• Grace and Courtesy
    • Grace and Courtesy
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    • Grace and Courtesy

    • $14.00
    • The lessons of Grace and Courtesy in Montessori environments that replace "classroom management" help children to build community together. Simple sentences and related art will quide you through the lessons of Grace and Courtesy and serve as a gentle reminder of the practices that create harmony among children. Artist and Montessori teacher Alicia Olsen has created an easel book with…
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    The lessons of Grace and Courtesy in Montessori environments that replace “classroom management” help children to build community together. Simple sentences and related art will quide you through the lessons of Grace and Courtesy and serve as a gentle reminder of the practices that create harmony among children.

    Artist and Montessori teacher Alicia Olsen has created an easel book with paintings of 16 lessons for Grace and Courtesy. Each page is a painting with a simple sentence that you can use to demonstrate a lesson to children, or reinforce by setting a particular page on a shelf at the children’s eye-level.

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  • Icon of Christ the Good Shepherd
    $10.00

    Place this icon in a prayer space in the home or in the atrium to invite meditation on the central image of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. A great gift for catechists and children.

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  • Icon of the True Vine
    • Icon of the True Vine
    • Icon of the True Vine

    • $15.00
    • The traditional icon of the True Vine usually features Jesus and twelve apostles. This icon, written for children, shows a young Jesus with twelve children of various ages and places and genders. They are turned to him, holding their "blank page", ready to receive his word and life. His own scroll has the words, "Remain in my love." A great…
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    $15.00

    The traditional icon of the True Vine usually features Jesus and twelve apostles. This icon, written for children, shows a young Jesus with twelve children of various ages and places and genders. They are turned to him, holding their “blank page”, ready to receive his word and life. His own scroll has the words, “Remain in my love.” A great gift for catechists and children. Written by Joan Bennett.

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  • Life in the Vine: The Joyful Journey Continues
    • Life in the Vine: The Joyful Journey Continues
    • Life in the Vine: The Joyful Journey Continues

    • $22.00
    • In this companion to the Religious Potential of the Child 6-12 years old, Rebekah Rojcewicz introduces the abundant work of the  Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Levels 2 and 3 thematically, as well as through the lens of cosmic education of Maria Montessori and the spiral method of Sofia Cavalletti.
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    $22.00

    In this companion to the Religious Potential of the Child 6-12 years oldRebekah Rojcewicz introduces the abundant work of the  Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Levels 2 and 3 thematically, as well as through the lens of cosmic education of Maria Montessori and the spiral method of Sofia Cavalletti.

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  • Sing with Joy: Music of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for Children Three to Six Years
    $40.00

    A book and CD set of 39 songs with music, chords, lyrics and notes by Catherine Maresca regarding use of each song in the atrium. The CD is recorded by the children’s choir of Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, TN.

    Music has a very important place in the prayer of children and life in the CGS atrium. To encourage the use of good music and lyrics, Treehaus Communications, musicians in Nashville, and catechist/formation leader Catherine Maresca created Sing With Joy and Songs of Love, two books with a CD of age- and theme-appropriate music for the atrium.

    The books were created to provide legal access to the lyrics, music notation, notes and recordings of music for catechists, respecting the rights of the composers, writers, artists and publishers who created and brought this music to the public. This or any other music should not be reproduced without permission.

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  • Scripture Booklets: Sets One and Two
    • Scripture Booklets: Sets One and Two
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    • Scripture Booklets: Sets One and Two

    • $155.00
    • After 30 years, and feedback from the catechists who use these beloved texts, we have updated our scripture booklets to better suit the needs of the children of the atrium. Scripture Booklets isolate texts particularly appropriate for children and presents them with one verse per page so that attention can be given to each idea in the text. The texts were…
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    $155.00

    After 30 years, and feedback from the catechists who use these beloved texts, we have updated our scripture booklets to better suit the needs of the children of the atrium.

    Scripture Booklets isolate texts particularly appropriate for children and presents them with one verse per page so that attention can be given to each idea in the text. The texts were chosen by Sofia Cavalletti. Simply illustrated with only one drawing in each booklet so the child’s reflection will be encouraged but not limited by the artwork.

    The color of the covers follows the coding of Sofia’s own hardbound set.

    Buy Scripture Booklets Sets I and II together and save $30. This new edition matches the materials of the Level I and II atriums, plus the parables of Level III. Smaller size, laminated covers, new calligraphy and art work, and a Spanish translation in the back make this affordable new edition more attractive and usable than ever.

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  • Montessori Insights for the Parents of Young Children
    • Montessori Insights for the Parents of Young Children
    • Montessori Insights for the Parents of Young Children

    • $7.00
    • In her clear and straightforward style, Wolf describes Montessori's insights about child development and the principles that flow from these observations. These principles can guide parents throughout the early years of their children's lives. Wolf uses photos and practical examples throughout the book to show how Montessori's insights can be used at home.
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    $7.00

    In her clear and straightforward style, Wolf describes Montessori’s insights about child development and the principles that flow from these observations. These principles can guide parents throughout the early years of their children’s lives. Wolf uses photos and practical examples throughout the book to show how Montessori’s insights can be used at home.

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  • When You Were Baptized
    • When You Were Baptized
    • When You Were Baptized

    • $16.00
    • ACP Excellence in Publishing Award WINNER in two categories!!! Baptism welcomes us into a community of faith and prepares us for life in God. Each gift received on the day of our Baptism will grow in meaning and purpose as we grow in faith. Using age-appropriate text and engaging illustrations, When You Were Baptized  invites children to reflect on the signs of…
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    $16.00
    ACP Excellence in Publishing Award WINNER in two categories!!!

    Baptism welcomes us into a community of faith and prepares us for life in God. Each gift received on the day of our Baptism will grow in meaning and purpose as we grow in faith. Using age-appropriate text and engaging illustrations, When You Were Baptized  invites children to reflect on the signs of the Baptismal rite: water, light, holy oil, God’s Word, and the baptismal garment by connecting them to their place in our daily lives. Each time they read When You Were Baptized, parents and their children can deepen their connection to this beautiful entrance into the community of faith.

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  • Songs of Love: Music of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for Children Six to Twelve Years
    $40.00

    A book and CD set of 38 songs with music, chords, lyrics and notes by Catherine Maresca regarding use of each song in the atrium. The CD is recorded by the Senior Children’s Choir of Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, TN.

    Music has a very important place in the prayer of children and life in the CGS atrium. To encourage the use of good music and lyrics, Treehaus Communications, musicians in Nashville, and catechist/formation leader Catherine Maresca created Sing With Joy and Songs of Love, two books with a CD of age- and theme-appropriate music for the atrium.

    The books were created to provide legal access to the lyrics, music notation, notes and recordings of music for catechists, respecting the rights of the composers, writers, artists and publishers who created and brought this music to the public. This or any other music should not be reproduced without permission.

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  • Scripture Booklets (Set Two)
    • Scripture Booklets (Set Two)
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    • Scripture Booklets (Set Two)

    • $110.00
    • After 30 years, and feedback from the catechists who use these beloved texts, we have updated our scripture booklets to better suit the needs of the children of the atrium. In these new Scripture Booklets we've included: all new calligraphy and illustrations by Joan Bennett, the artist of the Scripture Booklets: Set One a cover that is more resistant to the effects…
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    $110.00

    After 30 years, and feedback from the catechists who use these beloved texts, we have updated our scripture booklets to better suit the needs of the children of the atrium. In these new Scripture Booklets we’ve included:

    • all new calligraphy and illustrations by Joan Bennett, the artist of the Scripture Booklets: Set One
    • a cover that is more resistant to the effects of children’s hands
    • updated edits based on changes by CGS, inclusive language, and ease of reading
    • a Spanish translation on the last page, prepared by Jodi-beth McCain.
    • a smaller size (5.5″ x 6.5″) to fit on the shelf and in the children’s hands more comfortably
    • a simple drawing on each cover so the children can easily identify the text within

    Scripture Booklets isolate texts particularly appropriate for children and presents them with one verse per page so that attention can be given to each idea in the text. The texts were chosen by Sofia Cavalletti. Simply illustrated with only one drawing in each booklet so the child’s reflection will be encouraged but not limited by the artwork.

