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Something new… Children of God November 10, 2010

Filed under: Catholic Teaching — Barefoot in Suburbia @ 11:26 am

Next week, I’m going to add another regular weekly posting.  For the past few months, I have been researching ways to integrate our family’s Catholic faith into our regular Montessori-based lessons.  After researching all of the available curricula out there, our family has decided on the Godly Play curriculum by author, teacher and Episcopal priest, Jerome W. Berryman.  It was one of two Montessori-based Christian formation curricula, but Godly Play was the one that seemed like it would work best for our family.  We needed a resource that would be easy to adapt to the homeschool setting, and one that would be financially reasonable to make the materials, and Godly Play seemed to have those advantages over Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  Of course, we’ll put our own twist on things as well because no one program will work perfectly for all children.

This came about because Jedi is a year away from being able to receive First Communion.  This year in his PSR class (Catholic Sunday School), he is learning his prayers in preparation for First Communion.  But we’ve noticed that he’s really really good at memorizing his prayers, but that he shows very little understanding of what he’s saying.  So, we’re hoping that by taking a more Montessori approach, he, as well as the other children, will have a better understanding of their faith.

So, this week, I am beginning the process of setting up an area in the house to use as our Godly Play room.  I’m also going to start making the first few works.  Next week we’ll be talking about the Holy Family, with Advent, St. Nicholas, and Christmas coming up in the coming weeks.  We’ll also be dissecting the Prayer Before Meals (to go along with Thanksgiving) and Hail Mary (as it follows the Advent stories).

So, for those of you who are interested in adding some Montessori-based Christian activities to your homeschool, stay tuned for my weekly Wednesday Children of God posting! 🙂

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6 Responses to “Something new… Children of God”

  1. Julie Says:

    This is great. We pulled Bear out of PSR after two months because I felt she could have been getting more meat so to speak. They were learning about how God made our feet, hands, eyes, etc and each was one day of class. The teachers didn’t follow the lesson plans and didn’t even pray before or after the class was done. I was so very disappointed.

  2. Deirdre Says:

    I am so excited for this!

  3. Tara Says:

    Hey Ally,

    My church (episcopal) is starting the Godly Play program as well. We just hired a trained leader in it and it should be pretty exciting. I’m looking forward to seeing how your children enjoy this 🙂

    Talk soon.


    • allyrae Says:

      Oooh, that is really cool Tara! I’m curious to find out how you like it in your church. I wish our parish would allow a more montessori approach, but they like the curriculum they use (and it isn’t bad…but I kind of wish there was a bit more substance…at least in the kindy program I teach. I don’t think we reference very many Bible stories at all in kindergarten…)

  4. Leslie Says:

    Hi Ally,
    It looks like you are jumping into Godly Play! How exciting! I’m so glad that you are adding this new weekly post! I’m looking forward to following your family’s spiritual journey! Did you have the chance to check out my Catechesis blog? It was nice connecting with you the other day!

    • allyrae Says:

      I did check your blog!! I put it in my blogroll–you have a lot of really great things on there! I’m so glad I was able to connect with you about this!

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