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 2 abecedarian class. I have included all the subjects including new grammar, art, 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 class.
(Class set of trivium maps, dry erase markers, and small pieces of paper towels will already be at each seat.)
• Blob mapping: Tell them that the next thing they get to do every week is to trace all of America. You’ll do this each week as soon as you come in after you’ve put your backpack, snack, water, & presentation item in their places.
-Model how to do a very fast, rough sketch of America on the trivium map using a dry erase marker.
-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 capitals & states 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 Montpelier, VT is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where Albany, NY is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where Trenton, NJ is. Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which state & capital this is. It’s Harri… (Yes, it’s Harrisburg, PA.) Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which state & capital this is. It’s Do… (Yes, it’s Dover, DE.) 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 songs & hand motions by CCHappyMom.)
• Flash the cards, while singing card titles 1, 2, & 3 (Seven Wonders through Hittites & Canaanites), 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 and put it on the board as we sing the song together.
(Note: I separated the math this week to spread out the physical activity.)
• Hear me sing the 3s.
• Have children sing it with me.
• Play “London Bridge” with the helping moms being the bridge and the children walking under their arms. When you sing 36, drop arms and “trap” the child while saying the last numbers. Do this 5 times. (The tune of the song is not London Bridge. It's just a fun game to play while singing the song.)
• Sing the history sentence & do motions while children listen.
• Have children sing it with me & do motions 6 times:
• In 1620 = Hold up 6 fingers
• the Pilgrims = Hold hands together like you’re praying
• signed the Mayflower Compact = Hold up your L hand flat like it’s the Mayflower Compact & pretend like you’re writing using your R hand
• before founding Plymouth Colony = Leap forward as far as you can
- I chant using the rhythm posted by Missy Wilson while children listen.
- Allow children to each roll the silly voice cube & chant using that silly voice: Squeaky mouse voice, gorilla (beat chest), fish (flip lower lip with index finger), stick out your tongue and say it, robot voice, & T-rex voice.
(*At home my children enjoyed the English puppet show by TwoFish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpazsH-zD34 .)
- Children listen while I say it & use slap/clap rhythm: I clap my hands for the Latin and slap my thighs for the English.
- Vary who says it: Children say it with me with doing clap/slap rhythm. Right table says it. Left table says it. Girls say it. Boys say it. Everyone says it.
(*At home we’ll be singing it using the tune by funny shirl.)
- Chant the science sentence & touch the parts while children listen:
• The bones that make up the axial skeleton are the cranium = Touch your head
• vertebrae = Touch your backbone
• ribs = Touch your ribs
• and sternum = Touch your sternum
- Speed up: Have children chant & touch the various parts with you. Start very slowly, & get faster each time. By the 6th & last time, say it “super duper silly fast.”
(*At home we’ll be singing it using the tune by Seth.)
• Hear me sing the 4s.
• Children sing with me.
• “Ninja” Moves: Sing while punching, karate chopping, doing front kicks, doing side kicks, & doing roundhouse kicks. (If your class is small enough, write each action on a craft stick and let each child draw a craft stick to determine the next action.)
- *Ahead of time print a class set of half a picture of a simple skeleton such as https://www.pinterest.com/pin/362821313704064474/ . *If you have a student who is not yet writing, make a copy just like the one for everyone else. Ahead of time use a yellow colored pencil and do the mirror image on that child’s copy. While the rest of the class does the mirror image, have that child follow along, tracing over the yellow colored pencil lines.
- ***Parent Helper: Draw half shapes on board: half a triangle, smiley face, square, star, circle, etc.) ***
- Show a cut shape that is folded in half. Have children guess what it will look like when you open it up. Open it up and talk about mirror image and symmetry.
- One way that you can become better at drawing is to practice drawing mirror images.
- Show some drawings by M.C Escher.
- Children come up to the whiteboard one at a time to finish mirror images drawn there by the mom helper.
- Pass out a skeleton picture to each child. Children follow along with my drawing on the whiteboard. Start by drawing on the side that is already drawn and then go straight across to the other side. Start by drawing on the side that is already drawn and then go straight across to the other side. *Make sure children sign their art work!*
- ***Parent Helper: Collect art work & put in folders in backpacks OR hold on to them in art folders if you plan to return them at the end of the 6 weeks.
A different option...Liberty Bell option
• 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: Stillness: Show confidence and relaxation by being still. What is today’s focus? [Remember to raise your hand to answer.]
• When presenting: Stand on the X and say your name. ("Hi, my name is...") Tell us 1 or 2 things special about each of the items you brought. Then ask if anyone has any questions: "Does anyone have any questions?" Use the listener’s names when calling on them. The listeners raise their hands. The presenter then asks, "Yes, [name]. What is your question?"
• 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 optional topic: Make us laugh. Tell us a skeleton joke. Use your Lego’s to create a skeleton or bone to use as a visual aid. If you don’t like using Lego’s, you can make your skeleton or bone out of other materials or draw it. After you tell us your joke, tell us 1-3 interesting facts you learned about bones or skeletons.
• Next week’s skill to work on: Volume: Can the whole room hear you audibly? Make sure to not be too soft or too loud.
• 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 watch a video of the science activity by CCLivermore Tutor (posted below).
- Follow the script from CCC user nicoleliem for additional ideas.
- Read Look! by Dana Rau to further discuss the amazing design of the eye.
- Blob Map: Have children make a blob map on a sheet of paper. Look at the example from CCC user amy.snider if you need an example.
- Nerf Gun Review: Kids take turns pulling questions from a bag. Let them try to answer by themselves, but quickly let the class answer it together if they need assistance. After they answer the question, they get to shoot at a bull-eye’s on the board.
- Note: Whenever I do review games, I always give children the option of reciting by themselves, reciting with a prompt from me, reciting with help from the entire class, or reciting with just me.
It is such a delight to have a class full of so much enthusiasm for learning!
Everyone did a great job with presentations today! Next week’s skill to work on: Volume: Can the whole room hear you?
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 geography sentence. I’m also including a link on history (Pilgrims) and science (axial skeleton) morning basket ideas if you’d prefer to study those instead.
Geography Morning Basket Ideas:
Vermont Books and Videos http://hubpages.com/education/vermont-lesson-plan
New York Books and Videos http://hubpages.com/education/learning-about-new-york
New Jersey Books and Videos https://hubpages.com/education/learning-about-new-jersey
Pennsylvania Books and Videos https://hubpages.com/education/learning-about-pennsylvania
Delaware Books and Videos https://hubpages.com/education/learning-about-delaware
Fun activities we did Mid-Atlantic States: https://hubpages.com/education/mid-atlantic-states-lesson
History Morning Basket Ideas:
Science Morning Basket Ideas:
Axial Skeleton: https://hubpages.com/education/skeletal-and-muscular-systems
This week I will be praying for each of your children. My prayer is that through our time at CC, they will learn to live a life of love through the Holy Spirit who dwells in them. (Ephesians 5:2)
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