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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