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Every child deserves to learn about his faith. When your parish is unable to meet your child's unique needs, our year round curriculum may help. It's perfect for sacramental prep! 

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Angelicum Academy Bookstore
A beautiful Catholic Classical Liberal Arts program and curriculum. Excellent study guides for use in teaching the Good Books and Great Books. They also offer virtual online classes. High School students may choose a college track, earning credits and their AA degree through Holy Apostles Seminary and College.

Aquinas Learning

The Aquinas Learning Program is a Catholic, classical, scholastic, integrated curriculum for homeschooling families from PK - 12th grade. Whether you are using Aquinas Learning at Home independently or at a homeschool center licensed to use the Aquinas Learning Program, we are all connected to the Aquinas Learning Community at large.

Bellarmine Studies

Bellarmine Studies, based in North San Diego County, California, offers quality academic courses to homeschool students grades 4 - 12. Students are taught from the wellspring of the Western intellectual heritage, focusing on the key subject areas of Latin, History, and Traditional Catholic Theology. Classes are offered on-line and in person.

CatechismClass.com

At the forefront of providing online religious education to Catholics of all ages around the world. Entirely faithful to the Magisterium of the Holy Church, CC.com is endorsed by His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Archbishop Chaput, Scott Hahn, and others. Special homeschool packages and discounts are available.

Catholic Heritage Curricula
My favorite curriculum! Catholic curricula for Pre-K through High School. Lesson plans using a 4-day school week;  exclusive line of Catholic Science books; curriculum shares common topics across many subjects; parent support and free materials augment their growing library. I highly recommend their “High School of Your Dreams” planning program.

Catholic Kids Co.

Good, True, and Beautiful | A Curated Collection for Catholic Kids by Catholic parents. Homeschool boxes, comics, 

and much, much more.

Catholic Schoolhouse
Although this is a stand-alone/parent-led program, homeschoolers may incorporate all or part of the curriculum in their homes. Subjects such as Art and Crafting are independent of other subjects and can be easily used to augment your studies. If you are interested in starting a local Chapter of TCS in your area, please consult the website for information.

Catholic Textbook Project
Only Catholic Textbook Project offers faithfully Catholic and rigorously accurate textbooks that tell the full story of history in a unique narrative format. When you teach from our textbooks, your students will enter into history in a whole new way, no longer burdened by the weight of political biases, but lifted up by the insight of a holistic and academic Catholic worldview.

CalAthletics

In Southern California. This is an excellent homeschool sports program started by a homeschooling father and former military pilot. California Athletics provides Fundamentals of Sports PE classes for home schooled students in all areas of Southern California, as well as classes in Woodworking, Aviation Science, and competitive sports team opportunities.  Classes are open to student's grades K-12.  Founder and teacher Todd Nash teaches all classes. 

Catholic Mom

Free lesson plans on a number of topics, such as the Liturgical Seasons, Saints, Prayers, Sacraments, and more.

Disciple of Christ - Education in Faith, Virtue, & Prayer

The digital and print resources developed by Openlight Media aim to light the path for anyone seeking to know and love God. This relationship is strengthened by a continuous education in faith, virtue, and prayer whereby one is able to identify as a disciple of Christ. Inwardly seized by God’s love, one begins to see with the eyes of faith and establishes a culture which is coherent with one’s belief.

Fearless Writers Lesson Plans

Featuring accessible lessons designed to teach children and teens creative writing skills and strategies. These self-paced lessons are convenient to use. They provide effective ways to help your child develop an understanding and appreciation of writing as a skill for communication.

Handing It On

Handing It On is a handwriting program designed to hand on to our students: Catholic tradition, the language of the Church (Latin), and penmanship skills.  I homeschooled our boys for 15 years, during which time I developed and used this program.  Now I am happy to make it available to you, so you can bring these blessings to your students.

Hillside Education

Reprints of historical fiction as well as language arts books, and other resources of interest to homeschooling families.

You'll find the Catholic Daily Planner, History, Nature Study, Literature, Study Guides, Montessori Religious Ed resources, and much more available.

Into The Deep

Into the Deep swelled from the desire to teach my kids the Catholic Faith in a way that would compel their hearts toward Christ. We have served thousands of families that want the same. We aim to support your role as primary catechist of your children by creating beautiful, easy-to-use, and thorough resources. 

