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Items Correlated with Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 1: American History

This coming school year we are going to cycle back to Catholic Schoolhouse Tour 1: American History!

With this in mind I have started working on our Notebook for this coming school year with USA studies in mind.  One of my dear friends, Becky, suggested I make a blog post with links to all of the items I have worked on (some with my friend Rose, both of them use Catholic Schoolhouse) so this way it is easy access for anyone going to use Tour I this coming or future school years.

1) Saint Study Notebooking  Pages Correlated with Catholic Schoolhouse Tour  1: American History (70 pages)

Pages including:

  • Saint fact sheets
  • Draw and Color Pages
  • Copy work Saint Quotes
  • Gather Data Organizers
  • Blank lined Essay Pages

Also, see the Generic Saint Notebooking Bundle below, #10.

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2)  Fine Arts Notebooking  Pages  including Music and Art Appreciation Correlated with Catholic Schoolhouse Tour  1 ( almost 140 pages)

Notebooking pages including:

  • Gathering Fact sheets
  • Draw and Color Pages
  • Copywork Artist and Composers Quotes
  • Create an Art Gallery
  • Essay Pages
  • Suggested Book List with Hyperlinks

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3)  Discovering the United States Geography Notebooking Unit is designed for the Catholic Classical Grammar Learner.  (254 pages)

This unit includes the study of:

  • State map
  • State location in the USA
  • Capital
  • Motto
  • Bird
  • Animal
  • Flower
  • Flag
  • Nickname
  • Seal
  • License plate (basic)
  • Ecclesiastical Province
  • Notebooking pages with lines

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4)  Discovering the United States Geography Notebooking Unit is designed for the Catholic Classical Logic Learner (Grades 7-9).  (213 pages)

This unit includes the study of:

  • Draw the state map
  • Time Zones
  • Climate Zones
  • Capital
  • Location (longitude/latitude)
  • Region
  • Draw the Flag
  • Famous Americans
  • Famous Catholics
  • Products
  • Notebooking pages with lines
  • Suggested Chapter Book List by State

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5)  USA Geography Printable Interactive Flash Cards for the Catholic Classical Learner (19 Pages)

Print on one side the name of the state and the colorful state flag on the back you print the interactive flash card!  ON the back your child collects the information for the state capital, bird, flower, tree, Notable Catholic, and Order admitted into the union!

The last three pages of this PDF has a handy spreadsheet for the parent to have the answers quickly.

Print front and back, fill out the back, laminate then cut out!  You can put them on a ring or just wrap them with a rubber band.  An easy and quick way to make flash cards of your own!

This item comes free with our Discover US Geography Complete Bundle!

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6)  State Report for the Classical Catholic child (7 Reusable Pages)

Geared at ages 8-12 but can be adapted for younger (with support) or older children.  Use as is OR cut and paste it onto a poster, you decide!

Pages which include space for the following information:

  • State cover page
  • State Nickname
  • State Abbreviation
  • Population
  • Capital
  • Date it entered the Union
  • State number
  • Ecclesiastical Diocese
  • State Bird
  • State Flower
  • State Animal
  • Draw a license plate
  • Draw the State Flag
  • Pages for notebooking or reporting on the state in paragraphs.

This item is included for FREE in our USA Geography Bundle.

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7) Complete USA Geography Bundle includes over downloadable 450 pages!

Discovering the United States Geography Notebooking Unit is designed for the Catholic Classical Grammar Learner.  (254 pages)


Discovering the United States Geography Notebooking Unit is designed for the Catholic Classical Logic Learner (Grades 7-9).  (213 pages)

Also included in this bundle are FREE items:

  1. USA Geography Interactive Flash Cards
  2. USA Geography State Reports
  3. USA Geography Scramble the States Game

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8) Animals Notebooking Pages – Mammals of North America (67 pages):

There are 30 different mammals of North America with specific notebooking pages included in this bundle along with some blank pages making this bundle customizable for use with any mammal study of your choice!

  • 67 total pages
  • 60 animal specific pages
  • 30 different Mammals to study
  • 2 blank mammal fact notebooking pages to add any mammal of your choice
  • 3 pages with coloring answer keys

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9) Animal Notebooking Pages – Birds of North America (63 pages)

There are 28 different birds of North America with specific notebooking pages included in this bundle along with some blank pages making this bundle customizable for use with any bird study of your choice!

