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Maria Montessori not only revolutionized education for young children through her approach which follows each child’s individual needs and offers an environment for self discipline and independence through the use of hands-on-materials but she also outlined children’s inner spiritual development. 

The Montessori approach deeply respects children’s development based on how God made each human being. It is a holistic and truly Catholic approach to education.The children are able to grow to their full God-given potential through their ability to make real choices, through being able to become independent and self-disciplined, and through the use of real hands-on materials.

Based on her work, Gianna Gobbi and Sofia Cavalletti founded the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd which highlights children’s relationship with Christ the Good Shepherd and welcomes children into the life of the Church through a hands-on approach.

At Sophia Montessori Academy, we are blessed to be able to offer our children an authentic Montessori education founded on the reality of Christ as the Good Shepherd. It is beautiful to see the children form a deep attachment and relationship with Christ through their work in the classroom and with our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd lessons. 

Below are a few beautiful illustrations of children’s religious sensitivity:

  • A 3 year old saying with love: “My dad carries me like the Good Shepherd carries the sheep” while looking upon an icon of the Good Shepherd. 
  • A 4 year old shouting “Alleluia” joyfully when she realized we had more than one Bible
  • 5 year olds exclaiming “We can’t wait to go to Heaven” 
  • A child running to get a cross after seeing a spider in the classroom as he knows that the Cross is the strongest weapon
  • A child saying: “Did you know Jesus is God?!”

We are happy to share with you books to support you in your role of primary educators as you walk the path of holiness with your children.

Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work (Revised)

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Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work (Revised)

Plume Books

$17

The Montessori Method

The Montessori Method

Dover Publications

$12.95

The Absorbent Mind: A Classic in Education and Child Development for Educators and Parents

The Absorbent Mind: A Classic in Education and Child Development for Educators and Parents

Holt McDougal

$19.99

The Child in the Church

The Child in the Church

Hillside Education

$16.95

Little Oratory

Little Oratory

Sophia

$19.95

If Jesus Came to My House

If Jesus Came to My House

HarperCollins

$17.99

Psalm 23

Psalm 23

Zonderkidz

$17.99

Angel in the Waters

Angel in the Waters

Sophia

$9.95

A Missal for Little Ones

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A Missal for Little Ones

Ignatius Press

$12.99

Five First Saturdays Scorecard (2-Pack) - Holy Heroes

Five First Saturdays Scorecard (2-Pack)

Holy Heroes

$6.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 10: Saint Rose of Lima & Saint Maximilian Kolbe - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 10: Saint Rose of Lima & Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 11: Pope Saint John Paul II - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 11: Pope Saint John Paul II

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 5: Saint Kateri Tekakwitha & Saint Cecilia - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 5: Saint Kateri Tekakwitha & Saint Cecilia

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 6: Saint Joan of Arc & Saint Anthony - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 6: Saint Joan of Arc & Saint Anthony

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 4: St. Teresa of Calcutta & St. Faustina Kowalska - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 4: St. Teresa of Calcutta & St. Faustina Kowalska

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 7: Saint Martin de Porres & Saint Clare - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 7: Saint Martin de Porres & Saint Clare

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 9: Saint Jose Sanchez del Rio - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 9: Saint Jose Sanchez del Rio

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 14: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 14: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CDs - Complete set (17 audio CDs) - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CDs - Complete set (17 audio CDs)

Holy Heroes

$221.15

Glory Stories CD Vol 13: The Children of Fatima - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 13: The Children of Fatima

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 15: St. Bernadette Soubirous - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 15: St. Bernadette Soubirous

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 3: St. Joseph & St. Katharine Drexel - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 3: St. Joseph & St. Katharine Drexel

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 17: Blessed Carlo Acutis - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 17: Blessed Carlo Acutis

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 2: St. Therese of Lisieux & Saint Miguel de la Mora of the Knights of Columbus - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 2: St. Therese of Lisieux & Saint Miguel de la Mora of the Knights of Columbus

Holy Heroes

$15.95

Glory Stories CD Vol 16: St. Peter - Holy Heroes

Glory Stories CD Vol 16: St. Peter

Holy Heroes

$15.95