Spiritual Formation Teacher Training Course to Be Held at HCHC

Catherine Varkas, Director of the nationally accredited Palm Harbor Montessori Teacher Education Center, will offer a two week immersion course in teacher training exploring the religious nature and vital needs of the 3 to 6 year old child. The program will take place at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, Massachusetts, from June 18th-June 29th, 2012 from 9:00AM - 5:00PM.

STATEMENT ON THE COURSE

Our role is to prepare an environment that nurtures the sensitive period of spiritual formation and to present Liturgical and Biblical materials that invite the children to respond to God’s love. The teacher is the link to the prepared environment as she reads the Holy Bible, asks contemplative questions, and shows the children how to use the materials. The children are free to repeat the activities, to retell the bible stories, and to proceed to other connected activity for each carefully selected Parable, Biblical Narrative, Prophecy, Hymn, Prayer, Gesture, or Liturgical Event. The applied Montessori Method prepares the children to manage themselves in their classrooms. They have the opportunity to practice and master their physical activity as they move carefully and speak softly while they work. As a result, children become able to still themselves in church and during prayer. Their relationships with God are fostered as they participate in the life of The Church with greater awareness and familiarity.

Catherine Varkas is a graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and the founder and Director of the Palm Harbor Montessori Teacher Education Center in Palm Harbor, Florida. Anyone interested in attending is urged to contact her as soon as possible at catherinevarkas@gmail.com or 508-367-7254.

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