  • 63 total pages
  • 56 animal specific pages
  • 28 different birds to study
  • 2 blank bird fact notebooking pages to add any bird of your choice
  • 3 pages with coloring answer keys

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10)  Generic Saint Notebooking Pages (10 pages)

(can be used with any Tour)

I have created generic Saint Notebooking Pages for your general use to study any saint of choice.

This 10 page bundle includes:

∞ Saint fact sheets
∞ Draw and Color Pages
∞ Copywork Pages
∞ Gather Data Organizers
∞ Essay Pages

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11) CSH Tours 1-3 Correlated with Magic Schoolbus

I have put together, as best as I could tell by their description, how each of the Four Series Magic Schoolbus episodes correlate to the Science topics for all three of the CSH tours.


12) Zoology Science Notebooking & Copywork Pages (262 Pages)

Included in this Bundle are both the Black & White and the Color Pages for Notebooking and Copywork for Zoology.   Included in both color and B&W are 262 pages (in two files of 131 pages) with a combination of these kinds of pages:

  • Animal Fact Sheet Notebooking pages
  • Animal Anatomy Labeling Notebooking Pages
  • Animal Flash Cards (print two sets and play Memory)
  • Animal Detectives (Outdoor search)
  • Copywork in both print and cursive with animal facts
  • Blank Notebooking pages with clipart
  • Blank Notebooking pages without clipart
  • Life Cycle Notebooking Pages
  • Animal Research Report gathering data page
  • Animal Research Report blank Essay page
  • Suggested Hyperlinked Resource Book List

Animals Covered:

  1. Mammals
  2. Insects
  3. Fish
  4. Reptiles
  5. Amphibians
  6. Invertebrates
  7. Vertebrates

These will also be sold individually for $6 each so this Bundle price is shown at a discount!

Five Patron Saints You Didn’t Know About

“Man is not perfectly happy, so long as something remains for him to desire and seek.” ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas knew what it meant to be happy. He knew that it meant to no longer be seeking or desiring anything else. He knew that meant you needed to be with God, next to Him, face-to-face. Thomas, as well as the over 10,000 other patron saints, are all perfectly happy. Having sought after and fulfilled their destiny by now being face-to-face with God, each patron saint has the ability to intercede on our behalf. Being face-to-face with God gives them the unearthly ability to hear our prayer, take it directly to God, and pray along with us.

In each of life’s circumstances we have a patron saint there for us. St. Patrick of Ireland, St. Valentine of love and happy marriage, and St. Christopher the patron saint of travelers are amongst some of the most well known patron saints, but what about those we are less familiar with?
All Saints day is November 1, and what better way to celebrate and commemorate their lives than to discover a few new patron saints that may be able to play an active role in our lives. Let’s take a look at 5 patron saints that may not be as well known, but may play an important role in our lives:
  1. St. Isidore of Seville – Isidore is best known for his work in education and writing an encyclopedia used as a textbook in classrooms for many years. He believed in harnessing the knowledge of the world for the glory of God. He has been suggested as the patron of the Internet.
  2. St. Apollonia – Apollonia became a martyr after throwing her body in a fire when told to curse her God. Just before her death, she had been beaten and all of her teeth knocked out. Thus, she became the patron saint of dentists and toothaches.
  3. St. Jerome Emiliani – Known for establishing a congregation dedicated to the care of orphans and the education of youth. Jerome is the patron saint of orphans and abandoned children.
  4. St. Rita of Cascia – Rita was forced to marry at a young age, keeping her from her desire to become a nun. The man she married was cruel, and later died, along with her sons. Rita later became a nun working in prayer and charity. She is the patron saint of difficult marriages and parenthood.
  5. St. Aloysius Gonzaga – Aloysius suffered from kidney health problems from a young age. Knowing he wanted to be a priest he studied the saints. After a vision from the Archangel Gabriel, he learned of his imposing death within the year. He was ordained a deacon at the age of 20, but was never able to become a priest. He is the patron saint of teenagers and Christian youth.
Whether you are suffering from an obscure neurological disorder, are in the field of acting or advertising, leaving soon for college, living in England or Uruguay, or are a member of the military, take comfort in knowing there is a patron saint that is able and willing to intercede on your behalf. 

GUEST POST WRITTEN BY: Jessica Doran Haas of St. Patrick’s Guild
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Saint Parade 2010, What’s in Store for All Saints this Year?

