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Level Three: Formation

For adults working with the 9-12 year-old child 

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The Level 3 course builds on the foundation laid by the Level 1 & 2 courses. 
This 120+ hour course will continue to ground participants in CGS theory and themes while preparing adults to develop an atrium community for 9-12 year old children.

In Level 3, the covenant is considered with respect to God's revelation and relationship with us through time: the ‘History of the Plan of God’. This theme is explored through: typological studies of Hebrew Scripture; the History of the Jewish People; a deeper look at the sacraments (including Confirmation and the Sacrament of the Sick); and the miracles of Jesus. Moral formation continues through an expansion of the Level 2 work on the maxims and includes an introduction to biblical virtues. Participants discuss organizing “going out” events with the Level 3 children.
The course is presented in the Roman Catholic tradition but includes awareness of material adaptations to the Anglican, Lutheran and Orthodox traditions.

Come and Learn...

  • to nurture the spiritual needs and capacities of the 9-12 year old child.

  • to engage the child in the work of Level 3 by listening together to the Word of God and proclaiming the Good News.

  • to meditate on biblical and liturgical themes presented to the child with a focus on sacred history, sacraments, moral formation and the typology studies.

  • to prepare a Level 3 atrium and make some Level 3 materials.


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  • Certificates in Level 1 and Level 2.

  • It is recommended that all parts of the course be completed in sequence.

  • Please consult with the Formation Team if you have questions.


  • Attendance at all sessions and engagement in group discussions, prayer, presentations, and reflections.

  • Observe for 10 hours or more in an atrium and/or a Montessori casa.

  • Submit album pages.

  • Complete course readings.

Photography of the Atrium materials is encouraged.

Video recording of presentations is not permitted.

Audio recording of presentations is permitted for personal use only.

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