DIRECTED STUDY 2016-2017
Explanation of Program
Directed Study is a program for parents that would like to home school their children along with partial class instruction. It is an intergenerational class with grades 1 – 8 meeting in the same space. The class meets SEVEN times over the course of the year. Parent and child come to the classes in Holy Family Chapel.
Starting at the October class, at least three homework assignments will be handed in each class. Due to the small number of classes, if a class is missed, a make-up assignment is required (see below).
As with all of our programs, this option meets all the requirements for sacraments.
And as with all of our programs, the Registration Fee/Cost is the same.
The classes will be led by Anna Mae Parkhill, Director of Catechesis
Beginning in October, each child is expected to hand in a minimum of 3 assignments per class – 8th Grade is the exception, see below for more information.
Always available for download and always provided at each class will be an Assignment Cover Sheet (ACS). Parents fill this out each month so that we have a record of your instruction.
The following is the required HOMEWORK from ALL Directed Study students:
For EACH CHAPTER – Complete:
- ALL pages, in the chapter, with ANY Activity on them
- The Chapter Review
- Faith In Action page(s)
Attach to the Assignment Cover Sheet (ACS)
Please check your child’s work before handing it in assure that they completed the chapter work to the best of their abilities.
The Series used is Blest Are We by RCL Benziger. It has its own website www.blestarewe.com with online quizzes, activity ideas, etc.
Any child that is registered in the Directed Study program and is in 2nd Grade or 8th Grade for Catechesis will be participating in all aspects of making Reconciliation/Communion and Confirmation respectively.
Please go to our website and keep checking under Reconciliation or Communion for important information regarding meetings/dates/etc. Emails will also be blasted regarding these events.
Grade 8 Please read carefully for requirements for Confirmation
Please go to our website and keep checking under Confirmation for important information regarding meetings/dates/etc. Emails will also be blasted regarding these events.
In order to participate in Confirmation, eighth graders MUST have the following completed:
Seventeen (17) Chapters of work handed in (see above “required Homework” for detailed explanation) by the February class.
Saint Paper is due by November class. Eighth graders are required to complete a Saint Research Form and complete a Saint Paper using the research form. Please see link on the Directed Study page.
ALL Service completed by December class.
8th graders do not come to class after Confirmation so they need to complete all assignments by their last class. The best way to achieve on-time completion of their 8th grade work is to do the following:
October – 4 chapters
November – 3 chapters & Saint Paper
December – 4 chapters (Service is all due this month!)
January – 4 chapters
February – 2 chapters
As with all the 8th graders, they will have their Confirmation interviews in the Upper Grade Center prior to making their Confirmation – the date will be noted at the Confirmation Parent meeting as well as on the Class Dates Schedule for Directed Study.
Multiple Children In The Family
Your children should hand in individual work, even if you work as a family. You may also join with another family and team-teach the children. However, again, each child in the group must turn in his/her own work.
6th, 7th & 8th graders in all programs are required to perform service. Please see the Service link for more information. Service forms are usually available at each class and you can download them from the Service link. You may hand them in, along with your homework, at any class.
Attendance & Absences
Attendance is taken at each class.
Homework and Service Forms are handed in at each class.
Because the classes meet so few times of the year, attendance is very important. If you cannot make your scheduled class, we ask, if possible to attend another D.S. class that month. However, if your child does miss a class, there is mandatory make-up assignment.
MAKE-UP ASSIGNMENT REQUIREMENTS:
If you missed a class, you must make-up it up by completing this assignment.
This is a 3 page reflection using 3 Make-Up Assignment Sheets.
The Make-Up Assignment should be handed in at the next class after the absence (along with the homework from the missed class plus the homework for the current class).
The make-up assignment is a reflection on all three (3) Sunday Readings from the week of the missed class. The Sunday readings are the First Reading, the Second Reading and the Gospel.
Make-up Assignment Sheets are available to download from our Directed Study page and are usually available at each class.
The easiest site to use to find the Sunday Readings is the US Catholic Bishops.
Go to www.usccb.org
On the right side of the screen is a calendar titled Daily Readings.
Click on the Sunday mass corresponding to the missed week of class.
If you would prefer to use your own Bible please make sure it is a Catholic New American Bible (NAB). We would also be happy to recommend a Bible if you would like.
After you and your child(ren) have read and discussed the readings, please do the following:
For each reading, use a Make-up Assignment Form reflecting on the following:
- Description – What happened? This is the who, what, where…
- Feelings – How did this reading make you feel? Was it sad, hopeful or something else, why?
- God Is In Everything – Did this bring up images of God, Jesus? Did any of the commandments apply to this reading? Which one? Does this reading show God’s grace, justice, power or something else?
- Reflecting – Can I think of something here and now that is like this reading? Has it made me think differently? Which reading did you get the most out of and why?
- Questions – Did this bring up any questions answered, unanswered, unanswerable?
When complete this make-up assignment should consist of three pages of reflections.
Directed Study Completed Homework – Please call Catechesis Office