GS and Child Podcast | Season 2

Episode 49 – Four Planes of Development with Claire Paglia

“He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, ‘Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18:4

Today we are continuing our season 2 journey of exploring all things Montessori by diving into her philosophy on the fourplanes of development.  What are they? Why are they important for us to understand as we work with the Good Shepherd and the child?

Claire Paglia joins us again today to dive into this subject. Claire Paglia is a child of the atrium. As an adult, she is an AMI-trained guide who has been in the primary environment for 12 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in education with a concentration in Montessori from Loyola University, Maryland. She worked for a year as a course assistant for the primary training center. In 2012, she received her Level I formation and has been a catechist at her church in varying capacities since then. She enjoys spending time with her family and particularly enjoys preparing Montessori-friendly spaces at home for her three children.

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In the 2021 JOURNAL we seek to offer a rich study and deeper understanding of Montessori’s work, which is so integral to CGS.




Previous episodes about Montessori and her work:

Episode 4 on Normalization

Episode 30 on Freedom and Discipline

Episode 41 on The Elementary Aged Child

Through their joy, their wonder and awe, their capacity for love and prayer, and their radical simplicity, the children offer adults a glimpse into what it means to fall in love with God. This has been the work of CGSUSA for almost 40 years now: to advocate for the child’s joy. Each year, CGSUSA provides catechist formation, publishes new books for continued study and contemplation, and continues to support catechists and religious leaders across the nation and the world in helping children find their own path to God’s love.  We humbly ask for your continued help and support in this effort, please give to our Annual Appeal.  Donate today.


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