Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Geography for cycle 3 week one

I like the song Classical Conversations has for memorizing the states and capitals.  I also like the fact that we are starting out just going down the east coast. But there can never be too many memory helps.  
I put together some "flashcards" with the outline of the state and two picture "helps".  One picture for the capital, one for the state.  
Here's how you can do it, too.  Real simple, real quick.
Google " Maine outline map image" and you get several to choose from.  Click on one. Click "view image".  Hold a piece of printer paper in front of the screen- presto quickest light table for tracing.  I did it this way so I could make it my own size and right on the paper where I wanted wihout messing with sizing and layout... Took a couple seconds and I didn't waste time or paper.  You could simply print.  But I'm also trying to print as little as possible, and don't we encourage our students to trace maps ;). 
Then I did print some little images for the helps underneath.  Cut them out, and tape them to a large construction paper.  I thought I would do each week in a different color paper.  In a couple weeks they can use the large flashcards for a review game/activity.  Also great for my kids to trace at home.
Here are the pencil outlines of the states, one per half sheet of paper, and the little memory help images.
Augusta- a gust of wind
Maine - horses mane ( I think that the stat of Maine looks like the profile of a horse head, mouth pointed north and the mane going down the coast.  That's how I taught my three yr old to find it on a map)

Concord- electrical cord
New Hampshire - new hamster (lol)

Boston- work boss
Massachusetts - chewing

Providence- hands praying, God's leading (this was hard)
Rhode Island - this is a road in a circle I drew waves around.  A road island.

Hartford- heart
Connecticut- scissors

I plan to show the large map provided by my director. Point to the states and say the names and capitals.  Then have them locate the area on their map.  I'll get out my large flashcards, explain the helps.  Then I'll hold up a flashcard and have the kids point to it on the map and say the name and capital.  We'll squeeze the song in, too.
We'll see how it goes week one.  My kids thought the pictures were funny and seem to have held onto their meaning.  If it works, I'll probably do it again, though some states or capitals might be harder to come up with helps.  

Two posts in one week- What!?!?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Long time, no post

Well, we have moved.  Yes it was in November, but moving takes so long.  The unpacking, settling things in their place, creating an "organized" home. We are still running around like chickens with our heads cut off... Speaking of chickens... Not only did we move to a small acreage, but we gained two cats, two ducks (a gift), and twelve hens (actually we think one may be a rooster). We raised the ducks from one week old.  The chickens we hatched. Originally there were 18, but we are just wanting hens.  We gave the roosters back to my sister-in-law's dad, he was the one who lent us the incubator and gave us the eggs. We have also been busy with a huge garden and a bunch of berry bushes. I still don't "have time" to be posting, yet... But I'm doing it anyway. Maybe out of excitement for the new Classical Conversations year starting so soon.  Yes, we have more than a month before our community will meet for week one, but I will be gone for most of August.  Because I'm not busy enough already, probably like most of you. I hope you will forgive me for my long absence thus far, and that I'll be MIA in August.
My dearest dad is taking my sister, myself, and our husbands on an Alaska fishing trip. This is wonderful for many reasons.  Time with family, fishing, first time in Alaska, and... I have gone fishing with my dad every summer that I can remember (save one).  Mostly on lakes where we used to live in Wyoming.  I didn't think I'd get a chance to go with him this year.  Instead, he's taking us to Alaska. Yipee!!  My mom will be watching my girls since she's not as big on fishing as she is grandmothering.
Then my oldest daughter, Claire, age 9 (just barely) will be going to Burkina Faso, Africa to help some missionary friends of ours.  What!?!?  I get to go to Africa! with my daughter!  On a missions trip!!!!  The Lord has been great in accomplishing this trip, but that's another post. 
Let's get week one of cycle three kicked off with some fun memory work.  
BTW- we have our first day of CC less than 48 hrs after we get home from Africa.  What!!?!  Not sure how I'll pull it off, except for planning and prayer... And probably coffee. Though I just got some homeopathic stuff that's supposed to help with jet lag.  Maybe I'll review that product since I'll definitely be putting it to the test after being in like seven time zones within three and a half weeks.

But I digress...
For English I may have heard this on c3?? I downloaded a bunch of mp3s and may have heard it when I did that.  However, I can't remember. I'll try to find out so that I can give credit if it's due to someone.  But I also want to get it up on the blog while I can. I looked on c3 and couldn't find this chant.  So apparently it may be one I made up. This is the brain of someone who's always singing and making up songs... I never know where they come from. Our home is sometimes like a musical ;). 
This is a step clap back and forth with a chant. The girls decided to do the crossed arm pose at the end.

For science memory work we added some motions and a little tune.  This is originally from the youtube channel Remole Reels.  They do a great job.  I hope she doesn't mind I just removed the intro and end.  Just to make it more concise for my class- we are always running short on time.  But this is her song. She's got lots of great videos you should check out!
Actions: blow your nose with the word tissue
Link fingers for connective 
Rub arm for epithelial
Flex for muscles
Give shaky scratching-chalkboard- type hands for nerves. As in it gets on your nerves.

