Differing Theological Foundations in Godly Play and the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
by Fr. Robert J. Gaestel
Two methods of religious education that use the Montessori method of teaching are available to Christian educators--Godly Play and the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Due to similarities in the way materials are presented to children, Christian educators often ask of the differences between the two. While their methodology is similar, the two programs have very different theological foundations.
Using the founder Jerome Berryman's book Godly Play, and presentations from CGS course, Fr. Gaestel compares some of the theology behind each program.
Fr. Gaestel is an Episcopal priest who is Rector of Church of Angels in Pasadena, California and has trained in all three levels of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
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