    The color of the covers follows the coding of Sofia’s own hardbound set.

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    “I received the new Little scripture booklets today. Just wanted you to know that they are lovely.”

    –Lynn Robinson, catechist

    “These are really nice scripture booklets!”

    –A six-year-old boy, upon using them for the first time

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  • I am the Vine, You are the Branches
    • I am the Vine, You are the Branches
    • I am the Vine, You are the Branches

    • $14.00
    • I am the Vine, You Are the Branches offers beautiful illustrations  of the parable with 1-2 verses of the scripture text written on the opposite page. This is followed by pages that explore a few words of the parable with some "Did you Know?" boxes of related information about vines, and a few meditative questions. The book is written for…
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    $14.00

    I am the Vine, You Are the Branches offers beautiful illustrations  of the parable with 1-2 verses of the scripture text written on the opposite page. This is followed by pages that explore a few words of the parable with some “Did you Know?” boxes of related information about vines, and a few meditative questions. The book is written for parents (or beloved adults) and children preparing for Eucharist between ages 6-9 to enjoy together.

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  • The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey
    • The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey
    • The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey

    • $18.00
    • Now revised and updated with reflections by Rebekah Rojcewicz, this foundational text outlines the trusted methods used for training those in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. Exploring the development of the program since its 1959 origins, this edition reflects changes in the materials made by Catechesis of the Good Shepherd founder, Sofia Cavalletti. Rebekah Rojcewicz’s new introduction provides…
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    $18.00

    Now revised and updated with reflections by Rebekah Rojcewicz, this foundational text outlines the trusted methods used for training those in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. Exploring the development of the program since its 1959 origins, this edition reflects changes in the materials made by Catechesis of the Good Shepherd founder, Sofia Cavalletti. Rebekah Rojcewicz’s new introduction provides a concise overview of these revisions, while recounting the origins of the program’s desire to nurture the child’s potential for a relationship with God.

    “Knowing how well the Good Shepherd and the Child has served these last 20 years, I am overjoyed with this new revision of the book! We have learned many things about the child in relationship with God over these past years, and have modified our approach.”
    -Mary Mirrione
    National Director of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

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  • Art Prints for the Mystery of Faith
    • Art Prints for the Mystery of Faith
    • Art Prints for the Mystery of Faith

    • $15.00
    • This set of three original paintings, Christ has Died, Christ is Risen, and Christ Will Come Again, has been painted to assist the meditation on the Mystery of Faith with 6-12 year old children. Tracy is an artist and catechist in Washington, DC, who prepared to paint by considering Cavalletti's materials, children's art work on these themes, and the words…
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    $15.00

    This set of three original paintings, Christ has Died, Christ is Risen, and Christ Will Come Again, has been painted to assist the meditation on the Mystery of Faith with 6-12 year old children. Tracy is an artist and catechist in Washington, DC, who prepared to paint by considering Cavalletti’s materials, children’s art work on these themes, and the words of the prayer itself.

    Set of 3 color prints.

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  • The History of the Kingdom of God, Part 2: Liturgy and the Building of the Kingdom
    $17.00

    The History of the Kingdom of God, Part 2: Liturgy and the Building of the Kingdom is Sofia Cavalletti’s revision of her earlier book Living Liturgy. Together with Part 1, “From Creation to Parousia,” these books offer the reader insight into Scripture and Liturgy as the means to understand God’s plan of salvation history, from the creation of the world, through redemption by the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus, to its culmination in the Parousia, when God will be all in all.

    Sofia Cavalletti’s primary concern in this book is to assist adults who are working with the religious formation of children to enter more deeply into the essential aspects of the liturgy. As Rebekah Rojcevicz writes in the introduction, “The second volume, subtitled ‘Liturgy and the Building of the Kingdom of God,’ considers specifically the present phase of history, in which God’s plan is always in action, that is, it is continuing to unfold, and every man, every woman, and every child is invited to participate and collaborate in this history.” Her understanding of liturgy as transformative prayer brings about God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven makes this work of interest to all who love the liturgy and for whom liturgy is central to their Christian life.

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  • When I Make Silence
    $6.00

    When I Make Silence was written to help children nurture their need for a silent time of reflection, exploring silence with each of the senses.

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  • Zenergy Meditation Chime
    • Zenergy Meditation Chime
    • Zenergy Meditation Chime

    • $12.00
    • A chime can be struck at the beginning and end of a few moments of silence in the atrium or at home to help draw a group into the stillness that opens the heart to peace and joy. A gentle tap of the mallet and the Zenergy Chime emits a powerful tone of singular beauty that lasts and lasts.
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    $12.00

    A chime can be struck at the beginning and end of a few moments of silence in the atrium or at home to help draw a group into the stillness that opens the heart to peace and joy.

    A gentle tap of the mallet and the Zenergy Chime emits a powerful tone of singular beauty that lasts and lasts.

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  • Level 2.5 Forum
    • Level 2.5 Forum
    • Level 2.5 Forum

    • $200.00
    • Are you a certified Level 2 catechist feeling the need to refresh, recharge & renew? Register for this 8-week forum to revisit key components of the Level 2 atrium experience. Update, rethink and refine your environment in the company of other experienced Level 2 catechists. The forum meets from 7pm - 8:30pm EST on the dates below. 
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    $200.00

    Are you a certified Level 2 catechist feeling the need to refresh, recharge & renew? Register for this 8-week forum to revisit key components of the Level 2 atrium experience. Update, rethink and refine your environment in the company of other experienced Level 2 catechists. The forum meets from 7pm – 8:30pm EST on the dates below. 

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  • Donation
    • Donation
    • Donation

    • Your gifts to CCTheo fund the research behind our publications and materials, help to make some of these materials available to communities in Latin America and Haiti, and allow us to offer affordable courses and conferences. Please be generous; our work is on behalf of the children of the church, and the adults who serve their spiritual lives. If you're…
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    Your gifts to CCTheo fund the research behind our publications and materials, help to make some of these materials available to communities in Latin America and Haiti, and allow us to offer affordable courses and conferences. Please be generous; our work is on behalf of the children of the church, and the adults who serve their spiritual lives.

    If you’re interested in a recurring donation you can visit the monthly donation option below.

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  • Prophecies for Advent at Home or in the Atrium
    • Prophecies for Advent at Home or in the Atrium
    • Prophecies for Advent at Home or in the Atrium

    • $10.00
    • These four Messianic prophecies are presented in the atrium to children beginning at age three, giving them beautiful names and images for Jesus, the Messiah. At home or in the atrium, you can use these with an Advent wreath during Advent. By the fourth week a vivid central star appears, announcing the birth of Christ and the Christmas season.
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    $10.00

    These four Messianic prophecies are presented in the atrium to children beginning at age three, giving them beautiful names and images for Jesus, the Messiah. At home or in the atrium, you can use these with an Advent wreath during Advent. By the fourth week a vivid central star appears, announcing the birth of Christ and the Christmas season.

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  • Level 3.5 Forum
    • Level 3.5 Forum
    • Level 3.5 Forum

    • $250.00
    • Are you a certified Level 3 catechist feeling the need to refresh, recharge & renew? Register for this 10-week forum to revisit key components of the 9-12 atrium experience. Update, rethink and refine your environment and practice in the company of other experienced Level 3 catechists. Part one will focus on Sacred History, Liturgy, and moral themes. Part two will…
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    $250.00

    Are you a certified Level 3 catechist feeling the need to refresh, recharge & renew? Register for this 10-week forum to revisit key components of the 9-12 atrium experience. Update, rethink and refine your environment and practice in the company of other experienced Level 3 catechists. Part one will focus on Sacred History, Liturgy, and moral themes. Part two will focus on Scripture study and typology. The forum meets from 7pm – 8:30pm EST on the dates below. 

