Every child is different, and each family has its own set of needs and personalities. Some curriculum providers provide a full range of services, including books and materials, grading, testing, transcripts, and online classes. You can pick and choose what works best for you with others. The classical education model, college-prep, Charlotte Mason, and more are all available as Catholic homeschool curriculum options. Examine your options to see which one best fits your homeschooling goals and model. The classical education model, college-prep, Charlotte Mason, and more are all available as Catholic homeschool curriculum options.
In many options, You can expect to receive all of the books and materials you require, as well as teaching support, grading services, and reporting such as a transcript, from full-service curriculum providers. Alternatively, you can simply purchase a company’s math program or history series.
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Here are a few websites where you can find other Catholic homeschoolers as well as Catholic resources in general.
- Catholic Homeschooling Moms
- Homeschool Connections
- The Keeping It Catholic Facebook Page
- Saint Anne’s Helper
- Keeping It Catholic
Traditional catholic program options
A traditional curriculum takes what your child would learn in a traditional school setting and adapts it for homeschooling.
- Catholic Heritage Curricula is a curriculum in which you order all of the books and do all of the teachings and grading yourself at home. It covers all of the essential topics. You could also choose to take some CHC subjects and others from other curricula.
- Seton Home Study School is a Catholic curriculum and school that is accredited. You enroll in the school and take all of your classes there. This makes transferring your children into and out of traditional schools easier
- Another curriculum and school where you can enroll your child and receive all of the materials is Our Lady of the Rosary.
Classical Catholic Programs options
The classical approach is founded on the classics, such as language, literature, and history of ancient Greece and Rome, with an emphasis on the liberal arts and grammar. Many of the curricula in this category are taught in traditional school settings, while others are not.
- Kolbe Academy is a Catholic school that bills itself as both classic and modern. It allows students to enroll and receive grades and transcripts, but it also has a bookstore where they can purchase materials. There are also online course options.
- Mother of Divine Grace School is an accredited K-12 Catholic classical program that offers transcripts and diplomas. It is based on Laura Berquist’s book Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum.
- Aquinas Learning is a three-year cycle of classical and Catholic integrated curriculum. From pre-K to 12th grade, all children cover the same content but at their appropriate level. There are in-person learning centers in several cities that meet once a week, but you can also simply purchase the curriculum and do it at home.
- Angelicum Academy is an online school and a classical Catholic curriculum that you can use at home that is based on Mortimer’s “Great Books” for high school as recommended by Mortimer Adler and Robert Maynard Hutchins, and elementary school, as recommended by John Senior.
- Memoria Press and its online academy offer a Christian classical curriculum in which students can enroll or simply buy the curriculum and lesson plans. Their Latin program is used by many homeschoolers.
- Another classical curriculum is Well-Trained Mind, which, while not specifically Catholic, contains many elements of classical education. Many homeschoolers use Susan Wise Bauer’s history curriculum The Story of the World.
- Charlotte Mason’s- At the turn of the twentieth century, Charlotte Mason was an Anglican whose approach to education many Catholic homeschoolers found appealing and very compatible with Catholicism. Jenni Mass of St. Paul, a homeschooling friend of mine, explained that Charlotte Mason’s approach is based on “an understanding that all that is true, good, and beautiful is for everyone and should be laid out like a banquet for the education, formation, and edification of all children.”
- Ambleside Online is a Christian website that offers free book recommendations and information on how to teach using this method at each grade level.
- Mater Amabilis is a Charlotte Mason-inspired Catholic curriculum. It’s also completely free.
- Another Catholic curriculum heavily influenced by Charlotte Mason, Marie Montessori, and the Waldorf approach to learning is Salt and Light.
- Another alternative to traditional school formats is to conduct a Unit Study. They concentrate on one subject for four to five weeks before moving on to the next. They’re great for families because, like some of the curricula mentioned above, everyone in the family is learning about the same thing, but at different levels. Gather ‘Round Homeschool and Tapestry of Grace are two non-Catholic but Christian examples.
- If you want more information on these curricula or to see the hundreds of other options available, I highly recommend the PDF book How to Choose Homeschool Curriculum by homeschool curriculum expert Cathy Duffy as an affordable and simple way to learn about the various methods.
Other than these, the list of resources you can further look upon are:
- Catholicism and Evolution: A History from Darwin to Pope Francis
- Faith, Science, and Reason: Theology on the Cutting Edge
- The Didache Bible
- St. Jerome Library and School
- The Catholic Church through the Ages: A History
- Bible History of the Old and New Testaments
- Catholic Heritage Curricula
- A Course in Religion
- Sound Beginnings
- World Literature
Catholic homeschool programs can range between traditional, classical, Charlotte Mason, and more. You may find Catholic online programs or accredited academies. There’s an option for everyone! Here’s a solid list for getting started homeschooling.