A Classical course of study for your children.
The Homeschool Enrichment Programme complements the vocational mission of homeschooling parents by providing academically challenging courses in a deeply committed Catholic community. Holy House provides a rigorous course of studies faithful to the doctrine and teaching of the Catholic Church, which enlighten and inform all areas of the curriculum. Understanding our faith and the ideas that shaped Western civilization allows our students to deepen their belief and expand their understanding of the world. We strive to maintain an environment in which our students can learn both the joy of intellectual inquiry as well as the perseverance required for true study. Our curriculum is rooted in the classical tradition.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:15–3:45
Two Day a Week Programme for Junior, Intermediate and Senior students.
Latin Programme for Intermediate and Senior students
Holy House is offering an optional third day to its Homeschool Enrichment Programme. Intermediate and Senior students must be enrolled in the Tuesday and Thursday programme, but may also enrol for the Wednesday Latin Programme.
In addition to concentrating on Latin, the following classes will also occur on Wednesdays for Intermediate and Senior students and be taught in English: an additional math class for Senior students, science for Intermediate students, and English literature and history for both sets of students. There will also be time for physical exercise.
All classes occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. John the Evangelist Church 1423 - 8th Avenue SE, Calgary. The day begins at 8:15 am with Mattins and ends at 3:45 pm with Evensong.
divided by the following divisions:
Junior Division: Grades 1-5/6
Intermediate Division: Grades 6/7-9/10
Senior Division: Grades 9/10-12
Intermediate Division Courses
Holy House offers some courses which are aligned with the Programme of Studies for the Province of Alberta and some of which are not.
English Language Arts (Literature & Spelling, Grammar & Composition)
Math (Recommend. Not a scheduled class at Holy House)
Music (Schola Cantorum)
Latin (Grades 1–6 on Tuesdays & Thursdays, Grades 7–9 on optional Wednesdays only)
History & Geography
Senior Divison Courses
Holy House offers a full course load which students can use towards their Province of Alberta High School Diploma.
English 10-1,10-2, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1, 30-2
Math 10C, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1, 30-2
Science 20, 30. (Physics and Biology in future Years)
Choral Music 10-20-30
Physical Education 10-20-30
Latin 10-20-30 (On optional Wednesdays only)
An Interdisciplinary Approach
There is an intentional integration of material in the various curriculums of the Junior & Intermediate Academic Divisions; all of which revolve around a common time period being studied in history class. World history is divided into a four year cycle. This scheme allows the students to be more thoroughly immersed in the time period they are studying in each given year, with subjects constantly reinforcing each other. At the same time this arrangement makes studies less complicated for the homeschooling family who have children in different grades at Holy House. The four year historical cycle also allows for theme oriented and multi-grade history projects, science fairs, music and drama productions, feasts and perhaps a field trip or two.
Assignments, assessments and reading material will be adjusted according to the grade of the individual student and parental expectations. Generally, the higher the grade, the greater the expectations for assignments and assessments.
History, Literature, Science, Art, Music, and Geography
Students will assemble their own integrated history portfolio in a large binder with materials completed in various courses. At the end of each term, students will add in historical order: book reports, history-based science reports, art history projects, colouring pages, maps, music, history timelines, biographies, news paper articles, figures and events in church history and various other assignments. At the end of the four year cycle, students will have created their own comprehensive history reference book that relates man’s story, beginning with the six days of creation.
The day at Holy House will be sanctified with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and sung prayer informed by the Gilbertine tradition. The community will chant short form Mattins and Evensong in the church as well as the Lesser Hours in some classrooms. Hymns and motets will be sung at daily Mass. As singing permeates the day, the text of sacred song penetrates the hearts and minds of students. Daily life at Holy House will foster a life of harmony with one another by being in tune with the heart of the Lord.
