Today we had our first class at the Atrium for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The girls love it so much. Today they were presented with the parable of the Good Shepherd. I love that the program uses so many hands on materials that really let the girl “see” the message. The parable is presented in the teachers own words, then the teacher offers some time for reflection and time for the girls to work on the material themselves. I am so excited about this program and I love that it is completely based in the Montessori method! The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd believes that children have a unique ability to understand and love God so deeply. This means that they can absorb so much about the beautiful world of faith and they love it! The atrium has a mini alter for the kids to set up, it has a small baptismal font, it has wooden figures to enact the Good Shepherd parable, the Last Supper, and other stories in the Bible. There is also a practical life area! All this make the kids so peaceful and happy. I really love it! So do the girls! If you want to see some pictures of an atrium or you you want to find out more about this program check out the national website here. I will post more on the materials as I get them set up in our home! Its going to be great!
Child discovering the Good Shepherd
Picture from http://www.cgsusa.org/