Atrium Essentials (3-6)


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), 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 goals of these courses.

Atrium Essentials for the 3-6  year old child is a hybrid program 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. While a Level 1 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. 

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

Atrium Essentials will be held in two parts: online every Tuesday evening  from August – December and from January – April.

Two Saturday practicum sessions (October 12, 2024 and February 15, 2025) can be attended in-person at All Saints Church in Alexandria, VA or online. 

*Note: participants must attend both Part 1 AND Part 2

Part 1 Tentative Dates: Every Tuesday evening from August 6, 2024 – December 17, 2024

Part 1 Practicum: October 12, 2024 from 10am-3pm

Part 2 Tentative Dates: January 7, 2025 – April 5, 2025

Part 2 Practicum: February 15, 2025 from 9am-3pm

Time: 5pm-8pm Eastern Time, Tuesday evenings. 

Two all-day sessions will be held: Saturday October 12, 2024 and Saturday February 15, 2025.

Location: This course will be held online.

Course Facilitator: Davette Himes


$700 ($400 registration fee · balance due January 2025)

Planning to attend with a colleague?

$600/ each for two participants from the same atrium ($300 registration fee · balance due January 2024) Use code COURSETWO at checkout to receive this discount. 

$500/ each for three or more participants from the same atrium ($300 registration fee · balance due January 2024) Use code COURSETHREEPLUS at checkout to receive this discount.

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If the course is cancelled, all fees will be refunded in full. Withdrawals from the course will be refunded, minus a $50 administration fee, up to two week before the course begins.

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