All classes at Holy House will be infused with the Catholic Faith. Understanding our faith and the ideas that shaped Western civilization allows our students to deepen their beliefs, grow in holiness and expand their understanding of the world. Holy House will utilize the Disciple of Christ Education in Virtue programme developed by the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. All literature classes will include the study of Holy Scripture and the Lectio Divina materials also developed by the Dominican Sisters.
The Holy House of Our Lady and St. John is pleased to be able to offer the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) to Grade 1 and 2 students. CGS helps the young child to draw himself nearer to God. Its goal is to give the child a serene enjoyment of God.
Thematically, the Grade 1&2 class will focus on two questions:
What is God’s plan? What is my role in God’s plan?
In response, children will study God’s Plan of Salvation as shown to us in Holy Scripture and the sacramental life of the Church. As children mature and develop moral intelligence, they will listen and reflect together on the stories Jesus told of mercy and justice, as well as His teachings such as “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you”. Children will discover their role in God’s plan and their own place in the community of believers — the Church.
High school students will have a specific twice-a-week Religion class taught by the clergy of St. John the Evangelist Church. The class will fulfill the requirements for Religion 15-25-35.
The Holy House of Our Lady and St. John holds one of the oldest academic traditions in Catholicism as integral to its daily community life: the singing school — schola cantorum. The venerable tradition of the schola cantorum attributes its origins and patronage back to St. Gregory the Great. Holy House will strive to cultivate this ancient tradition along with the patrimony of the celebrated English choral tradition.
In order for any schola cantorum to sing the Lord’s praises capably, the choristers must learn vocal technique, sight singing, as well as music theory & history.
Holy House will consist of three scholas: The Beginner’s Schola (K-grade 2), the Junior Schola (grades 3-7/8 unchanged treble voices) and the Senior Schola (grades 8/9-12). Each schola practices the skills mentioned above as appropriate to their level. Each also learns its own set of repertoire as well as repertoire for the combined choirs.
Generally, choristers will be assigned listening homework which consists of listening to YouTube links of the music they are studying. In addition, students will have music theory homework and regular theory exams at the end of each of the four terms.
Junior Art : The Art of Seeing
Students will have the opportunity to develop visual language and technical skills in drawing, painting and print making. Students will study art history as well as deepen their understanding of the faith through exposure to the great visual works of the Catholic artistic tradition. The Artistic Pursuits series will be used selectively with some projects corresponding to the time period being studied in history class.
Senior Art - The Art of Seeing
A general survey of the great works of Western art with a significant studio component.
The Art of Seeing is a course of study designed to provide students with a foundation in art history with an introduction to visual language, as well as to further technical skills with a focus on composition, form, line and colour. The Catholic faith, and salvation history, will be explored in relation to key images of the classical, Renaissance and Counter-Reformation time periods. Powers of observation and art appreciation will be encouraged as classical skills are developed in drawing, painting and print making. There will be an emphasis on articulating themes and meanings found in the great masterworks, as well as locating these significant images in history.
LITERATURE & SPELLING, GRAMMAR & COMPOSITION
In every grade students will work through the various components of the English Lessons Through Literature series by Kathy Jo Devore. This comprehensive work includes a thorough instruction in grammar, composition, spelling and handwriting, all of which are directly connected to the classic literature they are studying. Over the course of the year, written assignments will be added to the student’s writing portfolio. Students will be expected to complete their portfolio compositions and other written assignments in cursive handwriting.
Junior Literature & Spelling, Grammar & Composition
Literature for junior scholars ought to penetrate and conquer the child’s imagination with the good, the true, and the beautiful, as it is naturally found in the tried and true classics of children’s literature. Some of the literature will also correspond to the time period being studied in history class. In this way, the great books of classic children’s literature can memorably instil the details of history into the minds of young readers. In addition to novels, students will regularly study and memorize poetry, read short stories and fables, as well as prepare short dramatic presentations to be performed throughout the academic year.
