The current document we use is the Ontario Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document, Grades 1-8: Family Life Education. This document can be used to integrate family life education “with aspects of learning from other areas of the curriculum.” (Institute for Catholic Education for the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario, Toronto, 2012) This document is what we as teachers need to refer to in order to identify the expectations for each grade. The curriculum is organized into 5 strands, (1) Created and Loved by God, (2) Living in Relationship, (3) Created Sexual: Male and Female, (4) Growing in Commitment and (5) Living in the World.
Fully Alive is a Family Life Education program that mirrors the Ontario curriculum. It intends “to pass on a distinctively Catholic view of human life, sexuality, marriage, and family.” as does the Ontario curriculum, by encouraging students “to become the people God wants them to be — to be fully alive.” (“Fully Alive – Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario”, 2013) This program mirrors the curriculum with the same five themes. What I loved most about this program is the way in which it promotes parents’ involvement. It states that the learning experiences the students have at home are informal lessons and that parents can use the Fully Alive program as a source of advice, encouraging parents to have faith in themselves, in their children, and in God who is always with them.
This will relate to my future vocation because it helped me see the importance between the school, the church and the home. Connecting these three placed will foster a better learning experience for our students. At times we are faced with challenging subjects for students at such a young age and Fully Alive is a great resource that teaches us how to make appropriate connections accordingly to the students’ grade level.
Last year I took a course on Tribes Learning Community. Reading more on Fully Alive, I imagined how I could pair both resources together in building a classroom community that promotes inclusiveness, human growth and learning experiences for my students. The goal of Tribes TLC is to engage all teachers, administrators, students, and families in working together as a learning community to support and participate in the learning experiences of all students. This is why Fully Alive made me think about Tribes TLC because it promotes involvement from everyone in the community. I plan on integrating the two programs in my future classroom.
Fully Alive – Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario. (2013). Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario. Retrieved 14 October 2016, from http://acbo.on.ca/fully-alive/
Institute for Catholic Education for the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario, Toronto,. (2012). Ontario Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document, Grades 1-8: Family Life Education (pp. 1-17). Toronto: Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario.
Tribes, A. & Schools, T. (2016). Tribes Learning Community – A New Way of Learning and Being Together. Tribes Learning Community. Retrieved 14 October 2016, from http://tribes.com/