Overview of K-6th Curriculum
We have created a virtue program that incorporates definitions, discussion, practice, Church teaching, and prayer. There are four goals:
- To teach definitions
- To discuss situations that call for specific virtues
- To practice concrete steps to develop virtuous habits
- To teach the Church’s position through the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Her Saints
For each unit, you will find the following sections:
- Definition ~ provides a definition of the unit’s virtue
- Discussion ~ provides questions for helping students discuss the virtue
- Practice ~ offers concrete ways of practicing the virtue
- The CCC ~ quotes sections from the Catechism of the Catholic Church
- Some Quotes ~ quotes Saints and other authors who had something to say
One key to success with the program is for teachers and parents to work on mastering the virtues themselves. A good example speaks louder than words! When you do falter, be honest with your students. Apologize for not being better at __________. This shows that you desire to be better and that you are working toward virtuous habits just like they are.
When helping your students, remind them of the practical steps. This might include what not to do in the situation. Repetition is key. The more they hear it, the easier it will get to remember.
Overview of 7th-10th Grade Formation
7th Grade Study Skills:
The one-year Study Skills program teaches general academic skills—from organization to memory techniques to analysis to how to work successfully with teachers. These general skills are reinforced and practiced in each of our Primer courses.
8th-10th Grade Virtue & Spiritual Formation:
Three programs are available for study: one based on St. Francis de Sales' Introduction to the Devout Life, another on Thomas a Kempis' Imitation of Christ, and the third on the Sayings of the Desert Fathers. Each program includes thirty reflections, one for each week of school. The Virtue assignment/reflection should be completed first thing Monday morning, and the student proceeds to follow instructions for reflections during the rest of the week.