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 19 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.
*Tip: On the board I wrote the trail names in different colors to match the colors the trails are in the Foundations Guide Map. I then used the same markers to add a dot to the beginning and end of each trail using the corresponding color on the class set of maps. This helped everyone locate the trails more easily.*
(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 trails 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 Cumberland Road is. Put a line on it.
-Show me where the Santa Fe Trail is. Put a line on it.
-Show me where the Mormon Trail is. Put a line on it.
-Show me where the Gila Trail is. Put a line on it.
-Show me where the Old Spanish Trail is. Put a line on it.
-Show me where the California Trail is. Put a line on it.
-Show me where the Oregon Trail is. Put a line on it.
-Tell me which trail this is. It's the Ore… (Yes, the Oregon Trail.) Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which trail this is. It's the Cali… (Yes, the California Trail.) Put a line on it.
-Tell me which trail this is. It's the Old Span… (Yes, the Old Spanish Trail.) Put a line on it.
-Tell me which trail this is. It's the Gil… (Yes, the Gila Trail.) Put a line on it.
-Tell me which trail this is. It's the Mor… (Yes, the Mormon Trail.) Put a line on it.
-Tell me which trail this is. It's the Sant… (Yes, the Santa Fe Trail.) Put a line on it.
-Tell me which road this is. It's the Cumber… (Yes, the Cumberland Road.) Put a line 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.)
- I chant while children listen.
- Allow children to each roll the music dynamics cube & chant using that music dynamic: staccato, crescendo, diminuendo, legato, forte, & piano.
- I chant while the children listen.
- Chair Chants: Have children stand up with their chair next to them and chant it with me. Have them step on to their chair & chant it. Have them step down from their chair & chant. Chant while standing in chair. Chant on ground. Chant while standing in chair.
(*At home we’ll be learning the science sentence using the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star as song by Hustead’s Homeschool Glimpses.)
(Be sure to use the correct word "ion," not "iron.")
- Sing the history sentence while the children listen.
- Allow children to each roll the silly voice die & sing the history song together using that silly voice: Squeaky mouse voice, fish voice (rub your index finger up and down over your lips as you say it), gorilla voice (beat your chest with your fists as you say it), stick out your tongue and sing it, butterfly whisper voice, & T-rex voice.
- 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.
- Sing the Latin sentence while the children listen. (Our community will be using the song by King Things - Ross King.)
- Children sing it with me.
- Patting to the beat: Sing it while patting your legs with your hands. Sing it while patting your hips with your hands. Sing it while patting your shoulders with your hands. Sing it while patting your head with your hands. Sing it while clapping.
- I sing while the children listen. I use the tune Clementine by Classical Conversations of Morgantown (posted in the below video). I added a clap after the song.
- Have the children sing it with me, adding a clap after the song.
- Circles (adding a clap after each time): Sing it while doing arm circles forward, while doing circles backward, while circling with your right leg (while holding on to your chair for balance), while circling with your left leg, & while circling your hips (like you're using a hula hoop)...which should be fun and silly.
We will be doing this together as a group, and I won’t be leading it. We had everyone meet together and sit in seats that were set up like an orchestra. We then went through each of the sections and then listened to some of the different instruments played (some real instruments and some from on the computer). If you are leading this, you can use the script by CCC user scottooth if it is still on CCC or watch the below video.
- 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: Incorporate the skills we have learned so far: Good posture, volume, eye contact, pauses, and smiles. 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: Posture: Stand still ad straight with shoulders relaxed and head high. Hips stay pointed to audience and feet are planted.
- 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 activity by Shondra Neumayer posted below.
- If you have enough parent helpers that they can each work with a pair of students, then students can work together in pairs to flip the coins while the parent helpers record the results. If you only have one parent helper, you can do this together as a class by having all the children flip their coin at the same time, and then you (the teacher) will record the results each time on the board.
- 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 13-19. Have children tell me or show me locations using their fingers.
- Mystery Bag: Ahead of time place a variety of small toy animals and objects (superhero, rock, Olaf, princess, etc.) in a bag. Have each child answer a subject from week 13. Then have child #1 select an item from the mystery bag. Everyone acts like the object for 10 seconds. I ring a bell and they go back to their seats. Have each child answer a subject from week 14. Then have child #2 select an item from the mystery bag. Repeat.
- *When reciting the grammar, I always start with the child who is picking the item and we go through the subjects in order. That way each child will be reciting from a different subject each time. I always offer the option for children to answer by themselves, with a prompt from me, or together as a class.
In two weeks we will be attending the Symphony for Children concert series. I hope you will be able to make it! My children have gone in the past and always enjoyed it! It's such a delight for them to get to see and hear the actual instruments, and the symphony does a wonderful job making the event quite child-friendly.
This week I will be praying for each of your children. My prayer is that through our time at CC, they will develop a passion for God, that their souls will crave Him and their hearts will cling to Him. (Psalm 63:8)
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