By Susan Ciancio
The Culture of Life Studies Program is a Catholic pro-life educational program for students preschool aged through high school. Our lessons cover a wide range of topics—from one-day lessons on saints, to handprint lessons with activities for younger kids, to four-day lessons on the sanctity of marriage and the preborn baby, to four-week picture book lessons about caring for and protecting others, and more!
All of our lessons are age appropriate and adhere to Catholic teaching. Many have a nihil obstat and imprimatur. These lessons are used throughout the country in Catholic schools, by homeschoolers, in religious education programs, and in youth groups.
Our lessons fit easily into any existing curriculum. You can even do them at home or on the weekend as part of teaching your children or grandchildren to understand and love Catholicism.
And now is the perfect time to incorporate our lessons into your student’s life.
Take a look at the state of our country. The culture of death has gotten a stranglehold in politics, in schools, on social media, and on TV. Everywhere we turn, we see a rejection of morality and a disdain for faith.
We cannot stand by and allow our religious freedoms to become suppressed. We cannot allow our children to grow up in a world so fraught with immorality.
That’s why—now more than ever—the CLSP is so relevant and so important.
We want to familiarize you with our program, so we have chosen to highlight eight awesome lessons—for a wide range of ages—that will help you build that necessary foundation of faith in your home or in your school.
1. Defend Life: The Beauty of the Developing Human Being (digital and printed versions)
This is a 4-class lesson for middle schoolers that explores the science of the earliest moments of a person’s life and gives students a firm foundation regarding the fact that every human being’s life must be protected from creation until death.
2. Who Was the Real Margaret Sanger? (print only)
This unit study and video set for high school students (or adult faith formation classes) teaches the truth about the founder of the largest abortion provider in the United States. The first video introduces students to Margaret Sanger and the conditions in society that led her to campaign for birth control. The second video in the series unmasks Margaret Sanger’s twisted ideas of birth control as a method of creating a “better breed” of humanity. In the final video, students learn the impact of Sanger’s ideas on society and what they can do to build a culture of life. This unit study helps students understand the impact of the contraceptive mentality on the decriminalization of abortion, identify the connection between the eugenics movement and the Nazis, and recognize the ties between the sexual revolution and destruction of the feminine genius in society.
3. St. Patrick’s Day (a saints mini lesson; digital download)
This one-day lesson for kids in k-4th grade shows students how to emulate this amazing saint who lived boldly for Christ. It ends with a fun craft project!
4. Defend Life: The Beauty of the Developing Human Being (digital and print available)
This four-class lesson for middle schoolers explores the science of the earliest moments of a person’s life and gives students a firm foundation regarding the fact that every human being’s life must be protected from creation until death.
5. All Shapes and Sizes (print only)
All Shapes and Sizes: Learning about the Beauty and Dignity of People with Disabilities and Other Challenges is a 16-class lesson for kids in kindergarten and older. This lesson helps students understand that every human being has value because we are all made in the image and likeness of God. Our value does not depend on our appearance, ability, or background. This four-week unit study examines Down syndrome, autism, the beauty of the elderly, and the fact that it’s okay to be different.
6. Defend Life: Marriage and Family (print and digital versions available)
This four-class lesson for middle schoolers teaches students that God created marriage between one man and one woman. Through the lives of saints and saintly couples, students learn how they can stand up and defend marriage and the family in our society.
7. Serving the Poorest of the Poor: St. Teresa of Calcutta (print and digital versions available)
This one-class lesson for elementary aged students teaches about St. Teresa of Calcutta, who is best known for her love of the poor. But she was also a staunch defender of preborn children and took every opportunity to remind others of their value. This lesson also assists parents and teachers in explaining how to live out the Corporal Works of Mercy.
8. St. Joseph: Pro-Life Saint, Hero, and Role Model (print and digital versions available)
This one-day lesson for children third grade and older teaches about the beauty of fatherhood through the example of St. Joseph as he cared for Jesus and Mary. In this lesson, students will learn about why we honor St. Joseph, the foster-father of our Lord Jesus, as the guardian of the Church. They will also learn the important role that fathers play in our lives and why we should turn to St. Joseph for his intercession.
Our lessons all help build a culture of life in your home or school so that you and your students can build a culture of life in your community!
For a complete list of lessons and pro-life apparel, visit our store at culture-of-life-studies.myshopify.com.