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CC Cycle 1 Week 5 Plan for Abecedarian Tutors

Updated on July 22, 2019
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Former abecedarian CC tutor (iijuan12), former history teacher, & currently a Christian homeschooling mama of 9 blessings

Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Week 5 Abc Tutor Plan - Observing the naked egg during the science experiment (which was the experiment we did using the 4th edition of the book)
Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Week 5 Abc Tutor Plan - Observing the naked egg during the science experiment (which was the experiment we did using the 4th edition of the book)

This is the plan I used while tutoring a Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Week 5 abecederian 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 class.

New Grammar

9:30 – 10:00 am


(Class set of trivium maps, dry erase markers, and small pieces of paper towels will already be at each seat.)

-Have the children use their dry erase markers to trace around the border of Africa and then erase them.
-Have the children put the caps on their markers and lay them down.
• Point out the locations 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 [location] is. Put a dot on it. [Repeat this for each location.]
-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 using the piece of paper towel. (Do them out of order.)
***Mom/Dad 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 songs & hand motions by CCHappyMom.)


• 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 TL 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.)


• Hear me sing the 9's.
• Let each child select an action craft stick: The entire class will say while spinning, while hopping, while under the table, while standing on one leg, while standing on a chair, while flapping your arms, while marching, & while making a silly face.
• Say 10’s while pointing to them on the board.
• Let each child select an action craft stick: The entire class will say while spinning, while hopping, while under the table, while standing on one leg, while standing on a chair, while flapping your arms, while marching, & while making a silly face.


  • Use Llama Llama Latin Llama with a 2 birthday candle, llama puppet, & Puss in Boots puppet (picture printed from online & pasted to a large craft stick). On her 2nd birthday, Latin Llama gets a knock at the door one day, and it’s an old friend who has come to visit her! It’s Puss in Boots! She’s so excited, she cheers, “Look! Eee! A friend for me!” That helps us remember how the 2nd declension noun endings sound! (Note: The Look & Puss part helps us to pronounce the –u sound correctly. The –ee part will help us distinguish this “-us” from the 4th declension “-us” endings by identifying the genitive singular ending.) (Idea came from CCC user rtseely)
  • Go through each motion from Dana Johnson and then add one at a time, repeat with all before it. When we do singular, we’ll use 2 fingers on one hand. When we do plural, we’ll use 2 fingers on both hands. I say and then kids repeat with song and motions after each one.
  • us: like puss so swipe your cheek like showing whiskers
    i: like in knee, so point to knee
    o: like an o, trace it in the air ---start from beginning of singular
    um: like a vacuum so push 2 fingers back and forth like vacuuming --- start from beginning of singular
    o: like an o, trace it in the air --- start from beginning of singular
    (3X and then sing “Singular Second Declension”)
    i: like in knee, so 4 fingers point to knee
    orum: like an oar that’s rowing ---start from beginning of plural
    is: like geese flying: flap arms with 4 fingers extended ---start from beginning of plural
    os: like you’re closing a door, so pretend to close a door with 4 fingers
    is: like geese flying: flap arms with 4 fingers extended again ---start from beginning of plural
    (3X and then sing “Plural Second Declension)
  • Sing without CD.


  • (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 children listen.
• Children say it with me.
• Each child gets a turn jumping a hopscotch sequence on the floor while the rest of the class recites the sentence. (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.)


  • I chant while the children listen.
  • Vary who chants it: Children say it with me. Girls say it. Boys say it. Right table says it. Left table says it. Everyone says it.
  • (*At home we’ll be learning this using the hand motions from thomandjody. The slowed down version is below. The video at speed with the CD is at .)

Fine Arts

10:00-10:30 am

  • Draw a square and a cube. Ask the children, “What is the difference between these two objects?” (One is flat and one has depth.) Define perspective: Perspective is the attempt to capture our three dimensional world on a two dimensional plane (paper).
  • Bring in two balls the same size. Have a mom helper hold a ball up at one end of the room. Have another parent hold a ball up right next to the children. The ball that is farther away will appear to be smaller. Did the ball shrink? No, this is what happens when objects are farther away from us.
  • Draw 3D shapes overlapping by following the below directions. (Another good option can be found at .)
  • Have children sign their art.
  • ***Mom/Dad Helper: Collect papers & set aside to dry. At the end of class while we do review, they can 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.***


10:30-11:00 am


• 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: Hear silence once. Make no hmm, um, or any other sounds between your sentences or thoughts. 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: Show and Tell about a favorite piece of art. Choose a painting or picture from an art book or print a picture online. Tell what you like about it, how it makes you feel, and what is going on in the picture. Point out the 5 Basic Shapes of Drawing if you can.
• Next week’s skill to work on: Smile and make eye contact at least one time at the beginning of your presentation.
• 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.

Science Experiments

11:00-11:30 am

  • Use script from CCC user nicoleliem.


11:30 am – 12 pm

  • 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 1-5. Have children tell me or show me locations using their fingers.
  • Hot Wheels Race: Have Child #1 select a subject. Each child recites the grammar from a different week (Weeks 1-5). Allow children to each select a Hot Wheels cars to race down a cardboard box “ramp” that is set against a table. Everyone collects their car & puts back in the “garage bag.” Go through the next subject. Repeat with a new Hot Wheels car & race. Continue until you’ve finished all the subjects. (Note: If you don't own a large collection of Hot Wheels cars, we've also done this using marbles & pool noodles. They love dropping the marbles down the hole in the pool noodle & seeing who's marble went the furthest.)

Abecedarian Applause Week 5

(my weekly parent email)

We had another great day at CC! Wow! Everyone did an amazing job with their art today! Be sure to check their folders to admire their perspective drawings!

We’ll be starting tin whistle time in 2 weeks. If you have not yet purchased a tin whistle, please get one soon as we’ll be using it every week during weeks 7-12.

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 related to the geography sentence: Geography Morning Basket & Activities: Exciting Egypt.

This week I will be praying for each of your children. My prayer is that through our time at CC, they will develop a passion for God, that their souls will crave Him and their hearts will cling to Him. (Psalm 63:8)

I am here to serve you in any way that I can. If you ever have questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know!

My children carved their names in hieroglyphics in clay (or play-doh) to make cartouches while we learned more about Egypt in the above link.
My children carved their names in hieroglyphics in clay (or play-doh) to make cartouches while we learned more about Egypt in the above link.

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