We will be continuing to offer Homeschool “singuli” (Latin for an individual) classes here at St. Monica Catholic School for the 2020-21 school year.
Homeschool students may participate in Wednesdays Latin and Literacy/Writing courses. The Literacy/Writing courses will be using classic novels. In the Great Books course, students will read, discuss, and write about influential texts like The Odyssey, The Hobbit, Beowulf, The Summa Theologica, and Frankenstein. The exact books to be included depending on the previous student experience. Students will learn to manage and sustain a mature conversation, to pursue ideas for themselves, to write logically, and to receive feedback constructively.
Examples of what happens in the classrooms:
As class begins one day, the participants stand to recite two pages of poetry and prose the teacher has pulled from class texts. They have been practicing these words for several months, and many can recite about four minutes-worth from memory. When the last passage has been recited, and everyone has sat down, the teacher grabs his pencil. “So,” he says, “this week we read The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo by Gerard Manley Hopkins. I hope everyone brought questions. Where would you like to start?” After a few moments, a student finds some notes he made in his copy of the poem.
“I was wondering, “he says, “why the author changes his mind half-way through.” One or two students instinctively look to the teacher, who is quietly looking for a specific line in his copy. A different student responds, “What does he change his mind about?” The first student answers, “he went from being sad to being hopeful.” A third student remarks, “Oh, I thought there were two speakers, and one was sad, and the other wasn’t.” “Two speakers?” asks the teacher, “why do you say that?” The discussion proceeds from there, every member of the class trying to figure out how many speakers are in the poem. As students talk to each other, the teacher speaks as well, but he does not act as the source of correct answers: he usually asks questions. The students do their work to find truth; together, they move beyond initial opinions, past ideas with little evidence, and towards possibilities with depth and complexity. After 40 minutes of inquiry, the teacher thanks everyone for the discussion, hands back feedback on last week’s writings, reminds everyone of the readings and writings for next week and dismisses them till next time.
Grammar, grammar, grammar! Latin this year is a continuation of last year’s program as well as an introduction for new students. We will continue to work on the foundations of Latin grammar, correctly, how it translates, clarifies, and solidifies English grammar. We will read, translate, and memorize the Signum Crucis (Sign of the Cross), Gloria Patri (Glory Be) and Pater Noster (Our Father) in Ecclesiastical Latin while primarily looking at Classical roots of the language! Students will begin to read adapted passages in Latin on the first day and make bold leaps with vocabulary while making thoughtful insights into Roman culture and current society just by looking at how to use the language and words.
Please see the schedule below.
Interested in enrolling:
Contact Jamie North, Advancement Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Once we receive your application our registrar will contact you with next steps in registering.
Daily (Monday-Friday) Saxon Math
Math 5-8: 8:40 – 9:35 a.m. M-TH & 9:37-10:17 a.m. Friday
Wednesday Latin & Literary Analysis/Writing and Washington State History
Lit/Writing 5-8: 9:37-10:17 a.m.
Latin 5-8: 10:39-11:17 a.m.
Library available for quiet time in between Mass & classes
Tuition & Fees
- Application Fee $200 for the first child and $50 each additional child
- Latin only $500
- Literature only $500
- Math only $1000
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level One
For Non-School Families, CGS Level One will be on Wednesdays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Classes will run September – June following the school calendar. The CGS Tuition $150 per year first child, $75 each additional child. Class size is limited to 12 students. Level One is open to children who are ages 3-5 by September 1st.CGS Register Here