Financial Disclaimer: Sara and I receive no monetary compensation of any sort from St. Thomas Aquinas Academy nor from any other source. This is allows us to be completely free in our opinions.
- Debbie Yonan http://www.staa-homeschool.com
Also, here is a collection of links to introduce you to St. Thomas Aquinas Academy:
- Our homeschooling philosophy
- Description of our services
- Core materials used in grammar school
- Core materials used in high school
- High school diplomas and colleges our graduates attend
- Annual enrollment fees and estimated cost of materials
Questions for Debbie from interview
1 Families who have unexpectedly been thrown into HS decision where do they start?
A two categories HS subjects- core independent learning skills penmanship left brain builder, entire life, formal reading instruction through 5th grade level, formal math instruction math reasoning different math fact, sentence structure
Math facts 3x/7 min day
formal composition training, different than personal writing
Composition with check list, evaluate from checklist, find someone who knows what the measure
Content based courses
Religion, history, literature, fine arts music & art, science languages kids can pursue themselves
Library good nourishing books & literature, Baltimore Catechism ‘know Him…” capable of knowing
Ex/ Ben Carson mother 3rd grade education, could not read or write heard of Bible & Shakespeare. She told them to write what they read, give it to her unbeknownst to her sons her lack. Incredibly wise. Role model of homeschool mothers.
Kids good nourishing books, means of developing wisdom.
KJV formed English language, Shakespeare pinnacle of English language.
2 How does a family decide what kind of homeschooling style do they have
Prayer, Regina Caeli can be ambitious learning, classical learning. Core independent learning skills
Unschooling does not, angry resistant kids, kids don’t know what they don’t know not fair
Math with solution manual, highlight step missed
3 Will the parents ruin the children’s education if there needs to be an overhaul midway through Takes two years, can’t do it one. Takes a year to quit yelling at the kids
Humor a needed component. Astounding, kindred spirit.
Regroup 2 years in 1 year missed learning. Methodology changes to match the child.
First principals is the child not education. Foundations matter. The child is the primary focus. Children used as political football. Put needs of child before other wants. What does it profit a man to gain the world and lose one owns souls.