Our Curriculum

Selections from our curriculum for grades K-2 and 3-5.

Grades K-2

Religion

  • St. Joseph’s First Communion
    Baltimore Catechism
  • The Golden Bible
  • Children’s Book of Saints
  • The Parables of Jesus 
  • Coloring Books:
    • Life of Jesus
    • Stories Jesus Told
    • The Rosary
  • Noah’s Ark
  • A Medieval Christmas
  • The Glorious Impossible
  • A Small Miracle 
  • The Tale of Three Trees
  • The Story of Christmas
  • Saint Francis
  • The Story of Creation
  • The Life of Jesus in Masterpieces

Language Arts

  • Phonics & Penmanship
    • Phonics-based reading & writing instruction
    • Manipulatives, flashcards, & games 
  • Read Aloud
    • Little House in the Big Woods
    • One Morning in Maine
    • The House at Pooh Corner
    • Peter and the Wolf
    • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    • Magician’s Nephew
    • The Wind in the Willows
    • Mr. Popper’s Penguins
    • Charlotte’s Web
    • Stuart Little
  •  Readers
    • “I Can Read” series
    • This Is Our Family, These Are Our Friends, These Are Our Neighbors, This Is Our Parish, This Is Our Town
    • Treasury for Children 
    • Children’s Book of Virtues
  • Poetry
    • Psalms 23 and 100
    • “Halfway Down” (A.A. Milne)
    • “The Swing” (Robert Louis Stevenson)
    • “The Owl & The Pussycat” (Edward Lear)
    • “The Children’s Hour” (Longfellow)
    • “The Spider and the Fly” (Mary Howitt)
    • “The New Colossus” (Emma Lazarus)

History & Geography

  • Great Americans
    • Samuel Eaton’s Day
    • Pilgrims
    • Molly Bannaky 
    • Portraits by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire:
      • Christopher Columbus
      • Pocahontas
      • Benjamin Franklin
      • George Washington
      • Abraham Lincoln
    • Paul Revere’s Ride
    • Hellen Keller
    • Thoms Edison
    • The Adventures of Lewis & Clark
    • Daniel Boone
    • The Wright Brothers
  •  Local Geography
    • neighborhood & community map skills
    • The Places Around Me
    • My Street, My Town, My Community
  • World Geography
    • Children’s Atlas of the World
    • identify & memorize continents & oceans
  • American Symbols
    • A True Book, The American Flag
    • A True Book, The Bald Eagle
  • American Government
    • Mouse House, Senate Mouse
    • The Story of the Constitution
  • Family History
    • If You Lived 100 Years Ago
    • Ellis Island

Science

  • Plants
    • From Seed to Plant
    • How to Draw Flowers
    • Monet – The Artist Speaks
      (Garden Paintings)
    • Science in a Nutshell Kit: Flowering Plants
  • Animals
    • library books on various animals
    • Inside an Ant Colony
    • From Caterpillar to Butterfly
  • Geographic Features
    • Let’s Read & Find Out: Earthquakes
    • Let’s Read & Find Out: How Mountains are Made
  • Astronomy
    • The Sky is Full of Stars
    • The Sun, Our Nearest Star
    • So That’s How the Moon Changes Shape
    • The Planets 
  •  Seasons & Weather
    • My Fall Journal
    • How Do You Know It’s Spring? / Summer? /Winter? 
    • What Shape is Water? 
    • Animals in Winter 
    • Sunshine Makes the Seasons
    • Let’s Read & Find Out: Feel the Wind
    • What Will the Weather Be Like? 
  • The Water Cycle
    • Water as Gas, Water as Liquid, Water as Solid
    • My Water Comes from the Mountains
    • River of Life
    • How Leaves Change
    • Who Lives in the Snow? 
    • pond life 
    • flowers, plants, & insects 

Math

Singapore Dimensions Math:
KA-KB, 1A-1B, 2A-2B

Dimensions Math is Singapore’s flagship math curriculum. Written by a team of educators and experts with more than 100 years of combined Singapore math classroom experience, it is a rigorous and engaging curriculum that provides a deep elementary math foundation.

