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TOB for Catechists Grade 1

This condensed version of our K-5 curriculum was created for Catechists to introduce Theology of the Body to First Graders in just five lessons. The First Grade set includes one storybook, The Animal Hedge plus the Catechist’s Companion to accompany you in this journey. The Catechist’s Companion K-5 segment of our curriculum is especially geared towards time-constrained Parish Religious Education Programs and/or homeschooling families who may have a limited budget — otherwise for our full TOB curriculum offering with 9 lessons, we recommend REVEALED K-5.


Created expressly for Catechists to share Theology of the Body with first graders. These materials offer an invitation to the joy of being created in God’s image and likeness. The curriculum uses richly illustrated children’s literature to pique natural curiosity and explore the concepts of Theology of the Body—in a language we can all understand.  Through your guidance, the child will experience their unique role in God’s plan for humanity.

2 explorer boys with map and magnifying glass

What’s Included

Catechist’s Companion

This guide offers five delightful lessons and includes resource pages per theme, simple objectives prayer, discussion questions, and activities.

Catechist's Companion Grade 1 Cover


Some lessons are centered around this one classic storybook to help children understand Theology of the Body concepts.

The Animal Hedge Storybook Cover

Catechist’s Companion Grade 1

  • Five uniform, scripted lessons with discussion questions and feasible activities  
  • Worksheets available online to download/print
  • Created for tight budgets and limited time
  • Authentic to Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body
  • Catechist resource pages for thorough theme explanations
  • Church approved with imprimatur from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati
  • The missing foundational piece in Catholic religious education today

More Info

Together, you will enjoy exploring five fundamental Theology of the Body themes. The timeless story…these hands on lessons… have staying power for the learning of a lifetime.

First Grade Lesson Themes

Many themes are available, so you may choose a path (or several) that brings learning to life. 

Creation is a Gift (Part 1)

Creation is a Gift (Part 2)

Purity of Heart/Virtue

Vocation (Part 1)

Vocation (Part 2)  

Guidance in forming children to become who God created them to be  

Many people lack clear and simple language they can use to help guide children in their God-given identity. Our Theology of the Body resources for catechists aims to provide answers.   

  • Easy to use 
  • Requires no prior Theology of the Body experience
  • Offers language kids can understand 
  • Engages minds and hearts through discussion
  • Fosters discovery and creativity  

Why is Theology of the Body for Kids based in literature? 

Even as a priest, future Pope St. John Paul II used plays, poetry, art and stories to awaken young people to the wonder of their humanity, the purpose of love, and the beauty of their culture. Borrowing insight from the master, each unit of our curriculum is centered around a work of literature. 

Capture with your students the joy, wonder, peace, and virtue of discovering the gift of life, and authentic identity and dignity of being male or female in God’s image. 

Can I purchase the Catechist’s Companion separately because we already own the storybook?

No. Due to our use of carefully chosen storybooks and characters that are intricately woven into understanding some of the TOB themes, plus the publishers graciously allowing this arrangement, we only sell these as a curriculum kit set together—storybook plus the Catechist’s Companion.


  • “I love everything about this curriculum. (I am the Rel. Ed Coordinator, the person that implemented this curriculum into our parish program). I love that we are setting the groundwork by providing the vocabulary and basic ideas of what TOB is.”  

  • “You have created a well-thought out TOB curriculum. It was teacher/ student/parent friendly. It is easy to teach… Everything that you need is included- storybook synopsis/ TOB background information, worksheets, materials needed for crafts, discussion questions. I enjoyed teaching it to my students. I would not change a thing! Thank you.”

    1st Grade Catechist
  • “You are really onto something with these recorded workshops. It’s a very cost effective as well as convenient way to train catechists to teach this and it helps give the catechists the needed confidence and encouragement. Well done!”

    After Online Formation/Training
  • “It has now become clear to me, after taking this [online] course, how much we can infuse the teachings from the [TOB] material into our weekly religious ed curriculum! I will be sharing what I have learned with my catechists so they can reinforce these amazing teachings of St. John Paul II and the Catholic Church!”

    After Online Formation/Training

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