plans for Level Two 

Appendix A: Final Examination for Level Two 

Appendix B: Picture Reference 

Appendix C: Catechism of the Catholic Church Endnotes

Appendix D: Lesson Plan Summary ? Levels 1?4 

Appendix E: Family Catechism on Video ? Listing by Questions,

featuring Sr. John Vianney 

Appendix F: Ten Steps to Mental Prayer