Atrium Essentials (Level 1)


Atrium Essentials (Level 1) 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 Atrium courses and forums at CCTheo, and the goal of these courses.

Atrium Essentials for the 3-6-year-old child will be offered 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 the Montessori atrium. Participants must have access to a complete Level 1 atrium to safely practice with the materials introduced during the course.

While a Level I course that is not meeting in person will not be certified by  CGSUSA, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your attendance and the content of Atrium Essentials from the Center for Children and Theology. Local participants and those able to come to Alexandria, VA or Washington DC  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. 

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Courses meet online one Saturday/ month, from September to June.  Each time they meet, course will gather on Zoom for a 2-3 hour morning session and a 2-3 hour afternoon session.

Prerequisite: Participants must have access to a complete Level 1 atrium to practice with the materials introduced during the course.

Dates: September 18, 2021, October 9, November 13, December 11, January 8, 2022, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11.

Location: This course will be held online. When safe, we will provide DC area catechists opportunities to practice  with materials in the atrium.

Course Facilitator: Davette Himes

Tuition: $700 (discounts and 2 payment option available).  If the course is cancelled, all fees will be refunded in full. Withdrawals from the course will be refunded, minus a $50 adminstration fee, up to two week before the course begins.


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