“Perfect for primary grade students, [Life Is Precious School Edition] clearly traces the stages of human development in a way that is accessible to young people and leaves no doubt about the humanity of the person at each stage of development.” – Tim Hamer, Catholic school principal
Using themes from popular children’s picture books, Life Is Precious School Edition is a resource for teachers and students that illustrates the basic facts of human development and caring for others. In consultation with Dr. Dianne Irving, a former biologist at the National Institutes of Health, and other veteran educators, we created this 4-week unit study to provide students with accurate information to enhance learning.
Designed to complement any existing school curriculum in grades K-2, Life Is Precious School Edition instructs children about the truth of human development while still respecting their innocence. It is perfect for a classroom or religious education setting and is a fun, easy way to learn about the value of each human being.
Each study contains a teacher guide with lessons and craft instructions, a precious 12-week fetal model for teachers to illustrate key concepts from the study, and a CD-ROM 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, all of which engage students in multifaceted, active learning. Only one copy of this supplement is needed for a classroom of students. However, the picture books needed for this unit study are sold separately.
Kindergarten through 3rd grade
Designed for students as young as kindergarten, Life Primer supplements are crafted to provide teachers and parents with tools to help young learners discover the dignity and beauty of every human being.
Each study contains hands-on craft projects and utilizes popular children’s books to discuss life-affirming themes while preserving the innocence of the audience and respecting parents as the primary educators of their children.
Online Access to Unit Study Appendices
Click here to access the online content for Life Is Precious School Edition.
Here are some additional tools to help you teach Life Is Precious School Edition!
Listen to a baby’s heartbeat at 16 weeks old. Ask your students what they think the baby’s heartbeat sounds like.
Listen to an adult heartbeat. Ask your students how the baby’s heartbeat is different from the adult’s.
From creation to birth, through infancy, childhood, adulthood, and old age, a baby continually grows and develops. The documentary Babies shows four babies from four different cultures during their first year of life. Watch a few short clips of some major milestones in a baby’s life after birth:
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 away from God’s power over life and death that has occurred in the last hundred years or more. (Continue reading)
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Miracle of Life Coloring & Activity Book (ages 3-6)
In our Miracle of Life Coloring & Activity Book, children ages three to six will learn about fetal 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.
Reviews and Endorsements
“I love this lesson! Perfect for primary grade students, it clearly traces the stages of human development in a way that is accessible to young people and leaves no doubt about the humanity of the person at each stage of development. . . . I love the focus on the role of fathers—more important than ever in these times—and the gentle reinforcement of God’s mandate to honor our parents. Tying the concepts together with the Miracle of Life book project is a very effective culminating activity to show that each step along the continuum of life from conception is vitally important and full of the wonder of God’s plan for His people and our world.”
– Tim Hamer, Catholic school principal
“I think the hands-on projects using household items and fruits are AWESOME. These are particularly well thought out. . . . I would stick to this model EVERY TIME. I also like how you keep everything short. . . . The multiple modality approach is best and it is best if kinesthetic is used as the primary approach before age eight. Kids learn by doing.”
– Regina Hiney, Catholic school teacher