TRAINING FOR MARIA MONTESSORI'S GOOD SHEPHERD PROGRAM has been challenging but exciting. It is such a magnificent grace to help 3 - 6 year old children learn about and experience God and grow in their love for God. Maria Montessori has a very different teaching method and, since we have been CCD teachers for many years, it has been a challenge for us to grasp her pedagogical discipline. Her plan is for the catechist to use fewer words, a few biblical presentations and have the children personally work with the items in their atrium so as to gain knowledge and independence. It supports a quiet atmosphere which serves to assist the children to advance in prayer and meditation.
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TO ADORE OUR LORD!
The Franciscan Handmaids of the Immaculate seek daily to draw closer to Our Lord. Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament is fundamental to Our spiritual life as we seek to conform our hearts unto His. Additionally, praying the Liturgy of the Hours, the rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Sorrows, we place ourselves in the Immaculate Heart of Mary, asking Her to bring us closer to Her Son.