Curriculum Policy Document
Elementary Family Life Policy Document (Institute for Catholic Eduction)
The official curriculum policy document for Grades 1 to 8 for Family Life Education in Ontario Catholic Schools.
For information about the Human Development and Sexual Health curriculum expectations addressed in Family Life Education, view the following resources below: (February 2020, ICE)
- The Ontario Curriculum Grades 1 – 3 , Health and Physical Education
- The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 4 – 6, Health and Physical Education
- The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 7- 8, Health and Physical Education
For general information about Family Life Education, view the Parent’s Guide to Understanding Family Life Education in Catholic Schools here.
Supplementary Family Life Documents
AIDS: A Catholic Educational Approach to HIV– Ontario Catholic Schools Second Edition (ICE)
Ontario Catholic Religious Educators are mandated to provide three lessons per year from the appropriate year in the AIDS curriculum. This is only available as a print resource from ICE. Note: It was written nearly 20 years ago and is currently being revised.
Additional Resources for Ontario Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document, Grades 1-8: Family Life Education, 2012
Resources to support the implementation of the Ontario Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document, Grades 1-8: Family Life Education (2012) are available on the CCC WEBSITE.
Ontario Catholic School Graduation Expectations (OCSGE)
“In 1998, the first edition of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations was released within the Catholic education community. Immediately they were used as a framework for designing Ontario Catholic curriculum, in the development of youth leadership, teacher education and administrative programs and to support the work of local board initiatives.
In 2011, the second edition of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations was released. After extensive consultation within the Catholic community the seven overall and fifty-two specific expectations were validated and remain unchanged. The second edition does however provide a revised preface, a new format, an accompanying DVD, I Believe, and samples of practice in the use of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations.” – from the ICE website.
Other Family Life Resources
Financial Literacy and Family Life Education: Grades 4 to 8 (CCC)
In 2010, the Ontario Working Group on Financial Literacy articulated a vision: Ontario students will have the skills and knowledge to take responsibility for managing their personal financial well-being with confidence, competence and a compassionate awareness of the work around them. This outstanding new Catholic resource, Financial Literacy and Family Life Education provides lessons which will help grade 4-8 elementary teachers address the core content and competencies required for financial literacy through the lens of the Family Life Education programs. — CCC Website
Fully Alive History
A history of Family Life in Ontario Catholic schools written by Sylvia Santin.
Fully Alive Order information (Pearson)
Contact the sales representatives for the refreshed Fully Alive program from Pearson Canada.
Leprosy in the World Today: Answering the Call to Care (CCC)
This resource was developed by the CCC in partnership with The Leprosy Mission Canada. Answering the Call to Care provides teachers with practical lessons for elementary and secondary students. The lessons, grounded in the Catholic Social Teachings, make the link from the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations and the expectations of the Religious Education and Family Life and cross-curricular connections, to the work of The Leprosy Mission Canada. The lessons provide faith-filled activities for learning about Leprosy in the world today and answering the call to assist those who are affected by the disease. — CCC Website
Supplementary Resources to Support Family Life Education (CARFLEO)
Supplemental Resources to Support Grade Seven Family Life Education. The document includes strategies for exploring Bullying Prevention, Dating and Relationships, Family Structures, Pornography, Sexually Transmitted Infections and the Risks of Contraception, Stress and Grief, Substance Abuse, Addictions, Suicide Prevention, and Same Sex Attraction.
- Substance Abuse
- Suicide Prevention
- Bullying Prevention
- Dating Relationships
Supplemental Resources to Support Grade Eight Family Life Education. The document includes strategies for exploring Bullying Prevention, Dating and Relationships, Family Structures, Pornography, Sexually Transmitted Infections and the Risks of Contraception, Stress and Grief, Substance Abuse, Addictions, Suicide Prevention, and Same Sex Attraction.
