Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 1: Week 17

Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 1: Week 17


  • Print out the Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Fun Pack and do the activities for Week 17!

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Funpack


Latin?  I know I wish I had more  Latin in my posts, but alas my time is limited.  This week finishes the Meal Prayer and I had an idea I wanted to share.  Catholic Icing has a cute craft activity for the meal prayer you can find here.  So you can do this activity with your students but use the printable below which has the Dinner prayer in Latin.

Latin Dinner Prayer Printable

Make learning Latin fun with this craft activity for saying Grace before Meals. Print, cut, and glue the prayer to a paper plate.

Use the paper plate as a plate charger under your actual dinner plate. Take the time to talk about what it means and why we pray before meals.

Practice Dinner Prayer Place Setting
Supplies Needed:

  • Large paper for placemat – have fun decorating
  • Disposable plates, silverware, and cups
  • White paper (for “napkins”. Don’t use real napkins. They are too difficult to glue down.)
  • White glue
  • Scissors
  • Catholic Schoolhouse Dinner Prayer printable

Share your completed projects with us! Tag @catholicschoolhouse


  • Learn about the commutative property this week the same way you did last week, using your note cards and small toys.  We love pony math!

Language Arts

  • Go on an antonym scavenger hunt around your house this week.  Write or print a list of adjectives.  Have your students write the antonym and find objects/places in the house that are described by the antonym.  For example, your word could be ‘hot’, and your student would write ‘cold’ and  ‘freezer’ next to it.  Here’s a printable with a few to get you started:

Antonym Scavenger Hunt

  • Is it wrong to have the same recommendation two weeks in a row?  Oh well.  The Leap Frog video: The Magnificent Museum of Opposite Words definitely fits this week. Your littlest ones can learn their antonyms and you can take a break with this video.

Leapfrog: Magnificent Museum of Opposite Words

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  • Repeat the activity you did last year for Beethoven. Learn some music terminology this week and either have a discussion (for the little ones), or have your students write a paper using these terms.
    • Timbre (pronounced TAM-ber)- The difference in sound between two instruments playing the same note at the same loudness. (ie how a guitar sounds different from a piano)   Listen to the sounds of various instruments.  Name the instruments you hear in Sousa’s Stars and Stripes.
    • Tempo– The speed or rate of the music. Is it fast or slow?  Does it have some fast parts and some slow parts?  How does the tempo add to the interest of the piece? 
    • Dynamics – The loudness or softness of the music. Is it loud or soft?  Does it get loud suddenly or gradually?  How does the change in loudness affect the way the music sounds to you?  Do you expect the changes or are they surprises?
  • How do these aspects of music affect the mood of the piece?  Now that you’ve thought about them individually do you have more appreciation for the musical piece? Does it change the way it makes you feel when you listen to it, or what it makes you think about?


  • Wait, Latin and now Art ideas?  I’m really outdoing myself this week… I found this great color your own famous painting by… you guessed it, Mary Cassatt! How exciting is that?!  Dover Publications sells it for just under $5, or you might find it in your local AC Moore.

Mary Cassatt Coloring Pack


  • For the Dust Bowl, I would recommend the book, Children of the Dust Bowl.  It is a good one for your older students (5th grade and up) to read by themselves, but it is great for reading out loud to your younger students or having them just read small chunks of it.  It focuses on the children’s lives during the Dust Bowl, so it should be a little easier for your students to relate.  The book has a lot of pictures and covers much of life during the Dust Bowl, even some lesser-known facets such as white discrimination that occurred when farmers moved west into California.

Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp

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  • Print a World Map and draw Charles Lindbergh’s path across the Atlantic on it!

Catholic Schoolhouse World Maps Printable

  • The Great Depression can be a tricky one to teach younger students.  The stock market crash can be an obscure topic to explain.  If you have younger students focus more on the effects of the Great Depression rather than the causes.  People had less money, jobs became scarce, and life had to be lived much more frugally.  Take this as an opportunity to have a discussion about how your own family would cut back on expenses if times were tough.  Piano Lessons, Horseback riding, and Dance classes would probably stop first.  Then what?  A lot of frugal recipes came out of the Depression when people had less to spend on food.  Plan a Great Depression meal with your students and make a meal using a great depression recipe from your own family, or check out some of these Great Depression Recipes.
  • If your family is from America, you may be related to someone who experienced the Great Depression.  Send your student for some one on one time with Grandma/Grandpa/Great-Grandma etc, to interview about the Great Depression.  Interviewing is a great skill for students to learn.  Here are some general guidelines to follow:
    • Plan ahead by listing specific questions to ask, and follow-up questions.
    • Set a date, time, and location to interview.
    • Sit down without distractions and have a one-on-one conversation led by the questions listed.
    • Take notes.
    • After the interview, use your notes and write a report or newspaper article about the Great Depression as experienced by grandma/grandpa.
  • If you are looking for something to watch this week, consider watching an old show called The Waltons.  It was a popular show about a family living through the Great Depression.

The Waltons: Season 1

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  • Teach your students who Fulton Sheen was, and then listen to the audio of some of the Life is Worth Living Shows at this site Choose a topic that is meaningful to your family right now or something that your students have asked about recently.  Or you could listen to #30 which is about Purgatory since Religion this week focuses on the Communion of Saints.  The shows are about 30min long, and all you have to do is click the link and listen.
  • There are several videos of Fulton Sheen on YouTube as well.  One I enjoyed as I was checking these out for you was The Meaning of the Mass.  I think it can be useful to reinforce the purpose of Mass, and how to participate in Mass on a frequent basis.  It’s easy to forget the meaning and go through the motions, and this video certainly hit my ‘reset’ button for Mass.  I hope it does for your family too.



  • Did your kids enjoy the respiratory system game last week?  Well, I’ve got another educational game for you, and for this one you’ll need to know your bones!
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Sticks and Stones Game Printable

  •  Here is another fun activity to do this week as you focus on the Skeletal System.  Bones need calcium to be hard.  Take a bone from a cooked chicken and clean it well (remove extra meat, tendons, veins etc). Place the bone in a container and pour enough vinegar in the container to submerge the bone. Close your container  Wait 5 days and then take out your bone.  You will be able to bend it!  The longer the bone stays in the vinegar, the more rubbery it will become.  The vinegar dissolves the calcium in the bone.
  • Don’t forget about joints this week! There are three types of joints in your body: hinge, ball and socket, and pivot.  Go around your house (or shopping) and find these types of joints in your surroundings.  Doors have hinges. Maybe you have a tripod? It probably has a ball and socket or a pivot joint.  TVs and Computer monitors have pivot joints.  See how many others you can find! Leave me a list of them in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Did you miss week 16? Check it out here!

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