Former abecedarian CC tutor (iijuan12), former history teacher, & currently a Christian homeschooling mama of 9 blessings
This is the plan I used for a Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Week 12 abecedarian class. I have included all the subjects including new grammar, fine arts, 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 own class.
(Class set of trivium maps, dry erase markers, and small pieces of paper towels will already be at each seat.)
• Blob mapping:
-Have the children use their dry erase markers to trace around the border of America and then erase them.
-Have the children put the caps on their markers and lay them down.
• Point out the mountains 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 The Great Valley is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where the Blue Ridge Mountains are. Put a dot on them.
-Show me where the Great Smoky Mountains are. Put a dot on them.
-Show me where the Cumberland Mountains are. Put a dot on them.
-Show me where Mt. Mitchell is. Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which mountain this is. It's Mt. Mitch… (Yes, Mt. Mitchell.) Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which mountains these are. They're the Cum… (Yes, the Cumberland Mountains.) Put a dot on them.
-Tell me which mountains these are. They're the Grea… (Yes, the Great Smoky Mountains.) Put a dot on them.
-Tell me which mountains these are. They're the Blue… (Yes, the Blue Ridge Mountains.) Put a dot on them.
-Tell me which valley this is. It's the Grea… (Yes, The Great Valley.) Put a dot on it.
-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. (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.)
- Flash the cards, while singing card titles 1-3, then 1-4 card titles, then 1-5 card titles, and 1-6 card titles.
- While singing and flipping through the final time (doing all 7 cards), pass one out to each child.
- Have them bring up their timeline card one by one and put it on the board as we sing the song together.
- Sing the Latin sentence while the children listen. (Our community will be using the song by King Things - Ross King.)
- Chair Chants: Have children stand up with their chair next to them and sing it with me. Have them step on to their chair & sing it. Have them step down from their chair & sing. Sing while standing in chair. Sing while on the ground. Sing while standing in your chair.
This starts with English. Latin starts at 1:40.
- Chant the science sentence while the children listen.
- Allow children to each roll the music die* & chant the science sentence 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.)
(*At home we’ll be learning the science using the song & motions by Seth.)
- I chant while children listen. We used a clap/slap rhythm, repeatedly clapping our hands and then slapping our thighs.
- While using the clap/slap rhythm, 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.
(*At home we’ll be learning the English Grammar using the song by Missy Wilson.)
- (Ahead of time underline 8 of the main words in the history sentence.)
- Sing the history sentence while children listen.
- Allow each child to have a chance erasing an underlined word from the board. Sing it together after each time.
• Chant the math while children listen as I use a slap/clap rhythm (clap my hands and slap my thighs)
• Speed up: Children say 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.
Allow each child to play a "song" for us on their tin whistle.
Use Rhythm Pizza to review 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 to review rhythm:
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)
- Review Game: Hold up pictures with notes & symbols and ask the students what they are. Allow them to answer as a group.
- 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 line of Yankee Doodle in chin position. Then I play it for them. Then they play it. Then go through the entire second line of the song in chin position. I play it. The children play it.
- Play the entire song together twice.
- Allow the girls to play while the boys listen with their tin whistles on the floor.
- Allow the boys to play while the girls listen with their tin whistles on the floor.
- Allow the children to play it together. Great job!
- Have children collect presentation items from the basket/table.
- Remind that when someone else is talking, children should: Stop, Look, Listen.
- Remind about presentations: Tempo & Pauses: Use appropriate pauses. Speak neither too fast nor too slow. 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.
Follow the Anatomy lesson in the Foundation Guide.
- 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 6-12. Have children tell me or show me locations using their fingers.
- Snowball Fight: Let one child pick a subject. Go through weeks 6-12 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.
- Pass out small gift bags to each student. I gave gift bags with Lego minifigures from amazon.com, a few toys from the Dollar Tree (bubbles, toy animals, finger lights, US puzzle, & toy whistles), & gummy fruit packs. I also included an invitation for our Christmas Party, which I describe in detail at CC Christmas Cookie Swap Party.
Today was bittersweet! I am going to miss getting to see you all for the next few Thursdays! Hopefully you will have an opportunity to rest over our break. We will start back on January 14.
I am looking forward to getting to spend some time with those of you who will be able to make it to our Christmas Cookie Swap and Party on Thursday, December 3 from 9:45-11:30 am! I will send out a reminder that week.
I am not expecting that everyone will be practicing CC review over the break. My family will pick it up again a week before CC starts.
When we get back from break, we'll begin studying the Great Artists, which means we'll be painting. Please pack an oversized shirt or smock for your child to wear. I'll remind you again just before we start back up, but this might be a good time to swap out your child's tin whistle for their smock.
Be sure to admire your child's life-sized anatomy poster they are bringing home in their backpacks. They were all very proud of what they created.
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 history sentence: History Morning Basket & Activities: General Robert E. Lee.
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