Classically Inspired Homeschool Community
Catholic Schoolhouse considers itself a “classically inspired homeschool community.” What does this mean?
By “classically inspired,” we mean that we are divided into three basic stages of learning based on the grammar, dialectic and rhetoric frames of classical education. Within this framework we offer opportunities for development of particular skills in each stage. For grammar students, we offer memorization opportunities. During the dialectic stage, we offer group interactions that encourage students to use logic and good thinking skills such as informal debate and discussions. Here, we want students to ask questions and to identify valid and irrelevant responses. In the rhetoric stage, students are given more opportunities to dig deeper.
These classical stages serve as a framework on which Catholic Schoolhouse can present a wide variety of academic facts that should be mastered prior to high school. During the elementary, or grammar, years, the academic work from the Tour Guide may be new and challenging. However, by the time students typically begin middle school, about the dialectic stage, Catholic Schoolhouse reviews key information briefly to ensure the student’s mastery of these core topics. In addition, group opportunities grow here through discussions and classroom interactions. By the rhetoric years, which often begin around 10th grade, students leave the Tour Guide fundamentals completely in order to focus on other skills.
With these classical goals defining the age divisions and setting goals for development, Catholic Schoolhouse provides an academic community. Science and art classes are fun for students and may simplify the work of homeschool parents. The classroom setting provides students with opportunities for presentations (show and tell for young kids), a positive peer group, as well as training in classroom behavior.