Friday, February 26, 2010
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in a room specially prepared and are provided with simple yet beautiful materials that they use to become more involved in Scripture and in Liturgy.
A few weeks ago we brought a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd technique into our first grade classes, inviting our CGS teachers to come to the first grades to tell the Good Shepherd story, itself, using the prepared materials that are so essential a part of this technique.
We are fortunate to have two trained CGS teachers in our program: Bernadette Leone is the head teacher in our CGS class; Ellen Campbell teaches a Fifth Grade session. Additionally, we are blessed with a CGS teacher in the school - Gerie Ossman, and two future CGS teachers: Amanda Venema and Amy Schneider are presently enrolled in the training program. Amy is the assistant in our CGS class. With luck next year we will get more teachers interested in training and we can expand our program. If you might be interested in CGS, check it out more thoroughly here.