Rationale for Curricular Choices

At Fiat Mihi we use a variety of publishers to fill our classrooms with excellent materials that are rich in content. We believe that Nothing is Jesus but Jesus. In this context, that means that we haven’t tried to define a one best curriculum or one best methodology.

To avoid attaching ourselves to proving we have the best educational philosophy, or aligning ourselves with a pre-existing culture beyond that of the Church, we choose to blend many good things in one excellent program. We won’t let the best be the enemy of the good. We can’t promise that using Mammoth Math over Singapore Math will get your student into Harvard or heaven!

We can promise to live up to our values and beliefs by directing your student toward a love of learning while igniting a passion for Christ through the joy of discovery.

We choose high quality materials and put them in the hands of excellent teachers. Most importantly, we value the students as unique individuals created in the image and likeness of God.

Fiat Mihi uses the Core Knowledge Sequence as the checks and balances to our Scope and Sequence. You may know this from the What your First Grader Needs to Know books.

We also consult a variety of other Catholic Sequences to be sure we are knowledgable in the full spectrum of Catholic perspectives and approaches. In this manner, we can be attentive to the larger American culture (Core Knowledge) while immersing our students in the fullness of our Catholic culture.

Having a Scope and Sequence ensures that you know what we are teaching from year to year and ensures that you can hold us accountable to a foundation of content knowledge as well as acquired skills to be developed in each student.

Each publisher defines a scope and sequence in keeping with their own philosophy of learning. Different educational models such as Montessori, Waldorf, Charlotte Mason, and Classical in its many different iterations each hold unique views about the child as a learner. Each has a piece of wisdom to offer much as the different spiritualities within the church, varying and good, each hold their own unique gems.

International Baccalaureate, Seaton, Mother of Divine Grace, Mater Amabilis, Peace Hill Press, Memoria Press, St Jerome’s and Catholic Heritage Curricula all define what a student should know when, and why. They all have strong rationales and supporting arguments.

Here at Fiat Mihi we strive to take a wholistic view of the child. We are defining an approach that invites Montessori and Steiner to play with Socrates while incorporating modern research into neuroplasticity and emotional intelligence.

In this way, we can introduce an educational model whose primary goal is deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ through the fullness of the Catholic faith. So many good curriculum maps and approaches exist that can blend freely to honor our view of the child and the purpose of education with heaven, not Harvard, as the end goal.

As educators, through our authority and with our content, we communicate something to each child about how God sees them. They experience us as examples of God and therefore how we treat them, admonish, encourage and educate them should reflect in every way possible the profound love of God. Everything we do should communicate to the student that Gospel message. With this incredible responsibility before us, we seek to invite each student to know, love, and serve God with their whole body, mind, and spirit.

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