True respect for the child is only possible when we have respect for God in the child.
— Maria Montessori, The Child in the Church
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Level I Formation Course

Children ages 3 - 6

The Level I Atrium lays the foundation for the child's encounter with the Catholic community of faith. The Atrium itself is a community in which children and adults live together a religious experience which facilitates participation in the wider community of the family, the Church, and other social spheres.

In the Atrium, work and study spontaneously become meditation, contemplation, and prayer.

The Atrium is a place in which the only Teacher is Christ; both children and adults place themselves in a listening stance before his Word and seek to penetrate the mystery of the liturgical celebration.

The themes presented in the Atrium are those to which the children have responded with depth and joy. These themes are taken from the Bible and the liturgy (prayers and sacraments) as the fundamental sources for creating and sustaining Christian life at every developmental stage and, in particular, for illuminating and nourishing the child in his/her most vital religious needs.

Key elements of Level I Atria include:

  • The Good Shepherd

  • The Eucharist

  • Baptism

The course also includes presentations, adult reflections, practice time, material making, and Montessori theory.

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Schedule

Level I - Catechist Formation for working with children ages 3-6 (New Course)

Location
St. Jerome Academy
5207 42nd Pl 
Hyattsville, MD 20781

Formation Leaders
Maggie Radzik

Assisted by:
Laura Accettullo
Natia Meehan
Jennifer Ashton

More about the team.

Dates

Part I: Saturday, June 8, and Monday - Saturday, June 10-15; 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Part II: Summer 2020, TBD.

Cost - $1200
Non-refundable deposit of $200 is required upon registration. The balance of $1000 is payable in one, three, or ten payments. Click HERE for more information on payments.

Discount of 40% for religious and 30% for students aged 21 and under.

Some financial aid may be available. Please contact formation@ccma-usa.org for information on applying for assistance.


Level I, Part 2: Catechist Formation for working with children ages 3-6

Location
John XXIII Montessori Children's Center
1401 Linden Street
Front Royal, VA 22630

Formation Leaders
Maggie Radzik, AMI and CGS certified; and Laura Accettullo, CGS certified

Dates
Part II: June 17-22, 2019