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CC Cycle 1 Week 24 Plan for Abecedarian Tutors

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Former abecedarian CC tutor (iijuan12), former history teacher, & currently a Christian homeschooling mama of 9 blessings

Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Week 24 Lesson Plan for Abecedarian Tutors

Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Week 24 Lesson Plan for Abecedarian Tutors

This is the plan I used while tutoring a Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Week 24 abecederian class. I have included all the subjects including new grammar, fine arts, presentations, science experiments, and review game. I also added my weekly parent email. This is not an official tutor plan. It's simply what I did. I'm sharing it so other tutors can use it as a springboard from which to plan your own lessons that are tailored to best meet the needs of your own class.


(Class set of trivium maps, dry erase markers, and small pieces of paper towels will already be at each seat.)

-Have the children use their dry erase markers to quickly trace around the borders of the continents and then erase them. (Be sure to emphasize that they should focus on the basic shapes, not the details.)
-Have the children put the caps on their markers and lay them down.
• Point out the locations on my map one by one. (I say, “Eyes and pointer fingers up” each time before I introduce the next location.) Each time have the children find the location on their maps using their fingers. They say the location, and I confirm, “Yes, that is…”. Repeat.
• Show me/Tell me the locations using a dry erase marker.
-Show me where [location] is. Put a dot on it. [Repeat this for each location.]
-Put the caps back on the markers, but don’t erase anything yet!
• Go through the locations with me while erasing locations one by one using the piece of paper towel. (Do them out of order.)
***Mom/Dad Helper: Collect markers and maps and return to tutor bag. Throw away paper towel pieces.***

  • (*At home we’ll be learning the locations using the songs & hand motions by CCHappyMom.)


  • Point to the Presidents on the Timeline cards as we sing along with the Presidents song (the tune from the CD) while pointing to their pictures on the paper that shows each of their pictures and names from CCC. Repeat 2 more times. (My director told me we didn’t need to repeat this 7 times.)


  • Use Llama Llama Latin Llama with a 5 birthday candle, llama puppet, a picture of a ribbon with an ace (a playing card) on it, and all the previous puppet friends. On Llama Llama Latin Llama’s 5th birthday, she invited all of the neighborhood animals over for a fun day of games. Each time someone won a game, they were given an Ace to wear as a prize! (An ace is a person who excels at a particular sport or other activity.) Ace helps us remember how the 5th declension noun endings sound! (This idea is based on the stories by CCC user rtseely.)
  • Go through song and motions once. When we do singular, we’ll use 5 fingers on one hand. When we do plural, we’ll use 5 fingers on both hands.

-es: like ace, so hold down one arm like you’re doing half an A shape
-ei: like the letters A E, so make the ASL signs for A and then E
-ei: like the letters A E, so make the ASL signs for A and then E
em: like M, so do ASL for M
-e: like A, so do ASL for A
(1X and then sing “Singular Fifth Declension”)
-es: like ace, so hold down both arms like you’re doing half an A shape
-erum: like you’re blowing air on ‘em (them), so have both hands go out showing the air you’re blowing
-ebus: like you’re riding on a bus – bounce you hands and body like riding on a bouncy bus
-es: like ace, so hold down both arms like you’re doing half an A shape
-ebus: like you’re riding on a bus – bounce you hands and body like riding on a bouncy bus
(1X and then sing “Plural Fifth Declension)

  • Allow each child to stand in front with a toy microphone and lead the class in singing and motioning each one, but only sing through singular and plural one time each.


  • Children listen while I say the science sentence and do the motions from Dana Johnson:

Some markings on the globe are – Move arms around in front of you with fingers clasped and arms rounded like you’re holding a globe
Latitude (parallels) – Move your arms across in front of you, parallel to the ground
Longitude (meridians) – Move your arms in front of your body, with your elbows bent
Prime meridian – Do a hand chopping moving from top to bottom in front of you
Degrees – Hold one arm on top of the other. Holding your R hand in an ASL d, move up and around.
Northern Hemisphere – Put your hands on the top of your head.
Southern Hemisphere – Put your hands on your feet.

  • Allow children to each roll the music die* & chant the science sentence together using that dynamic: staccato, crescendo, diminuendo, legato, forte, & piano.\

(*At home we’ll be including the tune Jesus Loves the Little Children by Dana Johnson.)


  • I chant while children listen.
  • Vary who says it: Children say it with me. Right table says it. Left table says it. Girls say it. Boys say it. Everyone says it.
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  • Sing the history sentence while the children listen.
  • Allow children to each roll the silly voice die & sing the history song together using that silly voice: Squeaky mouse voice, sing it like a soldier, cowboy, stick out your tongue and sing it, butterfly whisper voice, & T-rex voice.


  • I sing tune of The Wheels on the Bus while the children listen.

The wheels on the bus - The Identity Law
go round and round - for addition states
round and round - a plus zero
round and round - equals a.
The wheels on the bus - The Identity Law
go round and round - for multiplication states
all through the town - a times one equals a.

