Welcome to the 2015-16 school year! This is our first note, and it feels important to mention all the work that the teachers have been doing to create Atrium environments that are inviting, warm, and beautiful. This no small feat, as it is one of the primary modes of delivery of the curriculum to any age child in a Montessori environment. The guide plans how the children will move through the room, where tables are placed, and where large areas are left open for rug lessons. Additionally, there is an order to the environment as a whole, as well as within each content area. Since our curriculum expands and grows throughout the year, there is thought as to how the shelves will fill and what activities will be rotated based on how it will expand throughout the year. The order of the lessons is also carefully considered, and with thought to what level of concentration will be needed to complete them (especially at this time of year, when we are re-establishing routines and a sense of community).Our Atriums not only consider the placement of Montessori materials, but also the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Every room has an altar area, a prayer table; and a Good Shepherd integrated into the flow of the environment. Our choice to include prayer, the Bible, and Jesus’ presence is significant in how the children absorb God’s Presence in their lives and in their learning. The environment impacts how the child takes pride in their discoveries and forms the foundation for a lifetime love of learning– and a lasting faith in Love.