CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a “hands on” learning experience for the children presenting them with different stories from the Bible that they are able to reenact using manipulative materials created for this purpose. Some stories that are presented are: The Annunciation to Mary by the Angel Gabriel, Mary visits Elizabeth, The Birth of Jesus, The Visitation by the Magi, Jesus is Baptized by John the Baptist, The Parable of the Good Shepherd, The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price, The Last Supper, and The Empty Tomb. Each story is kept simple, and positive and the children truly enjoy reenacting these stories with the materials provided.
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We are blessed to have the curriculum of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in our classroom, giving our children an even greater experience in Montessori education. Maria Montessori developed this curriculum so that a spiritual, religious teaching could be a part of young children’s lives. Although most Montessori schools do not incorporate this part of Dr. Montessori’s curriculum into their classrooms, “Hinder them not” Montessori School does!
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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
"Help me come closer to God by myself"
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori religious education program. The goal of the program is to help the children foster joy and wonder in their relationship with God, so they can live as children of God in freedom and joy.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is based on the principle that children, especially those 6 and under, have a natural knowledge of and relationship with God. Our job as religious "teachers" is therefore merely to offer them with information and tools so they can deepen their own relationship with God.
"In the religious sphere, it is a fact that children know things no one has told them." -Sofia Cavaletti
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a "Christ-centered" method. It is based on the premise that as Christians we know and experience God through Jesus Christ. The Bible is presented as the holy book which tells us about God, and a few Old testament texts are used, but the main focus is on the four Gospels. Through them we can learn of Jesus' life on the Earth, the words and actions through which he leads us to the Father. The lessons are grouped in the following categories:
- Basic knowledge of God, Jesus, and the Bible - Jesus' early life on the Earth, or "infancy narratives" - The parable of the Good Shepherd - Jesus' words and miracles while he lived on the Earth - Jesus' death and resurrection - Parables of the Kingdom of God
Jesus is Baptized by John the Baptist
Jesus said: "Let the children come to me, and "hinder them not"