Curriculum

CURRICULUM

1.1 CLASS ACTIVITIES

The purpose of our curriculum and classroom teaching is multifold and goes beyond textbook based instruction. A multitude of activities are emphasized and encouraged: learning and participating in different church activities, praying at home, participating in Ward prayers, learning the different prayers, reading the Bible, learning about the lives of the saints, etc. Students from 10 through 12 are encouraged to attend discernment camps, youth retreats, community services activities, this includes attending missionary works, and volunteering at shelters or soup kitchen.

Each class must be a minimum of one hour in duration. Below is an example of how a class can be structured.

  • Opening prayer
  • Take Attendance
  • Review material from last class (including prayers that students are supposed to learn by heart, any homework given, any other questions that they may have)
  • Learning of any Catholic prayers by by-heart
  • Quiz competitions, based on assignments, Bible readings etc.
  • Instruction based on the textbook
  • Read a short biography of a saint and his/her virtues
  • Read the Sunday readings in the class (specifically the gospel and epistles) 
  • Closing prayer.

1.2SEMESTER

The year will be divided into two semesters. Each semester consists of approximately 15 Sundays.

1.3TIME

Teaching hours should be at a minimum one hour every Sunday. Holy Qurbana and Classes for Sunday School children should be arranged based on the needs of each parish/mission.

Catechism classes should not be cancelled for any reason other than an inclement weather or emergency. Parishes should not schedule meetings, conferences, or activities related to other ministries during Sunday School time.

1.4SYLLABUS

  1. Textbooks: Every parishes and missions must teach the Syro-Malabar Faith Formation Commission published and Synod approved, “Way to Salvation”, textbooks from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
  2. Catholic Faith: Each class must teach a series of prayers, beliefs, teachings, and practices each year. By the time the student complete 8th grade, all those identified below are learned. Even if the requirement is to learn some of these at a certain class, it could be asked in any exam at a higher-level class. For example, if the child learns a certain prayer at 4th grade, the 7th grade question paper may ask the student to write those prayers during the exam. Below are a list of prayers/beliefs/teachings/practices that students learn by-heart.

 

1

Act of Contrition

13

Glory Be

25

Sacramentals

2

Act of Faith

14

Grace After Meals

26

Sacraments

3

Act of Hope

15

Grace Before Meals

27

Salve Regina

4

Act of Love

16

Hail Mary

28

Sign of the Cross

5

Angelus

17

Indulgences

29

Sins against the Holy Spirit

6

Apostles Creed

18

Memorare

30

Sins that cry to heaven

7

Capital Sins

19

Our Father

31

Spiritual Works of Mercy

8

Confiteor

20

Prayer to Guardian Angel

32

Stations of the Cross

9

Corporal Works of Mercy

21

Prayer to St. Michael

33

Ten Commandments

10

Eternal Rest

22

Precepts of the church

34

The Beatitudes

11

Fruits of the Holy Spirit

23

Regina Caeli

35

Venial Sins

12

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

24

Rosary

36

Virtues

37

Mercy Chaplet

 

 

 

 

 

1.5TEXTBOOKS

The Sunday School programs within the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese must use the Syro-Malabar Synod approved textbook as their main teaching tool.

1.6GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

Children should be aware and have general knowledge of the Catholic church and its activities. For example: Pope, Bishops, Canonization of new Saints etc. Teachers should prepare these kind of general knowledge questions based on where the children are in relation to the student’s knowledge.

1.7SAINTS

Each one of us are called to Holiness. Children need to know of how they can model their lives. The best way to enable such modeling is to introduce the children at a young age the lives of Saints. There are many books available about Saints based on the child’s ability to grasp. From grades 1-12, teachers should introduce at least 4 Saints a year. Two saints each semester.

1.8SUPPLEMENTAL TOPICS

The diocese is developing supplemental topics in addition to our current Syro-Malabar textbooks. Diocese is preparing and make available Supplementary Topics for grades 8-12. Through this effort the diocese aims to help our catechists’ additional resources for the students in essential faith related subjects based on the North American context. A committee is assisting the diocese with this effort. The team is selecting supplementary topics including videos, links, and articles, PowerPoint presentations, talking points etc. that helps teachers to teach each topic with ease in their own classes. These resources will be available on the diocesan website. The supplementary topics focus on contemporary issues facing the students in the United States. For example: relativism, abortion, gay marriage etc.

1.9BIBLE

For every student’s individual prayer life and study, Bible reading, and study must be encouraged from a young age. At a minimum, the students should start reading the Bible from 4th grade onwards. Children should participate in the Diocesan Bible Quiz, Dei Verbum. Syllabus should focus in such a way that children read the entire New Testament prior to graduating 12th grade.

1.10CLASS BY CLASS OVERVIEW

1.10.1Pre-School & Kindergarten

Parents has the responsibility to teach the children when they start talking about our faith. Children should start coming to the church and must familiarize the surroundings and environment way before they start Pre-school or Kindergarten. This will help them to easily adjust to the Church and class environment. It will be difficult for a child to adapt easily when he or she never been to the church prior. Exams should be conducted as oral.

