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Updates and Revisions

Thank you for joining Catholic Schoolhouse! Catholic Schoolhouse has been an apostolate, sharing our labors of love since 2009. Since then we have seized every opportunity to make Catholic Schoolhouse the best it can be. Because of this, there are a few different editions (distinguished by their copyright date) floating around. It is our hope to help you sort out the difference with this page!
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Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 will be renamed Tour I (2017), Tour II (2018), Tour III (2019) with each new chapter cycle. This is to emphasize that these are three cycles and to distance us from an association with levels or grades.
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 Thank you to all the editors, parents, and students that have sent in suggestions and corrections! This is a tremendous amount of content and we could never have done it without you!
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The only  revision that should cause you to need new editions was during the creation of the CDs from 2012-2014. We do not recommend purchasing books with a copyright prior to 2014 on the used market.
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We have created this page to help you save the expense of purchasing new editions.

Tour I

Current stock is the new 2017 Tour I edition and includes the following updates:

Tour I CDs

The following are revised on the 2017 cds.

  • Week 2: St. Augustine founded 1565. (not 1566)
  • Week 2: Geography song changed for consistency through all three years. Same tune order now the more logical “island, lake, isthmus, straight, peninsula, and bay.”
  • Week 5: Mt. McKinley is now officially known as Denali per President Obama’s declaration
  • Week 5, 6: Intros updated to Saint Junipero Serra!
  • Week 9: The adverb song changed to match the 2016 Year 3  CD. The adverb song had been oversimplified. It now includes the phrase “other adverbs.” Link to new adverb song
  • Week 15: Science, tune is the same, for clarity and technical accuracy wording changed to: “In the circulatory system, the heart pumps blood away through arteries to the capillaries and brings blood back to the heart through veins.” New Circulatory System song
  • Week 15: Language, same tune. Who corrected to whom
  • Week 21: Geography song was updated. Mt. McKinley is now officially known as Denali per President Obama’s declaration. New Northwest Features song
  • New Latin recordings for clearer pronunciations: Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4

Errata: The CD states in the Q2 intro that Elizabeth Ann Seton had five daughters. She had five children, three daughters and two sons.

The Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island (not Ellis Island)

Tour I Tour Guide

The following has been updated in the 2017 edition.

  • Quarter 1 – Blessed Junipero Serra was canonized September 23, 2015. Updated to say saint.
  • Quarter 2 – divider sheet changed to read St. Rose Duchesne for consistency with the weekly pages.
  • Week 2: New order of terms in song: island, lake, isthmus, straight, peninsula, and bay
  • Week 5: Geography – Mt. McKinley is now known as Denali, per President Obama’s declaration.
  • Week 7-12 Typo: Latin – semper is the correct spelling in the Gloria. (some weeks have simper)
  • Week 9: The adverb song had been oversimplified. While not incorrect, it was rewritten to include the phrase “other adverbs.”
  • Week 15: Science song reworded for technical clarity: “In the circulatory system, the heart pumps blood away through arteries to the capillaries and brings blood back to the heart through veins.”
  • Week 15: Language, who corrected to whom.
  • Week 21: Geography song was updated. Mt. McKinley is now officially known as Denali per President Obama’s declaration.
  • Week 22,23: In some printings the Week 22 and Week 23 math are duplicates. The correct math is W22: Sixteen ounces equals one pound. One pound equals sixteen ounces. W23: Two thousand pounds equals one ton. One ton equals two thousand pounds. 
  • Week 22 Typo: Latin – Forgive us our debtors, not out debtors.

2014 edition is prior to the cd’s and does NOT have the history sentences included in it. Other content is similar, but the cd wording may not match.

Tour I History Cards

Freedom of the Press-1733: Alexander Hamilton corrected to say Andrew Hamilton, no relation to Alexander.  — Resolved in 2016 Printing.  Andrew Zenger should read Peter Zenger.

Card 16 – Thirteen Colonies: Omitted card number has been added.

Card 24Clarification: The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. Controversy over when exactly it was signed continues. Within a decade after the event, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams all wrote that the Declaration had been signed by Congress the same day it had been adopted, on July 4, 1776. However, several signers were not yet elected, and therefore could not have even voted, yet alone signed, on that date. Current thinking is that signing was completed by August 2, 1776.

State History – The last three weeks of Tour I have always been reserved as a place to study your state history, therefore there were no history cards for these weeks. In the new Tour I edition (2017) fill-in-the-blank style cards have been added to assist you.


