* That God and the child have a unique relationship with one another, particularly before the age of six.
* That children need their own place to foster the growth of that relationship.
* That the growth of this relationship should be assisted by the adult, but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child.
* That the child’s spiritual growth is best served through tangible but indirect means.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of young children, starting at age three. It is rooted in the Bible and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. It all began in Rome in 1954 by Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi. Sofia was a Hebrew and scripture scholar; Gianna was a Montessorian. Their combined background accompanied by careful observation of children lead to this approach that is unique to the child. “By experiencing being in the prescience of God.” This method is generally used in a Catholic or Episcopal church but can be easily adapted to a non denomination Christian environment. At Montessori Christian Academy we have done just that because our goal is to build a strong foundation and relationship between the child and God.