Latin is a made up song. With each time you repeat, you take the song up a half step. Also, get a little faster each time as they learn the words.  Get so fast you get tongue tied and giggle.  Which means you may want to save it for last if your class is hard to reign back in.  Though you may not know your class on week one ;).
I have plans for some pictures to help remember some of the geography. But I'll hopefully post them tomorrow. I will be using the song on c3 I believe by Classical Conversations for the geography.  

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Wk 17 Cycle 2 Videos

Sorry,  I stayed up to get these loaded, but I'm to tired to write any explinations.  I might tomorrow.  Hope you can figure them out :)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

CC Cycle 2 wk 16

Trying to get these posts on as early as I can, seeing as how we've had several snow days and maybe you haven't.  Which means we might be behind some of you and I want these to be up for as many people to use as possible.  
This is our definition of a VERB song.  To a good ol' Nick at Night show's theme song- I dream of genie.  Now you can dream of verbs (sorry, kinda cheesy).

We found this one especially fun.  I have found the girls walking around singing our Balkans Geography Chant. Hope it's as catchy for your students.

With the little one in the background making noise as usual :) I hope you can catch on to our melody for the Area of a Rectangle.  It was based on the the hot dog song on Micky Mouse Clubhouse.  Don't you love getting silly with your kids (and CC kids)?
In line with Mickey... Here is Newton's First Law song.
Have fun!!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

CC Cycle 2 Wk 15

So, Sorry.  I have had this post ready for two weeks.  Thought I posted it... saw today I just made it a draft >(  hope some of you can still use it.
I found a great song on You tube by Angie Sparks called Kinetic and Potential Energy. I wish we could use it all in our CC time because it describes the types of energy so well and gives great examples.  However, since tutors are not supposed to teach during memory work, I can't use it :( I will use it at home, for sure.  I suggest others show their students, too.  For our very limited time during New Grammer at CC we need to stick to drilling just the memory work.  So, here is my shortened version

This is my song for Middle East Countries.  I found a song from Aladdin that worked!! Prince Ali.  I thought that was neat since that movie takes place in the Middle East. 
This is the Metric Measurements to "Belle" from Beauty and the Beast.  
Here is a loose interpretation of the Handy Manny Song.  The Four purposes of sentences fit well to this melody.  I decided to add motions to help the kiddos remember what type of sentences we are singing about.  So for Declarative make a dot/period.  When you sing Exclamatory make an exclamation mark with your finger.  Then a question mark for Interrogative- I also remind the kids how Interrogative sounds like Interrogate.  End the song with a shake of your finger for Imperative.  Remind them that Imperative means "of vital importance" or like your mom is saying "you have to obey!!!" while she shakes her finger.
Hope you find these helpful.  We sure had fun with them :)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cycle 2 Wk 14

We were in need of motivation to get out of bed today.  So, mom declared it dress up school day.  A national holiday I'm sure :).  I have a bonnet on (I'm really getting into it:).  Claire has a prairie girl outfit on, which we call Laura's outfit from Little House.  Bella, well she's had a tough couple weeks with wanting to participate in school.  I am hoping it's just getting back into the swing of things.  So, she didn't dress up, but she does have a leftover mustache on from Awanas last night :).  So does little Em.
The countries of Baltic Europe sang to "It's raining, It's pouring" melody.
English Grammar for cycle 2 wk 14 the definition of an adverb.  We sing it to the melody of "The Ants Go Marching In".
Science Cycle 2 wk 14, the difference between an acid and base sung to "Itsy Bitsy Spider".

Lastly, we have a beautiful rendition of Supercalifragilistic (not sure how to spell that, and wasn't going to google it).  However, our words are the Linear Equivalents memory work.
Sorry, none of them were quite as fun as last weeks states of matter song.  However for those of you who just do better with songs... here you go. 

As usual, I chose my little short cut to link you from pinterest to this post.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

CC cycle 2 wk 13

Finally back in the swing of things :)  Moving is hard-lol!  
So here are some songs for week 13.
More Indefinite Pronouns
enjoy our little jokester at the end
Our favorite of the week (though we really like them all)
States of Matter
You gotta do the "huh" part.  It's just fun! The kids won't forget the song.
I searched on youtube for a song that someone else had made (hey, use what others have already plan).  I found a song done by some high school or college students.  They did a good job, however it was a long rap that had a definition of each state.  We're just keeping it simple :)
Northern European Countries
I like how this gives the title of what we're learning "Northern European Countries"
Then it repeats the countries twice
and the little pneumonic device at the end "NO FINish DINner SWEetie" 
The pneumonic device was something another tutor had mentioned, smartie.
I tried to pin one of these youtube links, they didn't show up as pinable.  so I'm entering a screen shot that will be pinable for my pinterest followers :) now  you can link back to here from pinterest.

I may not give you such detailed plans as I did for the first twelve weeks, but we'll at least try to post the songs we make up for material that doesn't have them already :)
Thanks for being patient as we were getting settled and getting through the holidays.
Hope they went well for you, too!