Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

I have heard very good things about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. I mentioned my curiosity about it to a fellow homeschooling mom in my area and she said she belonged to a co-op in which one of the moms taught Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. So even though it was past the deadline to register, I went to their planning meeting and signed Cecilia and Felicity up for it. I'm going to be curious and interested to see how it goes. And I bought Sofia Cavalletti's The Religious Potential of the Child though I'm only a few chapters into it.

But it is very hard for me not to think a few years ahead at a time. Our situation is good. For now. But it is anything but permanent. I don't know if we will be living here a year or three years. And, when we do move, I don't know if it will be 100 miles away or 1000 miles away. So, I have no way of knowing if the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will be taught wherever we land. (Oh I SO wish it were just a curriculum I could buy or take web courses for!!!) So when I got an email through a local homeschooling grapevine about a class being taught locally, I looked into it.

It isn't cheap and it isn't next door and it won't be easy, but I will be taking the course to receive my certification to be able to teach the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I for children ages 3 - 6. It is 7 hours one Saturday a month in D.C. Needless to say, a nursing Teresa will be coming with me, at least until next Spring. There is one Saturday I know I won't be able to be there and one that might be very difficult to attend but I'm really hoping it will all be worth it.

My first "official" year homeschooling. Now with 4 children ages 5 and under. And I go back to school. Brave or insane? :::sigh::: Well, here we go.


  1. I find this really interesting and hope that you blog on it more. I'm really interested in the spirituality of children, and may even look into getting certified in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd just out of curiosity. Plus, just by the title of Sofia Cavaletti's book, I know I need to check it out - thanks for mentioning it. I think that the interior lives and spirituality of children are something that we're going to see spoken about more and more as time goes by, especially as some of the cornerstones of our academic understanding of who children are and what they feel and think (based on Freud and Piaget and so forth) are revealed as not, perhaps, the most accurate.

  2. I have friends that are catechists for C. of the GS and they love it. One just finished the training this spring and will start the next level in another week. I have heard many good things about it and although my friends are trying to start an atrium, I would much prefer what your are doing. It would be nice to have the training to do it where ever and when ever.

  3. I've attended classes to become a catechist for The Good Shepherd program for the past two years. I am now certified as a Level I catechist and am 1/2 way complete with level III training. I love the training as much as I love "teaching". It has enriched my life as well as my children's. I homeschool and I've found that many of the things I've learned in training, I have been able to apply to homeschooling. I believe that you will find the classes worth your time and money.

  4. Much thanks to everyone. My first class is this Saturday and I'm very much looking forward to it!

  5. Just stumbled across your blog and am excited to hear that you are taking CGS training. So many parents try to do the program without it, but you really need the "retreat" environment of the training to get the full impact of the work; it cannot be duplicated in a printed manual or in a video training session. I am trained in Levels I and II and it wasn't easy or convenient to take the training, but it was so fulfilling! You will get so much out of it for your own spiritual growth.

    Incidentally, you can find out what parishes offer CGS by going to Click around in the site to learn more about the program. There is also a section that lists, state by state, where CGS is being used.

    Cheryl Basile