Shreveport, LA Chapter – Catholic Schoolhouse

Classical Catholic Education at Home


Week 3

September 9, 2019 | Posted by Mary Catherine Aranda

“Laugh and grow strong.”
St. Ignatius of Loyola

Prayer Requests:
Prayers for pregnant mothers!
Prayers for homeschooling from a place from rest!
Prayers for all those who are sick and those with medical issues.

CSH Important Events
September 12, 2019 (Thursday)  Sample Farm Field Trip (1214 Highway 1 South, Shreveport 9-11am
September 12, 2019 (Thursday)  Moms’ Game Night 8:30-10:00pm 
September 14, 2019 (Saturday)  Dialectic Dialogue  1:30pm-2pm at SMOP
                                                    Tutor Quarterly Meeting 2-4pm.  (Important for all tutors)
September 19, 2019 (Thursday)  Week 4 at SMOP
September 26, 2019 (Thursday)  Week 5 at SMOP

Recap of Week 3:A little different without Heather, Jennifer, and Paula, but still staying strong!   Here are some comments from our tutors:

St. Maximilian Kolbe:  St. Maximilian Kolbe class started out with our survey of the day using plural nouns to tell about each others pets. We continue to learn new facts about our artist , Saint and composer. We listened to Handel “Messiah” and discussed the instruments we heard, loud/soft tones, fast/slow speed and how it make us feel. We continued to learn our memory work through hand motions, games and exercise! We reviewed from last few weeks by pulling a card from a bag and reciting the memory work together.

St. Therese’s class: Pre grammar started the morning with singing and dancing. Explored geography terms with play doh. The letter S with a surprise baggie of goodies and enjoyed their snacks with a book about islands. A favorite is still finding the mouse under the timeline cards. 

St. Mother Teresa’s class:  These kids showed flexibility and courtesy to Ms. Jini, Ms. Stefanie, Ms. Marti, Ms. Bailey who filled in for Ms. Heather and Ms. Jennifer.  There was a lot of getting the wiggles out through “animal” style walking and silly games.  They were able to learn about St. Teresa on her memorial day!  They also enjoyed going through the time line.  Stars were given out for virtuous behavior, but apparently not enough.  (Heather they are keeping track of their stars so you can reward them when you return!)

St. Ignatius class-We had another great week with dialectic. The class added more Greek roots to our knowledge. The Socratic Seminar on natural vs. unnatural was very thought provoking. The boys took home their research cards to work on over the break for our first history project when they return for week 4. In IEW, we added the who-which clause. Our sentence that we made up utilizing our 2 dress ups thus far—-Joshua, who is fourteen, completely dominates speed derivatives. Joshua won our game of speed derivatives as well as the gift card give away this week.

Art– Our artists were very busy this week learning about da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and drawing a self portrait. We did a short lesson on proportion and features then jumped right into drawing a figure in each child’s likeness. It was so interesting to see how each portrait developed! We also talked about how to use multiple colors to add depth to our portraits. I read a short book about Leonardo da Vinci while the worked and listened to our composer George Fredrick Handel in the background. All in all we had a busy but productive week 3!

Science:  St. Therese’s class (pre-grammar) did so well learning about the different parts of the cell.  I saw such good self-control.  St. Maximillian’s class was definitely enthusiastic (working on self-control) about building cells with the legos and they had excellent recall of the previous science memory work.  St. Mother Teresa’s class were so enthusiastic and high energy in science class that it was a little bit of a challenge to get through all the material.  They did do an excellent job as a team building a cell with the larger duplo legos.  I know that are growing in self-control and will definitely be ready for the next lesson!  St. Ignatius’ class had fun playing pharaoh and measuring cubits this time.  They also worked on factor conversions.  They calculated that Noah’s Ark, which was 300 cubits, was probably larger than an NFL football stadium!

Field Trip to Sample Farm1214 Highway 1 South
Shreveport, LA 71115 
on Thursday!  Swimming at the Dill’s farm after the field trip!  Bring a lunch!
Continue to listen to the memory work CDs!!

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Upcoming Community Events

Online Laughter Retreat:  September 21, 2019 11am-5pm (We plan to meet at SMOP and watch together.  The more the merrier!)  The topic is “Laughing Well…how to make homeschooling delightful.”

Red River Refuge Homeschooling Class is only meeting 3 times this year.  First one is on Oct 2 from 9-11am.  Limited to 50 students.  Lots of fun exploring nature!

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