What subjects will be taught in our school?
The following is a list of courses that will be covered from Grade one through highschool:
ART: Grades Kindergarten through 10. Emphasis on fine arts & drawing techniques, Historical Studies, Art Appreciation (Sacred & Classical), Iconology, colors, harmony & contrast, dimension, symmetry, contour, texture, symbolism, balance, shading, etc. (Influenced by the Academic Method)
HANDWRITING: Kindergarten through grade 5. Aims at proficiency in cursive writing.
SPELLING & VOCABULARY: Grades 1 through 9.
READING COMPREHENSION & THINKING SKILLS: Grades 1 through 8.
MUSIC: Grades 1 through 9. Elective options in highschool. RCM orientated with emphasis on theory and fine arts/performance (in later grades); Choir (Sacred such as Gregorian Chant & Classical/Theatre)
DRAMA: Grades 3 through 9. Combined with performance in music & dancing arts in later years. Yearly play performance.
INDUSTRIAL & DOMESTIC ARTS: Grades 1 through 12, Practical Home, Family & Life Management Skills
Grade 1: Great Saints in World History
Biographies of the patron saints of seventeen nations, including:
* St. Anne de Beaupre
* St. Stephen of Hungary
* St. Rose of Lima
* St. Denis of France
Grade 2: Introduction to Canadian History (First Nations People, Early Explorers & Early Missionaries such as the Jesuit Martyrs).
Grade 3: Canadian Studies: This Catholic history course penetrates the Catholic influence in the development and founding of Canada as well as a chronological layout of the great explorers, men, women and saints who painted the landscape of our great land.
Grade 4: The Catholic Faith comes to the New World - This course provides students with a study of the founding fathers of the Americas and our American neighbour’s rise as a nation.
Grade 5: Famous Men of the Middle Ages - The story of the Middle Ages is told through the lives of Attila the Hun, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, Edward the Black Prince, and Joan of Arc, among others. This course guides students through the turbulent “dark age” of history and illustrates the transition from the end of ancient times to the birth of the modern era. St. Francis of Assisi & St. Bonaventure, St. Thomas Aquinas, etc. will be presented here, too.
Grade 6: World History: Our Catholic Legacy Vol. 1 - In this first volume we travel from pre-historic times to the Age of Discovery. We are introduced to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Then we move into the Christian era and the threat posed to Christianity by the spread of Islam and Viking raiders. We journey forward to meet a pagan barbarian chieftain, who marries a Catholic princess. We join gallant Spanish soldiers and we travel with the Crusaders over the hot sands of the Holy Land. Then we go to Ireland and meet a slave boy named Patrick who changed all of history. We study the spiritual life of Europe in the Middle Ages and watch as Modern Europe begins to emerge. Finally, we are witness as Christendom is cleaved asunder by the Protestant Revolt and meet the great Catholic saints who emerge at this moment.
Grade 7: World History: Our Catholic Legacy Vol. 2 & Catholic World Culture- When Volume I of Our Catholic Legacy ended, Catholic Europe stood on the precipice. Momentous events were about to unfold that would change the world forever.
In Spain, two Catholic monarchs finally freed their kingdom from Muslim invaders after a war that lasted 770 years. When that war concluded, they sent a man named Columbus on history’s greatest voyage of discovery. He discovered nothing less than a New World.
Yet, at this time of great triumph, Catholic Europe was about to be torn apart. In Germany an Augustinian monk named Martin hammered 95 theses to a church door. His nails would serve not to build but to destroy.
These two world changing events are only where our story starts.
We will follow the story of the Protestant Revolt and its impact on Europe. We will see how the nations of Europe each reacted to the Revolt. We will also study the true Reformation, when the Catholic Church tries to bind up the wounds caused by Martin Luther’s nails.
Then we will return to Spain, the most loyal daughter of the Catholic Church, the one nation where the Protestant Revolt never gained a foothold. From Spain, missionaries will go out to the New World to evangelize. Conquistadors will go to conquer and colonists will go to build a new civilization. As missionaries risked their lives in far away lands, English Catholics were risking their lives at home where it was against the law to be a Catholic. Yet, Jesuit priests, trained in France, crossed the English Channel in disguise to bring the Sacraments to their fellow English men and women. As these brave priests stepped off the ships on English soil, many were taking their first steps to the gallows.
