This is our first year in Classical Conversations!
I’m super excited to be a tutor for the Abecedarians! We conquered week 1, several weeks ago but here is our wrap up from the week. For all you Abecedarian tutors, hopefully my ideas (gleaned from others) are helpful.
We followed this format in class as we covered the first 5 states and capitals. I used my big pointer to help highlight the state on the United States Scrunch Map. This map is also available at Hobby Lobby (and it is less expensive especially with a 40% off coupon).
- Say capital and state name
- Say and point to capital and state on big map with a Hand Pointer. (children use pointer during review too).
- Sing and point to capital and state on our scrunch map.
- Children sat at their table and pointed to personal maps with a expo marker while we sang.
I printed and laminated blown up of the North Eastern portion of the U.S. for week 1 and 2 geography and made sure to explain that this was part of the big U.S. I printed my map from here. (awesome site for all printable maps)
(at home) Besides review, we covered blob mapping the U.S. Fun!!!
I had my timeline cards on the magnetized board and they were displayed until we finished with the Timeline.
- Said timeline card and covered our sign language motion for #1.
- Same for timeline card #2.
- Repeated #1 & #2, added #3 and so on until we got through all the cards.
- Once we covered all the cards, we put it all together to music.
Lots of repetition!
(at home) We put our labels on our homemade Accordion Fold Timeline.
I had the children sit and I read the sentence and explained the motions, then we sang the song.
(at home) The Story of the World: Vol. 3, Chapter 1.
I used the english grammar song for week one from the user, “marykbry”. LOVE her song and so did the children!
(at home) I printed some sentences off for my older children to identify the infinitives. Simple.
We changed the Latin grammar this week and listened to another one of marykbry’s songs during review. To get the kids feet moving, we stomped our feet. (the song was a huge hit though so I decided to do song for the new grammar portion as well next week.
We sang the math skip counting songs and passed bean bags around the circle. I didn’t have bean bags for everyone so this was a bit of a mess and confusing for the kids.
I read and they repeated the science sentence. Then I taught the motions for the song then we put it all together…are you noticing a pattern here?
We covered Oils with a handy practice sheet. Afterwards the children played a Crazy Critter Dice Game from Expressive Monkey. They loved it and came up with some cute critters.
(at home) The kids and I went through this art lesson on how to draw an owl. My kids are still drawing owls almost a month later.
In class we followed Miss Wizzle’s lab sheet. (Wonderful resource available from CC Connected username: loriberlie)
I compiled some videos on YouTube for my kids to go over this week. You may find some of them add value to the rest of this week’s school time. Warning: the Columbus video is a bit intense since it goes into how he harmed the native people.
I didn’t make this but it’s SO worth sharing! This Cycle 3 Memory Work Flip Book is so handy and convenient. It comes from user “melodystroud” on CC Connected. Check it out!
For the album you can just use a cheap album with 24 pockets for inserts. Perfect for 24 weeks of CC. This particular album is 36 pages which gave me some extra pages to add info later.
Is this NOT adorable!?
Because we are learning the songs this year, I can not seem to remember the tune for skip counting.
My solution was to tag a post it note flag and label the songs. SO much easier!
This booklet has gotten tons of use already. I bring it in my purse to review on the go. And I use it for review in my class.
That wraps up our Week 1 of Classical Conversations. Next time around I’ll share some of my review games for my Abecedarian kids too.