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 23 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.)
***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 songs & hand motions by CCHappyMom.)
It's now titled "Central Asia" but the locations are the same.
- I sing to the tune of the William Tell Overture while kids listen: The Distributive Law States: /a times opening parenthesis / b+c / closing parenthesis / equals a times b / plus a times c.
- Allow each child to roll silly voice die, and we sing it using that silly voice: T-rex voice, gorilla voice (pound your chest while singing it), fish voice (rub your index finger over your lips while singing it), stick out your tongue and sing it, and quiet whisper voice.
- I chant while the children listen.
- Vary who says it: Have children chant it with me. Girls say it with me. Boys say it with me. Right table says it with me. Left table says it with me. Everyone says it with me.
(*At home we’ll be learning the English sentence using the song by Theodora Rulz, posted below.)
- Sing the history sentence & do motions while the children listen. We marched during the song & then did a "You're out" umpire sign with our right hand for "expel."
- Allow children to each roll the music die & sing the history song together using that dynamic: staccato, crescendo, diminuendo, legato, forte, & piano.
• Sing through the song one time, laying the cards in order, face up on the table.
• Allow each child a turn to use a fly swatter to swat the individual timeline cards as we all sing the song together.
- On the board next to the Latin new grammar include a drawing of a gift with a bow & arrow inside. Explain: Back when we wrapped our present tightly with a bow for the future tense, we had a bow as the gift. Now we need to make that future gift perfect. What do you need if you have a bow? Yes, you need an arrow! That will be our Future Perfect gift!
- Sing through half the motions, while explaining each motion. Repeat and go all the way through, explaining the second half when you get to them. Each time I say, model, and explain, and children repeat and do motions.
-erō – Pretend to shoot off an arrow. (This time it’s just one, perfect arrow.)
-eris – Puff your cheeks and blow out air and then move hand to look like a snake that will hiss (air+iss / rhymes with Paris)
-erit – Puff your cheeks and blow out air and then point at something = It (air + it) (--Start from the beginning.)
-erimus – Puff your cheeks and blow out air, pretend to touch something and then shake your hand like you just touched something icky, and then put your hands on the sides of your head with your thumbs toward your head to make moose antlers (air + i + mus)
-eritis – Puff your cheeks and blow out air, pretend to touch something and then shake your hand like you just touched something icky, and then blow nose into a tissue (air + i + tis)
-erint - 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)
- Sing together all the way through with the motions 2x.
- I chant while children listen.
- Have children chant it with me 2 times.
- Basketball: Give each child a half sheet of paper ("heat") & have them crumple up the paper as you chant. After we finish, have them try to throw the paper ball into the trash can ("make the heat flow"). Repeat 3 more times.
(*At home we’ll be learning the science sentence using the song & motions by Seth.)
Follow the directions in the guide book to review the orchestra and sing the song together. If you'd like, you can share the below link with families for them to use when practicing The Orchestra Song.
- 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: Silence: Have at least one silent pause on purpose. Make no hmm, umm, or other sounds between thoughts. 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.)
- Next week’s skill to work on: Everything: Good posture, volume, eye contact, & smiles.
- Next week’s optional topic: Tell us 3 or more of your favorite memories or activities from CC this year!
- 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.
- Pair up students and allow each pair to create a egg protector. Each pair will receive 50 craft sticks, rubber bands, 12 napkins, & a plastic egg. Remind the children they will need to create a design that will allow for us to remove the plastic egg and replace it with a real egg next week.
- Children will probably need assistance with rubber bands.
- Tip: When we did this before, the winning designs were ones in which they created a napkin parachute. This is kind of related to the science activity we did during week 16 (#190: Breakthrough) in which we saw how changing the shape of an object can affect how quickly it falls.
- Geography Fast Review: Hand out maps to each child. Divide up children among you & the helping parents so that you are able to each check specific children and what they are pointing at. Call out the geography locations from weeks 17-23. Have children tell me or show me locations using their fingers.
- Hot Wheels Race: Have Child #1 select a subject (pulling one from slips of paper that have the subjects written on them). Each child recites the grammar from a different week (weeks 17-23). After finishing that subject, allow children to each select a Hot Wheels cars to race down a cardboard box “ramp” that is set against a table. Everyone collects their car & puts them back in the “garage bag.” Go through the next subject. Repeat with a new Hot Wheels car & race. Continue until you’ve finished all the subjects.
I can hardly believe that we only have ONE more week of CC! It has been a privilege to watch your children grow over this past year! I am really going to miss getting to see your sons every Thursday!
Next week we'll be playing Mary Had a Little Lamb on our tin whistles and will be singing The Orchestra Song. Please make sure your child brings his or her tin whistle. It might be a good idea to try to have them practice a few times too. My children enjoyed watching this silly video while singing The Orchestra Song: https://youtu.be/rSAZr-wD80U .
On April 16 we will be having our End of the Year Presentation. Each child will have an opportunity to recite or sing their favorite history sentence. Please reply to all to let us know which history sentence your child would like to recite, so that each child can present something different.
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 fine arts: Fine Arts Morning Basket & Activities: Orchestra Overview.
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