Montessori approach is a visual, auditory and
kinesthetic approach in which children engage story and ritual through personal interaction that is self-directed.
Godly Play is an approach to Christian formation involving language: parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action - to help children integrate and interpret scripture with God in daily life. Developed by an Episcopalian, The Rev. Dr. Jerome W. Berryman.
What is Godly Play? Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. Come join us!
The following churches in our diocese are currently using Godly Play:
St. Stephen’s – Birmingham
St. Stephen’s – Huntsville
Nativity – Huntsville
St. John’s – Decatur
Holy Apostles - Hoover
Resurrection- Rainbow City
St. Michael’s and All Angels - Anniston
Church Publishing is pleased to offer resources for your Godly Play program.
Center for Children and Theology - While this is not a curriculum method, it is a website for those who work with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and Godly Play.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a method of fostering a child's spirituality through respect for the child's awe and wonder following a Montessori approach. Developed by Sofia Cavalletti, it is a biblical and sacramental way of religious formation as children experience the mystery of God.
The following churches in our diocese use Catechesis of the Good Shepherd:
All Saints - Birmingham
Holy Spirit - Alabaster
St. Luke's - Birmingham
St. Mary’s –Birmingham
St. Thomas- Birmingham
Trinity - Auburn