St Isaac Jogues utilized the We Believe with Project Disciple, published by William H Sadlier, as the primary text for grades 1 to 5. We Believe with Project disciple is structured as a spiral curriculum integrating the six tasks of catechesis, as identified in the National Directory for Catechesis.
The spiral approach provides a systematic presentation of topics in an age appropriate way each year. It allows for the introduction and the repeated presentation of topics throughout the entire curriculum (grades 1 to 5). Each year the child visits topics in a more in depth manner; allowing the child to grow “outwardly” from the initial and then heightened depth of a selected topic, and “inwardly” from the more challenging and developmentally appropriate awareness of a topic.
We Believe with Project Disciple integrates the content of faith year by year through, a) depth of doctrinal awareness and b) breadth of doctrinal application. This spiral curriculum approach serves not only the presentation of the Church’s doctrine tradition but it also promotes active, living disciples in today’s world.
The We Believe with Project Disciple spiral curriculum invites, enlivens, and invigorates the child’s life of faith through application of the six tasks of catechesis across all grades.
- “Catechesis promotes knowledge of the faith.”
- “Catechesis promotes knowledge of the meaning of the Liturgy and the sacraments.”
- “Catechesis promotes moral formation in Jesus Christ.”
- “Catechesis teaches how to pray with Christ.”
- Catechesis prepares one to live in community and to participate actively in the life and mission of the Church.”
- “Catechesis promotes a missionary spirit that prepares the faithful to be present as Christians in society.”