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 7 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 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 St. Paul, MN is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where Bismark, ND is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where Pierre, SD is. Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which state & capital this is. It’s Chey… (Yes, it’s Cheyenne, WY.) Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which state & capital this is. It’s Lin… (Yes, it’s Lincoln, NE.) 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.)
- I chant while children listen.
- Get Louder: Have the children chant it with me. Whisper it super softly. Whisper it a little louder. Say it loudly. Shout it. Chant it in a regular voice.
(*At home we’ll be learning the English using the song by Missy Wilson, posted below.)
Week 7 starts at 1:55.
- I chant and do hand motions (posted in the video below) while the children listen.
- Chair Chants: Have children stand up with their chair next to them and chant it while doing the hand motions with me. Have them step on to their chair & chant it & do the hand motions with me. Have them step down from their chair & chant and do motions. Chant while standing in chair and do motions. Chant on ground and do motions. Chant while standing in chair and do motions.
- 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, sing it like a soldier, cowboy, 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.
- Children listen while I sing.
- Each child gets a turn jumping a hopscotch sequence on the floor while the rest of the class sings the Latin. (I use construction paper squares taped to the floor. I’ve seen photos of some tutors who use an old bed sheet with a hopscotch setup drawn in sharpie marker.)
(*At home we’ll be learning the Latin using the song by Heidi Stauff, posted below.)
- Hear me sing and point to the 13s
- Let each child have a turn circling a number/equation on the board. After each time, sing the song in a whisper and shout the circled number(s).
- Note: Be kind to your neighbors. Temper the volume if your classroom has thin walls.
*Helping parent: Get tin whistles out of backpack for each child & help pass them out during step 4 (below).
Tin Whistle Introduction
- For the next 6 weeks we’re going to learn about our tin whistles. I know you are so excited about getting to play them! First let’s learn a little bit about them.
- [Show picture from Foundations Guide.] Parts of tin whistle: Barrel, Mouthpiece, Fipple, & Finger Holes (#1-6). The fipple is where a sharp edge is cut into the mouthpiece. When air is blown through the mouthpiece, it breaks against the fipple and vibrates, producing sound. The fipple restricts airflow – and that produces sound.
- The pitch is the degree of highness or lowness of a tone. [Use a high and low voice while saying that.] The pitch (sound) is varied by covering or uncovering the finger holes at different points on the barrel of the whistle. Let’s count the six holes. “Where’s the barrel?” [They point.] “The mouthpiece? The fipple? Hole number one? Hole number six?”
Tin Whistle Procedures
- When I am teaching, I am the conductor. Let’s practice. When my arms are out and open, you can practice making sounds. As soon as I cut it off (circle hands around and shut fists), you are to stop immediately or your tin whistles will go to jail. Let’s practice with your voices. When I hold up my arms, sing “Ahh.,” and when I close my fists, you’ll stop. (Repeat a few times.)
- Now it’s time to get your tin whistles. The tin whistles are sleeping. They are silent and still. If you move or touch your tin whistle, you will lose the tin whistle. [Point to tin whistle jail drawn on the board.] If you’re touching or playing with your tin whistle when you’re not supposed to be, your tin whistle will have to spend a minute in the tin whistle jail.
- Let’s practice positions: sleep (on floor/table. No touching), lap, chin (curve fits nicely on your chin), lip (whistle is in your mouth, but it is a ‘no blow zone.’ Do not blow!), and then play.
Cacophony & Symphony
- I’m going to give you a 30 second blow, but wait for my directions! Let’s see what you can do with that. Chin. Lip. Play. Stop. Lap positions. Sleep positions.
- What you just created was cacophony, a bad sound. [Show frowning face.] Cacophony is discord. It is noise, not music. Do you want to hear that discordall morning? I don’t. We’re going to try to not make cacophony when we play.
- [Show happy face.] Symphony is a good sound, harmony. We can create harmony by all working together and playing together and having our notes blend well together. It’s amazing how beautiful our music can sound! It means the melody and harmony all work together to make a really nice sound.
- *[Helping mom/dad] is going to collect the tin whistles for just a moment to let them rest while we talk about how we know what to play to make harmonious music. [Helping mom/dad should collect the tin whistles.]
Reading Music: Staff & Notes
- Let’s look at some music. This is our special paper we will use to write our musical song. Does anyone know what this is called? It’s a musical staff, composed of 5 lines [Hold up five fingers and point to them.] and 4 spaces [Point to spaces between fingers.].
- [Show the Foundations Guide.] Who can find the staff here? What else can you see on that staff? We have these little egg-shaped circles called notes. Let’s go through what each of these notes means: D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D. Do you see these pictures below each note? What do you think they represent? Yes, those are the finger codes. They show the holes that you will cover up on your tin whistle in order to play that note.
Form of How to Play
- When you play, your left hand goes on the top. “Tape on top.” [*Helping mom/dad puts a sticker on the back of each child’s left hand.] Remember your tin whistles should still be in the sleep position.
