Maria Montessori’s vision for religious education.

Child-centered educational approach based on more than a century of scientific observations

The Montessori method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on more than a century of scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood in diverse cultures throughout the world.

A Montessori education permits uninterrupted blocks of independent time when children may self-direct their own learning. It’s designed for children to develop their cognitive powers through direct experience: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, and movement. Montessori teachers meticulously observe and record each child’s progress while encouraging independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order.

The Catholic religious education for a Montessori environment, called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, was developed over a century ago by Sofia Cavaletti, a Hebrew Scripture scholar, and Gianna Gobbi, former assistant to Maria Montessori, a devout Catholic doctor.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at Cardinal Bernardin Montessori

Beautiful, gentle and age-appropriate method through which the adult wonders alongside the child

Instead of a religious education program focused on doctrines and rituals, ours is a beautiful, gentle and age-appropriate method through which the adult wonders alongside the child, and the child learns about liturgy, engages in prayer, and builds his or her personal relationship with Jesus, our Good Shepherd.

Families of all faiths are welcome!

Diverse family of students and strongly promote the values of inclusion, justice, faith, love and peace

We have a diverse family of students and strongly promote the values of inclusion, justice, faith, love and peace. We welcome children from homes of all faiths and cultures.

Our Academy is the only Catholic Montessori school in the Chicago Archdiocese, and one of only a few dozen across the country. As a ministry, we believe faith-based Montessori education should be open to all, so we keep tuition as low as possible, rely on the generosity of our families and donors, and extend scholarships to children in our community.

Our Academy is the only Catholic Montessori school in the Chicago Archdiocese, and one of only a few dozen across the country. Unlike other Catholic elementary schools in Chicago, we are a ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago and receive no parish subsidies.

We believe faith-based Montessori education should be open to all, so we keep tuition as low as possible, rely on the generosity of our families and donors, and extend scholarships to children in our community.

“It is possible to see a clear analogy between the Shepherd in the Church and that of the prudent and generous educator in the Montessori method, who with tenderness, with love and with a wise evaluation of gifts, knows how to discover and bring to light the most hidden virtues and capacities of the child.” Saint Pope John XXIII

Resources for Parents

The National Association of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Website

Videos:

Introduction to Catechesis of the Good Shepherd 

Books:

The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey, Revised and Updated, by Sofia Cavalletti; Patricia Coulter; Gianna Gobbi; Silvana Q. Montanaro, M.D.; Rebekah Rojcewicz

The Religious Potential of the Child: Experiencing Scripture and Liturgy with Young Children, by Sofia Cavalletti

Listening to God with Children: The Montessori Method Applied to the Catechesis of Children, by Gianna Gobbi

Materials are available in each classroom and students may choose to use them as part of their self-directed learning.

Resources:

https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2018/06/29/montessori-schools-are-exceptionally-successful-so-why-arent-there-more

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