Tour II

2018 edition  updates

Tour II Tour Guide – The following changes have been made in response to suggestions from all of you–thanks for making our Catholic Schoolhouse better!  Printable update sheet

In general, wordings were changed to more exactly match the lyrics of the songs.

  • Addition of prompt questions for all subjects
  • Featured Art – these were changed to align with the new Tour II Art book order
  • Feature Music – changes were made here to bring it in line with the CD introductions. The four quarters are now: ancient percussion, ancient strings, voice-monophonic and polyphonic chant, woodwinds/brass instruments.
  • Geography: Tour II songs integrate the countries and features for a more meaningful memory experience. One song stays for two weeks. TG was updated to list all items in both weeks with the work repeat added to the second week.
  • Week 3: Geography: Same song, new order to pair them as opposites and match other Tours. “island, lake, isthmus, strait, peninsula, and bay.” Language Arts: Asterisk added to explain exception *Some possessives are formed by adding just an apostrophe.
  • Week 7: Language Arts: explanatory asterisk added *because pronouns function like nouns in a sentence, adjectives also modify pronouns.
  • Week 8: Math: New song thanks to a member suggestion to the tune of Wheels on the Bus, “The Circumference of a circle goes round and round (repeat 2×).The Circumference of a circle is the distance all the way around. The radius of a circle goes in and out (repeat 2×). The radius of a circle is the distance from the center to the edge. The diameter of a circle goes all the way across (repeat 2×) The diameter of a circle goes all the way across, through the center.
  •  Week 9: Math: New song to give pi more emphasis,  Tell me about Pi. Pi is a ratio discovered by the Greeks a long, long, time ago (repeat). 3.14159 is pi (π), I said 3.14159 is π. . .
  • Week 10:
    • Math: Pi equivalent removed as it is now in Week 9 What is the formula for circumference? Circumference equals diameter times pi. C = d π 
    • History: Third century corrected to say fifth.  Tell me about Greece. The Golden Age of Greece under the rule of Pericles, fifth century BC, built the Parthenon in Athens to the goddess Athena for everyone to see. Great thinkers were born like Hippocrates, who gave us our medical oath to protect, the great orator Demosthenes, Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato with their intellect. Greek culture and language spread with Alexander the Great’s march to the East. Then, all the lands of Persia were conquered to the glory of the Greeks. (repeat)
  • Week 18: Math: 1 is not considered a prime number.  Read more here
  • Week 19:
    • Science: Some printings had speed of light transposed. Speed of light = 186,000 miles per second.
    • Geography: Indus River was inadvertently omitted from list
  • Week 22: Science: Explanatory note added, Mach 1 equals 770 miles per hour. *approximation, the speed of sound varies with temperature and other factors.
  • Week 23
    • History: Crusades date changed to 1095-1291 for consistency across products
    • Math: 10 cents had been omitted from list next to dime.
  • Week 22: History: Crusades date changed to 1095-1291 for consistency across products, matching Warren Carroll’s dates.

Tour II CD (underlined songs have links)

History Cards -No order changes to the timeline. Some minor titling changes to more closely match the timeline in the Tour Guide.

  • Card 38: Focus date changed to 598 BC to align with song. 598 is significant to us as it when he captured Jerusalem.
  • Card 95: Picture replaced (old picture was mistakenly Coronation of Napoleon rather than Coronation of Charlemagne) Printable update image

Tour II Art – Art received some significant updates and improvements to better show the history and development of art. Specific changes will not be listed here.

  • Shifting occurred to bring projects more inline with the timeline. For example, Roman art is moved to quarter 2B to allow Early Christian art and Icons to land in quarter 3A during the Early Christian time.
  • Improved Medieval section and the addition of Giotto as a featured artist resulted in new, more relevant (and more fun!)  projects.
  • Integrated supply list for the entire year.
  • Table of Contents added.

Tour II Science – Science received a general edit with improvements to clarity and instructions.  Specific changes will not be listed here.

  • Integrated supply list for the entire year.
  • Table of Contents added.

Tour III

Current stock is 2016 edition.  Science guide is copyright 2013 and has not been revised. Both 2016 and 2013 editions have been shipped out during 2016.

