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 3 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 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 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 Annapolis, MD is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where Richmond, VA is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where Charleston, WV is. Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which state & capital this is. It’s Ral… (Yes, it’s Raleigh, NC.) Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which state & capital this is. It’s Colu… (Yes, it’s Columbia, SC.) 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.)
• 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.
• Hear me sing the 5s.
• Have children sing it slowly with me.
• Sit in chairs and push arms back and forth like rowing with oars (5 times).
- Children listen while I sing it using the tune by Hustead’s Homeschool Glimpses (posted below).
- 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.
• Sing the history sentence while children listen
• Have children sing it together with me four times.
• Half the children will act it out while the other half sings the song, and then they’ll switch.
-Hand the children each a construction paper headband with a feather stapled to it. First have them each hold up a sheet of paper that says, “1773.”. Then direct them to each pick up a cup with a tea bag in it. They will each dump their tea bag into a plastic bin. If desired, you can add water & write a sign that says, “Boston Harbor.”
• I chant using the rhythm posted by Missy Wilson (starts at 25 seconds)
• Let each child select an action craft stick: The entire class will say while spinning, hopping in place, under the table, balancing on one leg, standing on a chair, making a silly face, & waving arms in the air.
- I chant while 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.
- You might look at a picture and think there is no way you can draw it. Last week we learned that one way to get better at drawing is to practice drawing mirror images of objects. The first week we learned that you can draw better by looking at pictures in terms of their OiLs. What shapes are included in OiLs? It’s not always easy to do that, though! You just keep seeing the whole picture and it looks really hard to draw! One way to force yourself to see the picture in terms of circles, dots, lines, angles, and curved lines is to turn the picture upside down and draw it that way! That will really force your mind to focus on its OiLs.
- Read The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book. Have the children say each letter. The flip the book upside down and only read that part.
- Today we’ll try two exercises to illustrate:
• Exercise 1: Write your name. Look at your name upside down and try to replicate it. Focus on the oiLs
-Use paper to cover most of your name, and then draw only the lines they see. Move paper gradually to revive more of the image as they draw. This really reinforces seeing the lines and not the object.
-When it comes to a complicated drawing with details and proportion, it can be much easier to copy the image upside down, concentrating on the shapes and relationships rather than the drawing itself, which can seem way too difficult.
• Exercise 2: Have the children draw a simple drawing of the Statue of Liberty such as the one I posted below or the one from this site: https://www.insidethelineslessons.com/, but do NOT tell the children what they will be drawing! (Note: If you have all young 4 year olds, pick a simpler drawing for them.)
-Print a copy for each child. Fold the paper into 4 or 5 parts (not hotdog style but the other direction) so that there will be obvious places for them to stop. Place each picture upside down in a large envelope. Have helping parents assist children in pulling out a little bit of the picture at a time. Lead the children from the whiteboard in drawing those lines. You’ll need to repeatedly emphasize, “Do not peek ahead!” Concentrate on the individual shapes, not the whole image.
-Flip paper over. Isn’t it impressive what they just drew?
-Have children sign their work.
- ***Parent Helper: Collect papers & put in children’s folders to be sent home OR collect them for the art portfolios that will be returned at the end of the 6 weeks if you would prefer to do that instead.
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- 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: Volume: Can the whole room hear you audibly? Make sure to not be too soft or too loud. 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. (Will rotate each week.)
- Next week’s optional topic: Pick one of the states or capitals we’re learning this week and find out something neat about it! Create a visual using Lego’s, pipe cleaners, play-dough, or crayons. (Maryland crab, Virginia’s Pentagon, South Carolina palmetto, etc.). Tell us what you made, what state it is from, and 1-3 more interesting facts about what you made or about the state.
- Next week’s skill to work on: Eye contact: Make eye contact at least one time. (Focus is from Timalynn Matthews)
- 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.
- Let children use a magnifying glass to study their fingerprints. See if they can count how many lines are on one fingerprint.
- Isn't it amazing that each of our fingerprints are different from anyone else's? God made each of us unique. Psalm 139:14a says, "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
- (If you need a sheet that has the 3 basic finger patterns [arch, loop, whorl], you can print off the one on p. 17 from the free lapbook at https://www.homeschoolshare.com/ .)
- 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 1-3. Have children tell me or show me locations using their fingers.
- Musical Chairs: Play Timeline CD. The child who doesn't get a seat gets to pick out a question card (minus timeline or geography) from a bag and answer it. If it’s from this week’s new grammar or if the child is unsure, everyone gets to help. Sometimes I tell them to go around the chairs while hopping, skipping, on their tiptoes, and walking backwards.
It is such a pleasure to observe the enthusiasm and energy in our class each week as the children learn the new material, play games, and develop their friendships!
We loved hearing all the funny jokes and other topics during presentations today! Next week’s skill to work on: Eye contact: Make eye contact at least one time.
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. We’ll be focusing on the geography, but I’m also including a link on the history (Boston Tea Party) and science (muscles) if you’d prefer to study that instead.
Geography Morning Basket Ideas:
Maryland Books and Videos https://hubpages.com/education/learning-about-maryland
Virginia Books and Videos https://hubpages.com/education/virginia-lesson
West Virginia Books and Videos https://hubpages.com/education/learning-about-west-virginia
North Carolina Books and Videos https://hubpages.com/education/north-carolina-lesson
South Carolina Books and Videos https://hubpages.com/education/south-carolina-lesson
History Morning Basket Ideas:
Science Morning Basket Ideas:
This week I will be praying for each of your children. My prayer is that through our time at CC, they will grow to find God’s Word “more precious than gold, than much pure gold; and sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.” (Psalm 19:10)
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