New! No-fee Payment Plans Available

Many parents don’t like the idea of subscribing for access to our online courses, but would like to purchase courses for unlimited, self-paced use. To do this costs $125, which can be an obstacle for parents interested in purchasing a number of courses for a number of students. After discussing the situation with such a parent, I have made it possible for parents to purchase CLAA courses using a monthly payment plan that will save them from any credit card fees or worries about debt. We now offer parents the option of purchasing courses with 3-month, 6-month and 10-month payment … Read more.

Improving Assessment in 2021-2022

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Dear parents, Technology has advanced so rapidly over the last 15 years, that we’re still learning what’s possible and how things can be done most effectively in education. One of the greatest challenges for online learning has been assessment. In 2021-2022, I would like to give homeschooling parents more authority over matters of assessment so that progress can be increased and “friction” can be eliminated as much as possible. Understanding the Context of School Assessment For the past 170 years, modern grade-level schooling has been the norm and it’s hard for us to think outside of that box. Our ideas … Read more.

Michael Family Vacation – August 16-20

Dear friends, My family will be taking our annual summer vacation the week of August 16-20, 2021. I will be accessible by phone and email the entire time, as we visit with Dania’s family down the shore. I won’t, however, be publishing any new video content or doing other work that requires me being in the office at my desk. When we return from vacation, I intend to dig in for the new school year and resume the daily grind. Therefore, if you need my help to make preparations for the fall, I recommend that you get in touch with … Read more.

Classical Catholic Education: Everything Parents Need to Know

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Classical Catholic education has been misrepresented by individuals who have sought to make money off of the current educational crisis without doing the research necessary to know and teach what is true.  These people include authors like Dorothy Sayers, Doug Wilson, Martin Corthan, Laura Berquist and many others.    In this article, Mr. William C. Michael explains the history and principles of true classical Catholic education, and provides proof that allows parents to see the errors of other school programs and move forward confidently in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. Introduction As we begin our study of the classical liberal … Read more.

The Importance of the Parent-Tutor Relationship in Homeschooling

To arrange tutoring with Mr. William C. Michael, see the Academy Tutoring page. The text below has been transcribed digitally and will be edited for reading in the future. This morning, I had a chat with a mother homeschooling mother planning to roll some children in the classical Liberal Arts Academy, and we had a good talk about the relationship that should exist between parents, and a tutor. And when I say tutor here, I mean it in the sense of a classical school master. And in our unique circumstance today, because of the Internet, and how we can communicate … Read more.

New Petty School Courses for Little Ones

Classical Catholic Homeschool Petty School

Enrollment is now open for the Classical Liberal Arts Academy’s new Petty School courses. Our children receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion around age 7 because that is understood to be the dawn of the “age of Reason”. It is easy to understand, then, that formal studies would begin after this point in their lives. For the period before formal studies begin, the Petty School provides young children with helpful lessons to prepare them for classical studies. These lessons are video-based and simple, and introduce children to the concepts they will study in the Classical Liberal Arts … Read more.

Novena for Impossible Requests

As I always teach in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, Catholic parenting and homeschooling is work that exceeds human strength. Grace is not transmitted like genetics from parent to child and parents have to patiently endure many trials, in love. One popular devotion Catholics can make use of is the “Novena for Impossible for Requests“. This is no easy devotion, but is one worth pursuing for those who feel that their needs are extraordinary, if not impossible. This devotion is to be offered daily for none months. Watch Online How to Pray the Novena Novena for Impossible Requests – First … Read more.

Let’s Go Learn – A Helpful Resource for Catholic Homeschool Parents

Let’s Go Learn is an online program that provides homeschool parents with a tool to diagnose and remedy grade level weaknesses in modern K-12 Mathematics and Reading concepts. This is William C. Michael, the headmaster of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, and Let’s Go Learn is a program that was recently brought to my attention. I’d like to go over what this program has to offer and help parents consider whether it’s something that they might be interested in making use of. What is Let’s Go Learn? Just to get started, the website address for Let’s Go Learn is: https://letsgolearn.com. … Read more.

Anglican Chant – Psalm 75

It is unfortunate that no English culture has developed in the Roman Catholic Church. This has led to a false dilemma, about which Catholics fight–one side contenting themselves with nothing and the other ridiculously arguing that the Church should re-install Latin language and culture. Thankfully, the Church has approved of the use of the Anglican Book of Prayer and King James Bible through Pope Benedict’s creation of the Anglican Ordinariate, and beautiful English culture has been made available to Catholics. In these posts, I plan to introduce families to a tradition I have always enjoyed, that of Anglican Chant. Psalm … Read more.

Classical Catholic Education and Career Preparation

This talk was automatically transcribed and will be edited in the future. Today is Tuesday, July 13 and yesterday, I published a silly little illustration, short video on YouTube where I explained or illustrated how classical Catholic education relates to modern college admission. And a parent who enjoyed that video, wrote to me and asked me if I would do a talk on how classical Catholic education relates to modern career preparation or vocational preparation. And I’m happy to do so. So in this talk, what I’d like to talk about is, how does classical Catholic education, studying the classical … Read more.