Monday, September 22, 2014

Ideas for Classically Catholic Memory: Delta Year: Week 2

Classically Catholic Memory: Delta Year: Week 2
I'm blogging my way through our four year curriculum program so I don't forget everything that worked for us! Please feel free to use what works for your family and share in the comments anything you would add. For more on Classically Catholic Memory go here.

This week the kids memorized the seven Sacraments. While working on adding Penance and The Anointing of the Sick to their Sacrament books (see below), they listened to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from Angel Food.

Lesson 1: Penance
*We skipped Holy Eucharist for now because there will be several weeks of memory work on the Eucharist in the coming weeks. I had the kids skip two pages in their books so we could fill them in later.

This week we studied the Sacraments of Healing, beginning with Penance.

All three of the printouts that we used were free!

The Steps to a Good Confession booklet comes from Catholic Icing. You have to subscribe to the email list to get it, so make sure to do this a few days in advanced to the lesson. I scaled the images down so they would fit in their books.

The Act of Contrition comes from Raising Little Saints (scale that one too), and in the pocket is a 10 Commandments memory game from St. Brigid's Academy.

They also made a Sacrament of Penance Treasure Box from 4 Real Forums.

While the kids worked I read them the section on Penance from A Child's Guide to the Seven Sacraments and we skimmed Lessons 29-32 (pgs 139-158) in The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism (No 1).

Finally, they watched Br. Francis' The Blessing of Confession.

Lesson 2:
Next, we covered the Anointing of the Sick.

First the kids created a Prayers for the Dying booklet from St. Anne's Helper to put in their book. Then I had this kids make a spiritual doctor's bag from Look to Him and be Radiant. I was so thrilled to find this cleaver idea! 

The other quotes that are on the pages come from the spiritual doctor's bag printout as well.

And while they worked, I taught the kids about the Anoiniting of the Sick from The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism (No.1) - Lesson 34 (pgs 163-166).

Over the next few weeks we will be memorizing O Salutaris Hostia. The kids will be learning it from the Delta year CD and this youtube... because mama can't sing.


Lesson 1:
Over the past two weeks we did another American Girl Unit study on Kirsten! These are so much work, but also very worth it.

Lesson 2:
The Monroe Doctrine was also coved in this weeks history sentence, so Kevin read the kids Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents: James Monroe.

Finally, you can check out this quick youtube on the topic. Oh and, here are 164 other youtubes on the Monroe Doctrine, so you can pick your personal favorite.


Lesson 1:
Leaves (period) That's what we studied this week. The supply list was short for our first lesson, but you'll need an ipad/tablet.

First I read the kids Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! and we talked about how leaves can be classified. Then we gathered leaves from our backyard and used the free leaf snap app to instantly classify them. It was a... snap. And a lot of fun.

Lesson 2:

For our second lesson on leaves I read the kids Leaf Jumpers and we added several booklets to our Botany Books.

Pal wanted to fit everything on one page. Bean wanted to use two.

Below are the links to the booklets that we used. You'll have to add the text yourself, which can easily be done in their PDF format. Or you can just write everything in by hand. All of the links come from

Also, you'll need to printout pages 2-5 from York CCD for filling in the pages of your booklets.

Ways to Classify Leaves: Page 9

Leaf Shapes: Page 3

Leaf Veins: Page 1

Leaf Arrangements: Page 6

Leaf Margins: Page 12

And I had the kids do some leaf rubbings in their botany books, but I forgot to take a picture of that and I really don't fell like pulling out the camera again :).

I didn't come up with anything new for learning the multiples of 3 this week, so check out my post on 20+ games for teaching the multiples for some inspiration!


Lesson 1:
You can also pick your favorite timeline game from my archives!

Lesson 2:
We pulled out our Timeline Book from last year and I had the kids find this weeks cards in the book.

I found two fun activities for teaching the circles of latitude this week. And I found time to do one of them :).

What we didn't do is this free printable activity from The Wise Nest. However we did use this free world map printable from Layers of Learning.

Great Words I
We began memorizing The Turtle by Vachel Lindsay this week. It's a pretty simple poem and I think the kids already memorized the whole thing. Check out youtube 1 and youtube 2 to watch it and you can find it in Playtime Rhymes (with cute hand motions!) and A Children's Treasury of Poems.

Be saints, it's worth it!


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