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 18 abecederian class. I have included all the subjects including new grammar, Great Artists, 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.)
***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 & hand motions by CCHappyMom.)
Fifth edition geography replaces "Former Czechoslovakia" with Czechia and Slovakia.
- Children listen while I sing the history sentence.
- Allow children to each roll the Music Dynamics die: staccato, crescendo, diminuendo, legato, forte, piano and sing it in that dynamic.
- I chant using a slap/clap rhythm (clap my hands and slap my thighs) while the children listen.
- Speed up: Children chant it with me with doing clap/slap rhythm. Do it really slowly. Do it regular. Do it fast. Do it super fast. Do it super duper silly fast.
- Flash the cards, while singing card titles 1, 2, & 3, then 1-5 card titles, then 1-7 card titles.
- Mix the cards up on the table. Have each pair of children get a turn trying to put the TL cards in order on the table while we sing the song together slowly. (If you have a smaller class, you can let each child do it individually.)
- I chant and do motions while the children listen:
The area of a triangle = form a triangle with your index fingers and thumbs
Equals one half = pretend to karate chop something in half
Base = point downward with both hands
Times height = jump up as high as you can with right hand in the air like making a lay-up in basketball
- Allow each child to pull out a craft stick with a silly voice on it and chant using that silly voice: squeaky mouse voice, robot voice, kingly voice, cowboy voice, T-rex voice, butterfly whisper voice, & snake hissing voice.
The motions for the triangle start at 30 seconds into the video.
• Chant the science sentence while children listen.
• Children repeat with me 6 times while doing the below actions:
Newton’s third = Hold out 3 fingers
law of motion states = Roll arms
that for every action, there is an equal = squat down low
and opposite reaction. = Jump up high
(*At home we’ll be learning the science sentence using the song & motions by Seth.)
- I sing through with the motions with the children listen.
- Children sing & do motions with me.
- Play Latin Duck, Duck, Goose - Instead of saying, "Duck....duck...duck...goose," the child says the memory work while tapping (bo, bis, bit, …). On the last word (-bunt), the child that is tapped gets up and chases the tapper. *I counted ahead so that each time a different child got a turn being the goose. After the two children have run around, I tell the tapper, “Start with [child’s name].”
- ***Parent Helper: 1) Help children put on t-shirts or smocks to protect their clothing. 2) Cover the table with a plastic tablecloth or newspapers.
- Show a compact mirror to remind the children of the first artist who painted portraits and practiced painting expressions by making silly faces at himself in the mirror and drawing those. Who remembers his name? (Rembrandt). Show a toy tree. Which artist did we learn about last week who loved to paint landscapes, but had to add people to them so he could make money? (Gainsborough) Show the ballet slipper to remind children of the impressionistic artist who loved drawing ballerinas and was wonderful at painting and drawing movement? Who remembers his name? (Edgar Degas) Show funny glasses to remind children of the impressionistic artist who loved to show how light reflects on items & used a dabbing technique that sometimes made objects look fuzzy. Who remembers his name? (Claude Monet) Show the large paintbrush. Which woman impressionistic artist did we learn about last week who piled the paint onto her canvases? (Berthe Morisot)
- Today we’re going to study about a post-impressionist artist named Vincent Van Gogh. Say that name with me, “Vincent Van Gogh.” To help you remember Van Gogh, I’m going to show you these bright paints because Van Gogh liked to use bold, bright colors and dramatic brush strokes to express emotions and show movement.
- Quickly flip through the book Vincent van Gogh (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) by Mike Venezia while summarizing the book.
- Pass out black construction paper to each child. Show them how to paint concentric circles as described in step 4 of Discovering Great Artists.
- Allow students to use paper to cut out a house or a few houses and then paste them on the bottom of the page.
- Show the bright paints again. Which artist liked to use bold, bright colors and dramatic brush strokes to express emotions and show movement? Yes, Vincent Van Gogh!
- 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: Smile at least one time at the beginning of your speech and one more time during your speech to create a friendly rapport with your audience. 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: Incorporate the skills we have learned so far: Good posture, volume, eye contact, pauses, and smiles.
- 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.
- (*Ahead of time you can watch a video of the experiment by CCLivermore Tutor posted below.)
- I do have a full script for this activity that I might post at a later time. It's on my computer that crashed. If I can get it off that hard drive, I'll post it here. In the meantime, you can check the script from CCC user nicoleliem for additional ideas.
- 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 12-18. Have children tell me or show me locations using their fingers.
- Snowball fight: Let one child pick a subject. Go through weeks 12-18 in that subject. (Each child gets to answer a different week.) Hand out crumpled up paper to the children & let them throw it at each other for 10 seconds. Set back down. Move on to the next subject. Repeat the snowball fight afterward. Continue until all the subjects have been covered. Afterward, have everyone race to get all the "snowballs" in the trashcan.
I am so grateful for each of your families and how you share your unique gifts to enrich our CC community!
Can you believe that we are about to embark on our last 6 weeks?!? We will be switching gears from artists (so t-shirt smocks are no longer needed) to orchestra during our fine arts period, and we have some exciting activities for our science period!
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 in preparation for next week's science activity: Science Morning Basket & Activities: Paper Airplanes.
(If you'd prefer to instead focus on the memory work, here is an alternative study we did that focuses on the geography sentence: Geography Morning Basket & Activities: Central European Country: Italy. )
This week I will be praying for each of your children. My prayer is that through our time at CC, they will learn to “be generous and willing to share [and so] lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.” (I Timothy 5:18-19).
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