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COURSE NO. REL-300

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COURSE OVERVIEW

My Path to Heaven: A Young Person’s Guide to the Faith; a family activity; two and three days weekly for about 20 minutes at a time.

COURSE NOTES

 
This program is matched to the Greek history cycle for its subtle resemblance to Byzantine and Greek art, and its icon-like use as it teaches the Faith through pictures and symbols.  Written to 8 to 11 year olds, it is useful for ages 5 and up.  Formerly published in 1936, its name then was much more descriptive of its content: A Retreat with Saint Ignatius in Pictures for Children.
 
Each lesson is organized around a complex drawing of multiple story vignettes along “the path”.  There are two to five sections per lesson to be read, each section teaching us something about our spiritual journey (a Greek theme), drawing us deeper and deeper into the drawing.  At the end of each lesson there are a series of ten to twenty questions about the lesson.  These are yes/no questions, and the book gives how many “yes” answers and how many “no” answers, but does not give the answers.  At the end of the story lessons are another series of lessons taking you back to each picture to search out specific symbols and picture points for further discussion.
 
Recommended pace is two or three times weekly for about 20 minutes per day; it won’t take the whole year to complete this book.  The reading and discussion takes a delightful few minutes of cuddle time, working through one section per day.  We enjoyed counting out white pieces for “yes” answers and black pieces for “no” answers and trying to lay them out in the correct answer sequence, using the process of elimination when necessary.  This relaxed reading and discussion format often took us days to complete a lesson, so we used a timer to keep lessons concise and on track—20 minutes!  For Part 2, we copied the original pictures and used colored pencils to color in the items given us to locate.  We did friendly discussion of the points given for discussion and the children then did the search-and-color independently or as a team.
 
Too, the following should be memorized this year:
 
Spiritual Works of Mercy (cf. CCC 2447),
Corporal Works of Mercy (cf. CCC 2447),
Theological Virtues (cf. CCC 1813),
Cardinal Virtues (cf. CCC 1805),
Gifts of the Holy Spirit (cf. CCC 1831),
Fruits of the Holy Spirit (cf. CCC 1832),
Capital Sins (cf. CCC 1866).  
 
These can be memorized once you've finished My Path to Heaven, for gentler pacing for the year.  Consider adding StartWrite software, from Rainbow Resource, printing this memory work out as penmanship worksheets for the week.
 
Older students can do the lessons independently, practicing answering questions in complete sentences that include the question, then doing the coloring work independently for the second part of the book or skipping that part altogether.  Additionally, have them do two simple reports, of seven to twelve sentences only, with a graphic, one on “icons” and one on “Ignatian Retreat”.  Do Part 2 quickly, then have them read stories of the saints or memorize Catechism selections from New St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #1 for the rest of the year.
  
For quarterly reporting for “Religion/Spiritual Exercises,” list the lessons covered for the quarter and whether it was the first time through My Path to Heaven or the second, and what of the memory work list was accomplished for the quarter.  For a work sample, develop some kind of student-written or hands-on work to illustrate the progress made for the quarter—one of the reports done? written discussion questions? a copy of the Yes/No questions with answers penciled in? the memory work written out neatly from memory, as a test for mastery?  a list of items memorized with a description of how mastery was accomplished?  Your choice!

Scheduling Suggestions: 3x/wk for 20-30min



BOOKS AND MATERIALS

My Path to Heaven: A Young Person’s Guide to the Faith

  • Author: Geoffrey Bliss, S.J.; illustrated by Caryll Houselander
  • Publisher/Copyright:
  • ISBN: 0918477484        9780918477484
  • Supplier: Emmanuel Books

Sophia Institute Press, Manchester, NH; 1997; 89 pages; 12 lessons, done twice through; teacher notes; study questions.

 

For the first lesson period, introduce the book, read the teacher notes, introduce the author and illustrator.  For the second lesson period begin teaching Lesson 1/Part 1 of the below lessons.  Go through Lessons 1 - 12 for Part 1 one at a time, then go through Lessons 1 - 12 for Part 2.  After that, have the student do the memory work given in the notes above on this page and read Mary Fabyann Windeatt or Vision Books stories of the Saints.  (NOTE: This book is very important for the non-print learner.)


 

Start Write Software Win/Mac CD-ROM

  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

 

 
Consider the CD-ROM program StartWrite for making penmanship worksheets of the “Bible-Verse-to-Memorize” selections.  Type in the copy work, set it in the penmanship style and size your student uses, double space it, and print out daily worksheets in dark grayscale.  Monday through Thursday, have the student read the verse aloud a time or two, then have him trace over the grayscale model and then write it directly below the model.  On Friday, the student can write the verse from memory or recite it from memory.  This regimen covers religion, reading and penmanship practice all at one time very nicely.
 


New St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 1

  • Author: Fr. Bennet Kelly
  • Publisher/Copyright:
  • ISBN: 0899422411        
  • Supplier: Emmanuel Books

Catholic Book Publishing Company; Revised edition (July 1999)

 



 

 




LESSON PLANNER

WEEK A

Preparatory Week A: Use this school week to gather the materials for this course and thoroughly read the book notes, course notes, and, if applicable, the weekly lesson plan in your St. Thomas Aquinas Academy curriculum guide.


WEEK B

Preparatory Week B: Use this school week to complete Preparatory Week A and explore the materials for this course. Flip through all of this course’s materials. Make mental notes about the design and organization the resources for the course (editor’s notes, table of contents, maps, charts, forms, appendices, glossaries, bibliographies, end notes, internet supports, etc.).


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WEEK C

Preparatory Week C: This is a bonus week. Use it for Semester 1 catch-up, corrections, review, assessment testing, standardized testing, or semester reporting (Semester 1 reporting packets are due February 28th). Welcome/assessment packets for the upcoming school year may be ordered as early January 10th. Families are strongly encouraged to complete and return assessment tests by April


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Preparatory Week D: This is a second bonus week. Complete Preparatory Week C or begin the Semester 2 course plan.


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LESSON 1
Part One:  Made for God: 4 sections, 12 questions
 
Part Two: 3 discussion points, 17 items to locate
 

 


LESSON 2
Part One:  The Best Way of Life: 3 sections, 12 questions
 
Part Two:  6 discussion points, 12 items
 

 


LESSON 3
Part One:  The Three Sins: 5 sections, 15 questions
 
Part Two:  10 discussion points, 13 items
 

 


LESSON 4
Part One:  My Own Sins: 4 sections, 14 questions
 
Part Two:  6 discussion points, 23 items
 

 


LESSON 5
Part One:  The Call of a King: 3 sections, 13 questions
 
Part Two:  4 discussion points, 8 items
 

 


LESSON 6
Part One:  The Incarnation: 5 sections, 12 questions
 
Part Two:  4 discussion points, 13 items

 


LESSON 7
Part One:  The Two Standards: 4 sections, 20 questions
 
Part Two:  7 discussion points, 9 items
 

 


LESSON 8
Part One:  The Election: 6 sections, 15 questions
 
Part Two:  8 discussion points, 9 items
  

 


LESSON 9
Part One:  Agony in the Garden: 4 sections, 18 questions
 
Part Two:  7 discussion points, 7 items
 

 


LESSON 10
Part One:  The Cross of Jesus: 5 sections, 11 questions
 
Part Two:  5 discussion points, 18 items
 

 


LESSON 11
Part One:  Jesus the Consoler: 6 sections, 10 questions
 
Part Two:  4 discussion points, 8 items
 

 


LESSON 12
Part One:  How to Love God:  5 sections, 18 questions
 
Part Two:  3 discussion points, 10 items
 

 




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