|The CGS material for the Infancy Narrative of the Annunciation. They keep it simple: even a jug on the table would distract children from the essentials of the narrative.|
Earlier this month was the first of 8 weekends which will constitute Level One (ages 3-6) training in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS). What a blessing and a privilege the weekend was. The sole Episcopalian there, I sat with 10 Roman Catholics (mostly moms and several auditing who had done the training before) on my right and 10 Eastern Orthodox students (one EO priest, and one dad, yeay!) on my left.
|The prep/clean up area of a CGS Atrium in a Catholic church|
|Always familiar figures to greet you in any Atrium|
1. I learned that Maria Montessori, a strong Roman Catholic, envisioned her education style being brought ultimately "to the altar." Sofia Cavaletti and Gianna Gobbi achieved that with CGS. Upon returning home, I reread Berryman's Complete Guide to Godly Play, Volume 1, rediscovering how very well he shows the "lineage" of Montessori-based relig ed for children, including how Godly Play fits into the family tree. A mustard seed story indeed.
|The materials for the presentation on liturgical colors - tiny chasubles hang over the crosses as they are presented (folded underneath)|
|A southwest Austin home transformed years ago into a Montessori school, |
with CGS Atrium just behind the right wall, above - sublime!
|The Atrium includes Montessori materials, which point to the care of a sanctuary, its holy vessels and vestments|
|CGS presentation of the Mustard Seed parable - "Would you like to see some mustard seeds?"|