While our curriculum is made available online, we make sure that all of our curriculum materials are printable and easy to study offline. In fact, our own children spend most of their time studying from printed copies of Academy lessons kept in 3-ring binders at their desks.
What You’ll Need
- A 1″ three-ring binder for each student.
- A computer printer.
- A three-hole puncher.
- A filing cabinet or box (optional).
Prepare a Student Binder
- Provide each student with a 1″ three-ring binder.
- In the binder create five sections with dividers–one for each of the five subject areas: Trivium, Quadrivium, Philosophy, Theology and Humanities.
- Print the student’s current lesson for each course being studied and place the printed copy in the appropriate section of the binder.
Please note that the student binder is not to be allowed to become a project of its own. It is simply a means of keeping printed copies of student lessons avai;able for study. Keep it simple.
File Completed Lessons (Optional)
- Using a file cabinet or box, create folders for each course being studied.
- When a student completes a lesson, remove it from his binder and move it to the storage folder.
- Keep these printed lessons for review or for use with other students.
The reason that filing completed lessons is optional is because the lessons can always be printed from the Academy website anytime they are needed. Some parents, however, like to have printed copies on hand for easy offline access.
- Open a student’s current lesson. From the curriculum menu, select a subject area, then open the desired course and current lesson.
- Select the “Print this Lesson” button at the bottom of the lesson page.
- Remove any sections of the lesson you do not wish to print. These would normally include repetitive instructions, links to assessments, videos, images, etc.
- Print the lesson.
- Punch holes in the lesson pages and insert into binder.
Submitting Assignments for Grading
If students are working from printed lessons and completing assignments by hand, written work can easily be scanned and submitted for review. A computer scanner can be used to scan papers and save them onto a USB disk, from which they can be attached to an email and submitted for grading. If a smartphone is available, parents can use the Adobe Scan app to scan student papers and attach them to emails for grading.
Important: Student work should be submitted as PDF files, not as images.
When to Use the Computer
If lessons are printed and kept in binders, students can do most of their work offline, at their desks. The use of computers can be limited to watching lesson videos (when necessary) and submitting lesson quizzes, which are helpful for students. Computer use can also be used for live chats when help is needed. Other than that, there’s no need for students to be online or using computers.
I hope this is a helpful guide for parents hoping to minimize time children spend online while still seeking a classical Catholic education that is accessed through the Academy website. If you have any questions about this or any related, practical issues, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
God bless your studies,
William C. Michael, Headmaster
Classical Liberal Arts Academy
Mr. William C. Michael is the founding headmaster of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. He graduated from Rutgers University with an honors degree in Classics & Ancient History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the National Association of Scholars. Mr. Michael has worked in private education as a Classics teacher and administrator for over 20 years. He is a Roman Catholic homeschooling father of ten children, and keeper of a quiet family farm in North Carolina. Mr. Michael enjoys studying ancient natural philosophy, gardening, and running.