Grow in Love Senior Infants Theme



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Grow in Love Senior Infants


Theme

Lesson

Learning Objective

Faith Formation Goal

Story/Poem

Scripture

Song

Prayer

1.Our World

1.God is with us

Understanding:

  • Explain that God is with us at all times

Communicating and Participating:

  • Summarise Psalm 139 in their own words,

according to their own ability

That the children would also:

• Appreciate the love and care of people around

them, which helps them to know the love of God

• Grow in trust that God is with them, always

and everywhere

• Develop a sense of being loved and cared for by God



Another New Beginning
God is Everywhere

(adapted, Psalm 139)


Poem: God is With Me

Psalm 139







Response: God bless them

1.Our World

2.God created our world

Communicating and Participating:

  • Describe their favourite things about the summertime

  • Tell the Creation story (Gn 1:1-25) in their own words, according to their own ability

Understanding:

  • Wonder why God created human beings

  • Identify that human beings are the high point of God’s Creation

That the children would also:

• Develop a sense of gratitude to God for the

natural world

• Develop a sense of wonder and awe in the

created world


Poem: Thank You God, for Summertime
Poem: My Body
Creation Story part 1(adapted, Gen 1:1-23)
Creation Story part 2(adapted, Gen 1:27-28)


The Story of Creation

Gen1:1-23, 27-28






Response: Thank you God
Glory Be

Theme

Lesson

Learning Objective

Faith Formation Goal

Story/Poem

Scripture

Song

Prayer


2.Our World

3.Thank you God for our world

Understanding:

  • Tell the story of the early part of the life of King David in their own words according to their own ability

  • Identify one way in which they can care for the world

Communicating and Participating:

  • Pray Psalm 104 together

  • Pray the Glory be to the Father with appropriate gestures and actions

That the children would also:

• Identify one way in which they can care for the

world

• Begin to develop an awareness of their duty to



care for God’s Creation

David Loved God’s World

Psalm 104

Quiet and Still

Glory Be (with actions)
Response:

O God, how great you are!




2.Our World

4.God asks us to care for our world

Understanding:

  • Explore the story of the Creation of human beings

  • Identify one way in which they can watch over and care for the world in response to that Scripture passage

Communicating and Participating:

  • Participate in a prayer service on the theme of ‘Our World’

  • Pray the Morning Prayer

That the children would also:

• Begin to develop an awareness of their duty

to care for God’s Creation

God is Everywhere

(adapted, Psalm 139)



Psalm 139

Caring for God’s World
Thank You, God for our World

Morning Prayer
Prayer Service

2.We Belong

1. I belong in my family

Understanding:

  • Explore God’s love for them as experienced in the love and care of their families

Communicating and Participating:

  • Illustrate their own family tree, and name the people who belong to their family

  • Explain that God loves and cares for every family




That the children would also:

• Appreciate the love and care of people around

them, which helps them to know the love of God

• Begin to recognise that every family is

different, and that God loves and cares for every family


Alanna Asks







Loving God,

Bless all our homes and our families.

Help us to show love to each other.

Amen.


Theme

Lesson

Learning Objective

Faith Formation Goal

Story/Poem

Scripture

Song


Prayer

2.We Belong

2. My family belongs in a community

Understanding:

  • Name the local parish community to which they and their family belong

  • Explain that God wants us to live in community with others

Communicating and Participating:

  • Discuss the ways in which they can use the gifts that God gave them to contribute to their local parish community

That the children would also:

• Appreciate God’s call to live in community

with others

• Develop a sense of belonging to the local Catholic Church community



Match Day in Mountshannon




Created by God

Loving God,

Bless all those who are part of our community.

In a special way, bless our families, priests and

teachers, who help us to know your love.

Help us to share our gifts so we can make our

community a great place to live.

Amen.


