What Is Catholic Schoolhouse?
Catholic Schoolhouse is a supplemental program designed to enhance and add accountability to any homeschool style or structure. The classes meet once a week during the school year, in addition to providing planned field trips. All children will be guided through sequential topics, rotating over a three-year cycle. This is not a drop-off program. Throughout the school day, parents will visit their children’s classes, observing, assisting, and learning along with them.
We begin each day with morning prayers, the Pledge of Allegiance, and chorus or band. After this, we break into classes based on age and development. Elementary tutors use varied techniques to introduce the children to the weekly topics from the Tour Guide. During this time the children learn to raise their hands, take turns, and address one another respectfully. The memory work introduced provides a framework and great springboards for further study at home. Exposure to classical music rounds out the morning.
Art and science classes give students the chance to be taught by a specially prepared tutor for 30 minutes for more detailed art instruction and science experiments and activities. This also gives the tutors time to regroup and stay fresh and enthusiastic all morning. After class, we have playtime, with social time for the parents. Older students may choose to join an afternoon program if it is offered for your chapter.
Middle and high school students go deeper with our dialectic and rhetoric program. Family unity continues to be our focus as this comprehensive program gives registered chapters all they need to engage the students in formative, lively discussions, projects, and communication activities. The parents remain in complete control of their child’s education while Catholic Schoolhouse fills in the gaps with those activities that are best done in a group–all striving to lead students in knowledge and character as they become Catholic adults who can change the world. Want more details? See our upper-level page!
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Looking to use Catholic Schoolhouse materials to create a domestic Catholic Schoolhouse in your home with just your family? We have made all of our published resources available even if you don’t have a chapter. See how bringing unity to your family’s studies can reduce stress and increase engagement. Our article Now What do I Do? will get you started. For further planning, see Planning for the Grammar Student and Planning for the Dialectic Student. Additional suggestions for a detailed course of study can be found on the upper-level page. To purchase the Catholic Schoolhouse program, please visit our store!