Curricula

There are lots of different curricula available. You are not obliged to choose a curriculum for your child and looking through the different plans can help formulate what might work for you and your family. The other families on our Mailing List are happy to discuss curricula and help you navigate your way through the choices.

These curriculum providers are based in the USA unless otherwise indicated.

Charlotte Mason

Mater Amabilis
A free online Catholic Charlotte Mason Curriculum.

4 Real Learning A discussion board that provides family-to-family support for Catholic parent educators and friends who emphasize Living Books.

Homeschooling Downunder: a great collection of Australian homeschooling resources with a Charlotte Mason approach in mind.

Traditional homeschool curricula

Seton – set up by Mary Kay Clark, author of Catholic Homeschooling.

Our Lady of Victories

Classical Liberal Arts

Campion College is Australia’s first and only Liberal Arts college: Higher education in the Catholic Tradition. While not providing a homeschool program, it is very friendly towards homeschoolers and has camps for year 11 & 12 students.

Mother of Divine Grace: set up by Laura Berquist, author of Designing your own Classical Curriculum.

Angelicum Academy Homeschool K-12 and a college Great Books course. Read here about their links with Campion College in Sydney, Australia.

Kolbe Academy

Classical Liberal Arts Academy: a new distance education program delivered online – no books to buy. Self paced courses around a core of Catechism, Grammar and Arithmetic.

Montessori

Includes the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd a Christian formation process for children aged 3 to 12 years. This is the link to the Australian group.

Unschooling

Hard to sell an unschooling curriculum, but there is a book “Gentle Homeschooling: a Catholic discovers Unschooling” by Suzie Andres.

Books by John Holt provide the classic background to the idea of unschooling.

Eclectic Homeschooling

Again, no curriculum, just choosing what works for you.

You might notice many curriculum providers work from lists of books and there is lots of overlap. Choosing the books yourself could be called eclectic homeschooling.

Waldorf/Steiner Philosophy
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) is one of the key figures in New Age thinking of the 20th century. In the document, Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life, the Vatican says:

It is well to be aware that the doctrine of the Christ spread in New Age circles is inspired by the theosophical teachings of Helena Blavatsky, Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy and Alice Bailey’s “Arcane School”. Their contemporary followers are not only promoting their ideas now, but also working with New Agers to develop a completely new understanding of reality, a doctrine known by some observers as “New Age truth”.

With the popularity of Steiner schools growing, you might come across them. They can be good for things like handicrafts and natural living, but as Catholics we need to be aware of the flawed philosophy involved and avoid embracing them unreservedly.

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