Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Ages 3 1/2 - 6
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori based approach to the Religious Education of Children. It is rooted in the Bible, the Mass and the educational principles developed by Maria Montessori. Children gather in a special room called the "Atrium" to nurture their relationship with God.
What Do Children Learn
Level 1 children spend time discovering Jesus as the Good Shepherd. They learn that the Shepherd knows His sheep by name, searches for lost sheep and celebrates a found sheep. Materials (called works) and presentations on the life and teachings of Jesus make Him more understandable and accessible. Through geography, Scripture passages and the Infancy stories, Jesus is recognized as a real person. Through the parables, the Kingdom of God which Jesus proclaimed is made known. Baptism and the liturgy are made known through the Baptism area and the miniature altar. The prayer corner is the focus of their quiet time with Jesus and the area reflects the liturgical seasons through songs, appropriate colors, artwork and Scriptures.
Southeast Catholic Atrium
Our Atrium is located inside St. Veronica church. We serve all children regardless of parish membership. Sessions are held on Tuesday mornings, 9am - 10am. Paula Federman offers a parent group in a nearby room during the session time. Parents also act as the aide at least twice per year.
Our materials have been handmade or finished by generous volunteers. View the slideshow highlighting many of our works.
If you have a child who would benefit from CGS please email to request registration information.