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  • CGS Essentials
    • CGS Essentials
    • CGS Essentials

    • $700.00
    • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd  Essentials for the 3-6 Atrium is designed to attune participants to the religious life of the 3-6-year-old child and to provide the  specific methods and materials to foster that life. Online sessions include prayer, presentations of materials, background information, discussion of album pages. Practicum will be provided locally (for Washington DC area catechists) when safe,…
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    $700.00

    Catechesis of the Good Shepherd  Essentials for the 3-6 Atrium is designed to attune participants to the religious life of the 3-6-year-old child and to provide the  specific methods and materials to foster that life. Online sessions include prayer, presentations of materials, background information, discussion of album pages. Practicum will be provided locally (for Washington DC area catechists) when safe, and catechists from around the country will be encouraged to work and practice in accessible atriums near them. Read more about CGS courses at CCTheo, and the goal of these courses.

    We have decided  to offer CGS Essentials for the 3-6  Atrium in a hybrid format for  those of you  who need to continue to  prepare a  new atrium,  bring new catechists into your program, review course material, complete unfinished training  courses, or familiarize  pastors, DREs and parents with CGS. When safe, we will provide DC area catechists opportunities to practice  with materials in the atrium, and encourage those of you further away to do so with  an experienced catechist or formation leader near your home. Participants must have access to a complete Level 1 atrium to practice with the materials introduced during the course.

    While a Level I course that is not meeting in an atrium will not be certified by  CGSUSA, you will receive a letter acknowledging your attendance and the content of CGS Essentials; and we encourage you to complete  CGSUSA certificate requirements when possible. Local participants and those able to come to Alexandria, VA will be welcome to attend future course sessions in the atrium at no additional cost.

    All CCTheo course sessions are permanently available to participants to make up or review course content and course leaders provide ongoing support and clarification via email. 

    To pay the full price of $700 now, add this course to your cart. To pay only the $400 registration fee, click REGISTRATION FEE ONLY and add to your cart.

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  • Parent Toddler Course
    • Parent Toddler Course
    • Parent Toddler Course

    • $425.00
    • REGISTRATION CLOSED This ten day online course will prepare catechists who have completed a CGS Level I course to adapt the methodology and content of the 3-6 atrium for toddlers and their parents. Course Leader Davette Himes has been offering a two-hour session for toddlers and parents at All Saints Episcopal Church in Alexandria VA for over ten years and…
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    $425.00

    REGISTRATION CLOSED

    This ten day online course will prepare catechists who have completed a CGS Level I course to adapt the methodology and content of the 3-6 atrium for toddlers and their parents. Course Leader Davette Himes has been offering a two-hour session for toddlers and parents at All Saints Episcopal Church in Alexandria VA for over ten years and offered the first US Parent Toddler course in July, 2016. Join her to discover how the Toddler Atrium and parent education can be a powerful ministry to families in parishes, as well as evangelization and outreach. The course will concentrate on the spiritual life of the young child, supporting their growth and development and fostering independence through purposeful work, helping parents and parish to live out the baptismal covenant, incorporating CGS in the home, living the church year, and creating a toddler atrium. The course will be presented from Davette’s beautiful toddler environment at All Saints.

    To pay the full price now, add this course to your cart. To pay only the $200 registration fee, click REGISTRATION FEE ONLY and add to your cart. If you pay only the registration fee now, the balance of $225 is due July 1, 2021.

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  • Parenting: A Sacred Path
    • Parenting: A Sacred Path
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    • Parenting: A Sacred Path

    • $6.00
    • Parenting is a challenging call. Many resources for parents focus on the child, but Parenting: A Sacred Path is for parents to reflect on their experience, with all of its joys and struggles, as an invitation to grow in faith, love, trust and compassion. Each of six chapters provides an opening reflection for personal or group use, followed by a…
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    $6.00

    Parenting is a challenging call. Many resources for parents focus on the child, but Parenting: A Sacred Path is for parents to reflect on their experience, with all of its joys and struggles, as an invitation to grow in faith, love, trust and compassion. Each of six chapters provides an opening reflection for personal or group use, followed by a week of quotes for reflection and prayer. The gift of this simple book is in the self-understanding, acceptance and growth as parents nurtured week by week. It’s perfect as a gift to parents, or as a tool to lead reflection groups.

    Here’s a note we received from one grateful reader:

    “I wanted you to know that not only did I enjoy spending the six weeks of Lent with you on the sacred path of parenting, but also that that time has brought fresh air and energy and joy to my relationship with my 14-year-old son. Three weeks into [your booklet], my son and I had a breakthrough. I’ll spare you the details—what he wanted, what I didn’t—except to say that in the end we actually listened to each other and negotiated a compromise that helped us both see the other’s point of view. Each of us was pleased we could—and did!—do something other than insist on our own way. So, we are celebrating new fruit that will multiply 100 fold, I’m sure.”

    -Gayle

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  • Who Do You Say That I Am?
    • Who Do You Say That I Am?
    • Who Do You Say That I Am?

    • $25.00
    • 24 Ethiopian inspired prayer cards from  the life, miracles, parables, and I AM proclamations of Jesus. Art and text by Robin Joyce Miller. Appropriate for use with children ages 3 and up. Title, scripture citation, and a sentence about the icon depiction is on the back in a font and size friendly for young readers.
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    $25.00

    24 Ethiopian inspired prayer cards from  the life, miracles, parables, and I AM proclamations of Jesus. Art and text by Robin Joyce Miller.

    Appropriate for use with children ages 3 and up. Title, scripture citation, and a sentence about the icon depiction is on the back in a font and size friendly for young readers.

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  • Blue Earth Marble With Natural Earth Continents
    • Blue Earth Marble With Natural Earth Continents
    • Blue Earth Marble With Natural Earth Continents

    • $12.00
    • This small globe fits perfectly into the palm of the hand of a 9-12 year old. It reminds us to hold the earth and all its people in our hands and heart as we pass it around for our intercessory prayers. This Earth Marble is made from recycled glass, and is geographically accurate with amazing detail. More than 50 rivers,…
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    $12.00

    This small globe fits perfectly into the palm of the hand of a 9-12 year old. It reminds us to hold the earth and all its people in our hands and heart as we pass it around for our intercessory prayers.

    This Earth Marble is made from recycled glass, and is geographically accurate with amazing detail. More than 50 rivers, forests, icecaps, deserts, and shadow relief mountain ranges are visible.

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  • Scripture Booklets For Young Children – Replacements
    $6.00

    Replacement Booklets for the newest edition of Scripture Booklets are available as supplies last.

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  • Lap Harp Music
    • Lap Harp Music
    • Lap Harp Music

    • $10.00
    • Using a Lap Harp, these simple sheets allow children to play favorite songs from the atrium without musical training or instruction. Add this to your atrium as an additional way to reflect on the themes of CGS. This upload includes two files: a collection of 48 songs from the songbooks Sing with Joy and Songs of Love; and instructions.
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    $10.00

    Using a Lap Harp, these simple sheets allow children to play favorite songs from the atrium without musical training or instruction. Add this to your atrium as an additional way to reflect on the themes of CGS. This upload includes two files: a collection of 48 songs from the songbooks Sing with Joy and Songs of Love; and instructions.

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  • Still Waters: A Reflective Experience for Adults (A Season to Grow)
    $30.00

    Use Still Waters: A Season to Grow to create a Day of Prayer or space to pray during a Retreat.

    Still Waters offers a way to create an atrium-like prayer space for adults. Using these materials, an environment is easily prepared with ten meditation spaces. For example, the packet titled A Season to Grow leads participants to read a scripture verse, work with art materials, contemplate meaningful questions, or simply pray in response to scripture exploring images of light, breath, roots, bearing fruit, mustard seeds wonder and more, Perfect for course prayer, parent education, parish retreat, or a day of prayer.

    A Season to Grow is a lovely tool to use with teens or adults for a Advent Retreat or Day of Prayer. Other packets, Emmanuel and Beloved, are also available.

