Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 3: Week 14

Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 3: Week 14

I can’t be sure that Napoleon actually said this, but I still like it anyway:


Even though Napoleon was ultimately defeated, it wasn’t from a lack of trying.  Use this quote to ‘rally your troops’ this week for some schooling fun!


Keep working your way through your Saint Therese Fun pack.

Saint Therese Fun Pack


  • Write a bunch of numbers on little slips of paper.  Place them in a hat, bowl, or bucket.  Your youngest kids can pull three numbers out and sort them smallest to largest and find the median.  Increase the numbers you pull from the hat for your older students.

Language Arts:

  • Practice your sentence writing using topics from this week’s memory work. Give your student a memory work word and a type of sentence to create!  For example “Make an imperative sentence about the Angelus”  An example answer might be “Bow your head and pray the Angelus at noon.”  Try it with geography, history, religion, etc.  Your older students can write their sentences to practice penmanship; just play this game verbally with your younger students.


  • Watch the Nutcracker, either the play in real life, or a video.  If you have Amazon Prime, you can watch Baryshnikov’s Nutcracker, a movie version of the traditional ballet.  Tchaikovsky wrote all the music for The Nutcracker!
  • There are plenty of ideas for lesson planning about Tchaikovsky at You can print sheet music, crossword puzzles, and read about his life.


  • One of my favorite Catholic Book series is “In the Footsteps of Saints.” An elementary level book is out there for tons of saints, and there is also one for Francois Millet.  You can get a copy at Mary’s Books, a small Catholic Bookstore.


  • Here are this week’s Classical Roots Flash Cards!  Print and practice your root words!

Classical Roots Week 14


  • Check out all the free sheet music (at varying levels for various instruments), printables and ideas for learning about Beethoven on
  • Napoleon Bonaparte is in this week’s timeline and with him you can learn about the French Revolution.  I found Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool blog with some great printables you can use to create a French Revolution Lapbook; some of the inserts are even filled out with information to read. Make sure you scroll through the whole page to get to all the printables they’re spread out over that post.  Plus she has a French Revolution game you can print.
  • This might not be super educational, but make some Napoleons this week for dessert! It’s pretty easy when you use store-bought puff pastry, instant pudding and some cool whip like this recipe recommends.
  • If you have a big US wall map that is laminated, use your dry erase markers to draw out the Louisiana Purchase this week.  It’s one of the best deals in real estate history!
  • Schoolhouse Rock has lots of great songs about all sorts of topics, but one of my favorites is “Elbow Room” which is all about the growth of US territory beginning with the Louisiana Purchase.
  • Here is a great printable with a brief description of the Louisiana Purchase and a few questions to answer.  Practice your types of sentences when you fill it out!
  • Here is a link to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture on youtube and it’s also at the end of your CSH Quarter 3 Music CD.  Have a listening activity where you turn off the lights, lay down, close your eyes and let your imagination paint the pictures to go with the music.  Try to reduce distractions and other noises.  When the song is over, let your students get up and illustrate what they imagined.
  • Check out this game at the BBC website where you can try to win the Battle of Waterloo, either as Napoleon or Wellington.  It has pretty simplistic graphics, but lots of reading to get into the details of Napoleons warfare tactics.
  • For lots of information and reading material check out


  • Keep going in your Africa Lapbook.
  • Bake some sugar cookies this week in the shape of Africa.  You can buy an Africa cookie cutter (but I would just wing it: Print a map of Africa, cut it out with scissors, lay it on your rolled out dough and cut around the map through the dough with your butter knife).  After you bake it, decorate it by labeling and creating the features.  Use some orange sugar to make the deserts (make this yourself by shaking some sugar in a small container with 1-2 drops of orange food coloring).  Use some chocolate chips to make the Atlas Mountains, and a Hershey Kiss for Mount Kilimanjaro.  Use some yellow and green sprinkles for the Serengeti Plain.  Use some icing and label everything!
  • Create this cool diorama from a shoe box and some printables, as part of a study on The Serengeti Plain.


  • Introduce your littlest students to forces using Forces Make Things Move.  I have a couple of these early reader, and although they are aimed at the younger student (probably K-2nd grade), they are informative and entertaining.
  • I thought this was a cool graphic where your students can experiment with a ‘tug-o-war’ of forces.
  • Play real tug of war this week!  Try different teams and discuss which side had a greater pulling force (the winners of course!)


Did you miss Tour 3 Week 13? Check it out.

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