- Stress & Grief
- Suicide Prevention
- STIs Risks of Contraception
- Family Structures
Apostolicam Actuositatem (Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity), 1965
Gaudium et spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World) 1965
Humanae vitae (Of Human Life), 1968, Pope Paul VI
“Theology of the Body“, 1979-1984, Pope John Paul II
Familiaris consortio (The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World), 1980, Pope John Paul II
Charter of Rights of the Family, John Paul II, see Origins 13 (Dec. 15, 1983), pp.461-464 also Pontifical Council For The Family The Family And Human Rights
Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life), 1995, Pope John Paul II
Deus caritas est (God is Love), 2005, Pope Benedict XVI
Spe salvi (In hope we were saved)
Caritas in Veritate (Love in Truth), 2009, Pope Benedict XVI
Amoris Laetitia (On Love in the Family), 2016, Pope Francis
Documents of the Holy See
Persona Humana Declaration On Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics, 1975, Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Donum vitae (Instruction on Respect for Human Life), 1987, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons – Homosexualitatis problema, 1986, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Instruction Dignitas Personae On Certain Bioethical Questions, 2008, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Vademecum for Confessors Concerning Some Aspects of the Morality of Conjugal Life, 1997, Pontifical Council for the Family
Family Life Education for Secondary Students: A Message to the Catholic Education Community, 1996, Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops (now ACBO) (print only)
Intimacy and Sexuality, 1994, ACBO (print only)
Documents by Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association
The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) was co-founded by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus. COLF’s mission is to build a culture of life and a civilization of love by promoting respect for human life and dignity and the essential role of the family.- from the website.
Caritas’ mission is to provide drug abusing/addicted people with: the environment, relationships, support, guidance and counseling necessary for them to grow into independent, responsible, functional members of society. Caritas Project is a Therapeutic Community with a multi-dimensional approach to recovery. Its scope includes, in addition to people suffering from addiction, people with mental health issues, behavioral problems, and family issues. This approach encompasses the physical, mental, spiritual, social, emotional and vocational needs in a human being in a highly structured family-like environment. The Caritas 25 month program is well known for its great impact in achieving a total change in lifestyle. Caritas is a registered charity, partially funded by the Ministry of Health and continues to sustain the majority of its work relying on public donations and community volunteerism. The website can be used for teachers as a resource for drug and mental health addiction. It also has a quarterly news which offers articles that could be of use for students doing projects regarding mental health and drug addiction.–Elisa Aquino
This site is another fantastic resource as it not only focuses on Catholic Faith, but also the issues and concerns around faith from a CANADIAN health perspective.Mission Statement: The Catholic Health Association of Canada is a national Christian community committed to health care in the tradition of the Catholic Church. Our mission is to witness to the healing ministry and abiding presence of Jesus.
Our concern is for health in all its aspects: physical, emotional, spiritual, and social. Because we see health as a condition for full human development, our Association encourages all activities destined to promote wellness, prevent disease, and cure sickness. We commit ourselves to work openly and earnestly, in both official languages, with all people in our society.” From a teacher’s viewpoint, I think this is a great site for “staying in tune” – informed. It provides us with resources that if we would like, we could order items such as: posters, books, health ethics kits etc. OR simply read and download articles of current issues and events. –Loredana Campoli
The Mission of the Vanier Insitute of the Family is to create awareness of, and to provide leadership on, the importance and strengths of families in Canada and the challenges they face in their structural, demographic, economic, cultural and social diversity. Information from the Institute’s research, consultation and policy development is conveyed through education and communications vehicles to educators and researchers, the business community, the media, social service professionals, the public and Canadian families themselves.–from the website.
CARFLEO Links: Family Life and Related Areas
- CANADIAN CATHOLIC BIOETHICS INSTITUTE
- CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
- CATHOLIC EDUCATION ORGANIZATIONS
- CATHOLIC ORGANIZATIONS: ACBO (Ontario Bishops)
- CATHOLIC ORGANIZATIONS: COLF
- CHARACTER and VIRTUE EDUCATION
- CLASSROOM PRAYER CENTRES
- EQUITY and INCLUSION
- FAMILY LIFE
- FAMILY LIFE: CHURCH DOCUMENTS ON FAMILY LIFE
- FAMILY LIFE: PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM
- ICE DOCUMENTS
- JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS
- MODERN PROPHETS
- SEXUAL MORALITY LINKS AND RESOURCES
- SOCIAL JUSTICE
- SPECIAL EDUCATION