DesMoines, IA Chapter – Catholic Schoolhouse

Grammar I Program


Our Grammar I program welcomes children ages 4-6 with a parent one morning a week to a warm, inviting classroom setting. We meet from 9:00-12:30.   The children will be exposed to the same concepts and skills that Grammar students are learning with an emphasis on the Tour Three (Renaissance through the Modern Era ending with 9/11).   Saints, Geography, Art, and Science, as well as repeated opportunities for your child to participate in show-and-tell to prepare for presentation time that occurs in the Grammar levels.  Parents will have the opportunity for fellowship and support from other parents of young children as they observe their child in class and lend a helping hand when needed.

Children experience cooperative play and music each session.  They will focus on letter recognition through crafts and manipulatives, calendar and weather, and catechism with an emphasis on the liturgical calendar and devotion to Our Lady through the Rosary.

The Grammar I class celebrates All Saints Day with costumes and backyard carnival games.  Grammar I  families also celebrate the feast days of St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, and our annual Mardi Gras pancakes and potluck, along with families enrolled in the Grammar II/III  through Rhetoric classes.

A typical day for you and your child would include:

9:00-9:15  Opening Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, and Hymn

9:15-9:30  Presentations (Show and Tell)

9:30-10:00  Tour  Three Memory Work through song and hand motions

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11  Science and Story Time

11:00-11:30  Supervised Free Play

11:30–12:15 Art

Parent led clean up time

12:25 Angelus with Grammar  and Upper Level students


Grammar I Program Fees

Catholic Schoolhouse Registration Fee: $90.00 (per family)   *$70.00 (per family) early bird
Student Fee: $250.00 (per child)
Supply Fee: $85.00 (per child)
Facility Fee: TBD (per family)  based on number of families to offset rental fees 

We will meet for 24 weeks throughout the 2019-2020 academic year with a break every four weeks.    We will begin August 28, 2019.  Our Winter Break is scheduled December 5,  2019 – January 7, 2020. Our last class is April 08, 2020.  We will have a Share Fair and year end celebration on Friday, April 24, 2020.

Catholic Schoolhouse is loyal to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church and has received the nihil obstat and imprimatur for all three Tours of our curriculum.