A program of unit studies that provide a background of Canadian Catholic history and social studies to help us become acquainted with the saintly men and women who worked tirelessly to develop this country and its culture.
Each study will have four components: Canadian (however some resources are not Canadian for universal themes): OR Catholic (teaching of our faith) OR Culture (music, art, literature) OR Life (pro-life.) Due to the lack of Canadian resources for each theme, we will do our best to supplement.
These studies can be used for individuals, families or home school groups. Each theme has different levels of study involved, so all the members of your family or home school group can learn at the same time!
There are many “threads” woven into this program. They include:
basic units of our society- family, parish/town, diocese/province, universal church/country and their hierarchies
Our Lady’s titles and approved apparitions- Mother of God, Knock, Fatima, Lourdes, Guadalupe, Good Success, Miraculous Medal, Salette
Devotions and their history- Rosary, Brown Scapular, First Saturdays, Divine Mercy Chaplet, First Fridays
Canadian Pilgrimage Sites and their history
Justice and Mercy- how we can live out our faith through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy in today’s society
Saintly Canadians- St. Andre Bessette, Vanier and Leger families, Canadian Martyrs, Joseph Chiwatenhwa, St. Kateri Tekakawitha and others who helped shape Canadian history
Canadian missions- each one has been started by an individual or couple here in Canada
Vocation awareness- learn about the different types of orders and movements in the Church and their famous saints
Sacraments-each unit will delve into a sacrament- for those preparing for First Communion, Penance or Confirmation, it is best to check with your parish about its requirements.
in upcoming units 5-8, learn about aboriginal history, exploration, and the history and evangelization of Canada according to the different age levels.
traditions within the Church and Canada but also in your family- see how the practice of these traditions help shape and strengthen the faith
Canadian artists such as William Kurelek and Michael O’Brien
Beatitudes-learn to live the Sermon on the Mount
You may decide to use only one or two of the “threads” as part of your religious studies or social studies. Or you may decide to use the unit as a springboard to more in-depth research on any topic. There is no limit to what can be learned!
Lesson Plans Book contains:
Lessons for four levels- Primary (K-3), Elementary (3-6), Middle School (7-8), and High School (9 & up). As much as possible, the different levels cover the same them as their own level of ability. Some can be combined. Use whatever levels are appropriate for your children.
Each week is divided into Culture Studies and Social Studies. These two avenues can be done consecutively or concurrently as your homeschooling schedule allows.
As the social studies often require standards according to the province, we recommend that you look at our website www.bluemantle.ca These Canadian textbooks are primarily from secular companies, but hopefully they will meet your province’s standards. If you find anything that is not suitable, please let me know.
Included in the high school level of social studies are study programs from www.formed.org If you have a parish that has a subscription or your homeschooling group can get one together, this website is highly recommended for its study programs, movies, books and audio.
Music and Art Education
For music, we recommend that you visit the Canadian website- http://www.adventus.com/musiq-homeschool/ for their home school products. Because they have many online benefits, it is better for you to buy from them directly. The advantages of learning to play the piano extend to all avenues of learning as it develops the brain. Your child will learn about composers as he or she plays their music, thus developing music appreciation.