Every year we set aside time for children to bring their parents into their learning environments so that they can show their family the work they have been doing at school. This year, because of our growing numbers, we had three different Parent Child Nights in order to ensure that everyone could find time and space to experience the joys of
The second grade children at The Way of the Shepherd this year hail from three local Catholic parishes and attend their home parish for all sacramental preparation formation. In the Atrium they are also moving forward on their journey toward receiving Reconciliation and Eucharist, and spend much of their year getting ready for these great gifts! In
Earlier this year I posted on the Liturgical Calendar. I shared how the 1st-3rd grade children learn to label each prism of the calendar as one of the Sundays of the liturgical year, learning that each Sunday has a unique name. Then, in 4th-6th grade they might also look at the Feasts and Solemnities of the Church that are tied to a specific date.
Each year we end our preparation for Christmas as a school with an Advent Celebration. This year we had two smaller celebrations, one on each of our two campuses. The Adolescents planned and led the celebration on our North Campus while I had the gift of joining the celebration on our South Campus. As we lit each candle of the Advent wreath we
Changing the Prayer Table to Advent. Making a Map of Israel. Working with the Nativity materials and singing, "The People Who Walked in Darkness." Copying an Advent Prophecy. Making Silence in order to listen for Jesus. Working with the Vestments of the
Montessori teachers are referred to as Guides because they assist children to find and explore their strengths within the prepared learning environment. A Guide tailors herself to "lead from behind" the unique individuals in her classroom and ultimately strives to let children work at their own pace while fostering both independent and social