Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 3: Week 9

Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 3: Week 9

Here’s a beautiful quote from Saint Lawrence:

Pray always! And may Saint Lawrence of Brindisi (1559-1619), doctor of the Church, with Feast-day of July 21st, pray for us.:


Finish up your Saint Martin de Porres Fun Pack:

Saint Martin de Porres Fun Pack

  • Catholic Playground has a beautiful Saint Martin de Porres coloring page to print.
  • Keep going on your 10 Commandments Banner with the 8th commandment:

10 Commandments Garland 8th Commandment


  • Here is a Math Made Easy link to a free printable worksheet on finding the area of a triangle.
  • Make your own traingles and calculate their areas! Or find some triangles in your house, measure the base and height and calculate the area.
  • If you are making the 10 Commandments Banner- go ahead and calculate the area of those triangles!

Language Arts

  • This week students learn about adverbs.  What do adverbs do? Adverbs modify a verb!  
  • Play “Mother May-I” using only the action ‘walk’ and as many different adverbs as you can.  If you’ve never played Mother May I , here’s how it’s done.  Go outside and determine a ‘mother’ (one student) and the ‘children’ (the rest of the students).  Establish a starting line and a finish line.  All the children start at the starting line and take turns asking “Mother May I walk ____ for 5 steps?”  For this week the children can only use the verb ‘walk’ and pick an adverb to go with it. ( Walk slowly, walk happily, walk tiredly, walk excitedly, walk sadly, etc) The mother either replies “Yes, you may” or “No, you may not do that, but you may walk _____ for ___ steps instead” and inserts his/her own suggestion. Even if the mother makes an unfavorable suggestion, the child must still perform it. The winner is the first to make it to the finish line.  Then, take turns being the mother and picking adverbs!  Challenge them to only use each adverb only once during each game.  (For example, every child can’t ask to walk quickly, they have to switch it up, maybe walk fast, walk expediently, walk sluggishly).
  • Practice your adverbs throughout the day.  A good way to teach them is to stress your adverb use in your everyday speech.  “Mommy’s stirring the pot of soup, carefully.  Everyone thoroughly washes your hands before lunch. You may play quietly while your brother is sleeping.” Every time you say something with an adverb in it, ask them “Who heard the adverb? What was it?”
  • Create an adverb wall.  Simply tape some wrapping paper with a white back to your wall (with the white side facing out).  As you go throughout your day, write down all the adverbs you and your students are able to use. Try not to reuse one that’s already on the wall- it’ll get trickier and trickier as you eliminate adverbs!
  • Play a game with adverbs scored boggle-style.  Set a timer for 3 minutes, and everyone write down as many adverbs as they can.  At the end of 3 minutes eliminate any adverbs more than 1 person has.  Whoever has the most adverbs left is the winner.  Make it trickier by giving your adverbs limits.  For example, Round 1 can only be adverbs that describe playing, Round 2 can only be adverbs that describe cooking, etc come up with your own actions that have plenty of adverbs and play!


  • has a whole lesson plan on Mozart figured out for you.  Print the biography, have a writing assignment, and print a couple of worksheets.
  • Keep listening to Mozart- in the car, during quiet reading time, or just in the background as you cook dinner or clean house.  Kids learn to value that which their parents value- and constantly listening to classical music will help them appreciate it for their whole lives!


  • There is an entire website devoted to El Greco My favorite part is the slide show, which shows tons of his paintings.  For your older students, there is a detailed biography to read as well.


  • Here are this week’s Classical Roots flash cards (Print two-sided, flip along the long side):

Latin Roots Week 9 Flash Cards


  • Saints Lawrence of Brindisi and Saint Francis de Sales are both church doctors.  Make Peg Dolls for them this week.  Add as many symbols as you can for each of them.  Doctors of the church are often shown with books and quills, Saint Lawrence could be shown with a quill.  Here’s a really beautiful Saint Lawrence on Etsy to use as inspiration.
  • The Pilgrims are on the timeline this week, and there are seriously tons of ideas out there.  I found this big pack of printables for the grammar-aged student about Pilgrims.  I have not read through every word of them, but what I did check out looks pretty awesome.
  • I like these “If you…” books, they are written mostly in question and answer style and can be easy to read just a little bit, or all of the book, as it fits into your schedule.  If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 is another good one, my only warning is it doesn’t discuss religion as much as I wish.  The Pilgrims left in search of religious freedom, and the Mayflower Compact was very religiously written.  But if you want something fun to read that gives you an idea of what life was like for the Pilgrims on the Mayflower, check it out or add it to your collection!
  • Pilgrims show up in Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 1 American History also- and I have to make sure you know of my silly Mayflower Compact idea I posted for that year in the Tour 1 Week 3 Post.
  • Captain Morgan is in the timeline this week, which gives you an excellent excuse for pirate play! Just for fun pull out any swords, eye patches, hooks, etc. and have a pirate day.  You could even speak some pirate lingo, like “Yarrr!” “Shiver me timbers!” and call each other ‘mates’ for the day.  Practice all your memory work this week in your best pirate voices just for fun!
  • Here is a pretty cool website that has a little bits of information.
  • Here’s a free Jolly Roger Skull Maze… just for fun.
  • If you have boys and want to just focus on Pirates this week… I say go for it.  Make sure you check out DK Eyewitness’s book Pirate, for lots of info and cool pictures. Your library probably has it, but let’s be honest, if you bought it- you know your boys will be reading it even during the summer.  It might be worth adding to your bookshelf.

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  • I’m not saying you necessarily should purchase these books (unless you have some vacation planning to do), but if your library carries them, DK Eyewitness has some travel books on the Caribbean and several of the American Islands featured this week like Puerto Rico and Cuba. They have plenty of pictures, and could be a great resource if you want to assign your students to fill out a Geography Brochure Printable for one of these places!
  • The Caribbean and Bahamas are popular cruise destinations as well.  If your family or you have friends/grandparents/aunts/uncles who have been on a cruise to one of these places, let your students practice their interviewing skills.  Have them interview a friend or relative who’s been to one of these geographical places firsthand, and then write up an article about what they learned.  Don’t forget- a good reporter either records the conversation or takes good notes!  Chances are, your friends/family will have some nice pictures to share as well.


  • Who doesn’t love learning about Earthquakes?  It won’t be hard to excite your students this week in learning science.  One easy activity is to simply print out this free tectonic plates map.  Cut out the tectonic plates and discuss how they move/rub against each other creating earthquakes.  Take some time to look at their boundaries and discuss recent earthquakes or places that are prone to earthquakes.  Check out how California is literally split across two different plates! Makes sense why LA has so many earthquakes right?
  • Once you’ve explored tectonic plates in the 2-D check out this idea for using oranges to show tectonic plates on a sphere.
  • Here is another cool link. Click through and it reads little bits of information explaining tectonic plates, earthquakes and volcanoes with little videos to show the motions. It’s really quite long, you may wish to turn it off when you get to glaciers, otherwise, you can just keep clicking ‘next’ and eventually learn how Illinois was formed.


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