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I AM SPECIAL

BAPTISM
YEAR ONE
ELIZABETH BERETTIERI
OPENING PRAYER
A PRAYER FOR PARENTS
ALL PRAISE TO YOU, LORD JESUS,
LOVER OF CHILDREN,
BLESS OUR FAMILY AND HELP US TO LEAD OUR CHILDREN TO YOU.
GIVE US LIGHT AND STRENGTH AND COURAGE WHEN OUR TASK IS DIFFICULT.
LET YOUR SPIRIT FILL US WITH LOVE AND PEACE.
SO THAT WE MAY HELP OUR CHILDREN TO LOVE YOU.
ALL GLORY AND PRAISE ARE YOURS, LORD JESUS
FOR EVER AND EVER,
AMEN
RATIONALE OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN THE EARLY
YEARS
• RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IS THE FIRST LEARNING AREA IN THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL CURRICULUM (CEWA, 2018).
• THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM AIMS TO HELP STUDENTS LEARN THE TEACHINGS OF THE GOSPEL AS
PROCLAIMED BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (CEWA, 2018).
• DEVELOP A SENSE OF NATURE OF CHRISTIANITY AND HOW CHRISTIANS LIVE THEIR LIVES (CEWA, 2018).
• RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS ALWAYS RESPECTS PARENTS AS THE PRIME EDUCATORS OF THEIR
CHILDREN, IN PARTICULAR THE AREA OF FAITH EDUCATION (CEWA, 2018).
• SCHOOLS WORK CLOSELY WITH PARENTS/ GUARDIANS AND PARISHES TO SUPPORT SACRAMENTAL
PROGRAMS (CEWA, 2018).
OVERVIEW OF UNIT OF WORK

• FOCUSSES ON THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM.


• WONDERING ABOUT GOD WHO CREATED EVERY PERSON DIFFERENT AND SPECIAL.
• GOD CREATED EVERYONE DIFFERENT AND THROUGH THIS, GOD CAN BE DISCOVERED.
• JESUS SHOWS THAT ALL PEOPLE ARE SPECIAL TO GOD.
• JESUS WANTS HIS FOLLOWERES TO USE THEIR SPECIALNESS TO SHOW LOVE TO ONE
ANOTHER AND THEMESELVES.
• THROUGH KINDESS AND LOVE PEOPLE SHOW THEIR SPECILANESS THAT GOD CREATED.
ENVIRONMENT THAT SUPPORTS LEARNING

• LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS THAT ARE WELCOMING, RESPECT AND ENRICH THE LIVES AND
IDENTITIES OF THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES PARTICIPATING IN THE SETTING (DEEWR, 2009).
• REFLECTS CHILDREN'S INTERESTS AND NEEDS (DEEWR, 2009).
• VIBRANT AND FLEXIBLE SPACES THAT ARE RESPONSIVE TO ABILITIES (DEEWR, 2009).
• OPEN ENDED SPACES PROMOTING INTERACTIONS, SPONTANITY, RISK-TAKING, EXPLORATION,
DISCOVERY AND CONNECTION WITH NATURE (DEEWR, 2009).
• INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ENVIORNEMNTS SUPPORTED EQUALLY (DEEWR, 2009).
• WHEN CHILDREN HAVE POSITIVE EXPERIENCES THEY DEVELOP A SENSE OF BELONGING (DEEWR,
2009).
HOW THE UNIT WILL BE TAUGHT

• INTRODUCING THE CHILDREN TO SCRIPTURE AND BIBLE STORIES THROUGH GODLY PLAY.
• INVOLVING THE CHILDREN IN SONG AND MOVEMENT.
• GIVING THANKS TO GOD FOR CREATING ALL CHILDREN SPECIAL AND UNIQUE IN THEIR OWN WAY.
• INCORPORATING CHILDREN'S CREATIVITY THROUGH POSTERS, JOURNALS, CREATING STORIES AND ART WORK.
• HAVING FUN WHILST PLAYING GAMES THAT PROMOTE EACH CHILD'S SPECIALNESS AND HOW TO
DEMONSTRATE THOSE SPECIAL QUALITIES WITH THEIR FRIENDS.
• INTERACTIONS WITH ONE ANOTHER THROUGH ACTIVITIES AND REFLECTION.
• INCORPORATING THE LEARNING INTO OTHER LEARNING AREAS IN THE CURRICULUM WHILST FOSTERING
CREATIVITY.
YOUR TURN...

PLEASE CHOOSE OUT OF THE MYSTERY BOX. YOU WILL CHOOSE A TASK CARD WHICH COVERS
A TOPIC THAT HAS BEEN DISCUSSED WITH YOUR CHILD AT SCHOOL.

PLEASE DISCUSS THIS TOPIC WITH THE PERSON NEXT TO YOU AND THINK OF WAYS THAT YOU
COULD REINFORCE THESE TOPICS AT HOME.
WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT YOUR CHILD AT HOME

• SHARING WAYS IN WHICH PEOPLE ARE DIFFERENT E.G. HAIR COLOUR, EYE COLOUR, HEIGHT
AND FINGERPRINTS.
• WONDERING WHAT GOD MUST BE LIKE AS HE CREATED EVERYONE UNIQUE AND SPECIAL.
• SHARING PICTURES FROM THEIR BAPTISM.
• DISCUSS WHO WAS PRESENT AT THEIR BAPTISM AND WHAT OCCURRED.
• EXPLAIN WHY THEY WERE BAPTISED.
QUESTION TIME!

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA EMAIL OR PARENT INTERVIEW.
REFERENCES

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WESTERN AUSTRALIA. (N. D.). PERTH ARCHDIOCESAN YEAR ONE
RE UNITS. I AM SPECIAL. PERTH CEWA.
CATHOLIC EDUCATION WESTERN AUSTRALIA (CEWA). RELIGIOUS EDUCATION. RETRIEVED FROM
HTTPS://WWW.CEWA.EDU.AU/LEARNING-AND-WELLBEING/LEARNING-
PROGRAMS/RELIGIOUS-EDUCATION/
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS FOR THE COUNCIL OF
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS (DEEWR). (2009). BELONGING, BEING & BECOMING: THE
EARLY YEARS LEARNING FRAMEWORK FOR AUSTRALIA. CANBERRA