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Posted: March 27 2009 at 10:23pm | IP Logged Quote KackyK

After examining more of the Didache series, it looks great. I had planned on just following the Kolbe religion plans (my oldest, dd, will be in the 9th grade next year). However now I'm thinking some more about it.

I wonder if anyone could say anything about how Kolbe covers religion in the high school grades? Is it thorough? History and apologetics? Heavy on one thing and not another?

I've seen the Kolbe elementary religion plans, very basic and not interesting, I've added A LOT to it.



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Posted: March 27 2009 at 10:57pm | IP Logged Quote Willa

I love the Kolbe religion plans, at least when we used them a few years back. They use the Father Laux series for the doctrinal component -- pre-Vatican with some outdated information, so Kolbe correlates it with the CCC, but very clear Thomistic presentation.

For the other component of the Theology course the students read religious classics correlated with the historical/literature time period -- for example, Imitation of Christ in the middle ages, Spiritual Exercises in the Renaissance, etc.

As always, with our family, we didn't use the syllabus exactly as written but I did very much admire the way the course was set up.

I have heard great things about Didache too, but expensive and we already have things that work for us so I haven't bought any of them.

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Posted: March 28 2009 at 9:46am | IP Logged Quote StephanieA

We have used the 9th grade religion with my 10th grade son this year. It is going well, well enough that at Christmas I purchased the 10th grade syllabus. Laux is a bit dry like people have mentioned, but it is still a great syllabus. We supplement with living books: saint's bios, books from Ignatius Press, Sophia Press, etc. that breath life into any religion program. I have seen Didache and have the last book, but overall I like Kolbe's high school plans. We ordered 8th grade, but never used the religion syllabus.
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KackyK wrote:
I wonder if anyone could say anything about how Kolbe covers religion in the high school grades? Is it thorough? History and apologetics? Heavy on one thing and not another?


I think it is VERY thorough and absolutely includes history and apologetics.

It seems pretty balanced as far as my reding of it. Other than the 2 books used, it references LOTS of church documents for deeper study and understanding. The focus isn't just study, but it's also intended to be a bit of a devotional as well.

We're actually very excited about doing it next year.

I've only done Seton up to now as a suppliment to the good and simple Balt. Cat. I'm happy with dong that, but now that the kids are older, we're ready for some really deep waters.   

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