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Faith & Life 4 : Jesus Our Guide (and art appreciation activities).  Each student needs his own student text; no activity guide needed.


Faith & Life 4 : Jesus Our Guide is a less formal alternative to The New St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism #1.  Do reading and free discussion one day and the art appreciation activity another.   This text covers early Old Testament Bible stories and artwork; we typically recommend it as a companion to Ancient History studies, within Grades 3 through 5.
One day of the week, cuddle up with the family and read and discuss the new chapter, exploring and/or memorizing the Catechism questions as you come to them.  Each week choose another prayer from the back of the text to memorize.
For quarterly reporting, report the page numbers covered in the quarter.  For a work sample, send a copy of one of the pictures from the student's favorite chapter and add a list of the prayers memorized and Catechism questions covered over the quarter to the back of that copy.  Have your student sign and date the picture.
ART APPRECIATION:  Course Number:  FA-303  Art Appreciation
Beautiful art plates of the masterpieces are used instead of illustration in the Faith & Life series, making this book a valuable introduction to the great masters of art.
       For Art Appreciation, on another day of the week from Religion study, have the student cut the art works out of the chapter he studied that week and glue them to sturdy paper.  Have the student copy the name of the piece and its artist below the picture.  Work through an “Art with an Active Eye Notebook” worksheet—gently, gently, gently—getting to know this worksheet over a year or two or three's time.  Do a picture study with the print.  Review the Catechism questions and the prayers introduced in this chapter.  Then snap the art into a binder labeled “Art with an Active Eye Notebook”.
       Group the works together in the notebook by artist.  (An art timeline will be developed in about Grade 6, using these art works.)  Add any notes or thoughts or information about the paintings or the painters that the child comes across to the back of these pages—forever!
       Raphael’s art work is used most in this book; spend a quarter getting to know Raphael and his art this year, using these art plates as a starting point.  Help the student put together a simple Draw Write Now-style report about him, with a graphic glued to the page about or by the artist, and a five-sentence paragraph about the artist glued to the bottom of the page.  Add this page to the “Art with an Active Eye Notebook,” filed in front of Raphael's masterpieces.  (Any of the artists can be studied, though.  Ask the student which one he would like to study.)  
For quarterly reporting, report by pages covered.  For a work sample (and a second sample is necessary in order for us to enter an art appreciation grade on his report card), send a copy of his favorite masterpiece with a five-sentence paragraph or two added to the back of the copy about why it is his favorite.  Have the student sign and date this work sample.
Using these recommendations, you have studied religion, composition, visual presentation, research skills, organizational skills, penmanship and art appreciation.  Enjoy!

Scheduling Suggestions: 2x/wk for 30min


Faith and Life 4: Jesus Our Guide (Student Book)

  • Publisher/Copyright:
  • ISBN: 0898709075        
  • Supplier: Emmanuel Books

Ignatius Press, San Fran, CA; 2003, 1987; Imprimatur; 168 pgs.; 30 chapters; glossary; 34 art plates with reference list; teacher manual and activity guide not needed.


There are 30 lessons in this student book, and a supplemental lesson for Advent and Christmas, and for Lent and Easter.  Pull each of the two supplemental lessons out to do at the appropriate times; they are not included in the below course plan.  There are 165 Catechism questions, referenced to the CCC specifically, and 24 prayers included.


Faith and Life 4: Jesus Our Guide (Activity Guide)

  • Publisher/Copyright: San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2003. Print.
  • ISBN: 0898708974        
  • Supplier: Emmanuel Books


We really don't use this activity guide, but we list it here for your information.





Preparatory Week A: Use this school week to gather the materials for this course and thoroughly read the book notes, course notes, and, if applicable, the weekly lesson plan in your St. Thomas Aquinas Academy curriculum guide.


Preparatory Week B: Use this school week to complete Preparatory Week A and explore the materials for this course. Flip through all of this course’s materials. Make mental notes about the design and organization the resources for the course (editor’s notes, table of contents, maps, charts, forms, appendices, glossaries, bibliographies, end notes, internet supports, etc.).


Faith & Life 4

"Note to Parents" and "Introduction: Pilgrims to Heaven"; pp. 1 - 10.  Catechism Questions 1 - 5.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 1: The Fall of Man; pp. 11 - 16.  Catechism Questions 6 - 12.  Michelangelo's God Separating the Land from the Sea



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 2: The World’s First Murder; pp. 17 - 19.  Catechism Questions 13 - 15.  Titian's Cain and Abel.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 3: Turning Away from God; pp. 20 - 23.  Catechism Questions 16 - 18.  Bruegel's Tower of Babel.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 4: God Prepares a People for the Savior; pp. 24 - 27.  Catechism Questions 19 - 21.  Monreale Cathedral's The Sacrifice of Isaac.  