Then the scene will shift to a Cardinal who worked against the Church. Cardinal Richelieu was determined to make France the strongest nation in Europe. He was willing to sacrifice anything to achieve his goal. By the time the Thirty Years War ended, the ideal of a Catholic Europe had also ended. It was a terrible price Richelieu paid, but France was and would be the strongest nation in Europe for the next 170 years. Yet France would experience horrors that few nations have ever had to suffer.
France would endure the icy blackness of the French Revolution and its Reign of Terror. However, during these dark days heroes would emerge. In a part of France called the “Vendee,” the Catholic and Royal Army, led by a simple peddler nearly defeated the forces of the Revolution. All over France priests and nuns went to their deaths praying for their murderers. Many of these religious would later be canonized. One of the last groups to be killed were sixteen Carmelite nuns. During the 90 minutes it took to kill the nuns, the normally screaming crowd was so quiet they could hear the nuns praying on the scaffold.
The French Revolution created an opportunity for a young military genius named Napoleon to become ruler of France. Napoleon Bonaparte would come to power after the Revolution and seek to conquer the world. Sadly for the world he was the greatest general to walk the earth since the days of Alexander the Great. The British Navy and the Russian winter finally defeated him.
During the remainder of the 19th century world leaders worked at peace. Sadly, too often they failed. The worst failure came in August 1914, when the world was embroiled in one of its most horrific wars. World War I caused appalling destruction. When it was over, a demonic shadow loomed in the East: the Soviet Union.
Once the Communists consolidated power in the Soviet Union, they struck like a serpent. Thinking Poland easy prey, the Communists launched an attack against the Poles. Yet since the time of Polish King John Sobieski, who saved
Europe from the Turks, the Poles had been forged in the fire of battle and were made of steel. In 1920, at the Battle of Warsaw, the Poles defeated the mighty Soviet army. For a while Europe was safe.
In Spain, the Catholics there were called upon to fight a last crusade. From 1936-1939, Spanish Catholics fought the Communist monster that sought the utter destruction of Catholic Spain. Spanish Communists murdered thousands of priests, nuns, and religious in the one of the greatest persecutions in the history of the Church. By the grace of God, the Catholic forces in Spain were victorious.
In the last chapters of the book, we will study World War II and the Cold War. We will learn why you can not trust a crocodile, why you can never trust Communists, and why almost everyone trusted a humble priest from Poland.
Finally, the book concludes with a chapter on the Middle East and the War on Terrorism. These two volumes of history are called Our Catholic Legacy, because a legacy is a gift that one generation gives to another. The greatest gift that anyone can give is the gift of the Catholic Faith because it is the gift of eternal life. Our Lord has handed down our Catholic legacy. He gave it to His Apostles who passed it on. This book is the story of some of the great men and women who have glorified that legacy. Many suffered and died to preserve this legacy. Catholic World Culture: Written by Dr. Anne Carroll, author of the popular Christ the King: Lord of History. Helps students appreciate the richness of our Catholic heritage. Chapters on such historical figures as:
* St. Catherine of Siena
* Queen Isabella of Spain
* St. Joan of Arc
* Cardinal Mindszenty
* St. Maximilian Kolbe
Grade 8: Greek and Aramaic Studies:
Greek Studies: If the Romans were history's great men of action, the Greeks were history's great men of thought. Children will penetrate the lives and minds of a multitude of famous Greeks through stories detailing the rise, Golden Age, and fall of Greece. The triumphs of Aristotle, Ptolemy, Ulysses, Pericles, Alexander the Great, St. Chrysosustum, the Cappadocian Fathers, St. Katherine of Alexandria, and many others will enable your students to understand why the scope of Greek accomplishment is still known today as "The Greek Miracle." The Hellenic culture & influence in Church & world will be studied. An introduction to Greek Language Studies will be included: Emphasis is placed on repetition and memorization, as these are the primary ways to learn a language. Students work to master the Greek alphabet, vocabulary, noun genders, noun cases, prepositions and cases. The student will also learn key Greek words for Biblical study, and further their knowledge of the English language by seeing how Greek roots and grammar are used in English.
