GS and Child Podcast | Season 1

Episode 44 – Rebroadcast: Infant Toddler Atrium with Elizabeth Calanchini

Season 2 with new episodes of the podcast will be begin in October of 2021.
The Infant-Toddler with Elizabeth Calanchini originally aired on June 10, 2020

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” Jeremiah 1:5 NAB

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd exists to serve the religious potential of the child, even the youngest child. In our episode today we explore who is the Infant-Toddler? How can we serve them through The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd? How is the environment and the adult different for this aged child? What content are we able to address to this aged child? What mysteries about the Kingdom of God does the Infant-Toddler reveal to us?

Elizabeth Calanchini joins us on the podcast today to ponder these questions and share her wisdom and experience with this aged child.

Elizabeth Calanchini is an AMI trained Montessori directress and guide for children ages 0-12. She is formed in 4 levels of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and has hosted/assisted/formed in formations of all levels on both coasts for several years. Since 1991 she has worked in 3 different Catholic Montessori schools, most recently as both a Level 2 & 3 catechist and Director of Programs for 6 years. In the last position she was able to continue working on toddler catechesis and was asked to offer the Toddler Breakout Sessions at the 2014 International Catechesis Celebration in Arizona. For several years she has offered 2 or 3 retreats a year to children preparing for sacraments and celebrating Lent ages 6-13. Elizabeth has consulted independently for a handful of Catholic Montessori Schools and parishes and has offered Montessori Theory and Practical Life to catechist groups.

For several years she has been part of a team offering Level I CGS Formation for the Missionaries of Charity novices in San Francisco, CA.

Information about Infant-Toddler Adult Formation is now available – CGSUSA Course Locator. Book discussed, The Good Shepherd and The Child, A Joyful Journey, is available for purchase from the CGSUSA online store.

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