Seasonal Lesson

We Remember

Understanding:

  • Identify November as the month in which we remember in a special way those who have died

  • Explain that those who die go home to God in heaven

Communicating and Participating:
  • Share with others the names of those they know who have died Pray for those who have died


  • Participate in a prayer service on the theme of remembering



That the children would also:

• Remember to pray for those belonging to

them who have died


Remembering Uncle Tom




Remember Them

May they rest in peace, Amen
Prayer Service

Theme

Lesson

Learning Objective

Faith Formation Goal

Story/Poem

Scripture

Song

Prayer

2.We Belong

3.We all belong in one human family

Understanding:

  • Identify that all the people in the world are part of the one human family, created by God

  • Explore the ethical implications of being part of the human family

Communicating and Participating:

  • Tell the story of Mother Teresa in their own words, according to their own ability

  • Pray the Night Prayer

That the children would also:

become enriched by the story of the life of Mother Teresa and by her faith and trust in God



Mother Teresa





Night Prayer
Response: God bless them all
Litany of Saints and holy people


2.We Belong

4. We can pray to God

Understanding:

friends of Jesus today

Communicating and Participating:

  • Offer prayers of thanksgiving or of intercession spontaneously, in their own words

  • Participate in a prayer service on the theme of ‘belonging’

That the children would also:

value the importance of praying as Jesus did



Jesus Prays
Jesus Teaches His Friends to Pray (adapted, Lk 11:1-3 and Mt 6:9-13)

Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer

Lk 11:1-3

Teaching about Prayer

Mt 6:9-13




Jesus Prayed to God

Our Father
Loving God, bless all of us.

Bless our homes and bless our families. Help us to

pray to you. Amen.
Prayer Service


3. Advent and Christmas

1. Advent Light

Understanding:

  • Name Advent as the time to get ready to celebrate Jesus’ birthday at Christmas

  • Identify Jesus as the ‘light of the world’

Communicating and Participating:

  • Discuss the changes that take place in the natural world in winter, in the context of God’s care for the world
  • Be involved in creating a class Advent wreath


That the children would also:

• Develop a sense of anticipation for the birth of Jesus, through the gradual lighting of candles on the Advent wreath

• Enter into the spirit of Advent as a time of preparation for Christmas


A Winter Morning




Advent Song

Loving God, bless all of us this winter time.

Keep us warm, safe and happy.

Bless in a special way those who do not have warm

houses to sleep in or food to eat.

Amen.


Theme

Lesson

Learning Objective

Faith Formation Goal

Story/Poem

Scripture

Song

Prayer

3. Advent and Christmas

2. Mary says ‘yes’!

Understanding:

  • Recall and share experiences of making and hearing announcements

  • Explain that the Angel Gabriel told Mary that she was to be the mother of God’s only Son

Communicating and Participating:

  • Tell the story of the Annunciation (‘Mary’s good news’) in their own words, according to their own ability

  • Explore and discuss why we honour Mary

That the children will also:

• Honour Mary, the Mother of Jesus


The Angel’s Announcement (adapted,

Lk 1:26-32, 38)


The Birth of Jesus is Announced

Lk 1:26-32, 38



Mary

Hail Mary

(with gestures and actions)


Response:

Thank you, God



3. Advent and Christmas

3. Jesus is born

Understanding:

  • Identify the figures of Mary, Jesus and Joseph in the crib

  • Explain that Jesus is God’s gift to the world

Communicating and Participating:

  • Role play the experience of Mary and Joseph looking for a place to stay in Bethlehem

  • Pray the Hail Mary with appropriate gestures and actions

That the children would also:

  • Make a ‘gift of

love’ for someone they love

  • Come to

deeper awareness of God’s love for them

  • Celebrate

God’s gift of Jesus

Poem:

The Present


Jesus is Born (adapted,

Lk 2:1, 3-7)



The Birth of Jesus

Lk 2:1, 3-7



Quiet and Still
Mary

Hail Mary

3. Advent and Christmas

4.Gifts for the baby

Understanding:

  • Identify the shepherds and wise men as the visitors to the stable
  • Wonder about what gift they would give the baby Jesus


Communicating and Participating:

That the children would also:

• Share the good news of the birth of Jesus with

their family


The Shepherds and the Angels (adapted,

Lk 2:8-18, 20)


Gifts for the Baby (based on Mt 2:1-2, 9-11)

The Shepherds and the Angels

Lk 2:8-18, 20

Visitors from the East

Mt 2:1-2, 9-11




Quiet and Still
Mary
Advent Song



Prayer Service





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