On line Course

Online Course Begins January 14, 2019

The online course is 14 weeks long.  There are new presentations that open every Monday. 

The Course Includes:

  • Lesson Plans
  • Patterns for the Hands-on Materials
  • Video Presentations
  • And More
  • The new information STAYS OPEN for the adult learner to go through at their own convenience.
  • Participants will spend about 3 hours per week viewing all the information.
  • Each week includes video presentations of the activities, information slide shows, the lesson plans for the activities, and the masters so that you can make your materials.
  • Video conference calls will be scheduled; for questions and discussion.
  • The course is on the Moodle platform.

What you need to participate in the course:

  • A computer
  • A good headset
  • A webcam is recommended

The Tuition for the course is $700.00 per person

The classroom, called the Children's Room is a specially prepared environment designed to satisfy the child's natural inclination to movement and to spirituality by providing hands- on biblical and liturgical activity. Once demonstrated by the teacher, the children are free to repeat each activity, to retell the Bible stories while manipulating the pieces, and to proceed to other connected activity for carefully selected biblical stories, Orthodox hymns, prayers, and liturgical traditions.

The program is designed to address a most sensitive time for spiritual formation, ages three to six, providing an authentic Orthodox experience where the spiritual child is honored, nurtured, and given a place for expression of faith.

The theology and traditions presented in this course represent an Orthodox perspective. Many of the presentations come from the ideas presented in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd courses and the ideas of Maria Montessori as outline in The Child in the Church.

Contact Catherine Varkas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I will be available for phone calls after December 11, 2018, at 508-367-7254


His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta and His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston have offered their blessings for this program. Dr. Anton Vrame, Director of the Religious Education Department for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, endorses the course and hopes to see it flourish.

Dimitra Dinos of South Africa wrote to Catherine, “What an inspiring way to introduce the topics. The parables, the Mystical Supper model, and the Jerusalem model are just amazing. After every lesson, I am more and more inspired and excited to get started with the children. It is evident that you enjoy your work very much and that you put your heart into the presentations you do. It has really been a great experience for me. I feel confident that together with your instruction and the videos I should be able to carry out the lessons in the children’s room.”