-- take the lead in teaching your child --
The first online authentically-Catholic curriculum program
for elementary school students showing you exactly how to
With strong, clear, faith-based learning, to
get all the content, directions, and support that you need
to homeschool your child well -- with nothing missing.
What is Initio Academy?
Initio Academy is a curriculum provider and guide for your homeschooling
that includes a 100-percent-complete, year-long grade-level curriculum
for you and your child -- a full school year with 30 weeks of classical, hands-on,
faith-focused learning. We're so thrilled to open our inaugural year of Kindergarten
to you and your family -- providing you with all that you need, start to finish, to
teach your child Religion and Active Faith, Mathematics, Reading, and Writing.
Grade levels for Initio Academy will be introduced one by one, beginning with
the lower grades. We're excited about this new program and its ability to help you
give your children a strong, faith-based education -- and we look forward to
working together with you!
How does it work?
The content for all four subjects is held on Moodle, our online learning
management system, in an easy-to-follow format. It's the same system
used for Homeschool Connections' middle and high school courses -- yet
the "look and feel" of Initio Academy's elements is even more user-friendly,
in a simple, direct, and easy to follow layout.
When you sign up, you'll have access to all four subject areas'
how-to videos, hands-on activities, and specific directions for each week. If
there are readings, we'll provide the content and let you know where to find
what you need.
And here's the wonderful difference between Initio
and any other program...
Every week, you get special "For Parents" short videos
for each and every subject --
with coaching, guidance, and simple ideas on how to
instruct and help your child understand every concept --
showing exactly what to do, to teach your child well.
So if you want a system of learning that's l
ike having a private coach to
help guide you and your child through the school year,
you can get it here.
Because no other Catholic program, online or "live,"
gives you that kind of 100% guidance.
It's not just pages and written directions.
You get visual how-to guidance through short, 3-5 minutes videos designed just
for you, the parent, each and every week. You don't know the concept? No worries.
Through the video, you'll find out exactly what you need to know. You don't know
how to get the ideas across? Again, no worries -- you'll get step-by-step instructions,
where we show you, on video, exactly what to do.
It's not kids sitting in front of a video -- far from it!
You are the teacher, and we support your teaching by giving you exactly what you need to
feel competent and know that you're teaching well. You'll find "concept videos" to watch together
with your child -- short videos that introduce an idea -- and then you and your child are free
to explore, practice, and play with the ideas in an open, gently-classical approach.
It's not just workbooks and pages.
In fact, Initio's curriculum is all about experiencing and using the classically-based learning ideas
in a gentle, family-centered way -- to help your child enjoy learning -- and create a love of
learning as a whole, enjoyment of the family, and admiration of God's creation around us.
"So tell me more about the content..."
Initio Academy's educationally-sound learning goals, objectives, written content, and activities are carefully designed through our
11 Guiding Principles for Optimum Learning for Young Children...
1. Immersion, for Natural Learning
Learning in Real Life
Especially for young children, learning takes place every day, in all situations. Children naturally learn through integrating tangible, practical family life into the materials and activities of exploring, experiencing, and interacting. Here at Initio, you’ll find activities in real life—in an approach that applies to real life.
That means learning is part of everyday life.
2. Parent Elements for Parent-Led Teaching
Taught by You, the Parent
Our goal is to equip you to be the primary teacher of your child. You won’t find your child sitting in front of a screen for hours watching videos, and you won’t hand over the learning to someone else. What you will find is short, two- and three-minute how-to videos made especially for you with direct guidelines and open ideas on how to teach a concept and activity. Gifted by God and uniquely understanding your child’s gifts, bents, and challenges, we provide instruction on video and in materials – so that you know exactly what to do, to help your child learn to the best of his or her ability.
That means you get more than papers and books.
3. Exclusive, Unique, and One-of-a-Kind Curriculum
Created by Experts, Just for You
Our curriculum isn’t a mish-mash of page-by-page workbooks by others who don’t share your same values. Initio’s materials are unique, designed and created just for your family. The pieces of learning are made in one program, so they perfectly fit together in a linear and easy-to-follow way, so your child enjoys learning – and you don’t break the bank on buying books with extra costs.
That means every part of the learning is made to fit together.
4. Research Based
Raising Standards from Across the World
All learning design, materials, and content are on par and beyond national and world standards – created with an international query and designed with a specific blend of the best of what’s available not just across the nation but also across the world today.
