Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was founded by two Roman Catholic laywomen in Rome: Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi. The preparation, design and presentation of religious lessons were inspired by Maria Montessori, a Roman Catholic who established her first school for 3-6 year-old children in Rome.
Since 1954, learning materials based on the Holy Bible, the Roman Catholic liturgy, and Sacraments, Tradition and Church teachings have been presented to young children in “Atriums” across the world.
For more information, please refer to The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
The St. Thomas “Atrium” is a place of prayer, prepared especially for children to contemplate the life of Jesus and the liturgy of the Church. Examples of concrete and sensory learning materials used by the children include infancy narrative figures, a topographical map of the land of Israel, a model altar, and small liturgical vestments.
“In this shared religious experience which we, as catechists, are called to live twith the children, there is only one true Teacher, who is Christ himself.”
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