Godly Play & The Montessori Method


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What is Godly Play?

Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language - parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action - helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God's presence in their lives.

When Christian language is learned by the Godly Play approach, it is learned as a means to know God and to make meaning of our lives.  This approach is quite different from the traditional model in which the teacher tells the children what they need to know.  Godly Play is not about things that are that simple.  It is not just about learning lessons or keeping children entertained.  It is about locating each lesson in the whole system of Christian language and involving the creative process to discover the depths of meaning in them.  It's about understanding how each of the stories of God's people connects with the child's own experience and relationship with God.  Godly Play respects the innate spirituality of children and encourages curiosity and imagination in experiencing the mystery and joy of God.  more »

What is the Montessori Method?

The Montessori Method is a way about thinking about who children are.  It is a philosophy that respects the unique individuality of each child.  Dr. Montessori believed in the worthiness, value and importance of children.  Her method does not compare a child to norms or standards that are measured by traditional educational systems.  It is founded on the belief that children should be free to succeed and learn without restriction or criticism.

It is also an approach to education that takes to heart the needs, talents, gifts, and special individuality of each child.  It is a process that helps children learn in their own way at their own pace.  The main concept of Montessori is to promote the joy of learning.  This joy of learning develops a well adjusted person who has a purpose and direction in his or her life.  Children, who experience the joy of learning, are happy, confident, fulfilled children.  In essence, Montessori helps bring forth the gift of each child.

The main goal of Montessori is to provide a stimulating, child oriented environment that children can explore, touch, and learn without fear.  An understanding parent or teacher is a large part of this child's world.  The end result is to encourage life long learning, the joy of learning, and happiness about one's path and purpose in life.

The group gathers at our Dickey Hall. Colby Wood leads our children here.  See her if you have any questions regarding this program at Christ Church.

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