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 16 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 quickly trace around the borders of the continents and then erase them.
-Have the children put the caps on their markers and lay them down.
• Point out the bays 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 Chesapeake Bay is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where Hudson Bay is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where San Francisco Bay is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where Puget Sound is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where Pamlico Sound is. Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which bay this is. It's Pamli… (Yes, Pamlico Sound.) Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which bay this is. It's Puge… (Yes, Puget Sound.) Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which bay this is. It's San Francis… (Yes, San Francisco Bay.) Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which bay this is. It's Hud… (Yes, Hudson Bay.) Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which bay this is. It's Chesapea… (Yes, Chesapeake Bay.) 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 and motions by CC Happy Mom.)
- Sing the Latin sentence while the children listen. (Our community will be using the song by King Things - Ross King.)
- Vary who sings it: Children sing it with me. Right table sings it. Left table sings it. Boys sing it in a whisper. Girls sing it loudly. Everyone sings it.
- I sing while the children listen.
- Have children sing it with me 2 times.
- Basketball: Give each child a half sheet of paper & have them crumple up the paper as we sing. After we finish, have them try to throw the paper ball into the trash can. Repeat 3 more times.
- I chant while the children listen.
- Children chant it with me.
- We chant it together 5 times while marching in place.
- Chant while the children listen. (If your community allows you to sing these, you can use the tune below by Heidi Stauff.)
- Your choice silly voice: Allow each child to say what silly voice they want to do the sentence in and everyone chants it using that silly voice. (It’s okay if they request voices you don’t have on your silly voice cube.)
*At home we will be using the video created by Heidi Stauff. If you'd like to use the tune Shake It Off (which definitely sticks in your mind) here is the tune set by Shelly Normand.
- I chant and do the below motions while the children listen.
Rectangle – Make a rectangle with index fingers and thumbs
Length – Hands go out to each side
Width – Hold left hand at waist level with palm facing up and raise right hand
- Everyone chants and does the hand motions together one time snail-paced super slowly. Do it together slowly. Do it at a regular pace. Do it fast. Do it really fast. Do it frantically funny fast.
(*At home we will also be learning it using the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It by Abbasgirlie, which is posted below.)
- 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.
- Materials needed: table cover, paper, crayons
- Step 1: Review:
- (Show the toy house and toy person). Say something like, "Who was the folk artist we learned about who liked to paint towns with houses, animals, and people doing different activities? Yes, her name was Grandma Moses."
- (Show the 4 puzzle pieces that aren't put together correctly.) Say something like, "Who was the Cubist artist we learned about who sometimes tried to paint someone from all sides, which made them look like this puzzle not put together correctly? Yes, Pablo Picasso."
- (Show the fake flower.) Say something like, "Who was the Realist artist from America we learned about last week who was inspired by nature and is known for painting huge flowers? Yes, Georgia O'Keeffe."
- Step 2: Artist Introduction: Show a magazine with a picture of a person on the front. Say something like, "Today we're going to learn about an American painter and illustrator named Norman Rockwell. He is most famous for painting pictures that would be on the cover illustrations of a magazine called The Saturday Evening Post, which he did for 50 years. His paintings usually showed regular people doing regular, everyday things in America."
- Use the book Norman Rockwell by Mike Venezia and quickly flip through it as you quickly discuss who he was and what his paintings looked like.
- Step 3: Study "Freedom from Want": Show "Freedom from Want" (his famous Thanksgiving painting) Ask, "What holiday do you think it is? Is this what your Thanksgiving meals look like?"
- Step 4: Draw your Thanksgiving (or other event):
- Tell the children we're going to draw what their Thanksgiving usually looks like. (If they want to draw something different, like their birthday party or Christmas, that's okay too.)
- The only rule I have is you must draw at least 2 people and you must draw at least 2 things in your picture, though I'd like for you to add more if you can.
- Pass our crayons and paper.
- Use OiLs to model on the board how to draw a simple stick person. (They can draw their people however they'd like, though.)
- Tell them that if they don't know how to draw something, just ask me or my parent helper. We then used a scrap piece of paper to show them how to draw it in a simple manner using OiLs.
- If some students finish early, ask them to add something else, maybe another food, the carpet, a pet, etc.
- Step 5: Review: Show the magazine with a picture of a person on the front. Say something like, "Which American painter and illustrator did we learn about today who is most famous for painting pictures of everyday life in America and were the cover illustrations of a magazine called The Saturday Evening Post? Yes, Norman Rockwell."
- 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: Eye contact: Make eye contact with at least 2 people and hold it for a few seconds each. 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 will rotate each week.)
- Next week’s skill to work on: Silence: Have at least one silent pause on purpose. Make no hum, um, or other sounds while trying to recite your poem or between sentences or thoughts.
- 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 CC Tutor Equipping Videos posted below.
- We used a simpler method that had a more dramatic reaction. We added 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup vinegar and put it in a bottle. Using a funnel, we added 1 tsp. of baking soda into a balloon. We then put the balloon over the bottle.
- If you would like additional ideas on what to say and do, cornerstone-edsupply.com/ is currently offering a script for this science activity for free.
- 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 10-16. Have children tell me or show me locations using their fingers.
- Puzzle Challenge: The mission of each team is to complete their puzzle.
- Divide the class into 2 teams: either right table vs. left table or boys vs. girls -- whichever would be more fairly divided.
- Have a bag with each subject except geography written on it. Allow a child from Team 1 to pull a subject. They will need to answer that subject from week 10. If they can say it (with some assistance allowed), their team gets a piece of their puzzle.
- A child from Team 2 will pull a subject. They will answer that subject from week 10. If they can say it (with some assistance allowed), their team gets a piece of their puzzle.
- After you've finished all the subjects from week 10, put the subject cards back in the bag and start on week 11. Continue until you've gone through all the subjects and weeks or until a team has finished their puzzle.
- If someone finishes their puzzle before you complete reviewing through week 16, go through the remaining pieces of grammar together.
We had another exciting day at CC! You are doing a wonderful job! I am amazed about how much the children are retaining. It's evident that you have been working on the memory work at home.
We will not be meeting next week. Enjoy your break!
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: World War I.
This week I will be praying for each of your children. My prayer is that through our time at CC, they will increasingly desire to fulfill the greatest commandments (Matthew 22:37-39).
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Shannon (author) from Florida on January 21, 2021:
Thank you, Umesh!
Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on January 21, 2021: