Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an international Christian Education program which is based upon the principals of Maria Montessori. The program has celebrated its 60th Anniversary and we here at Holy Spirit have been incorporating it into our children’s education since 2013.
Catechesis is a Greek word which means “to teach.” The rooms in which the children learn are called “atriums.” We have two atria–one for pre-k to kindergarten, and one for first through third grade. The child, particularly the religious life of the child, is central to the interest and commitment of the catechist (this person is the guide, because Jesus is considered to be the only teacher) of the Good Shepherd.
Parishioners have donated or created all of the materials for the atria. There are altars, candles, and other liturgical symbols which are made to be children-sized. Children are encouraged to wonder and explore as opposed to lecture-based learning. Adults and children learn together.
Frequently parent volunteers find they learn more about Christ and the Episcopal tradition volunteering in an atrium than they have in other settings.
Our catechists have attended trainings and our list of trained catechists is growing. EYC and Adult volunteers are welcome in the atrium as their energy and experiences are vital to creating a supportive and engaging learning environment.
Catechesis meets at 9:30 every Sunday, except in the summer months.
Questions? Contact Tara Portney and she will be happy to guide you and your child. All are welcome!