In the fall, we read the book Flat Stanley to the class. It is the story of a boy who becomes flat when his bulletin board falls on him. Each child then makes his own Stanley and sends him on an adventure anywhere in the world. We eagerly await hearing from him throughout his travels and look forward to his return.
The children receive this sacrament in the fall. We prepare the children for this important day by using a supplemental book called Reconciliation. We use many stories from the Bible and do many activities to prepare them. It is a family celebration of the sacrament held in the evening. The children decorate candle holders to be placed on the altar rail the day of the ceremony.
In February, the children choose a president to research. They complete their report by using our classroom laptop computers to find information pertaining to their individual president. After gathering their information each child creates a Power Point presentation to share with the rest of the class and their parents.
In April after Easter, the children receive the sacrament of First Holy Communion. We begin preparing them for this special day in January. The text we use is God’s Gift Eucharist, published by Loyola Press. It offers meaningful experiences that will authentically pass on the truth and beauty of our Catholic faith and the Eucharist. The children learn about the parts of the Mass and how they are meaningful to them. Blessing cups are made by students with their parents. We celebrate twice: First with their families on Saturday; then with the Oak Hill community at the following Thursday Mass.
Our final Social Studies unit is about countries around the world. We focus on Japan. The children not only read about the cultures, customs, and traditions of this interesting country, but they experience some of them first-hand. We learn origami, study the language, and have a Japanese lunch—with chopsticks!—to complete our tour of this Asian country.