Mother of Divine Grace School recommends Laura Berquist's syllabi (which contain detailed daily lesson plans) for
Kindergarten through 12th Grade.
Mother of Divine Grace School only sells syllabi directly to enrolled families who receive a discount off of the retail price as part of enrollment. Non-enrolled families can purchase the syllabi from a number of suppliers. These companies know our materials and are dedicated to carrying the syllabi and the books which Mother of Divine Grace School recommends. However, MODG does sell copies of our Concepts & Challenges in Science Books 1, 2, & 3, and Laura Berquist's Overiews (please click here for the order form) and our new Beginning Latin series and our new Fundamentals in Latin series (please click here for the Latin order form). Both enrolled and non-enrolled families can purchase these items from MODG;
Meet Rachel D – Class of 2003
Rachel graduated salutatorian of her class from Ave Maria University in 2008 with a BA in Literature and was awarded the Department of Literature Senior Award. Rachel was a National Merit Scholar and received a full-tuition scholarship to Ave Maria University. She also received a full-tuition scholarship plus stipend to attend Georgetown University and earned a MA in English from Georgetown in 2010 receiving a high pass on her orals. Rachel is currently employed at the Augustine Institute in their Distance Education program and is working on a PhD in English at the University of Denver.
In addition to the syllabi Laura Berquist has compiled some other resources for homeschoolers. The K-12 Rubrics Charts
contain information and tips for grading. These charts provide an overview of the skills to be accomplished in each grade; they
also provide an account of what would constitute A, B & C level work. The Learning Objectives provide the overall goals for
each grade level as well as more detailed, subject-oriented goals which are linked to MODG's Estimated School-wide Learning
Results. The Reasons We Use These Specific Texts contain a list of the primary texts along with Laura's explanation of why
the particular texts were chosen with regard to content and skills. These resources are found in newer versions of the
syllabi, but complete sets for K-12 can also be purchased separately.
Note: Since 2003 the Mother of Divine Grace School syllabi have been listed under their initial or revised
copyright dates, but have had a new "Printed in" date issued each year. This date was designed to distinguish
between syllabi of varying years thereby improving consultant-family dialogue regarding the syllabi. Every syllabus
received a new "Printed in" date each year, regardless of changes, so many syllabi often received a new "Printed in" date even though there had been no changes to the syllabus that year. In order to help families and to better communicate changes in the syllabi, Laura Berquist changed her copyright notation system. Starting with the 2008 syllabi, when Laura issues a new version of a syllabus it will be listed under a new copyright year, for example © 2008. Laura Berquist will only change the copyright date of a syllabus when changes have been made to that syllabus. Thus, the 2008 copyright date may stand for many years as the newest version, as long as no changes have been made to the syllabus. When a new copyright edition of a syllabus becomes available we will note that here on our website and will include a list of any changes, other than typographic changes that have been made since the previous copyright year version. Families will be able to use this list to see what, if any, changes have been made to a syllabus. These changes will be noted here on our website (on the individual syllabus page) so that families can see the scope and extent of the changes. Thus the most recent edition of every syllabus, along with a summary of changes will always be listed on this website.
Note from Laura: The summary of changes (if any) are posted on each syllabus page to help you decide
when and whether you need a new syllabus. We know that many of you already own syllabi. If the changes posted here
are minor, you can continue to use the syllabus you currently have, or purchase an older copyright edition, with no
difficulty. If you like, you can actually update your existing syllabus using the notes posted here. When there is
a major change, such as a change in the primary text recommendation, or substantial time frame recommendations, or
when we make a substantial improvement to the syllabus, such as adding grading charts, or daily quizzes, you might
want to purchase the new syllabus. Please remember that often changes are made in the syllabus because texts we used
have gone out of print. If you have an older syllabus and already own the texts corresponding to that syllabus, there
is no need for you to purchase a new syllabus. When a change is made to a syllabus because the new text is substantially
better, not just because the old text is unavailable, I will let you know here.
Grade School Syllabi & Teacher Planners
Grammar Syllabi & Teacher's Manuals
Science Syllabi & Teacher's Manuals
History, Literature & Government Syllabi
Latin Syllabi & Resources
Hear from Our Families:
“I have found Mother of Divine Grace School to be a support both academically and spiritually. As a distance learning school, Mother of Divine Grace offers a quality Catholic education that rivals the top local private schools. As our children are each unique and have their own optimal learning style, the individualized classical curriculum offered by Mother of Divine Grace School was instrumental in facilitating their academic progress. We took advantage of Mother of Divine Grace’s Teacher Assisted Program and Learning Support Classes. Our children were able to have a teacher objectively evaluate their progress through phone consultations/conferences and written assignments. This accountability required our children to be responsible in meeting deadlines and in some instances, correcting work and sending it back to the teacher. Mastery of the material was the focus.”
homeschooling mother of three, enrolled since 1997