- I’m going to now show you the form of how to play your tin whistles.
- Sit up straight so your air can flow. [Move your hand up & down over your chest.]
- Chin position. Hold your whistle at a 45 degree angle. Not down like this. Not straight out like this, but at a nice, gentle 45 degree angle. [Show your side profile.]
- Your right hand will be at the bottom. Your left hand will be at the top. Your thumbs will be on the bottom of the whistle, supporting it.
- Everyone put your hands up. Show me the pads of your fingers. Put your finger tips together [with arched hands]. This is what you don’t want to do. You want to be on your pads. [Press hands together] This is what you want to do. Do you feel those squishy things? They’re what you use to get fingerprints. Your finger pad part is what you want to put flat over the hole. Not like this [Show tip of finger over it.] because you’ll get all kinds of squeaky, off pitch notes. The way to make sure you’re doing it right is if you have this circle imprints on your finger after you play. We’ll call them whistle warts.
Getting to Play (Finally!)
- [*Helping mom/dad can pass out whistles again.] I want everyone to place your tin whistle at chin position and push all of your finger pads down over the holes. Hold it tightly. Don’t blow! Make sure to have your pads nice and flat. Now release. Sleep position for your tin whistle. Look at your fingers. Do you have whistle warts? If so, you were doing it right! Good job!
- Run them through the b. Index finger of the left hand. This forms a b note. [Blow it for them & let them blow it.] If you blow too hard and loud, it will screech and get off pitch.
- When you go to lip or play position, you do not want to bite it. Do not bite on it and no straining with your lips. [Push lips down hard and make a funny noise.] Remember nice, gentle, and steady for a clear, round sound.
- Remember I am the conductor. Wake up those tin whistles and go to lap position. Chin position. Left hand on top. Flat fingers. Do not blow yet. Lip position. Play position, but don’t blow. Before you blow, let’s check where your fingers are.
- Let them play 3 b’s.
- Play the b note together for a sustained time to match. Stop. Who can play b the longest? Now play 3 b’s. Stop. Lap position. You just made beautiful harmony in b. [Smile nicely.]
- Now each of you will have a turn playing your b. “Let’s hear your b, [child’s name].” That was beautiful! Remember, not too loud. Nice, round sound.
- Show and play with left fingers 1,2,3, which is “Hot Cross Buns.”
- Now have fun practicing with your tin whistle at home. If you want to try to learn a short song at home this week, I'll set aside time each week for you to play a short song if you learned at home and want to play it for us.
(*The above script is a compilation of directions and suggestions from these YouTube videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVmTkRgRCww&feature=youtu.be , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFLcNEFg6dM , and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l94yJNlWUT4 .)
- 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: Expression. Make your voice interesting by varying your tone and volume and using pauses to enhance your presentation. 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. (Rotate each week.)
- Next week's skill to work on: Posture: Upper Body: Stand straight, shoulders relaxed, head high.
- 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.
Follow the Anatomy lesson in the Foundation Guide. Make sure students put their names on each piece.
- 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 1-7. Have children tell me or show me locations using their fingers.
- Play-dough review time: The children sculpt with play-dough on sheets of wax paper (to protect the table) while I have them recite the memory work. Each child gets a turn selecting a subject (written on slips of paper in a bag). The child who pulled the paper answers the question from that subject for week 1. The next child answers the question from that subject for week 2, and then we move down the line until we get to week 7. Then the next child selects a subject, & they answer the question in that subject from week 1. The next child answers the question from that subject for week 2, and then we move down the line until we get to week 7. That way everyone is answering a question from a different week.
Everyone did a wonderful job with the tin whistle today! I love their enthusiasm! I know having an opportunity to perform for others really motivates my children to practice, so I will set aside some time each week for the individual children to perform a song they learned at home if they would like to play it for us. You can find some easier tin whistle sheet music on CCC and also at http://www.irish-folk-songs.com/childrens-songs-on-tin-whistle.html .
Thank you for making the extra effort to have your child visit the bathroom before morning assembly!
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 (Monroe Doctrine) if you’d prefer to study that instead.
Geography Morning Basket Ideas:
Minnesota Books and Videos: https://hubpages.com/education/learning-about-minnesota
North Dakota Books and Videos: https://hubpages.com/education/learning-about-north-dakota
South Dakota Books and Videos: https://hubpages.com/education/learning-about-south-dakota
Wyoming Books and Videos: https://hubpages.com/education/wyoming-lesson-plan
Nebraska Books and Videos: https://hubpages.com/education/nebraska-lesson
Geography Morning Basket Activities: https://hubpages.com/education/midwest-states
History Morning Basket Ideas:
Monroe Doctrine: https://hubpages.com/education/Monroe-Doctrine-Lesson-for-Kids
This week I will be praying for each of your children. My prayer is that through our time at CC, they will be filled “with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” (I Thessalonians 1:6)
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