Kildara is a Catholic homeschool program.
Kildara is designed for large families and homeschool co-operatives to study together, each child at his/her own level of understanding and readiness. We have drawn on a variety of educational approaches and combined them harmoniously to produce a curriculum that is vibrant, balanced, and holistic.
Arranged by epoch – six total, two per year, each may be completed in 4.5-6 months.
Each epoch is broken down into blocks covering ONE subject at a time (Literature/Poetry, Mathematical Theory, History, Science, Art Theory, Art Practicum, Music Theory/Appreciation) Each block takes 2-5 weeks to complete. Block outlines are separated by developmental stages so that the several levels can learn together and at their own level of understanding. Ex: Middle Ages, Science Block One: Grammar Stage. Each pupil, from Grammar stage onward, creates his or her own “main lesson book” as he works through each block.
Families may choose to work chronologically, in cycles, or to pick their way through, choosing what interests them. If used chronologically, you will make two or three complete cycles throughout a child’s school years depending upon whether you work on one or two epochs each year. If you work on two epochs each year, a child will make the cycle through each classical developmental stage (grammar, logic, rhetoric).
In addition to block lessons, Catechism, Maths, English Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, and Language are practiced 3-5 times per week for skills development. Art and Music appreciation, keyed to the epoch are studied ad lib.
Cathechism: Faith and Life Series (lower grades), Didache (Gr. 9, 10, 11, 12)
Maths: Math-U-See (Singapore Math may also work well)
English Grammar: Shurley English, Singapore English, Jensen Grammar
Vocabulary: Wordly Wise (1-12)
Language: Memoria Press (Latin and Beginning Greek), Athenaze (Greek), Rosetta Stone (Modern Languages)
Additionally, music (30 minutes or more), dance or movement (30 minutes or more), and free reading (an hour or more) should be practiced daily. Food preparation should be a group activity whenever possible (snacks and luncheon), and handwork should be a daily activity as well.
High quality art supplies should be provided ad. lib.
Ample time for outdoor play and exercise should be allowed as near to daily as possible. Time spent in natural settings is important for connecting us to God’s creation and understanding our own place in it.
Morning prayer or some other suitable prayer time should begin each day and None or another suitable prayer (ex. Angelus/Regina Coeli, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Rosary) time should end each school day.
Kildara’s developmental stages correspond roughly to conventional ‘grades’ and ages as follows:
Reception – Pre-School, Kindergarten – (3, 4, 5 years)
Foundation – Grades 1, 2, 3 – (6, 7, 8 years)
Grammar – Grades 4, 5, 6 – (9, 10, 11 years)
Logic – Grades 7, 8, 9 – (12, 13, 14 years)
Rhetoric – Grades 10, 11, 12 (15, 16, 17 years)