Those in the fifth level can think of themselves as mature and independent but can revert to immature behavior when they want the comfort they are sometimes afraid to ask for. They spend much of their day learning the complex and ever-changing social rules for interacting with their peers. They have developed the ability to think logically about concrete problems. Puberty is starting for some. Some girls are interested in boys while others haven’t noticed their charms yet. Both girls and boys pay more attention to their appearance and to the ways their bodies are changing. Being part of a group, what their friends think of them, and what they think of their friends are very important issues for fifth graders. Both sexes become more self-conscious and somewhat insecure about how they appear and whether they “fit in.” Bullying can be a big problem with this age group. So it's really important to have a connection to a caring Church community who along with other family members, helps to support children during this year.
Here are some elements of the fifth year:
• Family attendance at Mass every weekend.
This is the most important way to continue the faith, don't you think so?
What Mass time works best for you?
Saturday night 5pm? Sunday 7:30am, 9am Family Mass, 10:30, 12noon, 5:30pm?
• Weekly classes -- Level Five classes are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays in the afternoon from 4:15 to 5:30
• We use the Be My Disciples Text. Check out the online site for this publication for extra features:
• In Advent, Level Five celebrates a prayer service
in church with some of the children as readers.
They are also introduced to the Advent Calendar
and participate in a "Christmas Present for Jesus".
For a service project they make cards for
recovering military personnel at Walter Reed
•Focus on the Sacraments,the Church Liturgical Year, and the different kinds of prayer
•Stations of the Cross in Lent
•Thanksgiving Food Drive
•In partnership with the Catholic Daughters of America,
Valentines Cards made for Veterans in the Veteran's Hospital in
• Presentation on Bullying and helping the children deal with the social pressures of their lives