During the season of Lent, one of the most popular materials in the Children's House (Level I) and Lower Elementary (Level II) Atria is the City of Jerusalem. With this material the children are introduced to and continue to ponder the events of Holy Week. Beginning during Lent in their second year in the Level I Atrium, the "story" of Jesus'
The Cenacle or Upper Room is the traditional way of referring to the location in which the Last Supper took place in the City of Jerusalem. In the Atrium, children as young as three are introduced to the feast of Passover as a special celebration in which the Jewish people eat the same foods and pray the same prayers every year. The Last Supper
What a gift to continue our celebrations! The world has moved on, but we continue to rejoice and celebrate the great gift of Jesus, God and man, one of us yet God Himself! Here are a few "treats" from the children... The Prophecy of the Birthplace (Micah 5:1a) Catechist: "Bethlehem is 'least.' What else is little like Bethlehem?" Children:
In the past forty-eight hours of being back in the US, I have had many people ask me about my time away. The past two weeks contained many, many experiences that I will likely never have words for. God speaks in the heart with His own language, affirming and confirming, loving and teaching, healing and strengthening in His own perfect way. I am so
Matthew 13:45-46: "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it." Seeing a 5-year-old returning the "Pearl of Great Price" material to the shelf, the catechist commented, "I wonder why Jesus told us that parable about His Kingdom. Who
Dr. Montessori observed that young children are in a time of particular sensitivity to specific parts of the environment. These "sensitive periods," as she called them, are characterized by interest, concentration, and repetition. They leave the child refreshed and energized even though the activity in which the child is involved may be intense and