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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

"If we want to help the child draw nearer to God, we should with patience and courage seek to go always closer to the vital nucleus of things. This requires study and prayer. The child will be our teacher if we know how to observe."
--Sofia Cavalletti

Beautifully said! I remembered once I read Zig's book on his book Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World , he made a remark saying that if your child is sick, and refused to see a doctor.. what would u do? It is the same thing when your child refuse to go to church, he also need spiritual health... Maybe not everyone understood what I meant here.. but it's okay.. Not for everyone to understand.

Anyways, back to the title above, I will be attending a course on the CGS in the early week of December. This course is held in Singapore, and the trainers are from the CGS Australia. I am reluctant to bring lil C esp when I am unable to take care of him anyway and hubby cant make it becoz he will have a bz working week for the Asian Tour Q-School as it will be held in Sabah. So, kind MIL agreed to take care of him for the next 10 days. I dont know how will it be, just keep my fingers' cross that he will not give much trouble to my PIL...

To those who are interested in CGS, you can browse online to see what they offer. It is also Montessori-related, for the mind and spirit of young children. What I liked about this program is that instead of just reading/colouring about the parables in the bible, it introduce miniature of real things and allows the small hand to work on it, a place to learn and enjoy God's presence.

To any mamas around KK interested with this program, I would be happy to share it with you when I come back later. Do drop a line.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Christian formation process for children aged 3 to 12 years, in which they experience and form an authentic, faithful relationship with God.

The Catechesis is grounded in scriptural and liturgical study framed by Maria Montessori's principles of education. This allows children to hear the Gospel through the use of sensorial rich materials. The children are free to work with these materials that represent essential proclamations of the Christian message.

The adult's task is to prepare the sacred space for the children, called 'the atrium', so that they can respond to this holy relationship, first proclaimed to them through Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

The atrium is a place of community and worship rather than a classroom for academic study. It is a place to be with and enjoy God, listen to the Word, and to pray. It is designed to reflect the beauty of creation and God's abiding love.

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