ST. MARIA GORETTI
Catholic Preschool and Kindergarten

Spiritual Development

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SMG takes a daily approach to spiritual development within our children by:








Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program

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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is the primary program used for the child’s religious formation. Each day begins with prayer and ends with prayer. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a simple and effective Christian message presented to children after they reach the age of three. Great truths are placed before children in ways they can touch, feel, absorb and understand.

The Catechesis is rooted in the ideas of Maria Montessori. Her technique uses child-sized materials, allows freedom within structure and creates an environment of care and beauty. Maria Montessori named this place where children learn of God as an ATRIUM.

Another Italian Scholar, Dr. Sophia Cavalletti developed a Catechesis for children from ages three to twelve. Cavalletti has found that even very young children have an instinctive hunger for God. When children are offered those aspects of an infinite God that meet this need and mesh with their development stage, they respond with delight and peaceful concentration. They open to God as spontaneously and wholly as flowers turn to the sun.