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Catechist Training Master 3How Do Children at EachPflaum Gospel Weeklies Level Learn?Child Development LevelsSeedsl eager learnersl egocentricl physically vigorous/tire quicklyl strong imaginations/interact with senses l need parental involvementVenture works with the abilities of middle-graders, who still think concretely but love to work together on elaborate projects Visionsl emotional and social developmentl maturing physicallyl new thinking capacityl wanting to belong to groups and make personalfriendsVisions leads junior-high students to stretch their developing abstract thinking skills and to apply them to going beyond the literal level of Scripture stories What thinking ability do the children at the age- level I teach possess?What are the moral reasoning abilities of the children I teach?How do the children I teach relate to one another and to others at their level of social development?What spiritual or faith development level can I expect of the young people I teach?Seeds presents the stories of Jesus in creative and engaging ways that enable preschoolers to share in the faith of the Christian community and to experience Jesus’ love in their everyday lives Promisel hands-on learnersl full of wonder/energy/noisy l share family faithl abstract thinkingPromise helps catechists present the Gospel stories in a loving atmosphere and use hands-on ways to involve the children in those stories Good Newsl concrete thinkers and learners l storytellersl first EucharistGood News for Children helps second- and third-graders hear and retell the Gospel stories and use their senses to learn about their world Venturel industrious data-gatherersl concrete thinkersl sense of moral reasoningl developing historical sensel enjoy doing projects together/time and space l able to use symbolsUse this discussion aid with the appropriate levels of the Resource Manuals, Chapter 1  Read through the information on this page and work in groups that include catechists or parents from each of the five edition levels if possible  Have each person review the appropriate chapter in the Resource Manual, make notes, and then report on and discuss what can be expected of a child at each age in terms of religion ©Pflaum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc 29

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