Summer 2022 Catalog


Hands-On Religion Resources

Growing in Grace & Wisdom Growing in Grace & Wisdom is a full-color religion resource designed to help your fifth-grader grow in maturity through inspirational stories and hands-on activities. The course touches on themes such as making thoughtful decisions, cultivating silence of mind and body, choosing good friends and being a good friend, using creativity to meet challenges, identifying “creativity thieves” in our lives, choosing entertainment wisely, good sportsmanship, appreciation for creation, witnessing to the Faith, the importance of prayer, and more. In the CHC Lesson Plans for Fifth Grade , Growing in Grace & Wisdom is scheduled two days a week for 21 weeks. The material is self-directed; the student reads the story the first day

Table of Contents

Parent Introduction


Week 1: Story: God’s Secret Agent


Activity: Cheer-Up Joke Book


Week 2: Story: Potato

13–16 17–18 19–22

Activity: Illuminated Bookmark

Week 3: Story: The Discontented Mill Window

Activity: Listening and Looking


Week 4: Story: The Colored Lands


Activity: Beautiful World

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Week 5: Story: The Father & the Son

Story: The Philosopher & the Boatman

30–31 32–34 35–37 39–42 43–50 51–57 58–62 63–71 72–74 75–81 83–85 86–88 89–95 38 82

Activity: Recipe for Happiness

Week 6: Story: His First Appearance

Activity: Bethlehem Bread

Week 7: Story: Aser the Shepherd

Activity: Praying with the Psalms

Week 8: Story: Friend of Children

Activity: Choosing Wisely

Week 9: Story: Someone to Care

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Activity: Missionary of the Smile

Week 10: Story: Mary’s Sacrifice

Activity: Creativity Thieves

Week 11: Story & Poem: The Salve Regina


Activity: Growing in Grace & Wisdom

and completes the activity the next day. Students can complete virtually all the projects on their own, using the images and templates included in the consumable book. Full color, 150 pgs. Spiral-bound for ease of use. 8½"×11" Pages are not reproducible; each student will need his own book. GGW $24.95


Week 12: Story: Nina’s Trial

Activity: Conquer Little Things


Week 13: Story: Damon & Pythias

99–100 101–102 103–104

Activity: What It Takes...

and found creative ways to care for those who were uncared for. 8

Week 14: Story: Alfred Has a Dream

S ometimes we think about creativity as something that doesn’t require thought or effort. But acting without thinking, being haphazard, sloppy, or lazy, is not truly creative. Creativity demands decisions and a reasonable evaluation of those decisions. Let’s read about a saint who made thoughtful and loving decisions

Activity: Donkeys or Saints?


Week 15: Story: The Baseball Game


Activity: Playing the Game


Week 16: Story: The Friend of the Queen


Activity: Annunciation Coloring Page


Week 17: Story: Love Alone Creates

115–121 122–123 124–148

Activity: Show Your Faith!

Weeks 18–21: Personal Prayer Book

Friend of Children by Elaine Woodfield

It was Our Lady’s special feast day, and Fr. John Bosco hurried to the church of St. Francis of Assisi inTurin, Italy, in the early hours of the morning. He didn’t want to be late. He had a special love for Our Lady, and was very grateful for her love and prayers. Why? Because that very year, 1841, he, John Bosco, had been ordained a priest. A priest! When he heard the bishop say to him, “You are a priest forever,” Fr. Bosco felt as if he were the most happy man in the world. Our Lady’s help and prayers had made his dream of becoming a priest come true. Today was the feast of her Immaculate Conception, and today Fr. John Bosco would say Mass in her honor to thank her.

“T O say that my twelve-year-old daughter enjoys [ Growing in Grace and Wisdom ] would be an understatement. She is using her evening free time arranging the personal prayer book. She has grown much this semester and has started making our beautiful Catholic faith her own. I’m certain that this resource has been a big influence on her journey. Thank you for making these available. My second grader and I are working together on the one for first reconciliation and Communion. We are enjoying it too. Thank you!” —Anne

One thing St. John Bosco helped his boys with was choosing good friends. Because we tend to act like our friends do, we want to surround ourselves with friends who will encourage us to develop good character and virtue. Study the faces on pages 59–61. The artists tried to capture certain character qualities in the faces they painted, some more obviously than others. Look them over, considering the qualities you would like in a friend and other qualities you want to avoid. Select a picture that represents to you the qualities you want in a friend. Cut out the image you chose and paste it in the first box below. Choose the character qualities you’d like your friend to have, using the list of character qualities provided or your own ideas. Write these qualities on the lines under the box. Now paste a photo of yourself in the second box. On the lines under this box, write the character qualities you think you have and also the ones you want to develop. Choosing Wisely Good sport Diligent Trouble maker Thoughtful Jealous Boastful Trustworthy Mean Generous Respectful Creative Responsible Honest Moody Caring Lazy Cheerful Critical Bossy Selfish

Little did he know, but Don Bosco (“Don” is the title for priests in Italy, like “Father” is here) was about to meet someone who would change his life, and the lives of countless children, men, and women, forever. Who was this person? He was a ragged, dirty boy named Bartholomew. Because of him, thousands and thousands of boys and girls were saved from lives of crime, poverty, dirt, and hatred. Countless people who would never have known God or His love for them were taught the Faith. From this Faith grew countless prayers, acts of kindness and heroism, and acts of adoration of God who is so merciful.



Samples of Week 8: first page of story and activity pages




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