“The Life is Precious Unit Study provides a beautiful and simple way to introduce the truths of the science and sacredness of [every human being’s] life to small children.” —Melody Lyons, blossomingjoy
Life Is Precious, a picture book unit study for grades K-2, illustrates the basic facts of human development in the womb using scientifically accurate yet kid-friendly coloring pages and traditionally published picture books. In consultation with a leading embryologist, as well as veteran teachers and homeschool parents, we created this 4-week unit study to provide students with accurate information to enhance learning.
Designed to complement any existing curriculum in grades K-2, Life Is Precious is a teacher/parent guide book which helps instruct children about the truth of human development while still respecting their innocence.
Each study purchased contains a parent guide with lessons and craft instructions, a precious 12-week fetal model for teachers to illustrate key concepts from the study and a DVD containing all of the printable appendices and coloring pages. Baby Steps, a short film of real 4-D ultrasound pictures, is also included.
Other features of this supplement package include Bible activities, games, and crafts, which engage students in multifaceted, active learning. The picture books needed for this unit study are sold separately; only one copy of this supplement is needed for a classroom of students.
Kindergarten through 3rd grade
Life Primer is a student’s first step in learning about the culture of life. Through well-loved picture books, crafts, and other activities, students learn about eh beauty of preborn babies, the uniqueness of each person, and how every person is special. All Life Primer unit studies and lessons are crafted to provide teachers with the tools they need to help young learners discover God’s beautiful gift of every human being. Topics covered in Life Primer inform students yet preserve their innocence and uphold parents as the primary educators of their children.
Online Access to Unit Study Appendices
Here are some extra tools to help you teach our latest supplement Life Is Precious!
Why Use the Phrase “From Creation until Death”?
By Judie Brown, American Life League President
The traditional phrase “from conception to natural death,” which describes the creative power of God and is most commonly seen in Catholic Church documents, has become troublesome. The problem is not that the phrase is wrong if one thinks with the mind of the Church; the problem is that it does not embrace the cultural shift… (Continue Reading)
It’s hard to keep young children from being traumatized by the horrors of the abortion industry and the culture of death. But the reality is that, sooner or later, your kids will learn about abortion. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure that your children have a firm foundation in… (Continue Reading)
Free Lesson Download: Ladybug Warriors
Adapted from Natasia Kissinger, ChooseTheChild.com
Have you ever wondered, “Where do ladybugs come from?” In this free lesson, elementary schoolchildren learn all about ladybugs as they listen to Eric Carle’s The Grouchy Ladybug. Children also learn about how we can pray for the protection… (Continue Reading)
Find other craft and activity ideas to use with Life is Precious on our Pinterest board.
Miracle of Life Activity Book (ages 3-6)
In our Miracle of Life Activity Book, children ages three to six will learn about a preborn baby’s development through scientifically accurate, yet kid-friendly coloring pages and activities. This book teaches children the beauty of life, family, adoption, and being uniquely created by God. Appealing to very young children, this book includes pro-life themed mazes, connect-the-dots, and beautifully illustrated coloring pages.
This coloring book can be purchased here.
See what other students have done with Life Is Precious
Need more ideas for Life Is Precious? See how these moms used Life Is Precious in their homeschools:
Week 1: Angel in the Waters
Teaching about a Preborn Baby’s Development on Shower of Roses
Personalized Flip book on Shower of Roses
Feast of the Guardian Angels on Children of the Church
Week 2: On the Night You Were Born
On the Night I Was Born Book Project on Children of the Church
Week 3: Horton Hears a Who!
Learning about personhood on Children of the Church
Reviews and Endorsements
The Life is Precious curriculum from American Life League has been uniquely crafted with special attention to the learning and developmental needs of young children. Complete with a parent guide, DVD and 12-week fetal model, this is a comprehensive “out of the box” solution to helping your child truly know the dignity of every human being. Strongly recommended for classroom use, homeschool settings, or for any family who wants to learn together about the beauty of all life.
— Lisa M. Hendey, Founder of CatholicMom.com and author of The Grace of Yes
After going through the provided discussion questions, my little ones really loved examining the sweet little fetal model and then comparing the size of a baby at different stages to various foods, making a few substitutions based on what we happened to have in the kitchen.
—Jessica Gordon, Shower of Roses
[Life Is Precious] is an incredible asset to parents in teaching the beauty and dignity of life at every stage.”
—Mary Haseltine, Betterthaneden.com
WARNING: YOU MUST PROTECT THE FETAL MODEL OTHERWISE YOUR CHILDREN WILL ABSCOND WITH IT AND YOU’LL FIND IT DAYS LATER IN AN ELABORATE CRIB MADE OF A SNEAKER WITH A BLANKET OF LEAVES AND FLOWERS KEEPING IT WARM. #trustme
— Cari Donaldson, author of Pope Awesome and Other Stories
While it is a terrible shame that we must prepare our children to meet such a confusing world, there is nothing at all discouraging, ugly, discouraging, or awkward about this program. The language is beautiful and the messages reinforce the love and tenderness with which each human being is held by our loving Father.
—Melody Lyons, Blossoming Joy
We had a great time with this book and enjoyed really learning about how “A person’s a person no matter how small!”
—Nicole Ernest, Children of the Church
Thank you so much for your beautiful program!!! We are enjoying every bit of it! Over the course of the past 7 months, we have followed along during our baby’s development and the children absolutely LOVE every lesson as they bond with their preborn baby brother. Can’t say enough about what a blessing your program is to our family! It’s my favorite lesson to teach in our homeschool—it soothes the soul. Thank you thank you thank you!! Looking forward to the next program release!
—Melanie Lafleur Johnston, homeschooling mom
I received my Culture of Life Program [Life Is Precious] today and I LOVE it. It is so awesome! I’ve moderated a Culture of Life Club for 6th and 7th grade students at our local Catholic grade school for six years now. Last year, I started one for 4th and 5th grades. This book is going to help with the clubs and possibly in starting one for younger students. Thank you so much!!
— Natasia Kissinger, mother of six, former grade school teacher, Culture of Life Coordinator for her parish, and Culture of Life Club moderator
Thank you American Life League for creating this important program! We called to order one copy of Life Is Precious and after giving it to a local kindergarten teacher we decided to order two more. The teacher used the fetal development section with her class just before Mother’s Day and was so pleased she wanted to keep it to use again in the future. We look forward to sharing it with more schools in our area!
— Carol Newman and Diane Zirbel, Door County Right to Life
I purchased this program for my 5 year old and as soon as I started reading Angel in the Waters, my 14 year old was snuggled up to hear the story too. I think this speaks to the message of life attracting all ages because it is pure truth. The story, coupled with the projects, solidified the message for the day and also created moments of conversation throughout our day. Conversations of life, babies, prayer, and trust in God. For this one aspect, the program is a homeschooler’s dream! I love the scripture references because it allows me to include religion in our study. The book is easy to follow and informative. The supplies needed are common and available in any home.
— Homeschooling mom from Missouri
What a fabulous way to instill the message of the value of each human [being’s] life to children of all ages! This material is professionally and uniquely put together to reach children in ways that are developmentally appropriate and fun at the same time. Beyond using it for our children, we could not pass up the opportunity to purchase a copy to lobby this into our hybrid homeschool and promote this around the archdiocese of Atlanta. There is nothing else like this available. Thank you ALL!
— T. Russell, Atlanta, Georgia