Dialectic



Catholic Schoolhouse is a program for the whole family.  Following Dorothy Sayers’ classical stages of learning (grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric), we move our middle schoolers away from memory work and toward the dialectic stage. Our integrated dialectic program gives these students the opportunity to engage in discussions and explorations while reviewing the tour Guide topics gives valuable structure and review.  We also keep students involved in the fine arts by continuing to offer art and music opportunities.  Families may still find  it valuable to base their curriculum at home on the Tour Guide structure.


Typical Schedule for Dialectic (Middle School) Students 

8:45 - 9:15
     Music (Chorus, Band, or Orchestra)
9:15 - 9:45
     Tour Guide Review
9:45 - 11:15
     "Narrative of the West" Integrated History Program,
     including history, literature, and geography
     emphasizing  analysis and discussion.
     Offered in parternership with R.A.S.
11:15 - 12:00
     Art & Hands-on Science

  • Subjects for each year and stage coordinate with the Tour Guide to unite the family in studies.  
  • Optional Afternoon Opportunity:  Language Mastery Program involving the formal study of grammar, usage, and logic as well as expositional composition and speech. Offered in partnership with R.A.S.
Scope and Sequence
Year 1Year 2Year 3
ReligionCatechism, Bible, & SaintsCatechism, Bible, & SaintsCatechism, Bible, & Saints
HistoryU.S HistoryCreation to Medieval TimesMiddles Ages to Present Day
GeographyU.S, Central & North AmericaEurope & AsiaAustralia, South America, Africa, Antarctica
ScienceZoology, Weather, Anatomy, Electricity & MagnetismBotany, Chemistry, Space, Sound & LightEcology, Geology, Physics, Nutrition & Health
Classical LanguagesPrayers (Prima Latina)Conjugations & Declensions (Latina Christiana)Greek & Latin Vocabulary (English from the Roots Up)
MusicBach, Beethoven, Sousa, GershwinMusic Theory (Recorder)Handel, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Strauss
ArtAmerican ArtAncient - Middle Age ArtRenaissance - Modern Art
Math*skip counting, rectangles, properties, length conversionsskip counting, circles, metric conversions, roman numeralsparts of speech, sentence structure, word usage
Language Arts*parts of speech, sentence structure, word usageparts of speech, sentence structure, word usageparts of speech, sentence structure, word usage
  • Art includes two featured artists per quarter with weekly projects relating to their works or style.
  • Music begins each day, and one drama is performed each year.
  • * Complete math and language arts curricula of your choice must be used at home.
How can I use this at home? 
Review the Tour Guide topics daily along with your usual homeschool subjects to keep these important items in memory.

Morning with an Expert:
One morning per quarter we recommend you devote to the Morning with an Expert Program.  Experts from your local community are located and invited to share their passion with the older students.  These can be local professionals who share their careers or a parent who has a talent or hobby. This is our valuable enrichment program that really expands the horizons of our Middle and High School students.