"All our knowledge has its origin in the senses" St. Thomas Aquinas
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered in 3 Levels...
Level I is offered to children ages 3-6 years old.
The children attend a two hour session once a week, and are given individual presentations with sensorial materials. They are then free to work independently in the environment. We come together as a group at the prayer table for prayer and song at the end of class. Level one works through a three year cycle. Each year the child is introduced to new materials, or deeper lessons on materials they are already familiar with.
Level II is offered to children ages 6-9 years old.
The children attend a two hour session once a week. Their presentations are given either individually or in small groups. The materials are available to work with however, they are also encouraged to work independently or in small groups to explore each lesson on a deeper level. Each week, two or three children work together to plan and lead a prayer service for the group. Again, level II is arranged in a three year cycle of lessons, so each year offers new lessons and new materials.
Level III is for children ages 9-12 years old.
The level III children meet in the same class with the level II children, but receive level III lessons. In level three, the focus of the lessons is "God in Time". There are more in depth studies of the Old Testament, and they dig into timeline work, seeing how God has acted in time, in the present, and what He says about the parousia...when God will be all in all.