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Grade K

Core Lesson Plan

As a child begins to become more self-aware, Kindergarten is an opportune time to introduce the concept of “human dignity.” In Grade K, an understanding of human dignity as their special value as human persons is established in lessons through song, dance, and play. A fundamental understanding of the different living beings and their basic powers (such as to eat, grow, etc.) is taught in the succeeding classes. This lays the groundwork to differentiate human beings by our unique powers: to think and to choose. Students can then connect this with choices that will not only make them excellent, but also build excellent relationships through solidarity, kindness, and generosity. The lesson concludes in placing the students on the path of aspiring towards heroic excellence.

Lesson 1

The Human Person: Human Dignity

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce human dignity as our special value as human persons.

Lesson 2

All Living Beings: Powers to Eat, Grow, Reproduce

The purpose of this lesson is to establish the hierarchy of living beings.

Lesson 3A

Animals & Humans: Power to Use Internal Senses

The purpose of this lesson is to distinguish animals and humans from plants with their power to use internal senses.

Lesson 3B

Animals & Humans: Three New Senses

The purpose of this lesson is to distinguish animals and humans from plants because of their power to use senses according to reason.

Lesson 3c

Animals & Humans: Power to Feel Emotions

The purpose of this lesson is to distinguish animals and humans from plants because of their power to feel emotions.

Lesson 4A

Humans: Power to Think

The purpose of this lesson is to distinguish humans from other living beings with their power to think.

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Lesson 4B

Humans: Freedom & Power to Choose

The purpose of this lesson is to distinguish humans from other living beings with their power to choose.

Lesson 5

Humans: Heroes

To place students on the path of aspiring toward heroic excellence.

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Lesson 6A

Me: Choosing for My Body

The purpose of this lesson is to prepare students to make excellent decisions regarding their body.

Lesson 6B

Me: Choosing for Myself

The purpose of this lesson is to prepare students to make excellent decisions regarding their whole person.

Lesson 7A

Me & Others: Solidarity

The purpose of this lesson is to highlight that there is an intrinsic social element to our humanity.

Lesson 7B

Me & Others: Self-Gift

The purpose of this lesson is to highlight love as the gift of a self to another in accordance with their dignity.

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Lesson 7C

Me & Others: Kindness and Generosity

The purpose of this lesson is to highlight the power of kindness and generosity as a means of service.

Lesson 8

The Hero's Charter

To commit to a daily practice of excellence.

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