|The artwork, the music, and the colorful vestments appeal to our senses and draw us in.|
|St. Louis Cathedral|
- our ears hear the music and the Word of God
- our eyes see beautiful art all around us, the decorative flowers, the colorful chasuble of the priest
- our noses smell the incense
- we genuflect before the tabernacle and kneel, stand and sit at various times
|Lots of music!|
|Everywhere we look we are inspired.|
I've always known in my gut that the Catholic liturgy and the Montessori approach in the classroom had a lot in common, but I never knew that Montessori herself considered religious education the highest example--the pinnacle and summit--of her unique method. She also said that true respect for the child is only possible when we have respect for God in the baptized child. So that's the first thing to know about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
|Texture, the play of light, the smell of pine--a true Montessori smorgasbord!|
More on our new atrium, Our Lady Queen of Hope Atrium, coming soon! To see photos from a presentation we did last year during a Montessori Morning, click here.
"Montessori Catechesis" by Margaret Wickware, The Sower, July 2007
The Church and the Child by Maria Montessori and Others, by E. M. Standing