Shreveport, LA Chapter – Catholic Schoolhouse

Classical Catholic Education at Home


Week 13

January 8, 2019 | Posted by Mary Catherine Aranda

Yay!  Spring Semester!  Remember presentations for the next 3 weeks are on space!

Week 13:  Our history timeline is all about the life, death, and resurrection of Christ and early christianity.  Even though we just celebrated Christmas, our history sentence focuses on Easter and Pentecost.  The blog suggests going over stations of the cross, but that might confuse some of our scholars given where we are in the liturgical year.  In Religion, we have a new saint, St. Cecilia.  We also discuss what a sacrament is.  In Science, we start our space study.  This is so exciting!  Our first “experiment” is to realize how far apart the planets are from the sun.  Pray for no rain!  This will be a fun one!  Magic Schoolbus has an episode called, “Lost in Space” (Season 1, Episode 1).  In Art, the scholars will practice catacomb drawing and early Christian symbolism.

Language Arts explores what a sentence is.  Here is a fun activity to try at home.

Here’s an activity that will help your child build sentences bit by bit and reinforce the parts of speech.  Your child will need paper and pencil for this activity.

First, tell him to think of a person or thing that the sentence is about and write that word in about the middle of the line.  I know that sounds odd, but trust me on this one.  This first word is a noun.
Second, tell him to write an action that the person or thing is doing after it.  This is the verb and can be in any tense so long as it agrees with the noun.
                                                       hippopotamus dives                                                                      
Third, he should write one or two describing words before the noun.  These are adjectives.  He might also want to add the word “The” if necessary.
      The purple, polka-dotted hippopotamus dives
Fourth, he can add a word after the verb which describes how the action was done.  This word is called an adverb and usually ends with an “ly”.  If he struggles with this, you might need to offer suggestions.  You can also get some ideas from the books mentioned at the end of the article.
      The purple, polka-dotted hippopotamus dives gallantly                                                         

Finally, he can complete his sentence with words or phrases that answer the questions “When?” or “Where?” or “Why?”  He can use as many of these as he wants so long as it doesn’t make a run-on sentence.  Tell him to put an appropriate punctuation mark at the end of his sentence.

      The purple, polka-dotted hippopotamus dives gallantly into the mud every morning.
There you go.  Your child has just made a long descriptive sentence.  Let him be silly with this if he wants to.  It will make it more enjoyable for him and then he’ll want to write even more. 

In Math, it’s all about Roman Numerals.  Have I told you that I love math?!  Here’s a fun bingo game for our older scholars.

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Here’s a video for younger kids on Roman numerals:
In Music, we’ve switched to Woodwind instruments and our first woodwind is the recorder.  Here are some recorder songs to inspire our young music makers: In Latin, it is the conjugation of the verb, “to be able”.  In Geography, we learn features of the Asia/Europe Boundary.

See you Thursday!