Grade Level Milestones

“The parish is, without doubt, the most important locus in which the Christian community is formed and expressed.…The parish is also the usual place in which the faith is born and in which it grows” (General Directory for Catechesis, #257)

Faith Formation is a lifelong process:

  • learning about God and the Church through study, prayer and service to others,
  • learning about oneself, and
  • learning habits that help one appreciate and value God's gift of faith.  

Evangelization is also a lifelong process:

  • building relationships by learning about the person right in front of you,
  • identifying the encounter you have had with Christ working in your life, and 
  • sharing that encounter with the person in front of you.

The milestones identified in these pages is shared with you to help identify learning objectives for children in a given age.  This tool is not meant to be an assessment on your child or your parish program.  It is designed to help you partner with your parish or Catholic school program to ensure your child's faith is systematically growing.  Information plus formation in faith leads one to a transformative encounter with Christ.

Milestones by Grade Level

Preschool and Kindergarten

  • God is our Father and our Creator
    • God created the world and people.
    • Adam and Eve make a tragic choice but God promises a Savior
  • Jesus is our Lord and Savior
    • Mary and Joseph say yes to God
    • Jesus is our brother, our friend and was sent by the Father to heal us
  • The Church is our family united by the Holy Spirit
    • God gathers us to belong to His family, the Church
    • Jesus calls us to share HIs message of love to God and neighbor; helping others in need
    • God sends the Holy Spirit so we can grow closer to God and share Jesus' message of good news
  • Sacraments are special moments of grace given by Jesus 
    • Jesus calls us to pray daily
    • We gather at Church to celebrate the sacraments
    • Jesus gives us his body and blood for spiritual strength, which is known as Eucharist
  • Morality is how we live our faith
    • God call us to make good choices and to love our family
    • God call us to help people in need and to forgive others because God forgives us  when we make poor choices
  • Prayers to learn
    • Sign of the Cross
    • Our Father
    • Hail Mary
    • Glory be to the Father
    • Grace before meals
    • Sign of Peace
    • Daily Examen for Children
  • Parts of the Mass
    • Ordinary Time is when we learn about the life of Jesus
    • Advent is when we prepare for Jesus' birth
    • Christmas is when we celebrate Jesus' birth
    • Lent and Holy Week are a time to grow closer to Jesus
    • Easter is a celebration of Jesus rising from the dead to be with us always until the end of time
    • We go to a Church to worship God