Integration & Mastery

Aquinas Learning is rooted in the idea that authentic education seeks truth as a whole.  Education starts in the family and ends in the Trinity (to take a phrase by Stratford Caldecott in the book, Beauty for Truth’s Sake).  As the Trinity is three persons in one God; our curriculum brings together many “subjects” into an integrated whole.

We aim for mastery by following Blessed John Henry Newman’s advice to learn a few things but to learn them well.  We go beyond filling the bucket with information.  We honor the child’s quench to really “know” something by studying concepts in three cycles which repeat.  Therefore, 1st grade students studying Cycle 1 material this year will return to the same material in three years, learning at a much higher level of understanding, and then again in three more years.

Read more about our use of “Cycles” for mastery and integration.

Schola Prima I & II – Morning Session
Cycle 1

K–6th Grade
* Catechism: Early Church & Sacred Scriptures
* History: Ancient & Classical Times
* Geography: Africa & Middle East
* Timeline: From Creation to Modern Times
* Science: Biology & Earth Science
* Latin & Greek: Prayers, Sayings, Roots, Greek alphabet
* Grammar: sentence usage, parts of speech, etymology
* Civics: Government structures (integrated with the History curriculum)
* Virtue: virtue study based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church
* Fine Arts: Integrated with the historical time period
* Literature – “Good Books” (in preparation of the “Great Books”) in class read-aloud, family read-aloud, and poetry followed by Socratic discussions on ideas found in the stories
* Science Investigations – integrated with Science memory works
* Oral Presentation – time to re-present what they are learning in a given cycle

Cycle 2

K–6th Grade
* Catechism: Creed & Sacraments
* History: Medieval Times
* Geography: Europe & Asia
* Timeline: From Creation to Modern Times
* Science: Physics & Astronomy
* Latin & Greek: Prayers, Sayings, Roots, Greek alphabet
* Grammar: Sentence usage, parts of speech, punctuation
* Civics: World Government structures cont., the Constitution of the U.S.
* Virtue: virtue study based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church
* Fine Arts: Integrated with the historical time period
* Literature – “Good Books” (in preparation of the “Great Books”) in class read-aloud, family read-aloud, and poetry followed by Socratic discussions on ideas found in the stories
* Science Investigations – integrated with Science memory works
* Oral Presentation – time to re-present what they are learning in a given cycle

Cycle 3

K–6th Grade
* Catechism: Moral & Prayer Life
* History: Modern & American History
* Geography: The Americas & The 50 U.S. States
* Timeline: From Creation to Modern Times
* Science: Anatomy & Chemistry
* Latin & Greek: Prayers, Sayings, Roots, Greek alphabet
* Grammar: Sentence usage, parts of speech, literary terms
* Civics: Branches of the US government, U.S. Presidents
* Virtue: virtue study based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church
* Fine Arts: Integrated with the historical time period
* Literature – “Good Books” (in preparation of the “Great Books”) in class read-aloud, family read-aloud, and poetry followed by Socratic discussions on ideas found in the stories
* Science Investigations – integrated with Science memory works
* Oral Presentation – time to re-present what they are learning in a given cycle

Afternoon Session-all cycles

K–3rd Grade
* Handwriting
* Spelling
* Copywork
* Philosophy – short discussions based on leading ideas to ponder
* Independent Centers

4th – 6th Grade
* Writing – Institute for Excellence in Writing (levels A-C)
* English Grammar Intensive (with parsing and diagramming)
* Philosophy – short discussions based on leading ideas to ponder

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Integrated Humanities Program:

History - C1 – Ancient Era; C2 – Medieval Times & the Founding of Christendom; C3 – Modern & American History
Fine Arts - Art & Music appreciation integrated to the time frame they are currently studying
Theology - C1 – Scriptures; C2 – Faith and Tradition; C3 – Catechism
Logic - To order thinking in order to perceive truth and to act rightly based on right reason.
Classic Language - Intro Latin & Latin I – in preparation for the National Latin Exams
* Literature - “Good & Great Books” study integrated with history cycle
Composition - Classical Composition (Lost Tools of Writing)
Rhetoric - oral Presentations, speeches, and debates

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