Grammar (Elementary)

We feel a serious approach to academics helps raise the bar for our homeschool families. Our families like how the Tour Guide helps prevent holes in their education while reinforcing what they are doing at home. With Catholic Schoolhouse's scope of academic work (in the chart below), you can be sure that your elementary student has a comprehensive education.

Typical Schedule for Grammar (Elementary) Students 

8:45 - 9:00     Chorus, Prayer & Pledge of Allegiance
9:00 - 9:30     Academics in Individual Classes
9:30 - 10:00     Art
10:00 - 11:00     Academics,Student Presentations
11:00 - 11:30     Hands-On Science      
11:30 - 12:00     Finish Academics in Individual Classes  

  • Subjects for each year and stage coordinate with the Tour Guide to unite the family in studies.  
  • Click here for an example of what the pre-reading class does as we follow the Tour Guide for week 13 of year 3. 

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.
  • Chorus 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? 
Each of our participating families uses something different at home as each homeschool is unique.  I,too, vary how I use the Tour Guide each year.  Some years I simply use it as memory items that we review each day to expose my children to a variety of areas while I am focusing on a single area.  For example, I used Apologia's Astronomy for one year's science, but using the Tour Guide science topics for memorization allowed me to feel I hadn't neglected many areas of science to which my children should be exposed.  Other years, I have used the Tour Guide science framework as the structure for my science at home and done unit studies that moved with our topics.  Both ways have been effective for us. 

All of our participants use their own math and language programs, and most keep their science and history either overlapping with the Tour Guide or following it.  Most also follow the featured saints and musicians/artists in the Tour Guide most of the time.  Many of us pick and choose from a variety of sources to create our ideal homeschool, and many participants really like the Charlotte Mason methods.  However, a few moms use a more structured homeschool curriculum like Seton or Catholic Heritage.  I feel that the Catholic Schoolhouse Tour Guide can be used to either add structure to a free environment or simply enrich one that is already structured in many ways. We don't want to replace the parent as the primary teacher.  We just want to offer more opportunities!