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 5: The People of Israel; pp. 28 - 31.  Catechism Questions 22 - 24.  Van den Eeckhout's Isaac Blessing Jacob.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 6: Joseph Goes to Egypt; pp. 32 - 35.  Catechism Questions 25 - 26.  Raphael's Joseph Interprets the Dream of Pharaoh.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 7: The People of Israel Go to Egypt; pp. 36 - 39.  Catechism Questions 27 - 28.  Granacci's Joseph Presents Pharaoh to his Father.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 8: God's People Suffer in Egypt; pp. 40 - 43.  Catechism Questions
29 - 32.  Botticelli's Stories from Life of Moses.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 9: God Saves His People; pp. 44 - 47.  Catechism Questions 33 - 35.  Raphael's The Crossing of the Red Sea.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 10: Great Things Happen on the Way to the Promised Land.; pp. 48 - 51.  Catechism Questions 36 - 42.  Roselli's Breaking the Tablets of the Law.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 11: Life in the Promised Land; pp. 52 - 55.  Catechism Question 43.  Poussin's Ruth and Boaz.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 12: A King for God's People; pp. 56 - 59.  Catechism Questions 44 - 46.  Rafael's Samuel Consecrates David.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 13: King David; pp. 60 - 64.  Catechism Questions 47 - 51.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 14: King Solomon and The Promise of a New King; pp. 65 - 68.  Catechism Questions 52 - 53.  Poussin's The Judgment of Solomon; Michelangelo's Prophet Isaiah.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 15: The Final King; pp. 70 - 73.  Catechism Questions 54 - 55.  Poussin's The Baptism of Christ; Bordone's The Baptism of Christ.



Preparatory Week C
Preparatory Week C: This is a bonus week. Use it for Semester 1 catch-up, corrections, review, assessment testing, standardized testing, or semester reporting (Semester 1 reporting packets are due February 28th). Welcome/assessment packets for the upcoming school year may be ordered as early January 10th. Families are strongly encouraged to complete and return assessment tests by April


Preparatory Week D
Preparatory Week D: This is a second bonus week. Complete Preparatory Week C or begin the Semester 2 course plan.


Faith & Life 4

Chapter 16: An Invitation to Heaven; pp. 74 - 77.  Catechism Questions 56 - 61.  Bassano's Last Supper.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 17: Road Signs Along the Way; pp. 78 - 83.  Catechism Questions 62 - 68.  Velazquez' Adoration of the Magi.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 18: Loving Others; pp. 84 - 87.  Catechism Questions 69 - 71.  Fra Angelico's Flight into Egypt; Carpaccio's The Flight into Egypt.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 19: Growing in Love; pp. 88 - 93.  Catechism Questions 72 - 80.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 20: Jesus, Our Guide; pp. 94 - 98.  Catechism Questions 81 - 88.  Byzantine Transfiguration.  Lanfranco's The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 21: "For This I Have Come Into the World"; pp. 99 - 103.  Catechism Questions 89 - 95.  Perugino's Resurrection.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 22: The Perfect Sacrifice; pp. 104 - 107.  Catechism Questions 96 - 100.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 23: Bread from Heaven; pp. 108 - 112.  Catechism Questions 101 - 113.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 24: Mistakes Along the Way; pp. 113 - 116.  Catechism Questions
114 - 124.  Flemish Descent from the Cross.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 25: Turning Back to God; pp. 117 - 121.  Catechism Questions 125 - 132.  Murillo's The Return of the Prodigal Son.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 26: The Holy Spirit; pp. 122 - 125.  Catechism Questions 133 - 139.  El Greco's Trinity.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 27: The Church of Christ; pp. 126 - 131.  Catechism Questions 140 - 146.  Chartres Cathedral's Apostles; Nicolaus of Verdun's Standing Bishop.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 28: Channels of Grace; pp. 132 - 137.  Catechism Questions 147 - 156.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 29: Our Mother, Mary; pp. 138 - 140.  Catechism Question 157.  Mary, Queen of Heaven; Botticelli's Adoration of the Magi.



Faith & Life 4

Chapter 30: We Reach our Goal; pp. 141 - 144.  Catechism Questions 158 - 165.  Fra Angelico's Last Judgment.



Faith & Life 4

Rubens' Adoration of the Magi, p. 146; Bouts' Ecce Homo, p. 148; Van Dyck's  Christ and the Money Changers, front cover.



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