CLASSICAL CURRICULUM PARADIGM
As a Scholé Group, we follow a classical core curriculum that includes:
- Four years of Latin grammar during grades 5-12
- Two years of logic during grades 7-12
- Two years of rhetoric during grades 7-12
- Mathematics in grades K-12
- Reading great books in grades 5-12.
While not every subject will be taught weekly on Academy Day, we expect families to follow this general outline at home, but there is lots of flexibility within it. Classes taught on Academy Days should be considered full courses which replace those subjects at home. Homework will be assigned and is expected to be completed on time. Parents remain the primary educator and may change assignments to fit their students’ needs – just notify the tutor prior to the due date. For deeper insight into a classical curriculum, we suggest reading The Liberal Arts Tradition by Kevin Clark and Ravi Scott Jain.
We follow a four-year history cycle and focus on three anchor subjects: Latin, Great Books and Science. Our time period of focus will be High Medieval through Early Explorers for the 2018-2019 year. All classes are taught by trained tutors and experienced Classical educators. All volunteers have completed Virtus training through the Diocese of Gary for our students’ safety and protection. Parents are encouraged to attend summer tutor training sessions, learn alongside our tutors during Academy Days, and to further their own education at home with course from ClassicalU (discount available to all Queen of Angels members) and participation in our Scholé Sisters moms’ group.
- History and Great Books – This is the cornerstone of the Queen of Angels curriculum. This humanities class integrates history, literature, geography, Bible and Church History, and even arts, crafts, and composition, if you choose. Great Books will coincide with the time period focused on for the year. Books will be read both in class and at home, using a Catholic textbook as the springboard to deeper exploration through other sources. Using Lectio Divina as a framework, students connect to History and the Great Books through storyboards, discussions, writing, skits, and other planned celebration activities, meant to deepen the student’s experience and understanding of the material discussed. Younger students will memorize poetry and Scripture, Catechism, and timeline related to the time period through songs, chants, and rhymes. Older students will exercise their logic and rhetoric skills through Socratic discussions and composition assignments. Narration is a powerful skill encouraged in all our students, leading them to their own distinct voice and a natural understanding of the structure of good writing. Every unit culminates with an opportunity to express creativity, focus on a topic of personal interest, and share knowledge through an individual, family, or group project. Learn more about our history curriculum from the publisher, RC History.
- Latin – The mother tongue of our Church will be taught to students in 5th grade and up, using an immersive, grammar-based approach. Prayers and hymns are not just memorized, but embodied, as students read and recite original Latin works.
- Science – This hands on class seeks to expose students to the wonder of science. We challenge our students to connect knowledge with experience. Through guided questioning and experimentation, students develop observation and scientific reasoning skills. They become witnesses to the interconnectedness of God’s perfect creation, both in the lab and in nature study.
- Sacred Music and Art – A sensory exploration of famous artists and composers, mediums, and techniques that has formed the hearts and souls of man in the Church for over two millennia. Hymn study, music theory, and artistic skill, as well as history and appreciation, are all used to expand the child’s understanding of the material being covered throughout the History and Great Books, Science and Latin classes.
Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
~ Philippians 4:8
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Not all are called to be artists in the specific sense of the term. Yet, as Genesis has it, all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: in a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece.
~ Pope Saint John Paul II, Letter to Artists