Grades 1-8 Home Study

Family Home Study Grades 1-8

Formal religious education begins in the first grade for those youth attending local public schools.  Our program is much like school, students move from one grade to another.  It is expected that parish youth who attend public schools will participate in an approved catechetical program from first grade through eighth grade, alongside preparation for the sacraments. In the Family Home Study Program, catechesis occurs in the home with parent and child working together. Families who choose the Home Study Option are entrusted with passing on the fullness of the Catholic Faith to their children.  Central to the Catholic Faith is the Eucharist - Our belief in the Eucharist, our celebration of the Eucharist, and our reception of the Eucharist in Holy Communion. Attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, participating in an on-going ministry, and completing the annual Stewardship Card are minimum requirements for participation in the Family Home Study Program.  
 
For those who participate in formal religious education regularly, the curriculum used for Family Home Study is the Faith and Life Online Series from Ignatius Press.  This curriculum offers our parish youth in grades 1-8 a thorough grounding in Catholic doctrine.  In light of salvation history, students will learn about Sacraments, morality, social teaching, and the Church's life and mission. Interactive learning includes videos, games, discussion questions, reflections, online assessments, reports, and more.  Alternatively, we have several families who prefer working from the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies for their religious education.  Students who have not participated regularly in religious education are ALWAYS welcome to register and will be placed on a tailored catechesis track to place them back on grade level.
 
Registration for the 2018-19 school year is OPEN.  Registration packets will be at church and online to the right.  There is a HARD DEADLINE of 6/1/2018 for Family Home Study only.  No registrations for home study will be accepted after this date.  FEES APPLY.
 
To see resources for the home study program you are part of THIS school year, please scroll to the appropriate section below.

Faith and Life Online

Families enrolled in this Home Study option should have received an email with login credentials from My Catholic Faith Delivered about a week following your meeting with Father Geoff. If you did not receive this email, please contact Mary Lou ASAP.  The pacing guide to the right should help you stay on track with lessons... All work should be completed by April 30, 2018. That is plenty of time to maintain a steady pace! Remember, we require an average of 80% or higher final grade on transcript in order to receive credit for the year.  

Blessed for Grades 1-3

This @home program for children in grades 1-3 is in the pilot stages during the 2017-18 school year.  It is based on a resource from Dynamic Catholic called Blessed.  If you are participating in this pilot study, the @home work will consist of reading, watching short animated films online, journal reflections, workbook assessments, activities, and prayer practice.  The student and leader guides are available for download on the Dynamic Catholic website or they can be found in the Blessed resource section below.  Assessments and journal reflections are fillable and can be submitted by email to Mary Lou Baker.  Just add your child's name to the pdf file name and send.  Detailed information about this @home study was given to you in your packet.  To access the video portion of this program click Blessed Videos.

Pflaum at Home

This liturgically based program is for youth in grades 1-8 and is the curriculum we use in our classroom program.  If you are working with the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies at home, you now have the option to submit your weekly reviews by email.  Below you will find fillable Weekly Reviews for all pflaum levels.  Please submit work to your consultant:  Denise Jasek (Grades 1-5) or Robin Burbrink (Grades 6-8).  Add your child's name to the pdf file name and send along.

Ministry Contacts

Mary Lou Baker
(513) 777-4322
Ext 120

VIRTUS Child Protection

All adults who work with children on a regular basis need to have a background check and attend the VIRTUS Child Protection Workshop.  Pre-register for a workshop and obtain your background check at VIRTUS Online.  Contact Ruth Trentman in the Parish office to get a Fastrax token to pay for your background check.  

An approval letter must be received by the parish BEFORE volunteer work can begin.  Click the picture above for more information.

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