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Recommendations by Livable Learning
for Montessori based Catechesis

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In the 3-6 year old Level of Catechesis the Altar Table and the Baptism Table presentations are two of the children's favorite works. Our Father's House features a miniature Mass kit with quality brass and glass items. Items needed for the first Altar presentation are a small table for an altar, altar cloth, chalice, paten, San Damiano crucifix and two candles. The items needed for the first Baptism presentation are a glass or brass bowl, pitcher, Paschal candle, white taper candle, and a white Baptism garment.

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Autom offers the 8 inch statue of the Good Shepherd for use on the prayer table with liturgically colored cloths of purple and green, red and white. Other items on the prayer table should include a Bible and a candle in the proper liturgical color. The Liturgical Colors song can be found on the Sing with Joy CD at Treehaus Publications. More advanced work in the liturgical colors can be done with the wooden liturgical year calendar available through Woodcrafters USA.

The San Damiano crucifix can be purchased at Autom.

A IS FOR ALTAR, B IS FOR BIBLE
An excellent hands-on book for the 3-6 year old. Each page is beautifully illustrated with an atrium item and a brief prayer drawn from the scripture of liturgy.

THE GOOD SHEPHERD AND THE CHILD, A JOYFUL JOURNEY 
A basic text for Level I:  3-6 year old catechesis. Provides a method for fostering a young child's spirituality through respect for the child's awe and wonder.  Sofia Cavalletti, Patricia Coulter, Gianna Gobbi, and Silvana Montanero.

RELIGIOUS POTENTIAL OF THE CHILD I
Basic theory of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for ages 3-6.  Sofia Cavalletti.

LIVING LITURGY
A basic text for the 6-9 year-old catechesis. Focuses on the most important aspects of Christian liturgy:  history, symbols, and meaning.  Sofia Cavalletti.

HISTORY'S GOLDEN THREAD
The History of Salvation.  Basic text for the 9-12 year-olds. Filled with fifty chapters based on scripture and typology, focusing on the history of salvation, from Creation to Redemption to Parousia.  Sofia Cavalletti, translated by Rebekah Rojcewicz.

RELIGIOUS POTENTIAL OF THE CHILD II
Basic theory of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for Level II:  6-9 year-olds.  Sofia Cavalleti

THE CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD IN A PARISH SETTING 
Presents a very simple view of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd method. A great resource to hand to your DRE if you are trying to introduce CGS into your parish.  Tina Lillig.

MUSTARD SEED PREACHING
A guide for preachers offering essential themes on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, A guide for preaching to children and to the heart of the child in each of us.  Ann Garrido

CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, ESSENTIAL REALITIES 
A collection of essays celebrating 50 years of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Contributing writers include authors who have been involved with the work from the beginning and others who are significant to its current growth.  Tina Lillig.

CHILD IN THE CHURCH
The original works, materials, and studies on the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd by Maria Montessori and edited by E.M. Standing.

TEACHING DOCTRINE AND LITURGY 
One of my personal favorites and another of the original publications on the beginning of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd by Sofia Cavalletti This book is "out of print" but occasionally you will find a copy for sale. Otherwise you can try to borrow the book through interlibrary loan at your local library.

LISTENING TO GOD WITH CHILDREN
This is a MUST READ for anyone interested in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.An excellent resource and very easy to understand.  Gianna Gobbi, Rebekah Rojcewicz.

WAYS TO NURTURE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
The Christian message illuminated by Sofia Cavalletti's meditations with adults gathered as listeners of the Word. You are personally invited to listen and meditate on scripture and liturgy alongside the authors.  Sofia Cavalletti, Patricia Coulter.

JOURNALS OF CGS 1984-1997 
Bound collection of the first 14 yearly journals of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Includes educational articles and samples of children's artwork. Highlights include a photo of Pope John Paul II observing an atrium in Rome, sample lesson plan, articles on the value of making one's own materials, and how to make an album page.

JOURNALS OF CGS 1998-2002
Each year having its own theme - 1998: the characteristics of the Catechesis and the International Council - 1999:justice and moral formation (including maxims list), 2000: focus on the history and prehistory of the CGS - 2001: the Montessori roots of the CGS including Gianna Gobbi's article on the Meaning, Importance, and Limitations of Our Catechetical Materials - 2002: focus on ecumenism.

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