Classical Conversations Cycle 3: Week 9 Recap

In this recap, I am going to share what we did at home for more hands-on learning related to Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Week 9: Bible, History, Geography, and Science memory work. I will also link our favorite picture books and share a look at my tutor board.

Let's dive right into what we did for Week 9! 

Resource: Foundations of the Bible vol.3  |  Bible Memory Songs  |  Hymnology Cards

This week, we began learning about the books of the New Testament. We learned about Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts. For the remainder of the study (lessons 9-24), we will be diving deeper into the New Testament, which I am so excited about!

I love spending our mornings reading from this study and reading the related Bible reading. It has been such a blessing for our family, and I pray it is for you as well.

Note: This study pairs with each week of the CC optional Bible memory work, but you can go at your own pace because there is SO much to learn. You can also jump in at any time — it’s not too late. Anyone can do this study, not just CC families.

Resource: Story of the World Book (Match Up List)
Activity: Sugar cookie recipeFrosting recipe

This week, we learned about the secession of the Southern states. The timeline card was a great resource to learn about the key events that led up to the secession of the Southern states. We also made a large sugar cookie in the shape of the USA. The kids colored the Southern states with blue frosting and the Northern states with green frosting. This was the BEST sugar cookie I have ever tried. I linked the easy recipe above. 

Resources: Learning with Friends Year 3 Bundle |  CC Connected Sandbox File
Activity: CC Sandbox lymph nodes and glitter bacteria
For science, we used the CC Sandbox activities to learn about the lymph system. The kids filled a balloon with cotton balls to represent the lymph nodes being filled with white blood cells to fight an infection. I also put glitter on their hands to show how easily germs spread when they touch things. This helped emphasize the importance of washing our hands!


Resources: CC Sandbox Geography page |  Drawing the USA  | Eat Your Way Through the USA Cookbook
Activity: Make a meal from one of the states we are learning each week. 

This week, we learned about Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, and Hawaii. We focus on Geography on Mondays by coloring in the states on a map and trying to draw them ourselves. We use the CC Sandbox maps and the Drawing the USA book.

For our recipe this week, we made a Loco Moco for Hawaii. We had this when we visited Maui years back. If you don’t know, a Loco Moco is made of rice, hamburger patty, fried egg, and gravy. So good!

Library Books:

As always, we grab a ton of books from the library because I love picture books. We do our read-aloud time at bedtime. This week, I grabbed a ton of books on slavery, and they were by far my favorite books. We enjoyed them all!

  • Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford and Kadir Nelson (History) — A story of how Harriet Tubman relied on the Lord to lead her to freedom. 
  • 'Ohana Means Family by Llima Loomis — A book that celebrates Hawaiian land and culture as a family prepares for their luau.
  • Gold Fever by Verla Kay — In a brief rhyming story set during the gold rush, Jasper leaves his family and farm for California to pursue his dream of finding gold, but discovers that panning for gold is dirty, backbreaking work.
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter —  A story about a peg-leg sailor who aids slaves on their escape on the Underground Railroad.
  • Phillis's Big Test by Catherine Clinton — In 1773, Phillis Wheatley published a book of poetry. It was a great accomplishment that made her very famous. Only a year before, Phillis had had to take a test to prove that she was the actual author of these poems, because Phillis Wheatley was a slave.
  • Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill —Dave was an extraordinary artist, poet, and potter living in South Carolina in the 1800s as a slave. 
  • Harriet Tubman and Black History Month by Polly Carter — Examines the experiences of the runaway slave who risked her life to help others through the Underground Railroad.

Tutor Board:

Here is a look at my tutor board. I was gifted this board from a friend, but it's whiteboard material that has been taped together as three panels. I love using the white board to make it colorful each week. For this quarter, our hands-on science has been taking a little longer than normal, so I've been incorporating review as we cut and color the body parts. It's been working well and allows the kids to take their time and get all of our review in. 

YouTube: Week 9 Playlist

I created my first YouTube channel to record all the songs and hand motions I want to use with the kids. I've compiled each subject's songs into a weekly playlist. I create this primarily to help the parents in my class review the motions with their kids at home. I also think this is a great resource for other tutors to use to build their plans for the week. 

If you are a parent and not tutoring, the "best practice" for CC is to let the tutor introduce the memory work in class for the first time on community day. You then review the week's memory work with your child until the next CC community day. You ideally use the methods you saw the tutor use in class at home with your child. 

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