What does ALH mean?
ALH simply means “Aquinas Learning at Home” - for a family that is going to subscribe to the Aquinas Learning Program and use it independently of a Center. All you have to do is SUBSCRIBE. Purchase books and materials on the website and through the Book List links. Get started once the Course Site access codes, Welcome Packet, books, and materials arrive.
Benefits of using the program as an ALH family is full flexibility. The downside is full flexibility and no accountability to a group to stay on track.
Another big benefit is the low cost of the Aquinas Learning Subscription. There’s no need to pay for a Center’s Tuition and Enrollment fees.
Although you’re not joining a center - you are still part of the AQUINAS LEARNING COMMUNITY at large via social media, events, group discounts, resource sharing folder, etc.
Sample Schedule :
How do we plan for the week?
Create a weekly routine for your family. We give suggested ways to plan a routine for the week in our Parent Curriculum Guide:
1. Daily morning routine – whatever the family does before starting school
2. Morning Basket/Meeting - ring a bell that signals gathering time. Read-aloud, Poetry Memorization, Family Meeting, Announcements, etc.
3. Individual Core Subjects: Start with subjects that each student works on independently: Math, Phonics, Reading, Composition (IEW or other writing projects), Research (prepare for Oral presentations)
4. Daily Focus Subjects – Any subject that you decide will be the focus for that day of the week - try to stay consistent.
5. Extra Curriculars -be careful not to overdo this. The dinner table and the conversations started there are probably the most important interactions between family members.
6. Family Rosary
Are there lesson plans to follow each day?
Aquinas Learning is a flexible HOMESCHOOL program. For anyone who has tried to follow a 5-day curriculum in a box, they know how often you end up changing the original plan for the week, to accommodate changes in your schedule or the pace in which your child is learning the material.
There are certain subjects that should be done frequently (4-5 days per week) like Math and Language Arts. There are other subjects that can be done once a week, like Science, Art, History…etc.
We provide families with a suggested plan for the week, which can also be adjusted to fit your family’s needs.
It boils down to
Discussing ideas – joining the Great Conversation over the centuries on what makes a society thrive, on what makes a business ethical, on what makes a good community, on what makes a fruitful and loving family, on what makes a human a saint.
Learning Facts – not just any facts or as many facts you can fit in a semester, but what is worthy of passing down. Facts that embody the ideas discussed.
Practicing Skills – reading, writing, thinking, speaking, listening, debating, discussing, remembering, and BEHOLDING. If we don’t teach our kids to pay attention it will lead to further attention deficits. “Behold the Lamb of God!” We want to teach them to stop and gaze, behold things that are worthy of beholding.
At select centers, they may also offer a SCHOLA ALTA (7-12th grade) program. If interested, please send a request for information to email@example.com