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 9 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 Salt Lake City, UT is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where Phoenix, AZ is. Put a dot on it.
-Show me where Carson City, NV is. Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which state & capital this is. It’s Sacra… (Yes, it’s Sacramento, CA.) Put a dot on it.
-Tell me which state & capital this is. It’s Hono… (Yes, it’s Honolulu, HI.) 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 sing the history song and do the motions by Shelly Normand (posted below) while the children listen. (I don't explain the motions. I just do them.)
- Children sing it with me and do the motions.
- Vary who sings: Right table sings it while everyone does the motions. Left table sings it while everyone does the motions. Boys sing it while everyone does the motions. Girls sing it while everyone does the motions. Everyone sings it while doing the motions.
- 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’ll be learning the English using the song by Missy Wilson, posted below.)
Week 9 starts at 2:09.
- 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 children listen.
- Have children chant it with me 2 time.
- Basketball: Give each child a half sheet of paper & have them crumple up the paper as you chant. After we finish, have them try to throw the paper ball into the trash can. Repeat 3 more times.
(*At home we’ll be learning the science using the song & motions by Seth.)
- Hear me sing the 15s.
- Touch Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes while singing together. Start slowly & go a little faster after each time.
- 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 Latin using the song by Heidi Stauff, posted below.)
- 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.)
Note Value & Staff
- Quickly review dynamics.
- Go through notes on note value & staff as directed from the Foundation Guide.
Time to Play
- Now it’s time to play your tin whistles! Let children get tin whistles and return to the floor.
- 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 be, your tin whistle will go to tin whistle time out. [Point to tin whistle jail drawn on the board.]
- Teach Right Hand exercise from the Foundation Guide: When playing with the right hand, the left hand will play a G (first three holes closed). Allow children to try to cover the first 3 holes & blow to play a G. Were all the holes covered? Do you have finger warts?
- Put tin whistles in chin position. Show how to finger an F# note. First do this in chin position & check finger positioning. Now try playing it. Were all the holes covered? F is lower in pitch than the G.
- Return tin whistles to chin position. Show how to finger an E note. First do this in chin position & check finger positioning. Now try playing it. Were all the holes covered? E is lower in pitch than the F#.
- Return tin whistles to chin position. First do this in chin position & check finger positioning. Now try playing it. Were all the holes covered? D is the lowest note on their tin whistle. All the finger holes must be completely covered.
- Practice the first line of Yankee Doodle. If time allows, let each child play it alone.
- Practice something at home to play for us next week!
- Have children collect presentation items from the basket/table.
- Remind that when someone else is talking, children should: Stop, Look, Listen.
- Remind about presentations: 3-Second Rule - Count to 3 [silently in your mind] when beginning and ending. 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: Eye Contact: Look listeners in the eye to show confidence and engage them.
- 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 3-9. Have children tell me or show me locations using their fingers.
- Nerf Gun Review: Each child gets a turn selecting a subject (written on slips of paper in a bag). The child who pulled the paper answers that subject question from week 3. The next child answers that subject question from week 4, and then we move down the line until we get through week 9. Then everyone gets to head to the "Firing Range" to shoot 3 Nerf darts at the target drawn on the board. Then have the next child in line select a subject 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.
I am overjoyed that you are a part of our CC class this year, and that I get to partner with you in educating your precious families!
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.
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 (secession of the Southern states) if you’d prefer to study that instead.
Geography Morning Basket Ideas:
Utah Books and Videos: https://hubpages.com/education/utah-lesson-plan
Arizona Books and Videos: https://hubpages.com/education/learning-about-arizona
Nevada Books and Videos: https://hubpages.com/education/nevada-lesson
California Books and Videos: https://hubpages.com/education/california-lesson
Hawaii Books and Videos: https://hubpages.com/education/learning-about-hawaii
Additional fun activities related to Hawaii: https://hubpages.com/education/alaska-and-hawaii-lesson
History Morning Basket Ideas:
Secession of the Southern States: https://hubpages.com/education/Underground-Railroad-Lesson
.This week I will be praying for each of your children. My prayer is that through our time at CC, God will teach them perseverance in all they do so that they can “run with perseverance the race marked out for [them].” (Hebrews 12:1)
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