Aquinas Learning

What Do We Study?

Cycles & Schedules

What Do We Study?

Philippians 4:6-9 - (From the USCCB NABRE)

"Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you."

We marinate them in what is TRUE, GOOD, and BEAUTIFUL!

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," says Stratford Caldecott, author of a mentor required book, Beauty for Truth’s Sake.  

We aim for mastery by following Blessed John Henry Newman’s advice to learn a few things and learn them well.  We go beyond filling the bucket with information, we infuse the students in what is true, good, and beautiful by encouraging wondering, beholding, and inquiring.  We honor the child’s quench to really “know” something by studying concepts in three repeating cycles and mastering material as they study them again three years later at a deeper level. 

Morning Session

Cycle 1

K–6th Grade
* Catechism: Old Testament
* 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
* 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: New Testament
* History: Medieval Times
* Geography: Europe & Asia
* Timeline: From Creation to Modern Times
* Science: Physics & Astronomy
* Latin & Greek: Prayers, Sayings, Roots, Greek alphabet
* 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: The Catechism of the Catholic Church
* 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
* 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

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

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

Schola Alta

Integrated Humanities Program:

History – C1 – Ancient Times; 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 – Old Testament; C2 – New Testament; C3 – Catechism of the Catholic Church; Seniors – Intro to Theology

Logic – To order thinking in order to perceive truth and to act rightly based on right reason. Informal Logic (Fallacies), Formal Logic, Rhetoric (Speech & Debate).

Classic Language Studies – Intro Latin, Latin I & Latin II – in preparation for the National Latin Exams

Literature – “Good & Great Books” study integrated with history cycle

Composition – Advanced IEW and Classical Composition (Lost Tools of Writing)

Rhetoric – oral Presentations, speeches, and debates

For more detail, please contact your center director or send an email to: info@aquinaslearning.com