Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 2: Week 22

Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 2: Week 22

Don’t forget those important parent-teacher conferences.


Memory Work Idea

Play duck, duck, goose- memory work style.  Instead of calling duck, duck, duck, etc as you walk around the circle, recite a memory work sentence.  When you get to the end of the memory work, the last person you touch is it (or the goose) they have to chase around the circle and try to catch the memory work reciter.  If they do, then that person has to try again and recite a different memory work, if not caught then the goose becomes the one who recites and walks around the circle.


Get started on your Saint Joan of Arc Fun Pack this week!

Saint Joan of Arc Fun Pack

  • The religion focus this week is on Holy Orders.  See if you can plan to interview a Deacon or priest this week.  Plan it like a real interview.  Have your students write down the questions they have ahead of time and plan how long they want to talk, and what they hope to learn.  Have them take notes during the interview and write a summary of what they learned.
  • There is a real need for more priests in our country.  This would be a great week to broach this topic if you have ever looked for an excuse to do so.  Talk about what it means to be a priests, how long they go to seminary, and ask your students to think about what God’s will is for their lives (if they’re old enough for this kind of talk).  Then take some time this week to pray for your deacons, priests, bishop and the Holy Father.
  • I have a handwriting and coloring page of Holy Orders over at Drawn2BCreative.


  • The math this week focuses on the number of days in each month.  Pull down your wall calendar just to show your students the number of days in each month.  Did you know that 2024 is a leap year?  You can do a little review this week and talk about how the Earth orbits the sun in 365.25 days.  Instead of having a quarter of a day added each year (I don’t even know how that would work) we have leap years.  One extra day in the year, once every 4 years makes up for losing 1/4 of a year for the previous 3 years.
  • Check out these cute free printable bingo boards for the months.  It could be fun to play bingo this week as you talk about how many days each month has.
  • Learn more about the Fibonacci sequence at Math is Fun, and take the quiz at the end.
  • The Mensa for Kids website has a great lesson plan on the Fibonacci sequence, including finding it in nature and creating your own spiral using Fibonacci numbers.

Language Arts

  • Check out the post from Tour 1 Week 22.  There are plenty of good ideas for learning about metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, and alliteration.
  • Then one more book to add to that list is Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (Brown Bear and Friends) for all the onomatopoeia you can stand.  You probably have it at the library, but it’s a fun book to read to babies too, so adding the board book to your collection won’t leave you disappointed.


  •  You can still be using the Music Notebooking Page as you learn about the Fugelhorn this week.
  • Listen to some beautiful Flugelhorn music this week with this playlist on youtube.


  • Learn about Battle Standards (the flags that rode into battle) with this website.  It has a long description of what Joan of Arc’s battle standard may have looked like, as well as differing accounts of it’s appearance.
  • Design your own battle standard this week with this simple printable.  Ask your students some questions before letting them loose in this creative assignment.  Who does their ‘army’ represent? Who are they fighting for? What do they believe in? How can they use symbols, colors, and letters to describe their mission?

Printable Battle Standard

  • Trading was the foundation of the Medieval time with Towns, Merchants, and Guilds.  Have your students think of their favorite chores or maybe the ones they are best at.  Then let them trade their services.  “I’ll wash the dishes for you, if you’ll walk the dog this week.” etc.  Maybe in your house the same kid always cleans up after dinner and the same kid always sweeps under the table.  Make a chart and let them sign up or switch around chores this week.
  • King Richard the Lionheart was known as a troubador, someone who put poetry to music.  If you still have any of your home-made percussion instruments, pull them out and put some poetry to music this week.  Pick your favorite poem, have your students write their own poem (about a history topic), or find one that goes with a topic this week to sing about.
  • In learning about Scholasticism this week, we find out that many universities had their beginnings in the Catholic Church.  If you want to stretch for an analogy, your homeschool has gotten it’s start in the domestic church that is your home.  You could teach about the names of the famous Universities in Europe that started with the Catholic Church, and then decide on a name for your homeschool.  Will you name it after your family name, your geographic area, a special saint, or someone special and inspirational in your lives?


  • Keep going in your Asia Lapbook!
  • Here’s a link to some quick info about southeast Asia as well as a map to color in.
  • Southeast Asia is covered a lot in rainforest, so if you want you could work in any jungle or rainforest activities this week.


  • The speed of sound has helped society in more ways than you think.  You can explain to your students how the speed of sound is different depeneding on what it is traveling through.  Mach 1, or 770miles/hr is the speed of sound through air.  But do you think the speed of sound is different through water? Of course! Talk about how knowing the speed of sound through different mediums has led to advancements in medicine, think ultrasounds (we can see babies inside our bellies because of sound!), and military applications like sonar technology.  Pull out an ultrasound picture and be amazed at what sound can do!
  • Check out these videos by National Geographic about the speed of sound.

Did you miss Tour 2 Week 21? Check it out.

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