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  • Ways to Nurture the Relationship with God
    • Ways to Nurture the Relationship with God
    • Ways to Nurture the Relationship with God

    • $15.00
    • As adults sharing CGS with children, we have often realized how rich it’s content is for the adult’s relationship with God. This book is an attempt to nurture the adult’s hunger and thirst for “good news of great joy” (Luke 2:10) that the children experience through CGS. The meditations explore and illuminate the Christian message that we have been led…
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    $15.00

    As adults sharing CGS with children, we have often realized how rich it’s content is for the adult’s relationship with God. This book is an attempt to nurture the adult’s hunger and thirst for “good news of great joy” (Luke 2:10) that the children experience through CGS.

    The meditations explore and illuminate the Christian message that we have been led to through our work with children, including the birth and infancy of Jesus, the parable of the Good Shepherd, the roots of the Eucharist and the Easter Mystery, and the parable of the True Vine. They are the fruit of Sofia Cavalletti’s meditions with adults gathered together as listeners of the word. Because the book arose from actual encounters, the writers invite you to enter into it as fellow listener, meditating on scripture and liturgy alongside them.

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  • Scripture Booklets For Young Children (Set One)
    $75.00

    After 30 years and feedback from the catechists who use these beloved texts, we have updated our scripture booklets to better suit the needs of the children of the atrium. Scripture Booklets isolate texts particularly appropriate for young children and presents them with one verse per page so that attention can be given to each idea in the text. The English texts were chosen and edited by Sofia Cavalletti. Simply illustrated with only one drawing in each booklet so the child’s reflection will be encouraged but not limited by the artwork.

    The color of the covers follows the coding of Sofia’s own hardbound set.

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  • Cosmic Wonder Series (6-9)
    • Cosmic Wonder Series (6-9)
    • Cosmic Wonder Series (6-9)

    • $30.00
    • Written to stimulate thinking about our place in the universe, these books appeals to the child's universal sense of communion. Includes I Know the Sun Does Not "Set", How Big is the Milky Way, I Travel on Planet Earth, I Live in the Universe, I Look "Out" at the Stars, and I Know What Gravity Does.
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    $30.00

    Written to stimulate thinking about our place in the universe, these books appeals to the child’s universal sense of communion. Includes I Know the Sun Does Not “Set”, How Big is the Milky Way, I Travel on Planet Earth, I Live in the Universe, I Look “Out” at the Stars, and I Know What Gravity Does.

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  • A is for Altar, B is for Bible
    $11.00

    An alphabet book with prayers and images drawn from the atrium, Scripture and liturgy.

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  • The Mysteries of the Rosary for Children
    • The Mysteries of the Rosary for Children
    • The Mysteries of the Rosary for Children

    • $8.00
    • The Mysteries of the Rosary provide a walk through the life of Christ from the Annunciation to Parousia. Divided into four groups (rosaries) of five reflections (decades), they are used as points of focus for the twenty mysteries of the rosary. Each reflection includes a Scripture text, an illustration with title, and a summary of how God's power is at…
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    $8.00

    The Mysteries of the Rosary provide a walk through the life of Christ from the Annunciation to Parousia. Divided into four groups (rosaries) of five reflections (decades), they are used as points of focus for the twenty mysteries of the rosary. Each reflection includes a Scripture text, an illustration with title, and a summary of how God’s power is at work in each event.

    For children, even without using a Rosary, this book provides twenty scenes from the life of Christ, with sentences to connnect it to our own lives. Praying the Rosary with this book gives children and adults a tactile, focused way to meditate on the life of Christ. It serves as a beautiful presentation of the life of Christ and a helpful guide to this rich prayer tradition.

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  • Listening To God With Children
    • Listening To God With Children
    • Listening To God With Children

    • $25.00
    • Gianna Gobbi draws on a lifetime of experience with children, having worked personally at the side of Maria Montessori and in collaboration with Sofia Cavalletti in the development of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Here Gobbi presents a rare balance of the theory and application of Montessori principles. "The result," writes Sofia Cavalletti in her introduction, "is a rich,…
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    $25.00

    Gianna Gobbi draws on a lifetime of experience with children, having worked personally at the side of Maria Montessori and in collaboration with Sofia Cavalletti in the development of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Here Gobbi presents a rare balance of the theory and application of Montessori principles. “The result,” writes Sofia Cavalletti in her introduction, “is a rich, living work.” Listening To God With Children is a basic reference book for catechists and parents of the young child, particularly those involved in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

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  • DoubleClose: The Young Child’s Knowledge of God
    • DoubleClose: The Young Child’s Knowledge of God
    • DoubleClose: The Young Child’s Knowledge of God

    • $15.00
    • DoubleClose is an immersion into the rich mystery of the child's relationship with God--a relationship one small child describes as "double close". Part One explores characteristics of young children, their potential for a rich relationship with God, and how young children know God and communicate that knowledge to observant adults. Part Two features responses of young children to the Bible…
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    $15.00

    DoubleClose is an immersion into the rich mystery of the child’s relationship with God–a relationship one small child describes as “double close”. Part One explores characteristics of young children, their potential for a rich relationship with God, and how young children know God and communicate that knowledge to observant adults. Part Two features responses of young children to the Bible or the liturgy, followed by a reflection that nurtures the reader’s own relationship with God.

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  • Level 1.5 Forum
    • Level 1.5 Forum
    • Level 1.5 Forum

    • $200.00
    • Are you a certified Level 1 catechist feeling the need to refresh, recharge & renew? Register for this 8-week forum to revisit key components of the 3-6 atrium experience. Update, rethink and refine your environment and practice in the company of other experienced Level 1 catechists. The forum meets from 7pm - 8:30pm EST on the dates below. 
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    $200.00

    Are you a certified Level 1 catechist feeling the need to refresh, recharge & renew? Register for this 8-week forum to revisit key components of the 3-6 atrium experience. Update, rethink and refine your environment and practice in the company of other experienced Level 1 catechists. The forum meets from 7pm – 8:30pm EST on the dates below. 

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  • Celtic Trinity Mandalynth
    • Celtic Trinity Mandalynth
    • Celtic Trinity Mandalynth

    • $20.00
    • A Mandalynth is a focus tool traced with a stylus. Tracing isolates the hand-to-eye coordination. This forces the mind to focus because you must pay attention to what you are doing. You stop analyzing and become quietly observant. In short, once you begin tracing you begin meditating. Religious symbols are also an aid to prayer and interfaith education. (Lotus -…
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    $20.00

    A Mandalynth is a focus tool traced with a stylus.

    Tracing isolates the hand-to-eye coordination. This forces the mind to focus because you must pay attention to what you are doing. You stop analyzing and become quietly observant.

    In short, once you begin tracing you begin meditating.

    Religious symbols are also an aid to prayer and interfaith education. (Lotus – Buddhist. Star of David – Jewish. Trinity and Crosses – Christian)

    “Open” Mandalynth card designs feature Celtic Art that is gentle and flowing to ease and calm the mind. “Open” Mandalynth card designs are best for stress, anxiety, and panic. (Celtic Twists, Celtic Trinity)

    “Medium” Celtic Art Mandalynths feature designs that are slightly complex to trace. They make you focus a bit, but still have a nice flow. “Medium” Mandalynth designs are best for ADD, ADHD, and high-functioning autism. They are also best for “ruminating” minds that obsess and fixate until they create anxiety. (Celtic Star of David, Celtic Lotus)

    “Tight” Celtic Art Mandalynths are very complex and challenging to trace. They are not relaxing, but some people love intensity. “Tight” Mandalynth designs are excellent for gifted minds and puzzle-solvers. Low-functioning autism has also responded well to this category. (Celtic Cross)

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  • Celtic Lotus Mandalynth
    • Celtic Lotus Mandalynth
    • Celtic Lotus Mandalynth

    • $20.00
    • A Mandalynth is a focus tool traced with a stylus. Tracing isolates the hand-to-eye coordination. This forces the mind to focus because you must pay attention to what you are doing. You stop analyzing and become quietly observant. In short, once you begin tracing you begin meditating. Religious symbols are also an aid to prayer and interfaith education. (Lotus -…
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    $20.00

    A Mandalynth is a focus tool traced with a stylus.

    Tracing isolates the hand-to-eye coordination. This forces the mind to focus because you must pay attention to what you are doing. You stop analyzing and become quietly observant.

