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 21 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 Native American Regions 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 Eastern Woodlands region is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where the Plains region is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where the Plateau region is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where the Northwest Coast region is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where the California region is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where the Great Basin region is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where the Southwest region is. Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which region this is. It's the Southw… (Yes, the Southwest region.) Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which region this is. It's the Great Ba… (Yes, the Great Basin region.) Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which region this is. It's the Cali… (Yes, the California region.) Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which region this is. It's the Northw… (Yes, the Northwest Coast region.) Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which region this is. It's the Plat… (Yes, the Plateau region.) Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which region this is. It's the Plai… (Yes, the Plains region.) Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which region this is. It's the Eastern Wood… (Yes, the Eastern Woodlands region.) 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.)
(Ahead of time underline 8 words in the sentence on the board.)
- Sing the history sentence while children listen.
- Each child gets a turn erasing one of the underlined words. Then we sing it together after each time.
- I chant while the children listen.
- Let each child select an action craft stick. The class will do the action while we chant the prepositions. The action sticks include: spinning, hopping, while under the table, standing on one leg, standing on a chair, flapping your arms, marching in place, & while making a silly face.
(*At home we will be learning this using the tune by safethusfar, posted below.)
- Flash the cards, while singing card titles 1, 2, & 3, then 1-5 card titles, then 1-7 card titles.
- Mix the cards up on the table. Have each pair of children get a turn trying to put the timeline cards in order on the table while we sing the song together slowly. (If you have a smaller class, you can let each child do it individually.)
- I chant while the children listen.
- Children repeat it with me slowly.
- Vary who says it: Boys say it. Girls say it. Right side table says it. Left side table says it. Everyone says it.
(*At home we will be using the song by Hustead’s Homeschool Glimpses, posted below.)
- I sing using the tune below while the children listen.
- Children sing it with me while I use the cup on the board as shown in the video below.
- Speed Up: (Still using the cup on the board), everyone sings it slowly. Sing it regular speed. Sing it fast. Sing it super duper silly fast. Sing it at a regular speed.
- 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.
- Tell the children that we'll be listening to La Mar, written by a composer named Debussy. We're all going to sit still and listen to the song.
- (*We'll be repeating the same activities as last week. If this didn't work well for your children last week, then try allowing them to play with Play-doh while listening this week.)
- Allow students to lay on the floor (if you have a clean floor). Tell the children to close their eyes and just listen. Turn out the lights and play piece from the CD.
- Turn on the lights. Have students return to their seats. Tell them we're going to listen to it again and then tell me what they notice about the song. Play it again.
- Ask the children what they noticed about the song.
- Tell the students that we're going to listen to it one last time. This time when they hear the piece get loud, they should stand up. When they hear it get quiet, they should sit back down.
- 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: Sound: Use appropriate volume, inflection, and tempo. Speak using a volume so that the whole room can hear you. Vary your inflection; don’t use a monotone voice. Don’t speak too fast or 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.)
- Next week’s skill to work on: Eye Contact: Try to make eye contact with at least 2 people for at least 7 seconds each.
- 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 or Debussy's La Mar.
- Ahead of time you can watch a video of the activity by Shondra Neumayer posted below.
- Follow the directions on p. 268 in the Foundations Book.
- 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 15-21. Have children tell me or show me locations using their fingers.
- Shamrock Sit on It: I bought foam shamrocks from the Dollar Tree, but you could also use construction paper ones or just print off free coloring sheets and use those. On the bottom of each of my 7 foam shamrocks, I wrote a different subject. I laid those in various places around the room. I had 7 toy gold coins (though you could use other items) each with a different week number (15-21). We played a few seconds of Debussy's La Mar as the children walked around the room. As soon as the music stopped, they each had to sit on a shamrock. Child A would pick a gold coin to let us know which week we were going to review. Each child would recite the subject that was on the back of the shamrock they sat on. Collect the shamrocks one at a time. After everyone has recited their grammar, lay out the shamrocks in a different order and repeat. (If candy is allowed in your class, you can give each child a chocolate-covered gold coin afterward.)
It was wonderful getting to see you all today, and we’re looking forward to seeing some of you at the symphony tomorrow morning as well!
If you're serving pizza for dinner tonight, be sure to ask your child what they learned about pizza combinations today.
This week I will be praying for each of your children. My prayer is that through our time at CC, they will develop a willingness and ability to work hard at all that they do “as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:23) Please let me know if there are any specific prayer needs I can join you in praying for.
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