Although the opening of this clip is a bit masterpiece theatre, the video itself profiles a very interesting approach to religious education. Godly Play and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd are both examples of a non-traditional approach to the spiritual development of children. Both come out of the Christian religious tradition.
Godly Play describes itself as “a non-coercive way to encourage people to move into larger dimensions of belief and faith through wondering questions and open-ended response time.”
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (GGS) explains, “if an adult hears a beautiful passage from the Bible, the adult might take a Bible, find the passage, and read it slowly again and again. He or she may think deeply about the words and perhaps speak to God in a thankful or hopeful prayer. But a little child, too young to read, needs another way. In an atrium the child can ponder a biblical passage or a prayer from the liturgy by taking the material for that text and working with it – placing wood figures of sheep in a sheepfold of the Good Shepherd, setting sculpted apostles around a Last Supper table, or preparing a small altar with the furnishings used for the Eucharist.” For those interested in seeing CGS in action, this clip provides a look inside what they call an atrium (which is a classroom prepared for CGS).