    In short, once you begin tracing you begin meditating.

    Religious symbols are also an aid to prayer and interfaith education. (Lotus – Buddhist. Star of David – Jewish. Trinity and Crosses – Christian)

    “Open” Mandalynth card designs feature Celtic Art that is gentle and flowing to ease and calm the mind. “Open” Mandalynth card designs are best for stress, anxiety, and panic. (Celtic Twists, Celtic Trinity)

    “Medium” Celtic Art Mandalynths feature designs that are slightly complex to trace. They make you focus a bit, but still have a nice flow. “Medium” Mandalynth designs are best for ADD, ADHD, and high-functioning autism. They are also best for “ruminating” minds that obsess and fixate until they create anxiety. (Celtic Star of David, Celtic Lotus)

    “Tight” Celtic Art Mandalynths are very complex and challenging to trace. They are not relaxing, but some people love intensity. “Tight” Mandalynth designs are excellent for gifted minds and puzzle-solvers. Low-functioning autism has also responded well to this category. (Celtic Cross)

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  • Celtic Star of David Mandalynth
    • Celtic Star of David Mandalynth
    • Celtic Star of David Mandalynth

    • $20.00
    • A Mandalynth is a focus tool traced with a stylus. Tracing isolates the hand-to-eye coordination. This forces the mind to focus because you must pay attention to what you are doing. You stop analyzing and become quietly observant. In short, once you begin tracing you begin meditating. Religious symbols are also an aid to prayer and interfaith education. (Lotus -…
    • Add to cart
    $20.00

    A Mandalynth is a focus tool traced with a stylus.

    Tracing isolates the hand-to-eye coordination. This forces the mind to focus because you must pay attention to what you are doing. You stop analyzing and become quietly observant.

    In short, once you begin tracing you begin meditating.

    Religious symbols are also an aid to prayer and interfaith education. (Lotus – Buddhist. Star of David – Jewish. Trinity and Crosses – Christian)

    “Open” Mandalynth card designs feature Celtic Art that is gentle and flowing to ease and calm the mind. “Open” Mandalynth card designs are best for stress, anxiety, and panic. (Celtic Twists, Celtic Trinity)

    “Medium” Celtic Art Mandalynths feature designs that are slightly complex to trace. They make you focus a bit, but still have a nice flow. “Medium” Mandalynth designs are best for ADD, ADHD, and high-functioning autism. They are also best for “ruminating” minds that obsess and fixate until they create anxiety. (Celtic Star of David, Celtic Lotus)

    “Tight” Celtic Art Mandalynths are very complex and challenging to trace. They are not relaxing, but some people love intensity. “Tight” Mandalynth designs are excellent for gifted minds and puzzle-solvers. Low-functioning autism has also responded well to this category. (Celtic Cross)

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  • World Religions – Explanation Cards
    • World Religions – Explanation Cards
    • World Religions – Explanation Cards

    • $35.00
    • Children  ages 9-12 and up have an intense interest in the religions of the world. These cards can provide some answers while allowing the child to explore the signs and symbols of up to 7 different religions. The religions included are Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, and Taoism.
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    Children  ages 9-12 and up have an intense interest in the religions of the world. These cards can provide some answers while allowing the child to explore the signs and symbols of up to 7 different religions. The religions included are Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, and Taoism.

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  • Life in the Sheepfold: A Parent’s Introduction to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
    $15.00

    In this downloadable video, Catherine Maresca, director of the Center for Children and Theology, leads an intimate conversation with parents, sharing with them the rich spiritual life of their children, and how that life is nurtured in the atrium.

    The video includes the presentation of the parable of the Good Shepherd, discussions of the use of materials in CGS, the work of the 3-6 year old children, the role of parents in Christian formation, and the work of the 6-12 year old children.

    This one hour video is the perfect introduction to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, either for a parent education session or for those who’d love to learn more about the spiritual life of children.

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  • The Peace Rose
    • The Peace Rose
    • The Peace Rose

    • $16.00
    • This charmingly illustrated and told story features three simple vignettes to model the use of a Peace Rose to express feelings and help children navigate their daily interpersonal conflicts. The Peace Rose is a concrete and valuable tool for children to understand that we can get along with one another through communication and cooperation. Includes an afterward for adults with…
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    This charmingly illustrated and told story features three simple vignettes to model the use of a Peace Rose to express feelings and help children navigate their daily interpersonal conflicts. The Peace Rose is a concrete and valuable tool for children to understand that we can get along with one another through communication and cooperation. Includes an afterward for adults with helpful, concrete ideas for supporting children as they create a peaceful community.

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  • Still Waters: A Reflective Experience for Adults (Beloved)
    • Still Waters: A Reflective Experience for Adults (Beloved)
    • Still Waters: A Reflective Experience for Adults (Beloved)

    • $30.00
    • Use Still Waters: Beloved to create a Retreat or a Day of Prayer. Still Waters offers a way to create an atrium-like prayer space for adults. Using these materials, an environment is easily prepared with ten meditation spaces. For example, the packet titled Beloved leads participants to read a scripture verse, work with art materials, contemplate meaningful questions, or simply…
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    $30.00

    Use Still Waters: Beloved to create a Retreat or a Day of Prayer.

    Still Waters offers a way to create an atrium-like prayer space for adults. Using these materials, an environment is easily prepared with ten meditation spaces. For example, the packet titled Beloved leads participants to read a scripture verse, work with art materials, contemplate meaningful questions, or simply pray in response to scripture exploring who we are in Christ. Perfect for course prayer, parent education, parish retreat, or a day of prayer.

    Emmanuel is a lovely tool to use with teens or adults for a Advent Retreat or Day of Prayer. Other packets, including A Season to Grow and Emmanuel are also available.

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  • Still Waters: A Reflective Experience for Adults (Emmanuel)
    • Still Waters: A Reflective Experience for Adults (Emmanuel)
    • Still Waters: A Reflective Experience for Adults (Emmanuel)

    • $30.00
    • Use Still Waters: Emmanuel to create an Advent Retreat or a Day of Prayer. Still Waters offers a way to create an atrium-like prayer space for adults. Using these materials, an environment is easily prepared with ten meditation spaces. Emmanuel leads participants to read a scripture verse, work with art materials, contemplate meaningful questions, or simply pray in response to…
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    $30.00

    Use Still Waters: Emmanuel to create an Advent Retreat or a Day of Prayer.

    Still Waters offers a way to create an atrium-like prayer space for adults. Using these materials, an environment is easily prepared with ten meditation spaces. Emmanuel leads participants to read a scripture verse, work with art materials, contemplate meaningful questions, or simply pray in response to scripture exploring the meaning of the Messianic prophecies and Infancy Narratives read during Advent and Christmas.

    Emmanuel is a lovely tool to use with teens or adults for a Advent Retreat or Day of Prayer. Other packets, A Season to Grow and Beloved are also available.

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  • Hands on Judaism
    • Hands on Judaism
    • Hands on Judaism

    • $70.00
    • Hands on Judaism offers printed matter and instructions to gather materials for nine areas of Judaism: History, Hebrew/Shalom, Shabbat, the Name of God, the Western Wall, Torah, Jewish Holidays, Prayer, and the Synagogue. Hands-on activities allow children and adults to experience and reflect on each theme. Introductions, instructions, quotes from the Torah, reflective questions and more allow the users to become familiar with these…
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    $70.00

    Hands on Judaism offers printed matter and instructions to gather materials for nine areas of Judaism: History, Hebrew/Shalom, Shabbat, the Name of God, the Western Wall, Torah, Jewish Holidays, Prayer, and the Synagogue. Hands-on activities allow children and adults to experience and reflect on each theme. Introductions, instructions, quotes from the Torah, reflective questions and more allow the users to become familiar with these foundational aspects of the Jewish tradition.

