Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 2 Week 16

Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 2 Week 16

Here’s something funny for you this week, since we start learning about Icons in art. Does your desk look like this? 🙂

Memory Work Idea

Play a memory grab bag game.  Write the subjects on notecards or slips of paper and put them into a brown paper bag.  Have your students take turns pulling out a subject and reciting the memory work for that subject.  If they get the whole sentence/memory line correct- they keep the notecard/slip of paper and get 1 point!  If they mess it up, they have to place it back in the bag!  Keep going until the bag is empty.  See who has the most points!

Religion/ Math/ Language Arts

Print and fill in the first week of your Saint Benedict Fun Pack!

The Saint Benedict Fun Pack



  • Here’s a link to some free mathworksheets on measurements like the Liters to quarts you learn this week in math.
  • Pull out your own measuring cups and juice pitchers. Measure some quarts and liters using water or whatever you plan to serve with lunch or dinner.  Measure how much juice/water your family consumes during a meal, and then convert it to whatever unit you didn’t use first.
  • If you have a kitchen scale, sometimes those can switch between grams and ounces.  If you have older students, you can teach about that conversion this week as well, 1 oz = 28.3g.

Language Arts:

  • For older students find a writing assignment they completed (anything they’ve written more than a couple sentences about- I know I’ve suggested several).  Then have them re-write it using synonyms in place of as many words as they can.  Keep a thesaurus handy. Underline the words that have been substituted with synonyms when you’re done.  Read both copies- which sounds better?
  • In Year 1 Week 16’s blog post I recommended a Leapfrog video- and I’m going to recommend it again (just in case you weren’t here last year!)
    • For your younger kids and preschoolers, I love the Leap Frog video: The Magnificent Museum of Opposite Words.  It covers synonyms and antonyms, so use this video this week and next week.  My preschooler always goes around for days repeating  “in other words.” You’ll understand when you watch it…

    Leapfrog: Magnificent Museum of Opposite Words



  • This week we learn about Icons, an important Art for our own faith!  Many Catholics have Icons decorating their homes.  Your students can read about and see some Icons in this awesome book:

Pictures of God: A Child’s Guide to Understanding Icons

  • I seem to be always directing you to go on a scavenger hunt through your own church; maybe I’ll make a collection of items to look for in your church in one printable.  Would that be helpful?  ANYWAY, go through your own parish church and find Icons!  If you go during business hours, maybe your admin assistant will even let you tour the offices and meetings spaces.  How many Icons can you find, and who do they depict? Which is your favorite?



  •  You can still be using the Music Notebooking Page as you learn about the Clarinet this week! (I just don’t want you to forget about it.)
  • Listen to Clarinet solos in this Youtube playlist as you do your schooling this week. (It starts out really quiet, but gets louder.  Just tell your students to work quietly so they can hear it!)


  • The early Christians began to have differences in the way they practiced their faith.  This led to the Council of Nicaea.  Have your students do a thinking/writing project.  Think about your faith- all that you believe in, and write it down in once concise paragraph/page.  Your older students, may figure out your plan, but I bet your younger students will go along with this.  Once they are done have them share their ‘creed’ with everyone.  Then read the Nicene Creed together.  Which parts are in both the Nicene Creed and their ‘creed’? Which parts did they leave out? Discuss why the Nicene Creed was and still is so needed!
  • If you want to avoid the writing exercise above, adapt it to just a discussion.  Read the Nicene Creed slowly and discuss each line.  Then pray the Nicene creed together.
  • Here’s a simple printable Creed – one page prints 3 creeds, so this would be easy to print and hand out at a program meeting. It also has a scripture quote at the bottom that would be great for discussion.
  • Saint Augustine has many really beautiful quotes. Read through some of the quotes collected here, and have your students work together to make a poster or sign for your school room of their favorite one.  Let them decide between themselves which to choose, and then all participate in writing it in markers, crayons, etc and decorating it.
  • Catholic Online has a nice short video about Saint Jerome here. He’s an amazing example of how you can take your temptations and turn them over to God.  Distracting himself from his temptations, Saint Jerome learn Hebrew and Greek and went on to become a Doctor of the Church.
  • What does it mean that Saint Jerome and Augustine were ‘Doctors’ of the Church?  You can read a little more about it here.
  • Saint Patrick is always a fun saint to learn about.  If this week falls on or around Saint Patricks Day, plan a party! I love Kendra’s ideas for a Saint Patricks Day Party at CatholicAllYear.
  • Watch Saint Patrick: Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle– a great CCC movie to add to your collection if you don’t already have it!
  • Or you can do any one of a million bazillion Saint Patrick’s Day crafts available online. Avoid the leprechauns and pots-o-gold, and focus on Saint Patrick (the guy) Crafts and maybe shamrocks.

Saint Patrick paper doll

  • Go for a shamrock/clover hunt in your own yard or nearby park.  We have tons of these in our garden.  Then talk about how Saint Patrick used the clover to explain the Holy Trinity to people.  Three persons, One God.  No matter how we explain the Trinity, our analogies or explanations fall short of the true meaning of the Trinity.
  • For teaching about the Old Testament the music CD is your best friend this week!  Play it on repeat until your students can sing all the books in order!
  • Play a Books of the Bible game.  Write each book of the old testament on a notecard.  Scramble them up and then see how fast your students can put them back in the correct order.  Either let them work together or have competitions with each other to see who can do it the fastest.  Either lay them out on the floor, or hang them from a string.
  • This may seem simple, but it’s effective.  Draw a path on your sidewalk/driveway with chalk.  Make a start line, then write each book of the bible along the path in order.  Your kids can play any number of games with this: Race to see who can say each book/walk/run along the path the fastest, hop on each book as they say the name, use a bean bag or ball and see how far into the Bible path they can toss it- then say each book as you walk along the path to retrieve your bag/ball, I’m sure your kids will come up with more ways to use this Bible path.



  •  Keep going in your Middle East Lapbook!
  • This week Syria is in the line up of countries to learn about.  Your youngest students can just memorize where it is on the map and the capital.  Your older students may be mature enough to learn about the Syrian Refugee crisis going on in the region.  You can read more about it here. Then discuss how your family can help with the situation.


  • Stars are so fun to learn about!  If you’re looking for some entertainment this week, watch The Magic School bus Season 4, Episode 7: The Magic Schoolbus Sees Stars.  The kids go on a field trip to buy DA a star for her birthday, and learn about them in the process.
  • You can also borrow/buy the book version of the same story: The Magic School Bus Sees Stars: A Book About Stars Your library probably has it, or you can get it on Amazon.
  • Your students will learn about constellations this week when your program meets (or if you follow along in the Year 2 Science book). Keep going with constellations and make a few more constellation sheets using the grid system in your Science book!
  • If you have a big box that your kids like to play in, pull out your white Christmas lights and punch them into the ceiling of the box in a constellation pattern.  Here’s my two pajama-clad kiddos in a tv box – you might be able to make out the big and little dipper in the ceiling. (not my most pintrest worthy picture, but gives you an idea of how cool it is).

constellations in a box

  • Have your students design their own constellation!

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