Omaha, NE Chapter – Catholic Schoolhouse

2019-20 Grammar Stage

CSH Tour III Materials

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We’re glad you’re here to learn more about our chapter.  The scope and sequence of study that we’ll follow for the 2019-20 school year follows the CSH Tour III Guidebook in the subjects of Catholic Religion, Catholic Saints, History, Classical Roots, Geography, Math, Language Arts, Music Study, Fine Arts, and Science.

Our chapter meets for 24 weeks on Tuesday mornings, mid-August through May, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Gretna, NE.


Grammar Stage Class Day:

8:30am – Students gather in their classrooms and begin their day with prayer and Pledge of Allegiance.

8:35am to 12:10pm – The class mentor introduces new memory work and students enjoy engaging and fun learning activities that reinforce the memory work.  Students also attend a 30-min art class and a 30-min science lab during this time.  Students also do presentations and enjoy a snack break.

12:10pm – Students tidy-up their desks and classroom and pack their backpacks.

12:15pm – All students gather for closing announcements and pray the Angelus.

Optional Afternoon Activities:

Families are welcome to stay for lunch and fellowship.  During warmer weather we enjoy lunch and play at the neighborhood park (1-block from church) or during colder weather we enjoy lunch and indoor play-time at the parish.

After lunch, older Grammar Students can participate in an IEW Writing Class offered from 1:30 to 2:30pm.

Grammar Stage Components:

Presentations – Students are on a rotation schedule to make a 3-minute presentation to their class.  For younger students it’s similar to show-and-tell.  As students get older, they learn about public speaking basics such as eye contact, voice projection, body gestures, etc.

Fine Arts  (30 min class/24 weeks) – Art projects connected to a variety of Tour III topics using a variety of artist tools and methods.  Students are introduced to artists, art techniques, and art history.

Science Project (30 min class/24 weeks) – Ecology, Earth Science, Forces & Motion, and Nutrition & Health

Religion – The Ten Commandments, Works of Mercy, Virtues, and Rosary

Catholic Saints – St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, St. Martin de Porres, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Bernadette Soubirous, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. Mother Teresa

Classical Roots – Greek and Latin Roots

Geography – Australia, Central and South America, Africa, and Antarctica including Continents & Oceans and Geographic Vocabulary

Math – Skip Counting, Geometry (triangles), Statistics, and Capacity Conversions

Language Arts – Parts of Speech, Sentences & Word Usage, and Composition Concepts

Music & Artist Study – Baroque (Handel’s Messiah), Classical (Mozart), Romantic (Tchaikovsky), and Contemporary (R. Strauss)

All subjects are presented fully in the CSH Tour III materials so families can continue learning at home what was presented in class.  The CSH Tour III Blog also offers wonderful resources, organized by week, to add enrichment activities at home for all ages.

Our chapter also organizes quarterly field-trips that connect to the subject themes of the year and an end-of-the-year Showcase to celebrate what we’ve learned.  We also organize special events such as All Saints Day and St. Valentine’s parties.

Each family is responsible for purchasing the CSH Tour III Materials which include the Tour Guide, History Cards, and Memory Work CD’s.  The CSH Tour III Art and Science books are also available so families can extend these lessons at home.  All materials are available at the Catholic Schoolhouse Store.

To learn more about the 2019-20 Dialectic Class for students 12-14 years old visit our chapter 2019-20 Dialectic Stage page.

We look forward to an exciting and fun-filled year!   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Many Blessings,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Carrie Hubert, Chapter Director