Mary's Catholic Montessori Training Center

Mary’s Catholic Montessori Training Center certifies adults as Montessori guides, and educates parents and catechists, to embrace the genius and integrity of Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy in its fullness, “believing in the goodness of a child’s soul and the natural ability to love, learn, and respect life deeply.”

Mercy For Marthas

"Catholic Homeschooling and Family Life with a Shine of Down Syndrome." Beautiful blog site filled with resources, lesson plans, guides, and encouragement for the home educating mother of children with Down Syndrome.

 

Loyola Press

Offering curriculum in Faith Formation, Language Arts, Special Needs, Saints Stories, and much more.

Mater Amabilis
A Charlotte Mason-style curriculum for Catholics, presented for a CM structured approach. Can be used or adapted as part of a CM influenced education.

Nobis Pacem - curriculum in Spanish
The mission of Nobis Pacem College is to help those families seeking a high quality academic, Catholic and bilingual distance education, providing help to parents to educate their children on their path to holiness, and to grow into self-sufficient, compassionate, ethical, honest, and determined adults. Nobis Pacem offers a full curriculum for grades K-12.

Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism

Endorsed by Cardinal Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism has been created for the whole family to deepen their knowledge and love of our Catholic Faith. All children, younger and older, as well as adults, are invited to participate in the course. This is truly a crusade of learning thoroughly the essentials of the Catholic Faith and is available for free.

Our Lady of Victory School
Our Lady of Victory home study program was founded in 1977 by Roman Catholic laymen and was the first Catholic home school program established in the country.  For over 35 years their apostolate has been dedicated to providing parents with the support and confidence that they need in order to succeed in their home school endeavors. At OLVS they endeavor to provide families with the peace of mind necessary to raise and form steadfast Catholic children.

Queen of Heaven Academy
Queen of Heaven Academy offers a 4th - 12th grade Classical online curriculum that is faithful to the intellectual, moral, and spiritual traditions of the Catholic Church. Textbooks are available without enrollment.

Race for Heaven

Race For Heaven products employ Charlotte Mason's method of education by encouraging family read-aloud of Catholic living books especially saint biographies to teach the truths of the Catholic faith and to encourage the imitation of the holy habits of the saints. ...Living books that impart knowledge of the doctrine and the lived experience of the Catholic faith are the backbone of the Race for Heaven curriculum.

RC History

Catholic, Chronological, Literature-based, and Classical:  Our Catholic faith is central to all areas of our lives. Learning that the history of our faith is an integral part of world history will enrich your understanding of God's plan for the world.

Roman Latin Rantin

Two homeschooling mothers and former Army nurses developed this curriculum at their homeschool co-op to help students learn the derivatives of English words, improve their knowledge of English grammar and to eventually help them learn other languages. They offer the convenience of self-paced online classes as well as live instructor-led online courses to meet your needs.

Schola Rosa

This curriculum is Catholic, Classical, and Charlotte-Mason in its inspirations. It is an "All-in-One" curriculum, meaning that lesson plans, activities, printables, video, audiobooks, e-books, etc. are all included in the digital resource. Schola Rosa uses an "integrated family schedule," which means that all your children are on roughly the same topics at different levels at the same time and makes organization easier.

Scholé Academy - Aquinas House of Studies

AHS is the Catholic arm of the Academy offering live, online, Classical classes in our Catholic tradition. The collection of courses offered here provides students with a path on which they can dive deeper into their Catholic faith through an exploration of Church History, Art, Culture, Music, Philosophy, and St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. The 2024-25 school year will be just our third full year offering classes catered to those who share in our Roman Catholic faith. We are delighted to further develop and expand our offerings, and we invite you to explore our courses below.

 

Sophia Institute Press

Teaching the Faith at home doesn’t have to be boring, dry, or fluffy! Spirit of Truth Homeschool Edition is a refreshing way to bring our Catholic Faith — and all its beauty and depth — to your children. Grades K-8.

St. Anne's Helper

The gold standard of catechetical instruction is the Baltimore Catechism. It is a faithful presentation of the Faith in a concise format.
 

Welcome to Saint Anne's Helper catechism resources where we help you teach your children the Catholic faith. Our audiobooks are the perfect solution to helping autistic children and adults know the main truths of the Catholic Faith. 

St. Catherine Catholic Culture Center
Learn Church Latin! The basic philosophy of learning Church Latin is that textbooks should be the prayers and texts of the Church. After all, If those prayers and texts are what you want to learn to understand, you should get started with them immediately! Site lists many, many resources for learning at all levels.

