The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was inspired by Mari Montessori, a devout Catholic, in Rome in 1954. Just like in Montessori schools, in an Atrium, children use their bodies, along with all their senses, to meditate on the Sacraments and Holy Scripture.
A catechist creates a sacred space and then adds to the atmosphere by lighting a candle before reading from the Gospel much like a lector in Church. Little children are invited to reflect on the passage using physical materials which help children experience each Gospel message. When contemplating the mystery of the Incarnation, the catechist uses figures from the Christmas nativity scene.
The following crocheted finger puppets are based on instructions found in a wonderful book one of my daughters bought me called Christmas Ornaments to Crochet.
I used a larger hook and thicker yarn and tweaked the patterns to make puppets for a friend who is setting up an Atrium in her Montessori School.
The opening scene: The Annunciation
Mary visits Elizabeth: The Visitation
The Nativity Scene
Hark the Herald Angels
The Wise Men Worship: The Epiphany
The Presentation with Simeon and Anna