  • Movements: Sing while standing one left leg, right leg, squatting, marching, & standing on chair (or spinning in a circle).

Follow the directions of your director. As a community play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and sing The Orchestra Song together. (If you have time, practice together as a class first.)


  • Have children collect presentation items from the basket/table.
  • Remind that when someone else is talking, children should: Stop, Look, Listen.
  • Remind about presentations: Today’s focus will be: Everything: Good posture, volume, eye contact, & smiles. What is today’s focus? [Remember to raise your hand to answer.]
  • Each child gets 1 question token (a foam rectangle with their name written on it).
  • Have children go in alphabetical order. (We rotate each week.)
  • Return presentation items to backpacks.

Bathroom Break & Snack Time

Pray. Bathroom break. Get snacks from snack basket and have snack while listening to memory work CD or Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 22 in E-Flat, Third Movement.

*While children are having their snack time, my parent helper and I set up each of the Review Game stations.

Learning how to use a compass

Learning how to use a compass

Set up:

*Ahead of time I hid 2 gift bags of inflatable globes (deflated) in our room. I made 2 sets of directions. (For example, take 3 steps to the north, 4 steps to the east, 5 steps to the south, etc.) Each set of directions takes the children to a different location. Therefore, even if they see certain gift bag, it might not be the one they are supposed to get. They must follow their directions to get to the ones they are supposed to have.


  • What are some markings on a globe? Some markings on the globe are: Latitude (parallels), Longitude (meridians), Prime Meridian, Degrees, Northern Hemisphere, and Southern Hemisphere.
  • How many of your parents use directions from their phones or car GPS systems to get around? Did you know that your parent's phone or GPS system uses satellites and a coordinate system based on these markings on the globe to help us figure out where we are exactly on this earth?
  • If you were out in the woods and your mom's phone wasn't working, how might you figure out which way was north, south, east, or west so that you'd know where we were heading? You could use the position of the sun or you could use one of these. (Show a compass.) Who knows what this is called? (a compass)

Observing a Compass

  • Hand out a compass to each child. Ask, “What do you notice about it?”
  • A compass is just a really small, free-floating magnet? Did you know our earth has a magnetic field? Our earth is magnetic just like these magnets. (Hold up magnets).
  • (Hand a magnet to each child and have them watch what happens when they place a magnet next to their compass.) What happened to the needle in your compass? (Collect the magnets.)
  • The north and south poles on our earth are much like this magnet, and the needle on your compass will naturally be attracted to our earth’s magnetic north pole.

Using a Compass

  • Now we are going to go on a treasure hunt using your compasses! (Divide children into 2 groups. My parent helper led one group and I led the other in following the written directions. The children did need our help in figuring out how to use their compasses to determine the directions.)
  • After they find their group's gift bags, pass out the inflatable globes so they can each have one to take home.

(Some of the introduction script came from CCC user rruggles.)

The "treasure" the children received at the end of their compass hunt

Minute to Win It Review Games

Minute to Win It Review Games

  • Geography Fast Review: Hand out maps to each child. Divide up children among you & the helping moms so that you are able to each check specific child and what they are pointing at. Call out the geography locations from weeks 18-24. Have children tell me or show me locations using their fingers.
  • Minute to Win It Challenges: On one set of cards I wrote out the subjects (one has Latin, one has Math, etc.) On one sets of cards I wrote the numbers 18-24. Child # 1 will pick a subject. Each of the children will pick a number card. Review that subject. Each child will recite the memory work for the week they selected. Collect the cards. Then do one of the challenges. Then allow Child #2 to pick a subject. Each child will recite memory work for a different week. Do the next challenge. Continue until you finish or you run out of time.
  • Balloon Juggle: See who can keep a balloon from touching the ground for one minute – without hold it and without touching it with their hands.
  • Cookie Face: See who can get an Oreo cookie from their face to their mouth without touching it with their hands.
  • Penny Stack: Try to stack 25 pennies with one hand.
  • Shoe Kick: See who can kick their shoe closest to a spot marked on the table.
  • Feather Breath: See who can keep a feather in the air the longest using only their breath.
  • Cup Stacking: Try to stack 10 cups.
  • Skittle Straw Suck: Use a straw to transfer 5 skittles from one plate to another plate.
  • End of Year Gifts: I did pass out summer fun gift bags to each child with a few non-candy treats (granola bar, fruit leather, & juice box), a few toys (bubbles, balloon, sidewalk chalk, & stickers), and a printed picture of them from the first day of class. Some tutors waited to pass these types of bags out during the end of the year ceremony. It might be a good idea to discuss with the other tutors what they are doing so that you all pass out gift bags on the same day (if you plan to do that).

Today was bittersweet! I am going to miss getting to see you all every Thursday! I will cherish the time we have spent in community together! Hopefully we will have numerous opportunities to get together over the summer!

I am looking forward to celebrating with you at the Presentation event next Thursday night! Everyone will have an opportunity to recite the history sentence they selected, so make sure to have your child practice their sentence a few times before next Thursday.

© 2019 Shannon

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