Last year was the first year we got to participate in a group All Saints celebration and picking the saints for each child was easy:

St. Joseph:

St. Joseph


  • 1 Cotton King size Pillowcase (white)
  • 1 dark scarf
  • 1 pin
  • 1 walking stick (from outside)
  • 1 set of fake Lilies
  • long sleeves shirt
  • dark pants or jeans

Directions:  This was one of the easiest to make.  I bought a King-size pillowcase, made two wholes big enough for his arms and one for his head (I undid the stitching for this and then reinforced it on each end to make sure it didn’t come undone.  Then I grabbed a dark colored scarf, put it over his shoulder and pinned it around his waist line.  I took a piece of white rope (like the ones for a clothing line) and tied it to his waist to give the costume some form.  Went to Dollar Store and bought a set of fake Lilies and hot glued them to a stick we got from outside, make sure you measure it and that it is your son’s size before you glue the flowers. I had my son wear a long sleeved gray shirt and a pair of jeans.  🙂

St. Therese of the Child Jesus

St. Therese:
I would love to tell you how this was made but I didn’t make it, a friend of mine did and she passed it along to our little one, isn’t it beautiful?  I found a website with some suggestions/directions for a nun costume: 

“Buy black material, cut a hole at the top for the neck or use a man’s black T-shirt. Where a white turtleneck underneath, use a square of black material over the head as a veil, and wear a crucifix or cross.”

She is holding a print out of a Crucifix glued on to foam paper and then it was glued on to some fake roses.  She wore brown boots.  🙂

St. Noah:
St. Noah (and yep that is his ark)

  • 1 Queen size pillowcase (burgundy red)
  • 1 scarf
  • 1 pin
  • 1small laundry basket
  • 3 sets of small (beanie-like) animals
  • long sleeves shirt
  • dark pants or jeans
  • contact paper to line the inside of drawers in wood pattern/color
  • an Exacto knife

Directions:  The directions for his “gown” is the same as St. Joseph’s.  So I’ll tell you about the “Ark”.  I pre-cut six holes for the little animals to fit their heads out through.  Then I cut the bottom of the basket out completely.  I lined it with the contact paper (the ones to line the drawers.  Then I hot glued construction paper cut in “waves” to the bottom of the Ark.  Stuck the animals little heads out of the holes I had pre-cut and voila! Noah’s Ark!

Here are more pictures of the kids:

St. Therese and St. Noah waiting patiently for the parade to begin.
St. Joseph and St. Therese doing a craft at Co-Op after the parade.

This year I have to add two more the youngest and the oldest and three other new ones….I don’t have a clue yet, so I guess I’ll have to do another post with the ones we came up with.  
What are your kids dressing up for All Saints Day?

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Prayer Tips from a Carmelite Sister

My teaching journey has a great little story, I first became associated with education via a Catholic School when I was mistakenly placed in an Introduction to Education class. See I had to do some service hours to see if Education was for me (I was an Accounting Major at the time so imagine how obsured this sounded at the ripe age of 20). So my first experience with classroom education (not counting my time in Youth Ministry) was in a second grade classroom with Sister Maria Kolbe. Sister Maria Kolbe was a small woman with a ginormous smile! She walked in the room and it lit u! Thanks to her and much prayer, I changed majors…though she was trying to talk me into becoming a nun…that didn’t work out but becoming a teacher like her did! 😉 

Through her I also learned about Carmelite Spirituality and I continued my journey with St. Therese of Liseux (wish me a “Dia de mi Santo”, day of my Saint Name, please it was on October 3rd), my Confirmation name! I’ve read many of her beautiful and sweet books…I become enthralled by them actually. I’ve read Story of a Soul about four times and every time I learn a new lesson – it is no wonder that she was made Doctor of the Church! Last night I was trolling the internet and I bumped into this great article by non-other than the same sisters that were at the Catholic School were my teaching journey commenced! Here are some great prayer tips from a Carmelite Sister:

Ask a Carmelite Sister…

Question: Dear Sister, My prayer experiences don’t seem good enough or holy enough, long enough or intense enough. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can pray better?

Answer: Dear Friend, Yes, I do have a few suggestions. That’s easy…

First of all, I suggest not using the expression “prayer experiences” at all. Hit the delete button on that one. A lot of people tend to speak about their prayer experiences. To me, it’s not the best choice of words. I believe that to use the expression “prayer experience” lessens, or taints my prayer. Prayer isn’t just “an experience.” It is so much more.

I actually went to the dictionary to check out the word “experience” in order to respond to this question and was amazed to see the long list of definitions:

  1. involvement in something over time.
  2. knowledge or skill that is acquired.
  3. the sum total of somebody’s experiences
  4. something that happens to somebody
  5. knowledge from observation.
  6. to have personal knowledge of something
  7. to feel something.

