Former abecedarian CC tutor (iijuan12), former history teacher, & currently a Christian homeschooling mama of 9 blessings
This is the plan I used while tutoring a Classical Conversations Cycle 2 Week 10 abecederian class. I have included all the subjects including new grammar, art, presentations, science, 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 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 trace around the border of Europe and then erase them.
-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.)
***Parent 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 song & motions by CCHappyMom.)
You'll need to replace China with the Arabian Sea at the end.
- Chant the science while the children listen.
- Allow children to each roll the silly voice die & chant the science 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.
(*At home we’ll be learning the planets using the song & motions by Seth.)
This was week 9 in the fourth edition but is for week 10 in the fifth edition.
• I sing and explain hand motions & they repeat after me. (I use the hand motions by CCC user KnoxFamily.)
• Children sing & do motions with me.
• Right table sings with me while everyone does motions.
• Left table sings with me while everyone does motions.
• Girls sing with me while everyone does motions.
• Boys sing with me while everyone does motions.
• Everyone sings & does motions with me.
- Hear me sing and point to the Squares.
- Let each child roll action die & we sing while doing those actions: horse lunges, Sideways tornadoes (arm circles), jumping jacks, frog squat jumps, Birds (flap arms), Ninja kicks.
On the board I drew a picture of Pluto (Mickey Mouse's dog) and a present with balloons inside. I quickly explained: "Air, umm, in balloons is the Plu(to) Perfect gift for Mickey Mouse’s Latin Party. Everything in the Pluperfect Tense starts with air!"
• Everyone together will sing and use motions we learned last week. Only sing through it one time.
-eram – Puff your cheeks and blow out air and then pretend to hold up an umbrella. (air + um)
-erās– Pretend to shoot off some arrows.
-erat– Puff your cheeks and blow out air and then pinch your nose with a disgusted look on your face and pretend to hold up a smelly carrot (or banana) that is rotting. (air + rot)
-erāmus – Puff your cheeks and blow out air , place your hand on your cheek & open your mouth like you’re saying, “Oh!” and then show muscles (air + oh + mus)
-erātis – Puff your cheeks and blow out air , wave your hands like you’re saying, “No!” because someone is trying to feed you that disgusting, rotting carrot/banana (“Ehh!”), and then and then blow nose into a tissue (air + eh + tis)
-erant– Puff your cheeks and blow out air and then wiggle your index finger back and forth like you’re saying, “Nh, nh, don’t do that!” (air+nt)
- Let each child have a turn "leading" the class by singing it into a toy microphone. Again, we will only sing through it one time each.
• Flash the cards, while singing card titles 1-3, then 1-5 card titles, then 1-7 card titles.
• Which card is missing? Secretly pull one of the cards out. Lay them out on the table. Sing through the song to find out which one is missing. Repeat 3 more times.
- I chant while children listen.
- Allow children to each roll the music die* & chant the prepositions together using that dynamic: staccato, crescendo, diminuendo, legato, forte, & piano. (*I use a foam die from the Dollar Tree, put stickers on it [so I can change out the voices], & write on the stickers.)
- Allow each child to play a "song" for us on their tin whistle.
- Use Rhythm Pizza to show the length of notes. Hold up the notes and ask which one each one is.
- Go through Rhythm chant and hand motions from the below video:
Rhythm, rhythm, rhythm. (Rolling arms around)
Long and Short Sounds. (Holding hands far out and then close together)
This is a whole note: ta-a-a-a. (Cup hands together to form a circle)
This is a half note: ta-ta (cup open L hand next to flat R hand)
This is a quarter note: ta-ta-ta-ta (fist of L hand next to flat R hand)
This is a pair of eighth notes: tee-tee-tee-tee-tee-tee-tee-tee (R hand over L hand to form a T or time-out sign)
Rhythm, rhythm, rhythm. (Rolling arms around)
- Use the script from the Foundations Guide to continue discussing rhythm.
- Time to Play! Review Rules: If you move or touch your tin whistle when you're not supposed to be, your tin whistle will go to tin whistle time out. [Point to tin whistle jail drawn on the board.]
- Review notes for first measure of Mary Had a Little Lamb in chin position. Then I play it for them. Then they play it. Repeat with each measure. Play the entire line together. Then go through the entire second line of the song in chin position. I play it. The children play it.
- Allow each child to play as much of the song as they want while the others listen, with their tin whistles on the floor.
- Have children collect presentation items from the basket/table.
- Remind that when someone else is talking, children should: Stop, Look, Listen.
- Remind about presentations:Eye Contact: Look listeners in the eye to show confidence and engage them. 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. (Will rotate each week.)
- Next week's skill to work on: Volume: Speak at an appropriate volume.
- 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.
For our Facility Clean-up, our director gave our class a pack of baby wipes & disinfectant wipes for us to wipe off the tables and chairs.
- 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 4-10. Have children tell me or show me locations using their fingers.
- Musical Chairs: Play Timeline CD. The child who doesn't get a seat gets to pick out a question card (minus timeline or geography) from a bag and answer it. If it’s from this week’s new grammar or if the child is unsure, everyone gets to help. Sometimes I tell them to go around the chairs while hopping, skipping, on their tip toes, and walking backwards.
I loved getting to see you all today! I definitely want to compliment you all about presentations this week. It was obvious you spent extra time preparing for them! Everyone’s presentation skills are definitely improving!
I'm looking forward to seeing most of you Saturday morning for our field trip to the astronomy show!
Would you like a little bit extra? Each week my family enjoys reading books, doing activities, and watching YouTube video clips related to our new grammar. Memorizing the CC grammar is completely sufficient, but if you’d like to add a bit more, here is what my family has enjoyed reading, doing, & watching related to the science sentence: Science Morning Basket & Activities: The Planets.
This week I will be praying for each of your children. My prayer is that through our time at CC, God will teach them “the secret of being content in any and every situation…through Him who gives [them] strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13) I am here to serve you in any way that I can. If you ever have questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know!
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