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Catechist Training Master 3
How Do Children at Each
Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Level Learn?
Child Development Levels
l eager learners
l egocentric
l physically vigorous/tire quickly
l strong imaginations/interact with senses l need parental involvement
Venture works with the abilities of middle-graders, who still think concretely but love to work together on elaborate projects 
l emotional and social development
l maturing physically
l new thinking capacity
l wanting to belong to groups and make personal
Visions 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 
l hands-on learners
l full of wonder/energy/noisy l share family faith
l abstract thinking
Promise helps catechists present the Gospel stories in a loving atmosphere and use hands-on ways to involve the children in those stories 
Good News
l concrete thinkers and learners l storytellers
l first Eucharist
Good News for Children helps second- and third-graders hear and retell the Gospel stories and use their senses to learn about their world 
l industrious data-gatherers
l concrete thinkers
l sense of moral reasoning
l developing historical sense
l enjoy doing projects together/time and space l able to use symbols
Use 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 
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