Parent Handbook

Parent Handbook

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The Parent's Handbook provides parents with an overview of the discipline, prayer, materials and program methods used in the Consecration in Truth Catechetical Program. It also includes the topics for each level, the Ten Steps to Mental Prayer, the Five Steps to Lectio Divina, basic prayers, examinations of conscience, the video schedule, and a chart with time codes for all of the questions on the Family Catechism commentary videos. The Thought Provoker section helps parents discuss each of the questions in the Apostolate's Family Catechism with their children.

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*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. Goal of Catechesis

2. Criteria for a Catholic Catechetical Curriculum

3. The Consecration in Truth® Catechetical Program

4. Consecration in Truth® Materials

4.1 The Apostolate's Family Catechism

4.2 Teaching Guides

4.3 Student Workbooks

4.4 By Heart Catechism and Scripture Review

4.5 Video and Audio

4.6 Handbooks

4.7 Heroes of Our Faith

5. Program Methods

5.1 Motivation

5.1.1 Puzzles, Tricks, and Surprises

5.1.2 Marvels and Miracles

5.1.3 Heaven: Eternal Life with God

5.2 Memorization

5.2.1 Fundamentals of the Faith

5.2.2 Repetition

5.2.3 Mnemonic Devices

5.3 Understanding

5.4 Organization: the Key to Success

5.4.1 Video Assemblies and Discussion

5.4.2 Class Lesson

5.4.3 Five Points to Help Achieve Goals 

5.4.4 Recommended Grading Guidelines

6. Respect, Reverence, and Discipline

6.1 Respect and Reverence

6.2 Discipline

7. Prayer

7.1 Ten Steps to Mental Prayer

7.2 Lectio Divina (Spiritual Reading)

7.3 Reparation

8. Conclusion: How Will We Know When We Get There?

Appendix A: Prayers and Teachings

Appendix B: Examination of Conscience

Appendix C: Session Themes

Appendix D: Family Catechism Commentaries Chart

Appendix E: The Apostolate for Family Consecration