Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for the Orthodox Church
Our Children Experience Faith
Designed for Young Children
Orthodox Catechesis of the Good Shepherd brings forth an authentic Orthodox Christian curriculum that spans a three year cycle for the early child (ages 2.5 to 6 years). Fostering the spiritual formation of Orthodox children means beginning as early as possible. At each step of the developmental journey, children are in a spiritual process of discovering God’s love. That relationship flourishes when experience is supplemented with both activity and structured curricula, calling for response in an environment that brings our faith right into their hands.
Drawing from her own experience as a Montessori educator and founder/director of nationally-accredited Palm Harbor Montessori Teacher Education Center, Catherine Varkas has constructed a teacher-training course with the endorsement of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Religious Education that provides an environment for adults to nurture their own understanding of the Faith while learning how to present it to children.
Through hands on activity with materials rich in theological and cultural traditions of our Faith, she shows teachers, parents and other Orthodox faithful how to teach Orthodoxy to children by emphasizing Orthodoxy’s sensorial nature. In doing this, the method retains the beauty found in the One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church without unnecessary adaptation or condescension.
Courses for Early Childhood Teachers
at Hellenic College June 2014
November 4, 2013