St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
Catholic Liberal Arts Independent Homeschool program crafted specifically for the homeschooling family. Advisory staff of veteran homeschoolers will personally guide you to and through a variety of texts and materials, according to your student’s needs and interests.

TAN Academy
TAN Academy is a comprehensive K-12 homeschool which seeks to educate their students and families to desire the highest things—the  good, the true, and the beautiful.  TAN Academy’s guiding precepts are the education of children and the formation of families, which is achieved by the characteristics of our curriculum, which is trustworthy, simple to use, and is given at an affordable price.

The Art of Philosophy

Dr. Luke Arredondo takes students through the study of philosophy and a knowledge of its history. He helps guide young students (mature middle school-high school) through the great tradition of the history of philosophy.

Utilizing the Socrates' Children series from Peter Kreeft, this course includes a syllabus, reading schedule, comprehension questions, and sample answers along with optional quizzes and a final exam.

 

The goal is to give parents a way to introduce their students into the tradition of philosophy, to help sharpen their reasoning skills, and to open their hearts to the wonder of philosophy, to see it as the "love of wisdom."

Virtues In Practice - Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia
This is a program for children in grades pre-Kindergarten through eigth, designed to grow closer to Jesus by imitating His life and virtues. It is set up in such a way that all grades study the same virtue each month, to provide a whole-family focus. The program covers 27 virtues over a three-year cycle, with 81 saint held up as models of the virtues.

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Angelicum Academy

Catholic, Classical provider offering online enrichment classes for grades 3-12 including Philosophy, Latin, Greek, and Socratic Discussions.

Bellarmine History and Latin Studies

History, Latin & Catechism classes from a Traditional Catholic Perspective. Based in North San Diego County, California, Bellarmine offers courses to Middle School and High School home school students online, in the classroom, and privately in your own home.

CatechismClass.com

At the forefront of providing online religious education to Catholics of all ages around the world. Entirely faithful to the Magisterium of the Holy Church, CC.com is endorsed by His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Archbishop Chaput, Scott Hahn, and others. Special homeschool packages and discounts are available.

Catholic Kingdom

Website by Holy Family Press offers wonderful interactive activities, stories, games, devotionals, and contests. Especially good for the younger set and for safe, independent work time.

 

Homeschool Connections
1st and 2nd place winner of the 2017-2020 Homeschooling i-Learning Awards! The best in Catholic virtual and recorded online classes for Middle and High School students. Students may now dual-enroll through HSC with Franciscan University. HSC: “Educating the heart, mind, and soul in the Catholic tradition.”

Scholé Academy - Aquinas House of Studies

AHS is the Catholic arm of the Academy offering live, online, Classical classes in our Catholic tradition. The collection of courses offered here provides students with a path on which they can dive deeper into their Catholic faith through an exploration of Church History, Art, Culture, Music, Philosophy, and St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. The 2024-25 school year will be just our third full year offering classes catered to those who share in our Roman Catholic faith. We are delighted to further develop and expand our offerings, and we invite you to explore our courses below.

St. Mary's Academy

​Private tutoring for girls and pre-teen boys in Math, Latin, Science, & English. Group classes in Writing, Phonics, & Handwriting offered for girls and pre-teen boys. Miss Carissa is a Traditional Catholic who was homeschooled for all of her education from kindergarten through twelfth grade. She received her B.A. in Natural Sciences/ Mathematics. She studied Latin in grade school, high school, and college. In addition to teaching math, English grammar, phonics, and Latin, Miss Carissa really enjoys teaching sessions about Our Blessed Mother, the Holy Angels, the saints, different seasons in the Liturgical Year, etc. She looks forward to sharing her love of these subjects with others.

Queen of Heaven

Queen of Heaven Academy offers a 4th - 12th grade online curriculum that is faithful to the intellectual, moral, and spiritual traditions of the Catholic Church. The Academy's primary purpose is to enable students to learn and apply God's truth in their lives. Our classical-based curriculum is taught by highly qualified faculty, many with years of online experience, who are experts in their fields.

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Alveary - Charlotte Mason

Catholic-friendly complete CM curriculum for grades 1-12. Alveary is a complete and comprehensive curriculum and teacher training program for homeschools and co-ops. Our aim is to provide a robust and modern course of study that is both true to Charlotte Mason’s model of education and relevant for 21st-century students living in the United States and Canada.

Registration for the 2023-24 school year opens February 1, 2023, and memberships will expire on June 30, 2024. Download the Viewbook.

