A Pre-K through 8th grade TOB Curriculum
For Families, Faith Formation, or Catholic Schools
About the Program
The Body Matters, based on St. John Paul’s life-affirming Theology of the Body, is a teaching tool intended to assist primary educators (parents) in forming their children, and to be inserted into already-existing curricula at Catholic schools and parish faith formation programs.
While not addressing controversial issues directly, The Body Matters Curriculum, infused with St. John Paul’s theology, will restore the dignity of the human person and form families and their children in the truths of the Catholic faith, precisely through a deeper understanding of the human BODY.
In November 2015, TOBET’s Episcopal Advisory Board, led by Archbishop Samuel Aquila, confirmed this decision to create an original, inspiring, age-appropriate TOB curriculum, to form children in the faith and combat the destructive messages they absorb from the culture.
TOBET is well-equipped to respond to this call. With over 20 years teaching and catechetical experience, Monica Ashour, M.T.S., M Hum. has built a team of experts in childhood development, children’s literature, graphic design, and curriculum expertise, working toward the accomplishment of this major endeavor.
Several local schools and parishes have agreed to pilot this groundbreaking curriculum, helping us to expand its effectiveness and reach. One principal saw right away that students can be taught things like putting away cell phones at the dinner table, why bullying is wrong, and how to behave at Mass, all from a “TOB” angle. It’s life-affirming.
Lessons, Stories and Activities to incorporate Theology of the Body at every level of formation and catechesis
From Kindergarden through 8th, each grade level of the curriculum will include:
- 1-3 Classroom Books – multiple lessons per book
- Student Activity Books
- Family Activity Books
- Original Storybooks – enjoyable books which convey content through fictional stories!
- Educator Guides – for parents, educators and catechists
- Instructional Videos
Projected Completion: 2018-2019 school year
Applause for The Body Matters
“The 5th Grade had the first part of Lesson 1 The Sacraments [yesterday]. It corresponded perfectly with the curriculum and their Religion book. It gave them the depth and the TOB vision for a proper and complete understanding [of the Body]! They loved the books!”
-Teacher from pilot school in Texas, using The Body as Sacrament
“Thank you so much for writing those books… . They are very, very good and well written. The children really love them too. My son who is in first grade is beginning to read so we read them together with the younger children. And it’s so easy to give our personal examples as we are reading through the pages… . My wife and I have been recommending these books to everyone we see.”
-Dad from New Jersey
View an in-depth interview with TOB expert and project manager, Monica Ashour on Zenit.