SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

At its core, Grace Montessori School seeks to nourish each child's desire to know and understand his or her world and Creator.

The school utilizes the Catechesis of the Good Shepard model, which seeks to illuminate for child God's love in our lives.  Each lesson is built upon the parables found in Matthew, Luke, and John, in which Jesus is represented as a shepherd who knows his sheep by name; who will go in search of one who is lost; who will protect his flock; and who will ultimately lay down his life for them.

History of Catechesis of the Good Shepard

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is the result of a long period of careful observation of children by Sofia Cavalletti and her Montessori collaborator, Gianna Gobbi, in Rome. It began quite by accident, without warning or planning, the way God so often comes into our lives. In 1954 Sofia was a Hebrew and Scripture scholar, comfortable in her role in the academic world, when a mother asked her to give some religious instruction to her son. At first Sofia refused, saying she knew nothing about children. The mother persisted and eventually, Sofia consented. That experience with a 7 year-old changed her whole life. She saw in that child and in numerous other children since, a way of being in the presence of God that is both unique to the child and a gift to the adult who stops long enough to notice. Perhaps it is because Sofia went before the child with no preconceived ideas of what should happen that the child responded with such joy. Certainly her background in Scripture made it possible for her to talk about God in a way that opened and enthused the child. From that day to the present time Sofia and Gianna remind us constantly to look to the child for that sign of a deeply religious life - joy - and to always ask the question: "What face of God is the child telling us he or she needs to see?"

Behold , children are a gift from the Lord'"

Psalm 127:3

A Place to Shine

Young children who go to Grace Montessori School get the tools and support they need for their healthy development. All activities are carefully designed to adequately nurture the emotional, intellectual and physical growth of our kids. Through stimulating situations and hands-on learning opportunities, children are free to develop into bright young minds.

Catechesis of the Good Shepard

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PO Box 32
THE PLAINS, VA 20198

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