Course Plan Samples

Methodology of Syllabi, Course Plans & Study Guides

Beginning in 2003, Kolbe began the very long and arduous task of completely overhauling all of our syllabi and course plans and adding many study guides to the curriculum. When the home school began selling curriculum around 1995, our course plans were extremely rudimentary, as if parents were told ,"Get to X," but without a map of how to get there. That was fine for the seasoned home schooling parent, but as Catholic home schooling grew, we recognized the need to give parents more direction.

All the components of Kolbe's curriculum are designed to help guide the student through the four stages of intellectual development:

  1. Understanding what is read
  2. Retention of explicit information
  3. Recognition of implicit concepts
  4. Making connections-Mastery

The syllabi and course plans are the road maps through the first, third and fourth stages. They provide the parent/teacher and the student with key points for understanding and also help make connections across subjects and to our Catholic Faith. The discussion questions and key points focus attention to the recognition of implicit concepts, while the paper topics primarily focus on making connections. The quarterly exams generally have multiple sections designed to test the student on understanding, retention, recognition and mastery.

The study guides focus on development in the first, second and third stages of intellectual development. They are designed to lead the student to a better understanding of what he has read, help him to retain explicit information through repetition, and guide him in understanding and recognition of implicit concepts. Although it may seem trivial to simply repeat given information, it is critical to mastery.

Kolbe Academy Sample Course Plans

The following are links to samples of Kolbe Academy Homeschool Course Plans.  Course plans with exams are available for free to enrolled families or for purchase from our bookstore. Our online courses generally follow Kolbe's homeschool course plans with the opportunity to modify as needed for the online classroom.

 

Kindergarten

Click the following links to view samples of our course plans for Kindergarten: 

Religion Sample

Language Arts

Math (MCP)

Math (Singapore)

Science Sample

1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade

Click the following links to view samples of our course plans for 3rd Grade:

Religion

English

Phonics

Reading

Spelling

History

Geography

Math

Math (Singapore)

Science

Prima Latina

4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade

Click the following links to view samples of our course plans for 6th Grade:

Religion

Composition and Vocabulary

Grammar

Phonics

Reading

Classical Composition

History (All Ye Lands)

History (Land of Our Lady)

Geography

Math (Saxon)

Math (Singapore)

Science

Earth Science (for advanced students)

Life Science (for advanced students)

Second Form Latin

Primary Literature (3 - 4)

Click the following links to view samples of our course plans for Primary Literature.

Novels (please note that full course plans are available for several other novels):

Black Cauldron

Boxcar Children

Great Brain

Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

 

Saints (please note that full course plans are available for several other Saints):

Patron of First Communicants

Little Flower

St. Martin de Porres

St. Rose of Lima

 

Elementary Literature (5 - 6)

Click the following links to view samples of our course plans for Elementary Literature.

Novels (please note that full course plans are available for several other novels):

A Wrinkle in Time

Black Beauty

Captains Courageous

Heidi

 

Saints (please note that full course plans are available for several other Saints):

Saint Catherine of Siena

Saint Dominic

Saint John Masias

Saint Monica

7th Grade 8th Grade Junior High Literature (7 - 8)

Click the following links to view samples of our course plans for Junior High Literature (please note that full course plans are available for additional novels):

Kateri Tekakwitha, Mohawk Maiden

The Screwtape Letters

Poetry

Short Story

High School Theology

Click the following links to view samples of our course plans for High School Theology:

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade 

12th Grade

High School English

Click the following links to view samples of our course plans for High School English:

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade 

12th Grade

High School Literature

Click the following links to view samples of our course plans for High School Literature:

9th Grade

10th Grade

Ancient Western Literature

11th Grade

12th Grade

 

British Literature (elective; please note that full course plans are available for other books):

King Lear

Merchant of Venice

Robinson Crusoe

Romeo and Juliet

High School History

Click the following links to view samples of our course plans for High School History:

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

 

History electives: 

Ancient Western Civilization

World History (Christ King, Lord of History)

American History (Christ and the Americas)

US Government

High School Math High School Science High School Foreign Language

Click the following links to view samples of our course plans for High School Foreign Language.

Latin (Henle):

Latin 1

Latin 2

Latin 3

Latin 4

 

Latin (Wheelock):

Latin 1

Latin 2

 

German: 

German I

German II

 

Italian:

Italian 1

Italian 2

 

Spanish: 

Spanish 1