When we include Catholic culture in our teaching philosophy and objectives on a daily basis, our students begin to integrate them into the personal code of ethics they will take out into the world.The schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford foster a culture of educational excellence through critical thinking skills, innovative and rigorous curriculum standards, a global perspective, and an emphasis on moral education, community, and service.
In an earlier blog, “Catholic Culture Across the Curriculum,” we cited some of the specific objectives that span across our curriculum, from Pre-K to Grade 12. Now, to help you better understand exactly how the integration of Catholic culture benefits our young learners, we’re examining each level a little closer.
Early Childhood: A warm, caring environment is created to foster self-esteem and a positive attitude toward learning that will prepare our children for their social and academic futures.
Math: A strong mathematical program will teach a child much more than just adding and subtracting. Math class allows students to develop problem solving skills, such as thinking logically and reaching conclusions — skills that are essential when it comes to making moral decisions as well as when completing even the most basic daily tasks.
Fine Arts: The creative process allows for personal expression, growth in self-esteem, and a chance to master skills. Students can also expand their knowledge about their own culture, as well as others, through creative works, which include drama, dance, literature, and art.
Science Health and Wellness: When students have a basic knowledge of science and the scientific process, they are more able to dissect real-life problems, analyze them, and develop appropriate and morally responsible solutions. An understanding of process will also be greatly beneficial in a professional environment.
World Languages: Students will learn additional languages, which is especially important in our multilingual society. These classes will also teach students about other countries and their cultures.
English Language Arts (ELA): ELA helps students develop effective written and oral communication skills, which will allow them to interact with people on both personal and professional levels. The class will also introduce students to multicultural literature that will show them that people are very similar no matter which country they live in.
Social Studies: Students will become aware of how cultural beliefs and values affect the way they and others think and behave, ultimately allowing them to communicate, interact, and work effectively with different types of people.
Technology: Students have access to up-to-date digital media across the curriculum. Lessons on every level focus on the responsibility required to meet the unique ethical challenges that our students will encounter in a digital society.
To learn more about how our curriculum combines academics and character values that will prepare our children to face the intellectual and moral challenges they’ll face in life, including the specific standards and tasks for each grade, visit the Curriculum Standards page on the Office of Catholic Schools website, and click on the individual subjects on the right-hand side of the screen.
How has our faith-infused curriculum been of benefit to your child? Let us know by leaving a comment below to explain your personal experiences with faith-based curriculums.