The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children, 3-12 years of age, based on the belief that God and the child are in a relationship.
Inspired by the Montessori method, this catechetical approach was developed by Dr. Sofia Cavalletti, a scripture scholar, and Gianna Gobbi, a
The religious education takes place in a prepared environment where the child and God are trusted to form their own personal relationship. It is based on biblical and liturgical themes which are initially presented to the children by the catechist, who shares the relevant text with the children through proclamation and working with simple, yet beautiful materials. After the presentation, the children are then able to work with the material and respond in their own way through prayer in the form of art, contemplation, song, silence and "work". The emphasis is not teaching but serving and observing the children and wondering together.
For more information, their official website is www.cgsusa.org.