In a Classical setting you will often find subjects that are integrated. You may not know if a child is learning history, religion or literacy. The pure joy of learning comes from finding the connections and discoveries instead of merely learning isolated facts. Each stage of classical education is developmentally appropriate based on research based theories and education that has stood the test of time. Sure we use what has worked for centuries, but we have not abandoned what we know also works from the last 50 years. Every aspect of education at St. Katharine Drexel is purposeful which empowers the student as a leader and brings the joy of being a life long learner. Aspects of classical education and the grammar stage can be seen in preschool and kindergarten, but are fully incorporated in 1st grade.
Teachers are trained and certified to lead Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Students will visit the Atrium once or twice a week and absolutely love the peaceful prayer time where they learn parables such as the Precious Pearl and Good Shepherd, learn aspects of our Catholic faith such as how to prepare the altar and the Eucharist, and learn about the bible such as the geography, the Annunciation, Visitation, Last Supper and much more. Students memorize scripture and learn about prayer. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, designed by Maria Montessori, and further developed in the 1950′s by Sophia Cavaletti and Gianna Gobi, helps the young child come to know God in a developmentally appropriate way. Every aspect and lesson is developed with the young child in mind and is tried and true.
Preschool and Kindergarten classes use the Creative Curriculum which utilizes developmentally appropriate and individualized lessons integrated into longer in-depth studies. Children are naturally inquisitive which is celebrated and encouraged in the Creative Curriculum series. Learning is integrated instead of isolated lessons which ties well into Classical Education. You will see students studying nature, their community and other topics that help the child learn the world around them. Teachers use the Gold assessment and continuum to know exactly where a child is at and where to take them to the next level of learning.