Catholic Schoolhouse is a Catholic homeschool program that uses a classical approach to learning. The program has three levels: the Grammar level for ages 4-12 and the Dialectic and Rhetoric levels for older students. In Madison, only the Grammar level students meet in community at this time, though we hope to establish the upper level programs in the future, if there is enough interest.
Our community day is a fast-paced morning in which all of the grammar (memory work) for the week is introduced by a tutor in a fun way, using songs/chants, hand motions, games, and classroom activities. The memory work creates a spine for your history, geography, science, religion, Latin, math, and languages arts studies.* After learning the new memory work, students will get the opportunity to do hands-on science and art projects that connect to the memory work for that week. For example, the art project may be in the style of the famous artist of the week, who lived during the same time period of the history memory work and in the same region as the geography memory work. As a classical program, we don’t learn subjects in isolation. Everything is connected in God’s amazing design of our world! In addition to learning new memory work and doing the hands-on art and science lessons, students will also do regular presentations to learn public speaking skills, and the day will end with grammar review games of previous weeks’ memory work.
Are you looking for a homeschool program that will unite your family in their studies? No more teaching biology to your 1st grader and then geology to your 3rd grader and electricity to your 5th grader! With Catholic Schoolhouse, everyone in your family will learn about the same subjects at the same time, and you’ll come back to those subjects every three years, so your children can go more in depth according to their age and interest level.
Catholic Schoolhouse is more than a day out of the house; it can help bring structure and cohesiveness to your entire homeschool experience and will bless your family.
*Catholic Schoolhouse covers some memory work for math and language arts that the whole family can learn together, however, it is strongly recommended that parents use a separate, grade level specific math and language arts (phonics/reading/spelling/writing) with each child. Catholic Schoolhouse can provide the spine for everything besides these core “Three Rs” (reading/writing/arithmetic).