Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an important part of the core curriculum at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School. Children ages 3-6 are instructed in the faith in a room called the “atrium,” which contains simple, yet beautiful, handmade catechetical objects. Once a week the children visit the atrium to learn about different aspects of liturgy and scripture in a way that is appropriate to their age and developmental level.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based religion program that includes a hands-on space where children hear, ponder and celebrate the word of God. Students navigate the atrium on their own terms. Mary Queen of Peace has a group of trained catechists who assist in the atrium during the week and on Sundays. The catechist’s role is largely preparing the materials and environment and then allowing time for the child to discover.