Aramaic Studies: The second semester will venture into the founding of Catholicism and the Incarnation and the stages that led to the arrival of the Incarnate God. Students will explore the rise of Christianity at its roots. They will discover the great Evangelists and the countries that fled to in order to preach the Truth. Students will discover the first shapers of the Catholic Faith, the first churches, councils and the culture and traditions of its people, its saints such as St. Dionysius, St. Ephrem, St Jacob the Sarug, etc.. An introduction to the Aramaic language of Christ and the entire empire for centuries will be studied along with the wonderful literary works of its saints and the early Church Fathers that helped to develop Catholic thought and beliefs, especially in regards to Mary. A study of the origin of the Mass and its organic development, as well as the sacraments, sacred music, theology, iconology, etc. will be explored.
Overall, our History Outline introduces the course of history as it developed from three civilizations: The Hebrew/Aramaic, The Greek and The Roman. It is from these three cultures that Western Civilization, as we know it today, was built. The Aramaic/Hebrew gave us the Old and New Testaments, which contained the promise of a salvific man/God and the arrival of the Incarnate God. The Greek gave us the principles of logical thought and reasoning, and the Roman gave us a system of secular order that formed the modality for creating the great cities and governments in Europe.
We follow grade 1 through grade 8 covering all of the world’s history from the beginning of recorded history to the present. The perspective is Catholic throughout, with Biblical history skilfully interwoven with secular accounts. Our focus is primarily on the history of Europe and the Middle East, beginning around 2000 B.C. and moving through biblical history, the kingdom of Israel, the Greek and Roman empires, into the Middle Ages and Renaissance, up through World Wars I and II. Special attention is paid to the growth of the Church and its influence in the world.
English Studies: Grades 1 through 12. An in-depth study of English grammar and written communication skills. British Classical Literature. High school English embarks on studies of great & high literary works, the art of writing and expression.
French Studies: Grammatical French grades 3 through 8, plus mandatory course in grade 10 and additional elective options in highschool. An intensive after hours and summer Conversational French Program for students in grades K through 12 is being developed with aim for implementation in September 2013.
Latin Studies: Grades 1 through 12. Latin is the language of the Church. It’s our Catholic heritage. Latin Studies are developed with translation texts from Holy Scripture, Sacred Music & prayers, the Tridentine Missal & Breviary of 1962, and other traditional Latin Texts.
Greek Studies: Eighth Grade. Introductory: Emphasis is placed on repetition and memorization, as these are the primary ways to learn a language. Students work to learn the Greek alphabet, vocabulary, noun genders, noun cases, and prepositions and cases. The student will also learn key Greek words for Biblical study, and further their knowledge of the English language by seeing how Greek roots and grammar are used in English. Hellenic culture and influence in Church and world will be studied.
Aramaic Studies: Eighth Grade. Introductory: Students will learn the Western Aramaic alphabet, vocabulary, noun genders, etc.. The student will learn key Aramaic words for Biblical study, and further their knowledge in the culture and Sacred Humanity of Christ, early Church Fathers, early theology and spirituality, the early Church Councils and heresies, early churches, early Church Liturgies, sacraments, art, architecture, etc.
RELIGIOUS STUDIES: K through Grade 12. Scripture Studies, instruction in salvation history, lives of the saints, morality, liturgy, catechism, theology, metaphysics and philosophy, spirituality, apologetics, Tradition and encyclicals. Note * Catechism studies are based on the Baltimore Catechism.
BIBLE HISTORY: Grade 4 through 12.
PHONICS: Kindergarten through Grade 5.
HEALTH & PHYS. ED.: Grade 1 through grade 8, plus one mandatory high school credit.
SCIENCE: Grades Kindergarten through 11. Optional electives in Biology, Chemistry & Physics for Grade 12.
LOGIC & RHETORIC STUDIES: Grades 7 through 11. A study of formal logic in grade 7 & 8 (advanced language arts skills, argumentation), Material logic in grade 9, and Classical Rhetoric (Traditional principles of speaking and writing) in grade 11.
MATHEMATICS: Grade Kindergarten through 12. MCP Math until grade 4, then Saxon Math Program thereafter. Euclid’s Geometry in grade 10.
SOCIAL STUDIES & GEOGRAPHY: Grades 1 through 10. Optional elective credit as well. We use the Historical Maps of the World to complement Historical Studies.
PHILOSOPHY: Grade 12- A philosophical study of apologetics and other philosophy elective options.
ECONOMICS, ACCOUNTING, COMPUTER & TECHNOLOGICAL STUDIES, CANADIAN STUDIES, WORLD HISTORY & LITERATURE, ETC. : Grades 9 through 12 elective options.