Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 3: Week 16

Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 3: Week 16

I think this quote by Carl Marx would be a great discussion or essay prompt.

Karl Marx is a big representation in real communism not to be misunderstood by those not realizing what true communism is.:


Get started on your Saint Bernadette Fun Pack.

Saint Bernadette Fun Pack


  • Look for different ways data is shown in your newspaper.  Sometimes we see pie graphs, bar charts, line graphs etc showing various information in newspapers or news magazines.
  • Have your students each choose a different topic to take a poll.  (Favorite color, favorite icecream, age, eye color, hair color, anything really)  Then have them present the data in one of the methods in the memory work this week.

Language Arts:

  • Check the Tour 1 Week 16 and the Tour 2 Week 16 for synonym ideas.
  • Play a version of taboo using adjectives.  Write some adjectives on some note cards. Grab a kitchen timer.  Let your students take turns trying to describe an adjective on their card until someone can guess it within a time limit (for older students make it short, for younger students give them more time).  See how many synonyms they can use as clues for people to guess their words!


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  • Here’s a list of Little Einsteins episodes that use Tchaikovsky’s songs, in case you want your tiniest learners to be familiar with his music:
    • Season 2 Episode 1 Quincy and the Magic Instruments
    • Season 2 Episode 15 The Blue-Footed Booby Bird Ballet
    • Season 2 Episode 20 The Wind-Up Toy Prince
    • Season 2 Episode 25 Animal Snack Time
    • Season 2 Episode 31 The Song of the Unicorn (this one features the 1812 Overture, our featured song!)
    • Season 2 Episode 37 Fire Truck Rocket (also the 1812 Overture)



  • Here are some new flashcards to add to your collection:

Classical Roots Flash Cards Week 16


  • The industrial revolution marked a time when we started using machines to do tasks people previously did.  Go for a hunt around your house and find different machines/appliances/tools that do work that a person would have had to do themselves.  Some ideas might be: a dishwasher, washing machine, clothes dryer, hand mixer, blender, etc.
  • Have your students make a Pros and Cons list for the Industrial Revolution.  In what ways was it great, and in what ways was it bad?  Then discuss who the industrial revelation helped and who may have been hurt by it.
  • Saint John Vianney is in our timeline this week.  Listen to 5 minutes of his Catechism on Salvation YouTube.
  • Saint John Vianney transformed a whole community by his call to confession.  Print this examination of conscious and take all your students to confession this week.
  • Here is an entire VBS program that teaches about Saint John Vianney.  Read through it and incorporate some of it into your week!
  • If you want to read about Karl Marx to your students, this website has a good description of his beliefs and his ten points.  Read the 10 points to your students (or write/print them) and discuss which of them your students think are a good idea.  Do they agree with all of them?  Actually, discuss the ramifications of each point. Ask probing questions like who would benefit from this, who would pay for it, how would it be paid for, how will people feel about it, how would you feel about it if you were rich/poor/a tradesmen/ an unskilled laborer, etc. Try to look at the points from different perspectives.
  • For your older students, you could pair your teaching on Karl Marx with a lesson on Adam Smith.  The two had very different views on how society should function, and are often compared and contrasted when learning about this point in history. Here is a short bio on Adam Smith you could use for this activity.  Your oldest students (probably highschool aged) could even read The Communist Manifesto and The Wealth of Nations (you could read them online with those links, or borrow them from your library) and compare them.
  • Have a “World’s Fair” at your house this week.  You could let your students create their own inventions, or choose an invention already in your home to display and present.  Make sure they present what their invention does, how it was made, and how it makes life easier for people. Mom and Dad (that’s you!) can also bring some interesting inventions to show your students that maybe they’ve never noticed or learned about before. (thermometers, tire air pressure gauges, sewing machines… anything you think is an interesting or helpful invention)


  • Keep going in your Africa Lapbook by adding the North African countries.
  • A really cool book you could get and use with all your students is Draw Africa.  The author leads you through drawing each country in Africa one at a time with funny little descriptions of the shape of them (like the Red Sea looks like a slug oozing its way to the top of the page!).

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  • Lay a map down on the table this week, and use small plastic animals (preferably ones that live in Africa like elephants and giraffes) to march on the countries as you sing their names!


  • Find sources of friction in your house (and no I don’t mean between siblings).  Brakes on your car or bicycles and the stop for the string that you pull up your window blinds are both examples of friction working FOR us.  Find some places where friction works against you (how about vacuuming and mopping? A rougher tile is harder to clean than a smooth tile or laminate).
  • If the experiment in the Tour 3 Science book for this week doesn’t satisfy your student’s curiosity, check out this friction experiment.
  • Watch the Magic School Bus Plays Ball, Season 1 Episode 10, which is all about friction. (Netflix has all the Magic School Bus episodes)

Did you miss Tour 3 Week 15? Check it out.

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