1.10.2Grades 1-7

 

Grade

Semester

Textbook Chapters

Saints

Bible Portions

Prayers

I

1

1-8

 

Angels

By heart Verses from the Textbook

  • Sign of the Cross
  • Glory Be
  • Hail Mary
  • Our Father

2

9-15

Arch Angels

II

1

1-8

 

 

St. Joseph Cupertino

St. Don Bosco

By heart Verses from the Textbook

  • Ten Commandments
  • Grace Before Meals
  • Grace After Meals
  • Sacraments

2

9-15

St. Philomina

St. Dominic Savio

III

1

1-8

 

Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Thomas

By heart Verses from the TextBook

  • Act of Contrition
  • Confiteor
  • Guardian Angel Prayer

2

9-15

St. George

St. Sebastian

IV

1

1-8

St. Theresa of Liseaux

St. Jude

Gospel of St. Mark:

Chapter 1-8

  • Apostles Creed
  • Fruits of the Holy Spirit
  • Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Precepts of the Church

2

9-15

St. Francis Xavier

St. Anthony

Gospel of St. Mark:

Chapter 9-16

  • Capital Sins
  • Venial Sins
  • Sins Against the Holy Spirit
  • Sins that Cry to Heaven

V

1

1-8

St. Alphonsa

St. Chavara

Gospel of St. Matthew:

Chapter 1-14

  • Angelus
  • Act of Faith
  • Act of Hope
  • Act of Love

2

9-15

St. Euphrasia

St. Mariam Thresia

Gospel of St. Matthew:

Chapter 15-27

  • Regina Caeli
  • Corporal Works of Mercy
  • Spiritual Works of Mercy

VI

1

1-8

St. Vincent De Paul

St. Mother Theresa

Gospel of St. Luke:

Chapter 1-12

  • Rosary
  • Salve Regina

 

2

9-15

St. Damien

St. Maxmillian Colbe

Gospel of St. Luke:

Chapter 13-24

  • Memorare
  • Divine Mercy Chaplet

VII

1

1-8

St. Joseph

St. Cecilia

Book of Proverbs

Chapter 1-16

  • Prayer to St. Michael
  • Eternal Rest
  • Indulgences

2

9-15

St. Martin De Pores

St. Ignatius Loyola

Book of Proverbs

Chapter 17-31

  • Sacramentals
  • Stations of the Cross
  • The Beatitudes
  • Virtues

 

1.10.3Grades 8-12

Grade 8 onwards children must have knowledge of all the prayers listed from Grade 1-7 by heart.

Grade

Semester

Textbook

Chapters

Saints

Bible

Supplementary Topics

VIII

1

1-8

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Bernadette

Acts of the Apostles:

Chapter 1-14

 

2

9-15

St. Francis of Assisi

St. Padre Pio

Acts of the Apostles:

Chapter 15-28

 

IX

 

 

St. Clare of Assisi

St. Faustina

Gospel of St. John

 

Learn Holy Qurbana Prayers (Have special classes about Holy Qurbana)

 

 

St. Katharine Drexel

St. Catherine of Siena

First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

 

X

 

 

St. Theresa of Avila

St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Book of Wisdom

Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans

 

 

 

St. Gianna Molla

St. Monica

Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

 

XI

 

 

St. Joseph Cupertino

St. Dominic

Book of Genesis

Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians

 

 

 

St. Peter

St. Paul

Book of Proverbs

Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians

 

XII

 

 

St. John Paul II

St. Valentine

Book of Sirach

Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians

 

 

 

St. Rose of Lima

St. Maria Goretti

Book of Psalms

First and Second Letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians

 

 

1.11EXAMS, TESTS & GRADING

The Question Board will assist the diocese with the preparation of mid-term and final examination questions and answers. The test questions and answers will be shared from the diocese and the other categories will be graded at church/mission level. The total grade for the academic year shall be based on the following categories:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEST:

60%

ASSIGNMENTS: 20%

ATTENDANCE: 10%

CHURCH PARTICIPATION: 10%

Of the 60% allotted for test, 50% will be from textbook and 10% from supplementary topics.

The questions will be in the following formats:

·        Multiple choice

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Match the following / True or False
  • Descriptive / Prayers

Assignments can be graded based on one or more of the following options:

·         Bible Quiz

·         Homework

·         Outreach activities

·         Class conduct

·         Overall performance

·         Project work

Attendance will be graded based on attendance in class

Church participation

can be graded on participation in one or more of the following:

·         Holy Qurbana

·         Altar Serving

·         All saints day participation

·         Retreats

·         Adoration

·         Ward prayer meeting

 

1.12FINAL GRADES

A final grade for each student could be awarded as follows. Awards may be given to those who receive the highest grade and the second highest grade.

PERCENTAGE

LETTER GRADE

90% –100%

A

80% – 89%

B

70% – 79%

C

60% – 69%

D

BELOW 60%

F

1.13CERTIFICATE

A Diploma certificate will be issued from the diocese for those who completes 12th grade, signed by the Bishop and the Diocesan Director of Faith Formation.

 

 

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