Question of the Week: Faith Formation for Very Young Children


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Our Question of the Week is from one of our Facebook followers:

I am going to be teaching a class during Mass for the young ones that haven’t received 1st Communion yet.This is my first full year of teaching and I am looking for a curriculum of sorts. Do you have any suggestions on a good one? I would love a pre-planned year. There will be 4 to 10 children in the group.

Please share your answers and experiences in the comment box below.



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  1. stephanie wilson on

    Look into Catechesis of The Good Shepherd. It is a Montessori Catechesis developed by Maria Montessori herself. It is simply the most authentic, beautiful formation of faith available. It takes time and commitment to become trained and develop the program, but it is worth it. You can learn more about the program including the training requirements here:

  2. My recommendation also is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd overall, but I doubt you’d be able to start it this year because it does require training and preparation.

    I am opening an Atrium (the place where the program takes place) within the next couple of weeks here and in very excited for this journey. Level one is aimed at ages 3-6, but the whole program can go up to age 12.

    I have found there really isn’t an evangelisation program out there that encompasses preschool age well, which is why I invested into CGS.

  3. We use the Who am I? series for our parish and homeschool for the pk and k group of kids. It has a bible story, craft projects, discussion questions and simple workpages to either take home or do in class. Workpages are cut &paste, coloring, mazes. It’s very simple to plan and gives a great structure to the class. The discussion questions and crafts can be as in depth as the students or the teacher are ready for.

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