All these definitions are right and good – in their proper place, but not for a description or explanation of prayer. Why?

To Carmelites, prayer is relationship. It is time spent with Someone you love. It is that coming to know Another in a deeper way – to pray is to speak and then to listen; to communicate on a more personal and profound level and to grow in understanding, respect and appreciation of the other. St. Teresa of Avila puts it this way. “Prayer is nothing else than an intimate friendship, a frequent heart-to-heart conversation with Him, Who we know loves us” (Life, viii).

Not good enough or holy enough? Not long enough or intense enough? It is one way of looking at it, but it makes me think of asking you a question. What does love look like? Does it not have a thousand faces? The face of love can sit quietly in sorrow, sympathy and compassion. Or it can radiate with joy and laughter and grimace in steadfast, faithful determination. When someone truly falls in love, I don’t think there should be, or are, such questions. They minimize and actually detract from the power of loving. To be with, to share with, to companion the One you love is love. Love is more than an experience. Well, love is love.

This same concept can be applied to prayer. God and I, as impossible as it seems and as unworthy as I see myself, can be in relationship – just as any person to another. It is mind-boggling to think about. It is actually THE relationship for which I was created. The Baltimore Catechism put it this way.

Q.  Why did God make you?
A.  God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him in the next.

That is a very personal answer, it seems to me. It summarizes the reason for our existence. I am reminded of a phrase in our profession of vows when we make our perpetual profession to God. The entire formula of vows is very beautiful, but the expression that comes to mind right now is the following – “in intimacy with God through prayer.” Yes, that’s it. That says it.

There is a four volume book set, Divine Intimacy by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, OCD. It is a Carmelite classic on prayer. The original was one thick book and has now been broken down into the four volume set. Note the name. It is the same concept; however Father Gabriel doesn’t say Divine Relationship or Divine Friendship. No, his classic goes straight to the core, the height, the goal, which is intimacy. Just to meditate on this thought is a very fruitful meditation.

So, now to come more directly to your question, you don’t need to feel holy, or good, or any feeling. A dad doesn’t feel good getting up before dawn to get ready to go to work. A mom doesn’t feel good about taking care of her children when she herself is ill and would rather be in bed. A nun doesn’t feel so great, either, getting up before dawn to pray. But, ah! This is love. We do this out of our love, for the one we love, and ah! … that also is prayer.

I think we could sum up St. John of the Cross by saying that it is our WILL which chooses, what we see, what we hear, what we do. Our will is at work when we pray. We can will to pray when we don’t feel like it, just as in the examples above of the dad or mom or nun. We’ve heard the expression “suit up and show up.” We can use it, also, for prayer. And if we “suit up and show up” on a daily basis, on both good days and bad days, I would add, that, then, would be a powerful prayer, indeed – the prayer of a friend, who comes to be with God not looking for any gain or consolation, but is content to be with God.

Then, I wouldn’t be surprised if some day, during prayer, you would open your eyes and look at your watch and say, “My God, where did the time go? Can it be that I have been with You so long; it seemed but a few moments.” I can hear St. Teresa of Avila saying, “You are His friend now, His close friend, and He is taking you deeper into Himself in the intimacy with God through prayer. When that happens, the time passes oh so quickly.”

Until next time,

Sister Laus Gloriae, O.C.D.

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I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.  I love Carmelites (yes I do pray that my one and only daughter is called to become one, shhh….)

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Who Needs Superheroes? – We Have Saints!

St. Thomas Aquinas by Benozzo Gonzzoli

I have to admit, Todd and I love superheroes (we love Sci-Fi) but maybe this is why we also love our beloved saints!  As Catholics, we have been blessed with a Communion of Saints to draw from as examples for our lives.  They have truly tried (and sometimes failed but gotten up again) to live like Christ in His image.  So really, who needs superheroes when we have saints?

I love learning about saints and teaching about them even more!  I’ve been personally selecting (or better yet, the Saint has selected me) a patron saint for the school year since 2004 (when I last began to teach at a Catholic School).  Since then, I’ve continued this tradition but also been changing it up a bit.  My beloved and I select the Patron Saint for our Family/Homeschool for the year together.  Then each of us select one for us individually.

