Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 3: Week 7
Ever procrastinate making those lesson plans, or getting started on school… or maybe doing dishes? Well don’t fear, our musician this week was a procrastinator too:
For weeks 7-9 we focus on Saint Martin de Porres. Print the fun pack and use it for the next 3 weeks as you teach about Saint Martin de Porres, triangles, and parts of speech.
- Teaching the sixth commandment can be tricky- adultry doesn’t seem like a topic most would broach with their young. When you explain this one, talk about how a man and a woman make promises to each other and to God when they get married. Adultery is breaking those promises. I made a simple printable puzzle of wedding rings- God wants us to keep our promises whole- and not break them!
- Print the next triangle for your 10 Commandments Garland:
- Quarter 2 introduces (or reviews) triangles! Go on a triangle hunt in your house this week. See how many triangles you can find! If you have some tech-savvy students, take some pictures of the triangles you find in your house- print them and then label the parts: base, side, angle, and height.
- Have each student choose one triangular object in your house and write as many adjectives about it as they can think of! (like a slice of cheese- yellow, cold, cheesy, smelly, yummy, delicious, or maybe a toy block- blue, wooden, small, hard, etc.)
- Have your students write their own mad libs for each other. Write a short story with plenty of adjectives. Then replace the adjectives with blanks. Ask a sibling or friend to give you a list of however many adjectives you need, and place them in the blanks. Read the story aloud and have a good laugh!
- Here is a link to the complete Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik performed by the Slovak Chamber Orchestra on youtube.
- Fill out this notebooking page about Mozart.
- Here’s a list of Little Einsteins episodes that feature some Mozart Music (for your toddlers and little kids- yay for family unity!) Little Einsteins are on Disney Plus. I’m not saying watch all of these, the writers of the show clearly liked Mozart and included his music in a lot of episodes, but just so you know a few to choose from:
- Season 1 Episode 4 “Whale Tale” (Mozart’s Horn Concerto in E flat Major#2)
- Season 1 Episode 6 “The Birthday Balloons” (Mozart’s Eine Klein Nachtmusik)
- Season 1 Episode 13 “The Mouse and the Moon” (Mozart’s Eine Klein Nachtmusik)
- Season 1 Episode 22 “Duck, Duck, June” (Mozart’s Horn Concerto in E flat Major#2)
- Season 2 Episode 32 “Annie’s Love Song” (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21)
- Season 2 Episode 38 “Annie and the Little Toy Plane” (Mozart’s Symphony No. 40)
- Season 2 Episode 46 “The Wild Goose Chase” (Mozart’s Symphony No. 40)
- Season 2 Episode 58 “Music Monsters” (Piano Concerto No. 21)
- Here is a youtube video of many of El Greco’s paintings. Watch and then have a discussion about his unique style, choice of subject, and even his interesting signature.
- Here are the flashcards for this week’s Classical Roots. Print two-sided, flip along the long side, and laminate to make them last! Use them like flash cards or come up with other silly ways to use them. One idea for this week: let your students ‘stick’ them to each other on the correct body part!
- Draw a picture of a person and label their parts using the Classical roots this week instead of English words.
- I found this nice printable timeline at Layers of Learning, with pictures of many explorers from the Age of discovery. You could have your students add them to a notebook, cut them out, and put them in order, or just display them. I like open-ended printables like these, because they can really be used however you think of a way to use them. You could also cut them all up, put them in a paper bag and have your students choose one explorer at random to research.
- ‘Play’ explorers outside on riding toys. Draw a rough world map on your driveway (have your students label the continents for review). Then draw some of the famous explorer’s paths across oceans and to new lands. (or you can make your older students do this task). Then ride your bikes, cars, and scooters along the famous explorer paths. Give your students some ‘riches’ to collect when they make it to the new lands, and have them trade with each other! Take turns ‘being’ different explorers.
- So much trading resulted from all the exploration that entire companies were created just for trading. That’s how we end up with the East India Company in the timeline this week. Have your students decide on their own ‘trading company.’ Create a flag like the East India trading company did, and decide what goods to trade.
- In case you want to make a connection in the brains of your older students (who’ve already studied American History), remind them that the Boston Tea Party involved the East India Trading Company. Parliament gave the East India Trading Company a monopoly over tea sold to the colonies in America. They were the only company to profit from tea sales in the Americas… leading to yes, the Boston Tea Party.
- Ballet makes an appearance in our history timeline this week! If you have some girls, make your own tutus (here’s a link to a DIY no sew tutu) this week and have some fun practicing your ‘ballet’ moves.
- DK Eyewitness Books has a whole book about Dance. I don’t know that you want to purchase it necessarily, but you could check it out from the library to read up on the part about Ballet. I love the details and pictures in these Eyewitness Books.
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- The real Don Quixote is probably too long to read aloud, or even assign as a quiet reading time for your grammar-aged students. But they can still learn about his most interesting adventures in this Dover book, Adventures of Don Quixote. Sometimes books with lots of short stories for kids will also have a Don Quixote adventure story in them (we have a Children’s book of virtues, with a Don Quixote story in it), so check your shelves for some unlikely places to find Don Quixote too.
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- If you like crafts, after you read about some of Don Quixote’s adventures, make this cute paper windmill from a toilet paper tube!
- Get started on your Central America and American Islands lapbook this week!
- Here is a link to a rather involved craft activity- but maybe you could do a little at a time. It’s a Panama Folk Art activity, and I think it looks fun and interesting.
- Here is a whole website devoted to Caribbean Cooking. If you can take a minute to peruse it and choose a recipe to try this week. For the less adventurous, I know ‘jerk’ seasoning comes from this region, so you could just op to make some jerk chicken. Buy Jerk seasoning in the store, or follow this recipe.
- I love this idea of cupcakes made to look like the layers of the earth. If you have a baker in the family, these could be a sweet treat this week as you study science!
- Check out SciencewithMrsBarton’s Earth layer’s printables and earth layer posters. These would make for some great notebooking activities this week!
- If your students like Magic Schoolbus, there’s a book titled Inside the Earth that goes along nicely with this week’s science memory work!
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Did you miss Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 3 Week 6? Check it out.