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  • The Seed of God: Complete Set
    • The Seed of God: Complete Set
    • The Seed of God: Complete Set

    • $25.00
    • A beautiful set of five bilingual books presents the essence of the Gospel message to young children in a simple, but powerful way. Written in simple, clear language by Genelda Woggon, the series presents the Gospel message in five thematic books that fit a small child's hand. The Seed of God has been translated and published in Haitian Creole and French, primarily…
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    $25.00

    A beautiful set of five bilingual books presents the essence of the Gospel message to young children in a simple, but powerful way. Written in simple, clear language by Genelda Woggon, the series presents the Gospel message in five thematic books that fit a small child’s hand.

    The Seed of God has been translated and published in Haitian Creole and French, primarily for distribution in Haiti. The English/Spanish edition is widely used in Spanish speaking parishes of Latin America, with copies being hand-carried there by Bishops and mission groups alike.

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  • Silence in the Shadow of Speech
    • Silence in the Shadow of Speech
    • Silence in the Shadow of Speech

    • $8.00
    • Written by Helene Lubienska de Lenval, a French colleague of Maria Montessori’s, and translated from French by Elizabeth MacArthur, this meditation on silence and contemplation for children and adults is a treasure. A thoughtful gift for catechists, parents, and teachers.
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    $8.00

    Written by Helene Lubienska de Lenval, a French colleague of Maria Montessori’s, and translated from French by Elizabeth MacArthur, this meditation on silence and contemplation for children and adults is a treasure.

    A thoughtful gift for catechists, parents, and teachers.

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  • Way of Holy Joy: Selected Writings of Sofia Cavalletti
    • Way of Holy Joy: Selected Writings of Sofia Cavalletti
    • Way of Holy Joy: Selected Writings of Sofia Cavalletti

    • $15.00
    • Way of Holy Joy, a compilation of writings by the co-founder of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, focuses on the spiritual life of the child. With the exception of one, these have not previously been published in English. As the title suggests, these essays shine a light on an often overlooked spiritual reality: the joy that is found in…
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    $15.00

    Way of Holy Joy, a compilation of writings by the co-founder of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, focuses on the spiritual life of the child. With the exception of one, these have not previously been published in English. As the title suggests, these essays shine a light on an often overlooked spiritual reality: the joy that is found in the relationship between God and the Child.

    The essays included in this volume, published shortly after her death in August 2011, also reflect her involvement with the wider church community, including her work on the relationship between the Catholic and Jewish faiths. Those interested in children’s spirituality will find these essays a source of inspiration and insight. Perhaps more importantly, all who seek to live out their baptismal calling as Christians will benefit from meditating on these reflections. One of the most important, though perhaps unintended, effects of Cavalletti’s work has been its impact on adults. By focusing on what is most essential, what is at the heart of faith—a relationship with a Person—many have discovered for themselves this “way of holy joy.”

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  • World Religions – Explanation Card Pocket Folders
    $30.00

    This set comes in seven different colors to store the seven faiths of the World Religions – Explanation Cards.

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  • History of Christianity Timeline
    • History of Christianity Timeline
    • History of Christianity Timeline

    • $100.00
    • Christian children in the sensitive period for history and finding their place in the world are ready and eager to see a history of Christianity timeline. Many of these children have friends and family members connected to more than one denomination. How are these denominations connected? There are Christians throughout the world. When and how did Christianity spread from the…
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    $100.00

    Christian children in the sensitive period for history and finding their place in the world are ready and eager to see a history of Christianity timeline. Many of these children have friends and family members connected to more than one denomination. How are these denominations connected? There are Christians throughout the world. When and how did Christianity spread from the Holy Land to all the continents? How are world history and the history of Christianity intertwined? Who are some of the great Saints and when did they live? How is our faith represented in art and architecture throughout history?

    These and other questions the children have asked begin to be explored on our new History of Christianity Timeline.

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  • Mammals Who Morph: The Universe Tells Our Evolution Story
    • Mammals Who Morph: The Universe Tells Our Evolution Story
    • Mammals Who Morph: The Universe Tells Our Evolution Story

    • $12.00
    • This remarkable evolution series, narrated by the Universe itself, concludes with Book 3, the amazing story of mammals. It picks up with the extinction of dinosaurs, and tells how tiny mammals survived and morphed into lots of new Earthlings . . . horses, whales and a kind of mammal with a powerful imagination-you. It's a story of chaos, creativity and…
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    $12.00

    This remarkable evolution series, narrated by the Universe itself, concludes with Book 3, the amazing story of mammals. It picks up with the extinction of dinosaurs, and tells how tiny mammals survived and morphed into lots of new Earthlings . . . horses, whales and a kind of mammal with a powerful imagination-you. It’s a story of chaos, creativity and heroes-the greatest adventure on Earth! And it’s a personal story . . . about our bodies, our minds, our spirits. It’s our story.

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  • Lava to Life: The Universe Tells Our Earth Story
    • Lava to Life: The Universe Tells Our Earth Story
    • Lava to Life: The Universe Tells Our Earth Story

    • $12.00
    • "Once upon a time" meets science in a children's picture book that tells the thrilling story of how life began on Earth. The second in a trilogy of Universe stories as told by the Universe, "From Lava to Life" picks up with the formation of Earth and the first presence of life forms as Earth triumphs over crisis to create…
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    $12.00

    “Once upon a time” meets science in a children’s picture book that tells the thrilling story of how life began on Earth. The second in a trilogy of Universe stories as told by the Universe, “From Lava to Life” picks up with the formation of Earth and the first presence of life forms as Earth triumphs over crisis to create bacteria, jellyfish, flowers . . . even dinosaurs.

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  • Born With a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story
    • Born With a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story
    • Born With a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story

    • $14.00
    • Cosmology for everyone, this is a story of the universe from the Big Bang to the formation of Earth, in the form of a letter written by the thirteen-billion-year-old universe itself to an Earthling. Born with a Bang tells the amazing story of the universe and the creation of Earth with scientific accuracy but without diminishing the mystery and wonder.…
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    $14.00

    Cosmology for everyone, this is a story of the universe from the Big Bang to the formation of Earth, in the form of a letter written by the thirteen-billion-year-old universe itself to an Earthling.

    Born with a Bang tells the amazing story of the universe and the creation of Earth with scientific accuracy but without diminishing the mystery and wonder. As cosmologist and author Dr. Brian Swimme said: “In the magic of this story . . . suddenly, we have the feeling that we BELONG.”

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  • The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving
    $17.00

    An excerpt from the introduction: “As a scientist, I know childhood spirituality to be a powerful truth that is incontrovertible yet strangely absent from our mainstream culture. That ‘children are so spiritual’ is not merely anecdote or opinion, be it mine or anyone else’s. It is an established scientific fact.”

    This fascinating book by Lisa Miller, Ph.D. presents the science behind childhood spirituality, and seeks to create a dialog among children, parents, and those who work to support them.

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  • Border Paper and Calligraphy Practice Sheets
    $0.00

    5 lightly lined sheets with borders reflecting the themes of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: the True Vine, the cross, the nativity, prophetic and angelic announcements, plus 5 practice sheets for learning the strokes, lower and upper case letters of Italic writing.

    (Downloads - 9)

  • My Shining Light

    My Shining Light is a book for children which celebrates and nurtures the light within every person.

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  • Violence and Nonviolence in Scripture
    • Violence and Nonviolence in Scripture
    • Violence and Nonviolence in Scripture

    • $13.00
    • How do we help children understand the challenging stories of violence in Scripture in light of our belief in a God of love? Based on her experience as a Montessori educator and catechist of the Good Shepherd, Catherine Maresca has thought deeply about this question. In Violence and Nonviolence in Scripture: Helping Chldren Understand Challenging Stories, she bridges years of…
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    $13.00

    How do we help children understand the challenging stories of violence in Scripture in light of our belief in a God of love? Based on her experience as a Montessori educator and catechist of the Good Shepherd, Catherine Maresca has thought deeply about this question. In Violence and Nonviolence in Scripture: Helping Chldren Understand Challenging Stories, she bridges years of reading the Bible with children with her commitment to nonviolence and peacemaking. Catechists and religious educators will find this a welcome and helpful resource in their own work with children.

