Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – Level I

Who is the Level I Child?

Level IThe Level I Atrium responds to the developmental characteristics of the 3-6 year old.  Generally, children in this Atrium are preschool or kindergarten age.  This is a child who loves to explore the world through his or her senses.  This child is spontaneously active.  He or she loves order and loves naming things.  He or she longs to be independent.  This child seeks and offers unconditional love.   He or she is full of wonder and absorbs everything in the environment.  He or she may have a short attention span or may focus deeply and at length on activities of the child’s own choosing. This child is attracted to the essentials in all areas of life, including faith.

 Meeting the Level I Child’s Needs.

 The Atrium meets 3-6 year old child’s needs in a variety of ways.  The predictable environment and the routine of each work feed the child’s desire for order and independence.  Practical life exercises, such as spooning beans and arranging flowers, allow the child to practice controlled movement while quieting the body for subsequent prayer.     The opportunity for open ended free choice allows the child to repeat and absorb the content of a particular work.   The Atrium is an invitation for the 3-6 year old to fall in love with Jesus Christ through personal exploration.

Presentation in the Temple
Level I sessions: (Register for Level I)

Sunday: 2-4 pm
Monday: 9:30-11:30 am (wait list only at this time)
Wednesday: 3:45-5:45 pm (wait list only at this time)