American Literature website

Aaron Ezis (1967-2004) created the American Literature website in 1997 to share his love of literature with people around the world. He built it page-by-page, adding "A Chapter A Day" to the American Literature Library. Over time he expanded the site with extra features like "The Word of the Day" and then expanded beyond American authors to include great writers from around the world. Categories are by genre and grade level, with a plethora of resources for teachers and parents - comp guides, homeschooling aids, etc.

The Animation Course
Want to learn drawing and animation from an industry expert? Chad Stewart has worked as a professional animator in film and television for the last 27 years. He was a Disney animator on such films as Tarzan and The Emperor’s New Groove, and most recently, he’s worked as a 3D Visual Development Artist at Sony Pictures Animation and continues to do contract work with the studio. Chad and his wife of 25 years have been lifelong homeschoolers to their 4 daughters, and 4 adopted sons from Liberia, West Africa. He was inspired by his own homeschooling experience to share his knowledge of animation with other kids and thus, The Animation Course was borne.

CenterForLit
CenterForLit is an online community for Lit lovers and their students. It’s our goal to bring readers face to face with the world’s best books so they can know themselves more fully as God’s creatures. CenterForLit now offers curriculum materials, online classes, live teacher-training, and parent-teacher support networks, all dedicated to helping readers understand and revel in the beauty of classic books.The world’s great literature contains the wisdom of the ages – a treasure worth seeking.  To readers who lack the proper tools, however, that treasure often remains locked away and hidden from sight. Our mission is to supply you, the treasure seeker, with the right maps and keys.

Classical Academic Press (CAP) is a classical education curriculum, media, and consulting company. We are the product of years of brainstorming, conversations, thoughtful critiques, and application in private, public/charter, and homeschool classrooms. Our mission is to produce and supply to today’s market the finest classical curricula and resources. Our motto, “Classical Subjects Creatively Taught,” describes the essence of all that we publish (Latin, Logic, Writing & Rhetoric, Grammar, Greek, Spanish, Poetry, Literature Guides, and more). We seek to produce classical curricula and media with a clear design and structure and incremental and systematic instruction, all with a touch of delight, creativity, and flair. Learning should be fun and beautiful!

(see Scholé Academy online classes)

Classical Learning Resource Center

The Classical Learning Resource Center empowers parents and other educators to provide a quality education for their children in a home-based environment by offering a wide variety of live interactive classes taught by well-qualified and passionate teachers. Coursework for grades 1-12, including an online academy.

Classic Learning Test

The CLT now offers exams for grades 7-8 and is scheduled to begin offering exams for grades 3-6 in Spring 2024. These exams are taken at home and are proctored by the parent. I highly recommend parents use these are ongoing assessments during the year for planning purposes, to make adjustments to course of study, and to fulfill some states' requirements for standardized testing by home educators.

 

Cottage Press

Cottage Press Language Arts curriculum combines a classical approach and the practices of Charlotte Mason to equip students and teachers to lead lives well-read.

EMH Sports

The cornerstone of our PE program emphasizes Fun, Fitness, and Friendship. EMH offers a higher standard of instruction by providing a comprehensive physical education program that encourages students to live active lifestyles and build healthy habits. We begin with activities that are suited to the student's strengths then gradually add variety to the lesson and increase the level of difficulty. Levels K-12.

Essentials in Writing

EIW is a student-centered, non-parent intensive, "doable" complete language arts program for grades 1-12. Literature courses are available for grade 7-12. All courses include an instructional video, a textbook/workbook, and Alternative Instructional Strategies for struggling students. Placement tests, assessments, and grading rubrics are included. Scoring services are available for a low additional cost. This is one of Cathy Duffy's "top 102" picks.

Excellence in Education

The largest homeschool bookstore and resource center in California offering an extensive array of products and services, both secular and faith-based. Includes an online Learning Style Assessment Tool.

Excellence in Literature and Everyday Education Bookstore

Have you always wanted to read the Great Books? With the EIL curriculum, you and your student can enjoy reading, understanding, and analyzing the greatest literature of all time. These challenging, self-directed courses introduce students to full-length great literature in its historical context, while developing skills in writing and literary analysis.

Gateway to the Classics (formerly the Baldwin Project)

One of the best online collections of classic literature for children...Our library of books to read online includes hundreds of titles in a wide variety of genres, with special emphasis on history, literature, and natural history. In addition to the thousands of stories we make available to you, we now offer a collection of over 2500 poems.