    “Honoring children’s natural capacity for spiritual insight, Maresca does not seek to explain the violence in the Bible to children– rather, she provides tools for adults to reflect theologically on it with children in age-appropriate ways. Resisting simple answers that are too shallow after early childhood, Maresca’s approach lays a foundation for the dynamic interaction with Scripture that God’s Spirit uses to form deep faith.” -Sarah Ann Bixler, Assistant Professor, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Virginia

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  • Celtic Twists Mandalynth
    • Celtic Twists Mandalynth
    • Celtic Twists Mandalynth

    • $20.00
    • A Mandalynth is a focus tool traced with a stylus. Tracing isolates the hand-to-eye coordination. This forces the mind to focus because you must pay attention to what you are doing. You stop analyzing and become quietly observant. In short, once you begin tracing you begin meditating. Religious symbols are also an aid to prayer and interfaith education. (Lotus -…
    • Add to cart
    $20.00

    A Mandalynth is a focus tool traced with a stylus.

    Tracing isolates the hand-to-eye coordination. This forces the mind to focus because you must pay attention to what you are doing. You stop analyzing and become quietly observant.

    In short, once you begin tracing you begin meditating.

    Religious symbols are also an aid to prayer and interfaith education. (Lotus – Buddhist. Star of David – Jewish. Trinity and Crosses – Christian)

    “Open” Mandalynth card designs feature Celtic Art that is gentle and flowing to ease and calm the mind. “Open” Mandalynth card designs are best for stress, anxiety, and panic. (Celtic Twists, Celtic Trinity)

    “Medium” Celtic Art Mandalynths feature designs that are slightly complex to trace. They make you focus a bit, but still have a nice flow. “Medium” Mandalynth designs are best for ADD, ADHD, and high-functioning autism. They are also best for “ruminating” minds that obsess and fixate until they create anxiety. (Celtic Star of David, Celtic Lotus)

    “Tight” Celtic Art Mandalynths are very complex and challenging to trace. They are not relaxing, but some people love intensity. “Tight” Mandalynth designs are excellent for gifted minds and puzzle-solvers. Low-functioning autism has also responded well to this category. (Celtic Cross)

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  • Celtic Cross Mandalynth
    • Celtic Cross Mandalynth
    • Celtic Cross Mandalynth

    • $20.00
    • A Mandalynth is a focus tool traced with a stylus. Tracing isolates the hand-to-eye coordination. This forces the mind to focus because you must pay attention to what you are doing. You stop analyzing and become quietly observant. In short, once you begin tracing you begin meditating. Religious symbols are also an aid to prayer and interfaith education. (Lotus -…
    • Add to cart
    $20.00

    A Mandalynth is a focus tool traced with a stylus.

    Tracing isolates the hand-to-eye coordination. This forces the mind to focus because you must pay attention to what you are doing. You stop analyzing and become quietly observant.

    In short, once you begin tracing you begin meditating.

    Religious symbols are also an aid to prayer and interfaith education. (Lotus – Buddhist. Star of David – Jewish. Trinity and Crosses – Christian)

    “Open” Mandalynth card designs feature Celtic Art that is gentle and flowing to ease and calm the mind. “Open” Mandalynth card designs are best for stress, anxiety, and panic. (Celtic Twists, Celtic Trinity)

    “Medium” Celtic Art Mandalynths feature designs that are slightly complex to trace. They make you focus a bit, but still have a nice flow. “Medium” Mandalynth designs are best for ADD, ADHD, and high-functioning autism. They are also best for “ruminating” minds that obsess and fixate until they create anxiety. (Celtic Star of David, Celtic Lotus)

    “Tight” Celtic Art Mandalynths are very complex and challenging to trace. They are not relaxing, but some people love intensity. “Tight” Mandalynth designs are excellent for gifted minds and puzzle-solvers. Low-functioning autism has also responded well to this category. (Celtic Cross)

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    • At Home in the Montessori Children’s House Vol. 2

    • $40.00
    • Classroom Lessons, Routines and Celebrations Putting Montessori theory into practice in the classroom, even after excellent training and preparation, can be a daunting task, particularly for those of us without good Montessori mentors. In her book, AMI trained Montessori teacher Mary Flewelling-Pinchen draws on her 32 years of experience in the classroom, offering practical advice in establishing a vibrant child-centered…
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    $40.00

    Classroom Lessons, Routines and Celebrations

    Putting Montessori theory into practice in the classroom, even after excellent training and preparation, can be a daunting task, particularly for those of us without good Montessori mentors.

    In her book, AMI trained Montessori teacher Mary Flewelling-Pinchen draws on her 32 years of experience in the classroom, offering practical advice in establishing a vibrant child-centered classroom.

    She covers all the essentials for the optimal beginning of a school year, following with effective strategies for classroom management throughout the year. Her many years of experience give new inspiration to Montessori’s procedures for nurturing each child in self-discipline, courtesy, responsibility, and learning.

    For catechists in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Flewelling-Pinchen’s wisdom can serve as a valuable tool in staying grounded in the Montessori method.

    This volume has an excellent guide to practical life – choosing and assembling materials, selecting a task, and presenting the material.

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    • At Home in the Montessori Children’s House Vol. 1

    • $40.00
    • Establishing a Child-Centered Community Putting Montessori theory into practice in the classroom, even after excellent training and preparation, can be a daunting task, particularly for those of us without good Montessori mentors. In her book, AMI trained Montessori teacher Mary Flewelling-Pinchen draws on her 32 years of experience in the classroom, offering practical advice in establishing a vibrant child-centered classroom.…
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    $40.00

    Establishing a Child-Centered Community

    Putting Montessori theory into practice in the classroom, even after excellent training and preparation, can be a daunting task, particularly for those of us without good Montessori mentors.

    In her book, AMI trained Montessori teacher Mary Flewelling-Pinchen draws on her 32 years of experience in the classroom, offering practical advice in establishing a vibrant child-centered classroom.

    She covers all the essentials for the optimal beginning of a school year, following with effective strategies for classroom management throughout the year. Her many years of experience give new inspiration to Montessori’s procedures for nurturing each child in self-discipline, courtesy, responsibility, and learning.

    For catechists in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Flewelling-Pinchen’s wisdom can serve as a valuable tool in staying grounded in the Montessori method.

    Topics explored include Preparing the Environment, Orientation, Normalization, Classroom Management, and Discipline.

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  • Music Sampler
    • Music Sampler
    • Music Sampler

    • $0.00
    • This free PDF includes: Two songs from Sing With Joy and two from Songs of Love. All of these songs are in the public domain and you can feel free to distribute them to your course participants. Sheet Music for the popular atrium song May the Long Time Sun. This song is in the public domain, and you can feel free to distribute it…
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    This free PDF includes:

    • Two songs from Sing With Joy and two from Songs of Love. All of these songs are in the public domain and you can feel free to distribute them to your course participants.
    • Sheet Music for the popular atrium song May the Long Time Sun. This song is in the public domain, and you can feel free to distribute it to your course participants.
    • Sheet music for the song This Tiny Seed, written by Jodi-beth McCain, catechist and DRE of Christian Family Montessori School, for the children of her atrium.
    • Contact information to request permission to reproduce any pages from Sing With Joy or Songs of Love for one time use: treehaus@treehaus1.com

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  • Hands on Islam
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    • Hands on Islam

    • $45.00
    • Eleven stations allows a group to experience key aspects of Islam. These may be explored in various settings – retreats, workshops, interfaith days, or religious education programs. The materials are appropriate for use for children ages nine or over, or for adults.
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    Eleven stations allows a group to experience key aspects of Islam. These may be explored in various settings – retreats, workshops, interfaith days, or religious education programs. The materials are appropriate for use for children ages nine or over, or for adults.

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  • Drinking from the Sources: How Scripture and Liturgy Shape Our Christian Life
    $15.00

    One of the many gifts of Sofia Cavalletti to the church is her clear eyed theological grasp of the sources of our faith. She once said that she was led to this essentiality by the children, and that she herself was a very complicated person. This gift of essentiality is offered in Drinking from the Sources’ careful translation and selection of Sofia Cavalletti’s meditations on Scripture and liturgy. The foundation of our faith (and of CGS), Sofia frequently said, is Scripture and liturgy. This book explores how they are related to each other, how we are formed by them, and the wealth of the Eucharistic Prayers. In times such as these, when our attachment to the church may be shaken, to be rerooted in the sources of our faith is a gift indeed.