One night before we started this school year, we prayed for the right one to select us for this new school year, 2011 – 2012.  I was so excited when we got St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church for our Family/Homeschool since my beloved and I love his writing so much (I’m so hooked on the Summa!)  So who exactly was St. Thomas Aquinas?  Rome Reports has a great little video explaining this amazing Saint:

St. Thomas was one of the greatest and most influential theologians of all time.  His feast day is January 28th and he is the patron saint of students and universities, perfect huh?

Then I found this great little prayer card…have to use this as our Homeschool daily opening prayer for the year {especially love the first line: “O Lord my God, help me to be obedient” – think it’ll stick?  lol}:


Have you selected your Patron Saint for your Homeschool yet?  I’d love to help, if you leave me a comment either on my blog or Facebook I will say a little prayer for your school (leave your school name) and I will reply with your Patron Saint for the year!  How does that sound?


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St. Patrick Feast Day Celebration & Link Up

When I think of St. Patrick I think of three things:

the Holy Trinity

A friend of mine e-mailed me this little remembrance of this wonderful saint:

We thank you, gracious Father,
For St. Patrick, our dear friend
Who brought the Catholic faith
To the folks of Ireland!

If not for dear St. Patrick,
Heathens we’d still be-
Prayin’ to false gods
Instead of the Blessed Trinity!!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!!

It’s March 17th already, can you believe it? St. Patrick’s day is here!  This is a special day at our home because our little two year old’s middle name is Patrick and we like to celebrate the feast of the saint they were named after in a simple, yet special way. In what ways?  Well we try to incorporate it to our entire school day by learning across the curriculum.  Here’s what we plan on doing tomorrow:

First we read the following book together:

After reading this book, we (of course) will eat apples as our snack to explain the book and how there is one apple but three parts, just like the Holy Trinity!
Next, we take out the St. Patrick’s Day costume that I made for my 13 year old when he was almost six years olf and participated in a Saints Day Parade in the first grade (our Catholic School days) and the boys get a turn trying it on (miter and all).  Here is a picture of him all dressed up (he was so little!):

Third, we plan on showing the kids this adorable video by Brown Bag Films:

Of course, the day would not be complete without watching the Veggie Tales’s version of St. Patrick (4th):

Our fifth activity will be in Science (and art) we plan on doing this carnation experiment but plan on splitting the carnation at the bottom and using yellow and blue food coloring to create the green as well as using the green coloring straight up.  Here’s a video to help you conduct your experiment:

Our Social Studies (6th) activity will including mapping Ireland and coloring their flag.  =)

Then we usually do a simple craft but this year we have been invited over our friends’ house for a St. Patrick’s day party! Whoo hoo! 😉 That lovely friend would be our very own RLS contributor, Kristy, so you know we are going to have yummy food (which reminds me we had a Mardi Gras – Catholic style with them as well and need to share it with you). We can’t wait to see what Kristy has in store for us tomorrow.  I will take pictures of tomorrow’s festivities (no idea what Mama Kristy has planned for us).

Our culminating activity in celebrating this feast day will be to watch a program on EWTN on the saint.  I have set our DVR to record Lives of the Saints: St. Patrick at 3AM (no worries, EWTN will also show it at 6:30 PM ET) to watch with Dada in the evening.  “This program discusses the life and times of one of the most beloved saints: Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland.” At the end of the day we also will pray the Litany to the Holy Trinity found on the EWTN website (thank you Mother Angelica).

Pray for me as we have a very exciting (but active) day planned ahead!


We are also participating here:

Join US:  St. Patrick’s Feast Day Link up! 
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Feast Day Alert: Saint Francis de Sales

I so totally love this new website and can see it as a major part of our research for our school, Cor Iesu Academy! I love the little slide presentation, how it has the text at the bottom that is being read aloud….so not only can my 7th grader look up information for things he is studying but my emergent readers, my four and five year olds can also benefit from this cool site! They even have information on saints and the Church (hopefully accurate) 😉 Here is the one for today’s Feast Day: Saint Francis de Sales, Enjoy!

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Happy New Year!

It’s a new year and time to ask a new saint to select me as my intercessor for the year! This is the first time in the 7 years that I’ve done this (thanks to my friend Melba) that I get a male saint.

Meet Saint Ferdinand III King of Castile, feast day May 30th (Mother’s Day in Nicaragua, where I’m from) and patron of large families, magistrates, tertiaries. Saint Ferdinand III of Castille, pray for me!

If you are interested in finding a saint to help you through your journey in 2011, this is a super cool Saint Name Generator!

If you choose to do this, I’d love to know who you get!

Have a blessed and Happy New Year!

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