CC Cycle 2 Week 8 Lesson for Abecedarian Tutors
This is the plan I used while tutoring a Classical Conversations Cycle 2 Week 8 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.
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 Europe 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.)
***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 & motions by CCHappyMom.)
- When you get the perfect present, you jump up and down squeal "Eeeee!"--- which is how the perfect tense starts.
- Everyone together will sing and use motions we learned last week. Only sing through it one time.
-ī – Sing language E (Show your palm and curl in all your fingers & thumb & have it bounce up & down with excitement.)
-istī – Hold arms out like you’re asking a question and then pretend to drink tea (“Is tea?”)
-it – Pretend to point at something = It
-imus – Pretend to touch something and then shake your hand like you just touched something icky and then show muscles (i+mus)
-istis – Hold arms out like you’re asking a question and then and then blow nose into a tissue (“Is+tis?”)
-ērunt – Puff your cheeks and blow out air and then wiggle your index finger back and forth like you’re saying, “Nh, nh, don’t do that!” (air+nt)
- Let each child have a turn "leading" the class by singing it into a toy microphone. Again, we will only sing through it one time each.
• Hear me sing the 14's.
• Have children sing it with me.
• Play “London Bridge” with the helping moms/dads 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 while children listen.
• Vary who says it: Children say it with me. Right table says it. Left table says it. Girls say it. Boys say it. Everyone says it.
• 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.
- Speed Chants: Children say it with me really slowly. Say it slowly. Say it regular speed. Say it fast. Say it super fast. Say it super duper silly fast.
- Ahead of time I sketched a world map on the globe and colored red the Cape of Good Hope, green the approximate route of Balboa across Central America, blue the approximate route of Magellan's crew around the world, and black the American Southwest.
- Sing the history sentence while the children listen. While singing I used a "pointer stick" ruler to point at each location on the map on the board.
- Allow each child to have a turn pointing out the locations on the board (I helped them) and "leading" the class in singing the song.
- 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 Mary Had a Little Lamb 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 (https://www.facebook.com/Blanchette-Trio-258725832441/ )
- 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!
- 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 line of Mary Had a Little Lamb by doing 3 notes at a time. 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 Mary Had a Little Lamb at the Thanksgiving lunch, so it would be a great song to practice at home.
- 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. (Will 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.
- (*Ahead of time you can watch a video of the experiment by CCLivermore Tutor posted below.)
- I do have a full script for this activity that I might post at a later time. It's on my computer that crashed. If I can get it off that hard drive, I'll post it here.
- For our community we quickly discussed the solar system using a picture book. Then we passed out a bead & balls (each one representing a planet) to each student. We counted out steps and laid the balls whenever at each point.
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 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.
I actually keep this deck in my tutor bag just in case a review game isn't going well. My kids LOVE these and ask to use them frequently. Each card has a different exercise on it. Since they're on cards that have Superman on one side, the kids view it as a game. When I'm not using this for tutoring, I use it with my own kids at home between homeschool work breaks when it's too hot or too cold to go outside.
Abecedarian Applause Week 8
(my weekly parent email)
It was a delight getting to see you all today at CC!
We'll be playing Mary Had a Little Lamb 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 Astronomy Show on November 2 from 9-10 am. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the stars and solar system. 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 related to the history sentence: History Morning Basket & Activities: European Explorers.
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)
© 2019 Shannon