Intermediate Literature, Grammar & Composition
Intermediate students are maturing passengers on a journey of wonder and inquiry and Great Books provide the map for this adventure. Passengers are naturally compelled to engage and debate the deepest questions and timeless themes that emanate from the texts. The journey ought to be filled with great conversation and is meant to end in reasoned observations and answers.
The Junior Latin programme will use resources published by Classical Academic Press. Grades 1–2 students will use the Song School Latin programme while Grades 3–6 will use the Latin for Children programme. Parents of new students with experience studying Latin should contact the Programme Director to discuss which level a child should be placed in.
Intermediate Latin (Wednesdays Only.)
The Latin Immersion Programme will begin modestly, but eventually Latin will pervade Wednesdays at Holy House. The Wednesday community will patiently work towards saying and chanting the Daily Offices and Little Hours in Latin, as well as attending the celebration of said Latin Mass in the Ordinary Form. On Wednesday the custom of the monastic refectory will be followed, as the community eats lunch in silence while a short address or reading is given in Latin to those assembled.
Among other courses, students will have two Latin classes on Wednesdays using the famed Cambridge Latin Course series as their main text. In addition to the traditional study of vocabulary and grammar, the series includes the study of Roman culture and history as well as Latin plays for students to perform. The Cambridge Latin Courses will be supplemented with studies in Ecclesiastical Latin.
In addition to Latin, the following classes will also occur on Wednesdays for Intermediate and Senior students and be taught in English: an additional math class for Senior students, science for Intermediate students, an additional art class for both sets of students, and English literature & history for both sets of students.
Junior History & Geography
The junior history curriculum will use as their main text The Story of Civilization by Phillip Campbell published by TAN Books. Map work and geography will be included with each unit. As well, Canadian history will be studied at various points where it naturally fits into the chronology of the main text. This class will also include the reading of historical fiction that corresponds to the time period being studied.
Intermediate History & Geography
The intermediate history curriculum will use the text All Ye Lands: Origins of World Culture produced by the Catholic Textbook Project. All Ye Lands will be studied over a four year cycle allowing for an intentional deep reading of the text and time to truly absorb its contents. It will also allow for the reading and discussion of excellent historical fiction as well as the opportunity for first investigations into primary sources. All Ye Lands ends in the mid 1800s. At that point Canadian history will be the focus of the class. Map work and geography will be included with each unit.
Junior & Intermediate Science
In all matters Holy House defers to the teachings of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. In regards to science, particular attention is paid to the Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 279-327; 2292-2295; 2415-2418. The ultimate curricular goal of the science class is to provide and expose the students to scientific principles and procedures as well as the ethics that should guide them.
Carefully chosen lessons from the new Berean Builders Science Series by Dr. Jay L. Wile will be employed in the science course. Selective lessons from these texts will be studied in tandem with the main history text. During class, students will have the opportunity to complete the many excellent and interesting activities and experiments provided.
Junior, Intermediate & Senior P.E.
Active participation in a variety of team sports is encouraged throughout the day at Holy House. Students will grow to appreciate the importance of physical activity, co-operation, leadership, fair play and teamwork.
In addition to daily gym class, students organize themselves to play sports before classes, at lunch and after classes. (See “Student Houses & Intramural Games” below.) Should they wish, students have frequent opportunities to be physically active with supervision and coaching.
STUDENT HOUSES & INTRAMURAL GAMES
House Leagues are designed to instil a sense of student ownership and responsibility, foster community and nurture student leaders. At the beginning of the year all students are placed in one of two houses: Gilbert or Becket. Each house has a student prefect and is presided over by a faculty member. The houses engage in friendly competition in three categories to win end of the year championships.
House Champions in Service. Students maintain simple aspects of the physical environment by completing the “Daily Duties” (sweeping, dusting, kitchen crew etc…)
House Champions in Athletics. Students compete in optional but highly encouraged intramural games.
House Champions in Academics. Tutors may award points for exceptional written work or contributions to class discussion and activities. Points may also be awarded by tutors in this category for outstanding public presentations by students.