Christians believe that life is God’s gift. all that makes up life – people, the earth, places, things – are part of that gift. we appreciate and wonder at the understanding that all is gift. there are two concepts of wonder, in reference to thinking and the wonder of our world. Both are necessary but worth noting as a possible area of misconception for the children. some children’s knowledge/experience of our world may only be their immediate surroundings ( i.e. home/street etc.).
Scripture: Proverbs 8:23−25 From everlasting, I was firmly set, from the beginning before earth came into being. The deep was not, when I was born, nor were the springs with their abounding waters. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I came to birth.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 2415: The seventh commandment enjoins respect for the integrity of creation. Animals, like plants and inanimate beings, are by nature destined for the common good of past, present and future humanity.
Through this theme children will come to learn and understand that God gave us this wonderful world.