Getty Museum Art Lesson Plans

Discover lesson plans, curriculum resources, and activities for students.

Hillsdale K-12 Curriculum

Hillsdale College’s K-12 curriculum is content-rich, balanced, and strong, with an emphasis upon the four core disciplines of math, science, literature, and history, and attention to music, art, physical education, and foreign languages. Download the FREE Program Guide and 1776 Curriculum today!

Homeschool Astronomy

This is the best Astronomy program, good for a complete year of K-8. (A High School version is also available.) Enjoy 28 jam-packed lessons as you and your students tour the solar system at light speed, ride alongside comets with our spacecraft, dodge meteors, discover the height and depth of the universe; explore Pluto, the Ice Giants, the Gas Giants, Mars, the Sun and Moon. Dive into the Milky Way, Black Holes, Dwarf Stars, and loads of other amazing phenomena in space!

Homeschool in the Woods
History Through the Ages hands-on materials of timelines, maps, and Lap Books™ from a Christian perspective. (My boys thoroughly enjoy filling in their timeline journal each year!) Parents should be aware some minor edits may be needed to ensure a faithfully Catholic experience for their children.
 

Institute for Excellence in Writing

Our mission is to equip parents with methods and materials which will aid them in training their students to become confident and competent communicators. Using the four language arts - listening, speaking, reading, and writing - IEW methods have been proven to be effective for students of all ages and levels of ability, including those who are gifted or have special needs.

 

Life of Fred

The Life of Fred series is a complete set of math books written by Dr. Stanley Schmidt that covers everything from basic first-grade arithmetic all the way through university math and statistics. Students follow Fred as he discovers and applies math concepts in everyday situations. The books are written in story form and students who are more independent and like to figure out puzzles do well with this curriculum.

Math-U-See

The Math-U-See Curriculum is a complete and comprehensive K–12 math curriculum. Each level concentrates on a specific set of skills, while continuously reviewing and integrating topics and concepts presented in previous levels. By using tools such as videos, manipulatives, and other resources, the Math-U-See Curriculum is designed to appeal to all types of learners in a variety of learning environments.

Memoria Press and Online Academy

Memoria Press is a family-run publishing company that produces simple and easy-to-use classical Christian education materials for home and private schools.

Nicole the Math Lady
Nicole the Math Lady offers engaging teaching videos and online grading services to make math simple and easy for you. Her animated teaching style turns the rigorous Saxon Math curriculum into something that’s fun and exciting for your child.

Notgrass History

We have written Christian homeschool history curriculum for students in first grade through high school. Our materials help parents train their children to honor God with their hearts, souls, and minds.

Notgrass History helps children learn through engaging lessons, beautiful photos and illustrations, primary source documents, inspiring literature, and creative activities. Our curriculum works for your family, whether you are teaching one child or multiple ages together.

Rainbow Resource Center
Educational products, curriculum, books, kits, games, planners & organizational aids, etc., all at low prices from one of the largest home school suppliers. Several product lines are Protestant but not be Catholic-friendly. Good resource for basic homeschooling materials, manipulatives, tools, etc.

The Refined Schoolhouse

This are beautiful resources created by a homeschool mother, "providing simple, beautiful, educational materials so your children's education can be simple and beautiful too." Perfect for all educational models including Traditional, Classical, Charlotte Mason, Unit Studies, Unschooling, Eclectic and Public Education.

Roman Roads Media

Specializing in classical curriculum for home and classroom use. Courses are crafted to delight both students and their parents. One of the better Catholic-friendly, Protestant resources I've found.

7 Sisters Homeschool

Curriculum and resources for middle to high school. These six mothers have been sharing their wisdom and resources with homeschooling families for over ten years.

Teaching Textbooks
As Cathy Duffy writes of these excellent Math courses:  "These fantastic courses were designed specifically for homeschoolers in order to solve some of the issues that make math challenging for them. The courses are great for independent study since they are easy for students to use on their own, they require no work on the part of parents, and they are relatively inexpensive for sophisticated, computerized courses. The Teaching Textbooks series is a college-prep curriculum even though it is not as rigorous as some other courses."

Wonder-Filled Days

Do you want to add Nature, Beauty, and Poetry to your Children's Days?

In the early years, children learn best by hands-on experience. Words mean little to those who have not yet experienced the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings those words represent.

Daily Calendar, Book Lists, Parent-Aides, and so much more!

Schole Academy
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