Year 3 (Tour III) Tour Guide

2013-2016-updates

  • Week 9 Geography: Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Dominica, Grenada, and Trinidad.
  • Week 9: The adverb song had been oversimplified. It now includes the phrase “other adverbs.”
  • Week 13 Science. Song has been changed for accuracy and clarity. Gravity is an acceleration, not a rate as the original song said. New song words: Gravity is the force which causes all objects to accelerate toward earth at 9.8 meters per second squared.
  • Classical Roots Week 15: Typo – Lithos (year) should be lithos (stone). Yes, lithos and petros both mean stone. lithos is Latin, petros is Greek.
  • Week 18 Classical Roots: populus (people). Populus was mispelled as populous.
  • Quarter 4B – updated to Saint Teresa of Calcutta 🙂 Yay!

Year 3 (Tour III) History Cards

Card 8 – Vasco da Gama – Corrected text (some editions state that Calicut later became known as Calcutta, which is not true. Calcutta is a different city in Northeast India.

Rounding the cape was difficult. Remember, Dias had wanted to call it the Cape of Storms for a reason. After several tries, Vasco da Gama succeeded and sailed on, landing in Calicut, a town on the West coast of India famous for its spices and cloth. It is possible that our word calico (a woven cotton cloth) comes from this famous city.

Card 17 – Clarified confusion with dates 1519 and 1521. 1519 is the most important date to memorize, as that is when the majority of the events occurred.

Cortés Defeats the Aztecs.

Cortés Battles the Aztec Civilization- 1519

In 1519, as the Spanish explored what is now Mexico, they were led by Hernán Cortés, a bold and wealthy soldier known as a conquistador.

After arriving in the New World, Cortés had his ships burned so his men could not turn back. This ensured that they remained loyal and ready to fight! Cortés quickly realized that the Aztecs and their king, Montezuma, were the wealthiest inhabitants of this land. Their Pagan rituals were shocking to the Catholic explorers.

Throughout 1519, Cortés’ men battled the Aztecs, taking their leader Montezuma captive. Their advantage of guns, along with immunity to European diseases, greatly reduced the Aztec population. With the help of rival civilizations, the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, was destroyed in 1521.

Mexico City was built on Tenochtitlan’s ruins. Today, when someone travels to Mexico and gets sick, it is called Montezuma’s revenge.

Card 90 Eiffel Tower – clarification – While the jamming referenced was strategically important to WWI, the reference to the flag and Hitler are from WWII. The middle paragraph will be re-written:

In 1914 (WWI), powerful jamming transmitters were installed on the tower. During WWII, German soldiers climbed the 1710 stairs to place a swastika on the tower; every time it was replaced in the night with a French flag. This resulted in the saying, “Hitler conquered Paris, but he never conquered the Eiffel Tower.”

Year 3 (Tour III) CDs

The new 2016 edition of the cd’s has the following changes:

Quarter 1

  • 10 Commandments song shortened to take out the repetition. Same song, just shortened to remove duplication. Some of you will miss the repetition, but many, many said by the end of the semester they just couldn’t take it any more! Shortened 10 Commandments song
  • Week 1 Science: New Song – Monera was mispronounced on the 2013 cd. Correct pronunciation is moh NAIR an, rather than MON er a.

Quarter 2

  • Week 9: The adverb song (language arts/grammar week 9) had been oversimplified. It was rewritten to include the phrase “other adverbs.” Link to new adverb song
  • Week 9 Geography: Several requests from members resulted in a new song for W9. a) The Bahamas are not technically part of the Caribbean.  b) the song could be better if put in geographical order.  c) There is no island called “Caribbean” so that was just kind of hanging out there. 2016 edition will have a brand new improved song with the countries in geographical order for easier memory: Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Dominica, Grenada, and Trinidad.  Link to new Caribbean Islands song 

Quarter 3

  • Week 13 Science. Song has been changed for accuracy and clarity. Gravity is an acceleration, not a rate as the original song said. New song words: Gravity is the force which causes all objects to accelerate toward earth at 9.8 meters per second squared.
  • Classical Roots Week 15: Typo – Lithos (year) should be lithos (stone). Yes, lithos and petros both mean stone. lithos is Latin, petros is Greek.

Quarter 4

  • Week 20 history: While not a mistake, wording was changed for consistency. The Panama Canal was completed in 1913, opened in 1914. All products are being updated to “opened 1914.”

These three years, with 24 weeks, and 10 subjects contain an enormous amount of material! We are ever grateful for the many, many eyes, ears, and minds that have reviewed, pre-read, and offered their suggestions!! Please continue to make this, your Catholic Schoolhouse apostolate, better and better.

Praise be to God!