Latin

Prayers: 

  • Signum Crucis
  • Pater Noster
  • Ave Maria 
  • Gloria 
  • Salve Regina

Music

  • Music Theory Made Easy for Kids
  • Choral instruction and music appreciation once week 
  • Christmas Concert and Spring Concert performances 

Art

  • Art instruction focusing on drawing, painting, and sketching, once a week
  • Art History – Renaissance to Modern
  • Field trips to local museums 
  • Art show each spring 

Grades 3-5

Religion

  • Baltimore Catechism 1, Lessons 1-37
  • The Golden Bible, Ignatius Bible
  • Bible timeline
  • Litany of Loreto project 
  • Seder Meal project 
  • St. Pius X: The Farmboy Who Became Pope
  • Prayers memorized:
    • Acts of Faith, Hope, and Charity
    • Act of Contrition
    • Apostles Creed 
    • Guardian Angel Prayer 
    • St. Michael Prayer
    • Doxology 

Language Arts

  • Spelling & Vocabulary
    • Wordly Wise 3000, Books 3-5
  •  Easy Grammar
  •  IEW Writing Program 
  • Beginning Handwriting  
  • Literature
    • Island of the Blue Dolphins
    • Stowaway to California! 
    • By the Great Horn Spoon 
    • The Iron Dragon Never Sleeps
    • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
    • Banner in the Sky 
    • Call It Courage 
    • The Princess and the Goblin
    • Where the Red Fern Grows 
  • Read Aloud
    • Mary’s Little Donkey 
    • The Secret Garden 
    • The Hobbit
    • Journey to Topaz
  •  Poetry
    • “The Flag Goes By” (Bennett) 
    • “America for Me” (Van Dyke)
    • “The Light of Bethlehem” (Tabb) 
    • “The Bells” (Poe)
    • “Sea Fever” (Masefield)
    • “The Violet” (Taylor) 
    • “The Village Blacksmith” (Longfellow) 
    • “Paul Revere’s Ride” (Longfellow) 
    • “Jabberwocky” (Carroll) 

History & Geography

  • How Our Nation Began
  • California, Yesterday and Today 
  • A Child’s First Book of American History
  • Great American Speeches
  • Geography
    • My American GeoJourney
    • Map Skills
    • State Booklet Project 
  • Historical Geography
    • Paddle to the Sea
    • Tree in the Trail 
    • Minn of the Mississippi
  • Historical Literature:
    • Three Ships Came Sailing 
    • Stories of the Pilgrims
    • Winter at Valley Forge
    • Sarah, Plain and Tall
    • Calico Captive 
    • Lincoln and Douglas: The Years of Decision
    • Bully for You, Teddy
    • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
    • Escape from Warsaw

Science

  • “Science in a Nutshell” Kits:
    • Seeds & Plants
    • Rocks
    • Work, Forces, and Machines
    • Comparing Earth and Moon 
    • Health 
    • Oceans Alive
    • Ponds & Streams 
    • Animal Observatory
    • Is it Alive? 
    • Charge It! Static Electricity 
  • North American biomes and habitats:
    • flora, fauna, climate, geology
    • forests, deserts, marshes/ponds, plains, wetlands, oceans/coastlines
  • Life Science:
    • Comparing Living Things
    • Adaptations
    • Natural Cycles in an Ecosystem
    • CO2-O2 Cycles 
    • Water & Nitrogen Cycles 
  • Physical Science 
    • Classifying Matter 
    • Investigating Motion
    • Forms of Energy 
    • Electrical Energy 
  • Earth Science 
    • The Changing Earth 
    • The Layers of the Earth 
    • Astronomy & The Solar System 

Math

  • Singapore Dimensions Math:
    3A-3B, 4A-4B, 5A-5B

    Dimensions Math is Singapore’s flagship math curriculum. Written by a team of educators and experts with more than 100 years of combined Singapore math classroom experience, it is a rigorous and engaging curriculum that provides a deep elementary math foundation.

Latin

  • I am Reading Latin Stories:
    • Ursus et Porcus
    • Quo Colore Est? 
    • Octavus Octopus
  • Prima Latina
  • Latina Christiana

Music

  • Theory for Beginners, selections
  • Choral instruction and music appreciation once week 
  • Christmas Concert and Spring Concert performances 

Art

  • Art instruction focusing on drawing, painting, and sketching, once a week
  • Art History – Renaissance to Modern
  • Field trips to local museums 
  • Art show each spring 

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