As one of the greatest inventions of ancient times, the abacus was used by merchants and traders across the globe to tally their earnings and do business. Our children use them to learn the process of high volume arithmetic and gain a firm understanding of the work they are doing.
During the Season of Advent we will be pondering the great Mystery of the Incarnation in the Atrium. Here are a few thoughts from the children to help us in our own wonder over this great gift... Recalling the Prophecy of the Light: "The people who walked in darkness have seen a Great Light." (Isaiah 9:1) - "God was coming into the world to
The Liturgical Calendar is composed of 52 prisms, inner and arcs and arrows and two outer arcs. These pieces are built with great care, precisely in order, outside the puzzle frame to recreate the cycles of the liturgical year. At each Level of the Atrium the children are invited to work with this material in a new way, beginning with the emphasis
The study of the Eucharist begins in the Atrium at the age of three with the presentation on the Model Altar which focuses on the names of the articles used at Mass. The preparation for the reception of Eucharist in 2nd grade forms, in some ways, the highlight of and focus of all work with the Eucharist in the Atrium. However, our understanding of
The children are always very excited about our Stone Soup Celebration! Before Thanksgiving, we read the book Stone Soup by Marcia Brown. The story is about hungry, ill received soldiers traveling home who teach a community about generosity and collaboration. The children make their own stone soup to enjoy together. Students clean, peel and chop
Each Atrium session ends with a few minutes at the prayer table, as we gather for Communal Prayer. In Children's House (Level I), this prayer is led by the adult, with many opportunities for the children to suggest songs and contribute their prayers of thanks and praise. In Elementary (Levels II and III), the children take on more of a role in