That means we've done the work for you, to know what to teach.
5. Classically Formed
A Gentle Approach, Yet a Strong Classical Education
We present learning in a "gently classical approach." Each course gently leads your child in activity-based learning with classical content – combined with pacing and design that gives your child the freedom to interact and enjoy learning with you, while getting a strong foundation in a classical education.
That means your child is classically educated in a way that is easy to do.
6. Mastery-Learning Focused
Learning in Small, Accomplishable Steps
God created young children’s minds to able to absorb, memorize, and retain information through a natural curiosity and love for God’s creation. Initio breaks that learning down into simple, accomplishable steps, so that your child can always move forward, without hesitancy or struggle – because the goal is to master each concept before moving forward.
That means your child masters learning step by step, with no frustration and tears.
Interacting and Learning by Doing, with the Senses
We all learn in different modalities – taking in information through our eyes, our ears, and our hands. And we all remember the most when interacting with our learning through manipulating objects, moving our bodies, using our voices, and interacting with others. Instead of learning with worksheets, Initio lets your child explore a new concept with all of the senses, in real-time, so that he or she fully understands the concept.
That means your child will enjoy learning, remember what was taught, and want to learn more.
8. No Overwhelm
Letting your Child be a Child
Initio believes that children learn best when the activities and experiences of learning are age-appropriate, developmentally sound, and naturally presented. Too many programs today expect young children to move quickly to upper-level concepts without laying a strong foundation in younger years. Our promise to you is to let your child enjoy learning while being challenged to grow and become all God intends him or her to be.
That means you're not pushing your child -- you're letting your child learn easily, bit by bit -- for complete understanding before moving forward.
9. Phonemic-Based Reading
Building Understanding and Learning to Read with Phonemes
Phonemes are pieces of sound. Our children learn English first through hearing sounds, then through speaking sounds, and then matching sounds to letters. Research shows that if your child learns to hear and decode phonemes, he or she can learn to read beyond phonics. Initio partners with True North Reading, a hands-on, research-based, phonemically based program of reading with over 20 years of success teaching children to read.
That means your child learns to master reading and spelling, to read fast and smothly, with 100% comprehension.
10. Delight-Based Learning
Loving to Learn
We help you create life-long learners who love to learn – succeeding in both academics and life. Learning shouldn’t be boring. Through fun activities, family time, and living the faith-based values of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, and self-control within learning, you will get activities and ideas to guide your child in the delight-based attitude and actions of learning.
That means learning isn't boring, and you're not sitting in front of a long video; you're exploring and enjoying learning together, away from the screen.
11. Faith Focused
Built on the Rock of Faith and the Church
Our Catholic faith is the foundation for all that we do. Initio is founded in, related to, guided from, and taught within the Bible and Church’s teachings to “put on the whole armor of God” (Eph. 6:11), be “lights unto the world” (Mat. 5:14-16), live in grace (Eph. 4:32), renew our minds (Rom. 12:2), and live our faith (James 1:22 and 2:14). We are here to glorify God in all we do, and Initio supports you, helping your child become a strong follower of Jesus Christ who is active in the Church and in the world.
That means you can have the peace of mind that God is at the center of learning.
You can download and save the full 11 Guiding Principles for Optimum Learning document here:
You can sign up your child for Kindergarten here:
What grade level is open for students, right now?
Enrollment for the Premier Group is open now for Kindergarten, with classes
available September 6th for the 2016-17 school year.
When will other grade levels be available?
Our goal is to create two grade levels per year -- so you can get all the help
you need, for each and every one of your elementary school-aged children.
Can I sample the program and see how it works?
Absolutely! You can check out the sample by the end of this week. A link
will be sent to you when you sign up at this button for information:
[information button placed here September 3]
What is the cost?
That's the best news yet! For this first "Beta Year," you'll
get the full year of Kindergarten for only $149!
(That's a substantial discount from next year's planned price.)
And included in the program, you get access to the entire 5-level
True North Reading program -- a value of $298 for the year, alone!
(Some would say you can't go wrong with that kind of price!)
For this steep discounted price, all we ask is that you help give feedback,
to make Initio Academy even better for your future.
Can you tell me more about what's taught in each subject?
Religion & Faith: [posted August 30]
Mathematics: [posted August 30]
Reading: Kindergarten Reading: What Your Child Will Learn
Writing: [posted August 30]
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