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CC Cycle 3 Week 8 Lesson for Abecedarian Tutors

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Former abecedarian CC tutor (iijuan12), former history teacher, & currently a Christian homeschooling mama of 9 blessings

Classical Conversations CC Cycle 3 Week 8 Lesson for Abecedarians - CC C3W8

Classical Conversations CC Cycle 3 Week 8 Lesson for Abecedarians - CC C3W8

This is the plan I used for a Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Week 8 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 Topeka, KS is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where Oklahoma City, OK is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where Austin, TX is. Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which state & capital this is. It’s Den… (Yes, it’s Denver, CO.) Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which state & capital this is. It’s San… (Yes, it’s Santa Fe, NM.) 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.)


  • 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 learning the Latin using the song by Heidi Stauff, posted below.)


• Hear me sing the 14s.
• Have children sing it with me.
• Play “London Bridge” with the helping parents being the bridge and the children walking under their arms. When you sing “182” drop arms and “trap” the child while singing "196, 210." 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.)


  • 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.”


  • Flash the cards, while singing card titles 1, 2, & 3, 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 one by one and put it on the board as we sing the song together.


  • I chant while children listen.
  • Allow children to each roll the silly voice die & 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, butterfly whisper voice, & soldier voice.

(*At home we’ll be learning the English using the song by Missy Wilson, posted below.)

Week 8 starts at 2:02.


  • (Ahead of time underline 8 main words from the sentence on the board.)
  • Sing the history sentence while children listen.
  • Allow each child to have a chance erasing an underlined word from the board. Sing it together after each time.
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Play Performance

  • Allow any children who practiced a song at home play it for us. (Each of my children wanted to stand in front of the class and play random puffs.)


  • Go through notes on dynamics as directed from the Foundation Guide. I spoke demonstrating the dynamics (i.e. increasing volume while saying, "crescendo") & then we sang the first part of Yankee Doodle using each dynamic.

Time to Play

  • Review Rules: Tin whistles are sleeping. They are silent and still. If you move or touch your tin whistle when you're not supposed to, your tin whistle will have a time out in the tin whistle jail. [Point to tin whistle jail drawn on the board.]
  • Review Parts: Review parts of the tin whistle by asking them to touch each part as you say the name.
  • Allow children to play based on the script by MaryKbry of Blanchette Trio ( )
  • Left hand on top = Tape on top. [Helping mom/dad can put stickers on their left hand.]
  • Start in chin position. Remember, no blowing until I say.
  • Start with C# (no fingers) - 3 notes: I say, "C#, C#, C#. I play it. Lip position. They play it. Chin position.
  • Now B (1 finger) - Remember to cover that hole so you can have whistle warts! 3 notes: I say B, B, B. I play it. Lip position. They play it. Chin position.
  • Now A (2 fingers) - Nice, flat fingers. 3 notes: I say A, A, A. I play it. Lip position. They play it. Chin position.
  • Now G (3 fingers) - Cover those holes. 3 notes: I say G, G, G. I play it. Lip position. They play it. Chin position.
  • Very nice! Let me see your fingers. Who has 3 whistle warts? Excellent! Let's keep going!
  • Now F# (4 fingers) - Cover those holes. 3 notes: I say F#, F#, F#. I play it. Lip position. They play it. Chin position.
  • Now E (5 fingers) - Cover those holes. 3 notes: I say E, E, E. I play it. Lip position. They play it. Chin position.
  • Now D (6 fingers) - Cover those holes. 3 notes: I say D, D, D. I play it. Lip position. They play it. Chin position.
  • Wow! That was amazing! You did a great job! Keep your fingers in place.
  • Now let’s play what is in the Foundation Guide. First we’ll do it while in chin position. Remember flat fingers.
  • Now we'll play it together slowly.
  • Play the first stanza (first 4 notes) of Yankee Doodle. I play it, and then they repeat after me.
  • When someone is struggling & looks frustrated, reassure him or her, “Keep trying. You’ll get it!”
  • Remind everyone to practice at home. If they’d like to play a song for us next week, they can. We'll be playing Yankee Doodle at the Thanksgiving lunch, so it would be a great song to practice at home.
  • Note: This song is so tough for the younger ones because of the notes! Just keep praising them and stay positive.


  • Have children collect presentation items from the basket/table.
  • Remind that when someone else is talking, children should: Stop, Look, Listen.
  • Remind about presentations: Posture: Upper Body: Stand straight, shoulders relaxed, head high. 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: 3-Second Rule - Count to 3 [silently in your mind] when beginning and ending.
  • 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 2-8. Have children tell me or show me locations using their fingers.
  • Superman Fit Deck: Each child gets a turn selecting a week (written on slips of paper in a bag). The child who pulled the paper answers the history question from that week. The next child answers the science question from that week, and then we move down the line until we get through all the subjects. Then the child who picked the week card gets to pull a random exercise card (I use FitDeck Junior Superman cards) & everyone does 10 of whatever is on the card. Then have the next child in line select a week and repeat the process again.
  • Note: 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 was a delight getting to see you all today at CC!

We'll be playing Yankee Doodle on our tin whistles at the Thanksgiving lunch. We'll be practicing it in class each week. If you’d like to have your child practice that song at home (or any other song) and play it for us in class, we’d love to hear it! At the beginning of tin whistle time each week, each child has an opportunity to perform a song they learned at home if they would like to play it for us.

Let me know if you have any questions about the field trip to the Museum of Science and Health on November 3. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the human body. We have done this as a field trip before, and the children loved it!

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 science (circulatory system) if you’d prefer to study that instead.

Geography Morning Basket Ideas:
Kansas Books and Videos:
Oklahoma Books and Videos:
Texas Books and Videos:
Colorado Books and Videos:
New Mexico Books and Videos:

Additional fun activities related to the states:

Science Morning Basket Ideas:

Circulatory System:

This week I will be praying for each of your children. My prayer is that through our time at CC, God will cultivate in them the ability to “show true humility toward all.” (Titus 3:2)

Geography Morning Basket Activity: Southwest Tex-Mex Sampler Plates

Geography Morning Basket Activity: Southwest Tex-Mex Sampler Plates

© 2020 Shannon


Shannon (author) from Florida on December 02, 2020:

Thank you!

Shannon (author) from Florida on October 13, 2020:

Thank you!

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on October 04, 2020:

Thank you so much for this. Awesome

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