“Let the children come to me….”
The SALT Approach is a not-for-profit organisation promoting knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith through hands-on educational materials, opening the child to deep spiritual realities.
We carry out our mission specifically through the development and provision of unique programs and hands-on materials for use in the religious education of children.
Our methodology is underpinned by core pedagogies that allow for pondering, respect for the person and for choice-making.
The SALT Approach Facilitates
A six-year study confirmed that:
The SALT Approach History
The SALT Approach developed through doctoral research applying the work of Montessori, Cavalletti and Gerard O’Shea in the Catholic classroom. It emanated from a need to bridge the gap between theory and practice, offering a viable approach for teaching and learning of religious education in contemporary Catholic schools.
Applying the pedagogy developed by Montessori, the Church’s liturgical year provides the SALT Approach with a comprehensive framework incorporating Scripture, Sacraments, Catholic teaching and prayer. The pedagogy can be applied to the entire religious education curriculum used in any diocese. Children ponder deeply as they engage with the Catholic faith in all its dimensions, applying it to their own lives. It offers physical materials, supporting booklets and tailored programmes.
The SALT Approach aims to free educators and parents to invest time into pondering, both for themselves and children. It is designed to support a personal encounter with Jesus Christ and through Him, the Father and the Holy Spirit. Opportunities are presented to enable a deep consideration of Scripture and Church Liturgy, within a climate conducive to prayerful reflection. There is significant evidence that, should conditions be right, children are capable of rapidly switching into the spiritual zone, quickly engaging in opportunities to pray and reflect, and finding quiet spaces to do so.
What People Say
“I feel that this particular pedagogy allows students to be more engaged in the learning through the amazing resources.”
“I see in the research program what I would want to see across all learning, moving from set teacher directed learning tasks to student centred tasks…more guidance from the teacher based on really sound knowledge of the content, and of what we are trying to achieve. That’s what I have observed . The students are free to interact in different ways.”
“The teacher introduces the (religious) topic through the use of concrete materials, dioramas, scripture and tradition. A time of pondering together flows naturally from the presentation. Thought provoking questions will often be framed in terms of ‘I wonder’. This facilitates an exchange of thoughts and responses leading to deeper learning.”
“I genuinely believe that your method will have an everlasting impact on the student's faith formation.”
“I like it because we get to see and use little figurines like the Last Supper and the Empty Tomb.”
“I love when we get to build things, like the City of Jerusalem.”
“I like this way because it’s better and fun. We learn more things.”
“I had so much fun in here. I would stay here for the holidays.”
“All my life I thought that I had to force Jesus to love me, but now I know that Jesus already loves me.”
“It’s more fun. I like it a lot more than religion last year.”
“I have learned that Jesus is real. Jesus will always be with us no matter what.”
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