Twenty years ago Lindsay McLaughlin, a catechist and teacher in one of the 3-6 Montessori classes at Christian Family Montessori School, wrote a lovely description in the attached article from ECHOES of children working and praying with the model altar. It's a scene that continues to be familiar to catechists everywhere. We prepare an environment and present lessons so that children can use materials that will help them internalize the good news embedded in each one. When children in a group are all focused on a material of their choice we ourselves know the joy related to good work.
Let's consider the quality of this work now for evidence of joy. What are the signs of joy when a child is working? Do we resist or discourage children if this joy has an exuberant quality? Do expressions of joy reflect the culture or community in which the child worships? Please share your anecdotes, questions, and reflections with the group.