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  • The History of the Kingdom of God, Part 1: From Creation to Parousia
    $19.00

    The History of the Kingdom of God, Part I: Creation to Parousia is a revision by Sofia Cavalletti of her earlier work, History’s Golden Thread, a core text in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Another core text,Living Liturgy, has also been revised and is available in the second volume, The History of the Kingdom of God, Part II: Liturgy and the Building of the Kingdom. Together, these two volumes offer the reader insight into Scripture and Liturgy as the means to understand God’s plan of salvation history, from the creation of the world, through redemption by the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus, to its culmination in the Parousia, when God will be all in all. While this first volume is essential reading for all catechists of the Good Shepherd, all who study the Bible and who seek to understand God’s revelation through sacred history will be enlightened and inspired by Cavalletti’s insights and scholarship.

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  • Moving Day: Poetry by Rob Soley
    • Moving Day: Poetry by Rob Soley
    • Moving Day: Poetry by Rob Soley

    • $15.00
    • This book of poetry by the late Rob Soley, catechist and Montessori teacher, will be a treasure for anyone who appreciates poetry. During 2018, Catherine Maresca worked with Rob on this book of his exceptional poetry. Before Rob passed away, he and his wife Karen decided to donate the proceeds of the book to CCTheo.
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    This book of poetry by the late Rob Soley, catechist and Montessori teacher, will be a treasure for anyone who appreciates poetry. During 2018, Catherine Maresca worked with Rob on this book of his exceptional poetry. Before Rob passed away, he and his wife Karen decided to donate the proceeds of the book to CCTheo.

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  • What Does the Lord Require? The Old Testament Call to Social Witness
    $30.00

    Bruce Birch was the keynote speaker at CCTheo’s October, 2015 Weaving Our Gifts on Prophetic Leadership. The talks reflect his years of scholarship as a professor, writer and dean at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC. At his suggestion we had a limited edition of this book printed for the conference to compliment his work with us. He considers the history of the Jewish people expressed in the accounts of creation, exodus, covenant, kingship, exile and restoration as related to the life and witness of the church today. This book will provide additional resources for the catechist presenting the History of the Jewish People and the typology studies of Level III, and offer all of us a deeper look at the context in which we minister to children and families.

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  • The Child in the Church
    • The Child in the Church
    • The Child in the Church

    • $17.00
    • This classic resource of Maria Montessori's writings about religious formation and the child has been reprinted and is now available at CCTheo. It includes Montessori's materials that Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi used and then developed, along with many new materials, into the work now known as the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The Child in the Church tells us,…
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    This classic resource of Maria Montessori’s writings about religious formation and the child has been reprinted and is now available at CCTheo. It includes Montessori’s materials that Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi used and then developed, along with many new materials, into the work now known as the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The Child in the Church tells us, once again, that the creative genius of Maria Montessori was truly concerned with the whole child.

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  • ECHOES Complete Digital Collection
    • ECHOES Complete Digital Collection
    • ECHOES Complete Digital Collection

    • $50.00
    • Use ECHOES as a tool for sharing the rich spirituality of the child, complement course discussions, and deepen your congregation's understanding of CGS. We are excited to make available to you the complete Digital Collection of ECHOES. This collection represents 20 years of the Center for Children and Theology’s work as we sought to bring you echoes from the children to deepen…
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    Use ECHOES as a tool for sharing the rich spirituality of the child, complement course discussions, and deepen your congregation’s understanding of CGS.

    We are excited to make available to you the complete Digital Collection of ECHOES. This collection represents 20 years of the Center for Children and Theology’s work as we sought to bring you echoes from the children to deepen our understanding of both the child and God, and to share the wealth of children’s spirituality with the whole church.

    We received this note about the collection:  “I want to let you know what a gift each issue of ECHOES is to our work as catechists, both as a source of ideas and support….In preparing handouts for [Level I training] participants to supplement the core readings I found it was often an issue of ECHOES that was the most concise and yet rich choice. Your offer of PDFs of all the back issues turned out to be way more valuable than I ever dreamed.” Polly Tangora

    This collection includes all issues of Echoes and five detailed indexes, compiled by Carol Hanlon. The indexes include an Art, Comments, Photo, & Prayer Index, an Author Index, a Description Index, a Keyword Index, and an Index of Places mentioned. When you purchase the Complete Digital Collection of ECHOES, included in the cost is permission to copy any issue of ECHOES to share this rich spirituality of the Child within your community of faith— your congregation or training courses.

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  • Nurturing the Spirit in Non-sectarian Classrooms
    • Nurturing the Spirit in Non-sectarian Classrooms
    • Nurturing the Spirit in Non-sectarian Classrooms

    • $22.00
    • What is the meaning of the word "spirit", how can teachers become spiritually aware, how can we explain spiritual nuturing to parents? In this book Aline Wolf explores these questions in depth and shares many practical suggestions for non-sectarian classrooms from Montessori teachers around the U.S. Topics include: Cultivating stillness, nourishing awe and wonder, cosmic education, care of the Earth,…
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    What is the meaning of the word “spirit”, how can teachers become spiritually aware, how can we explain spiritual nuturing to parents? In this book Aline Wolf explores these questions in depth and shares many practical suggestions for non-sectarian classrooms from Montessori teachers around the U.S. Topics include: Cultivating stillness, nourishing awe and wonder, cosmic education, care of the Earth, peace in the classroom community, spirituality and the arts.

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  • The Religious Potential of the Child: Experiencing Scripture and Liturgy with Young Children
    $27.00

    This classic book describes the profoundly biblical and sacramental way of religious formation for children ages 3 to 6 known as the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This experience of adults and children dwelling together in the mystery of God is Montessori-based and is deeply respectful of the nature and spirituality of young children who make their way to God in freedom and joy.

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  • The Religious Potential of the Child, 6 to 12 Years Old
    • The Religious Potential of the Child, 6 to 12 Years Old
    • The Religious Potential of the Child, 6 to 12 Years Old

    • $22.00
    • This is the continuation of The Religious Potential of the Child (from 3 to 6 years old). The author, Sofia Cavalletti, the founder of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, describes an approach to the religious education of children according to the methods of Maria Montessori. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children age 6 to 12 builds on…
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    This is the continuation of The Religious Potential of the Child (from 3 to 6 years old). The author, Sofia Cavalletti, the founder of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, describes an approach to the religious education of children according to the methods of Maria Montessori.

    The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children age 6 to 12 builds on the foundation in scripture and liturgy offered to the 3- to 6-year-old child. The theme of the covenant between God and humankind, first revealed to the people of Israel, is expanded to include all of history, from Creation to the Parousia, the second coming of Christ. For the older child, awareness of participation in this covenant relationship leads spontaneously to a sense of moral responsibility and of engagement with the cosmos in all its manifestations.

    This book will be a great help to educators and catechists seeking to understand the characteristics of the older child, particularly the child’s relationship with the mystery of God. Even those not familiar with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will find in these pages wisdom and insight into the religious life and needs of older children.

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  • Hands on Buddhism
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    • Hands on Buddhism

    • $45.00
    • Hands on Buddhism includes the printed material and instructions to create stations allowing a group to experience eleven key aspects of Nichiren Buddhism. These may be explored in various settings – retreats, workshops, interfaith days, or religious education programs.
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    Hands on Buddhism includes the printed material and instructions to create stations allowing a group to experience eleven key aspects of Nichiren Buddhism. These may be explored in various settings – retreats, workshops, interfaith days, or religious education programs.

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  • Baptism Folders
    $18.00

    Set of three Baptism Folders for the Baptism materials of the  6-9 atrium. Includes folders for Signs of Baptism, Gestures of Baptism, and the Rite of Baptism.

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  • A is for Altar, B is for Bible
    $11.00

    An alphabet book by Judith Lang Main with prayers and images drawn from the atrium, Scripture and liturgy.

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