Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 2: Week 20

Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 2: Week 20

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Memory Work Idea

Play Memory Memory Work.  No, I didn’t stutter. Take your list of memory work sentences and split each sentence into two parts (part A and part B) and write each part on a different notecard.  You could label them if needed.  For example, on one card you write “Alphabetical order means organizing words” and on another card, you write “in the same sequence as the letters of the alphabet.”  Then flip all the cards with the sentences face down on the table and play the game ‘memory’ style.  Flip two cards, if they form a completed memory work sentence then you get to keep them, if not flip them back over.  Take turns until all the memory work sentences are completed!


Keep working on your Saint Dominic Fun pack!

Saint Dominic Fun Pack


  • Is it warm enough for sidewalk chalk yet?  Go outside and draw a hopscotch with the days of the week written in the squares.  Then recite the song/days of the week as you hopscotch!
  • Calendars are everywhere in our world.  We have several in our house, and we see them hung in doctors offices, stores and friends houses.  Every time you see a calendar, quiz your students and see if they can say all the days of the week in order!

Language Arts

  • Alphabetical Order can be a useful tool in organization.  We recently organized our spices into alphabetical order, and since doing so every time I use my now organized spice shelf I think to myself “WOW, why did I wait 6 years to do this?”  Find something for your kids to alphabetize.  It could be books on the bookshelf, spices, pantry items, condiments in your fridge door… what else can you think of to organize in your home?
  • If you meet in a program, have your kids alphabetize themselves.  See how fast they can put themselves in alphabetical order (either on paper or in real life- like forming a line to go to the lunch room).


  • The St. Louis, Missouri Cathedral is home to the largest collection of mosaics in the world. This 4 minute video shows views from all over the interior of the cathedral, many of them of the mosaics.
  • I also found an interesting 60 minute documentary on the Building Gothic Cathedrals, by NOVA. I found it pretty interesting, and you get to see a lot of views of Cathedrals.



  • Take a look at a Cyrillic Alphabet Print a copy and let your students write their own names using the different symbols.
  • Here’s a coloring page of Saint Cyril and Methodius to go with your lesson on the Cyrillic Alphabet.
  • Pull out your play ‘doctor kit’s’ this week when you teach about Medival Hospitals.  The Catholic Church started the first hospitals as part of their diocese.  When you play doctor, make sure you have some holy men and women caring for their sick dolls, animals or toys.
  • The medival period is known for it’s castles.  Learn about castles by borrowing Castle (DK Eyewitness Books) from your library or getting a copy from Amazon. (this is an affiliate link).
  • If you have any cool Lego castles or Castle toys- this is the week to pull them out and play with them!  Make sure you add on some hospital sections 🙂
  • In case you have no castles at home, I made a printable castle.  It’s actually pretty easy to construct.  First print the printable (either in B&W so your students can color it, or print the color version):

Paper Castle

  • Cut out around each wall and turret piece.
  • Roll the turrets into cylinders and secure with a few pieces of tape.
turret 1
  • Cut on the dark black lines on the turret pieces.
  • Tape your four walls together to form a square from the top.
square walls
  • Slide the turrets over the corners of your wall-square.
insert turret
  • Ta-da! Paper castle, perfect for army men, peg dolls, doll house dolls etc.
finished castle
  • See if your library has this one, or get yourself a copy on Amazon: Leif the Lucky. (This is an affiliate link) I love the illustrations, but even better than those is the story! Your students will enjoy hearing about Leif The Lucky’s adventures in this picture book!



  • This week’s science is the explanation of LENSES for glasses, cameras, telescopes and magnifying glasses. Take a close look at each of these every day lenses and talk about how they improve our lives, or help us understand the world around us.  If you have a microscope at home, that’s another great example!
  • Often we teach about reflecting light at the same time as we teach about bending light.  Talk about mirrors this week, and how they reflect light. Have some fun with a small LED flashlight in a dark room.  Shine the flashlight on the mirror and see where on the wall it reflects. Try it from several different angles!
  • Here are several free live worksheets and printable activity sheets to help you teach lenses and mirrors this week!
  • Check out this cool laser light game, perfect for using your brain to figure out how to bend the light to complete the challenge!

Did you miss Tour 2 Week 19? Check it out.

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