24 March 2014

Classical Conversations Cycle 2 week 23

Well ladies and gents its down to the last 2 weeks. Where does the time go. Can you believe we have been doing this for 23 weeks. Wow.
Daddy came home today, Yea!!! So I had a lil extra time to myself to work on CC.
 For those of you that are not familiar with the military life let me explain what happens when a parent comes home. Which ever parent is deployed gets full attention when they return from the kids for at least the first 24 hours, and the other parent that has been caring for them during this absence gets forgotten.  Which is as it should be and is also very nice to finally get a break. Then life goes back to normal and because you are the parent that is always there then they come back to you for everything even though the other parent is there. Sigh, not so nice.
Anyway on to CC, so for this week again I am using a U Tube video from Happy CC mom. By the way she is a genius, I never would have thought of half the stuff she comes up with and then she puts it to a song. I am in awe every week. Here is the link for this weeks history song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnGztAYSZFo 

For the distributive law I made up this lil chart after I was inspired by some drawings on pinterest. Hopefully this will get the idea across, again I have younger kids that I am tutoring so I try to keep my examples simple.
Here is the image if you would like to use it as well.

For grammar I will have them march and chant the definition. This is kind of review since we touched on this briefly earlier in the year. They also love doing this as it makes lots of noise, and what kid does not like that. 

I found 2 nice lil charts that help show how heat flows so I think I will print both of them since one is a lil more simple than the other. Ok truth be told I couldn't choose between the 2 they are both good.


If you click on the images it will take you to the original source. 

Thank you all for stopping by and checking out my weekly plan. If you want to see more please subscribe by email or join as a follower. I plan on continuing through the summer in preparation for next year, cycle 3. I also have some fun summer themes and lessons planned.  I hope you will stop back by and check out our summer adventures and ideas. 
If nothing else leave a lil love in the comment section so I know that this is all helping someone else besides me. lol. It gets easy to feel a lil lonely out here in the blogging world. 

Till next week, 
God Bless, 
Kat 

17 March 2014

Classical Conversations Cycle 2 Week 22



Wow that weekend went by fast. That means one thing. Summer must be around the corner, our event calender is filling up fast. Ugh!
Any way this week we are celebrating St. Patrick's Day. So I made up these cute lil treat bags for all my students. And of course I had to eat any left overs, lol.

If you would like the printable top Click here for that post.

On to CC for this week. I am using the Geography song from....Yep you guessed it CC Happy Mom on U Tube. Did I mention shes a life savor, I just love all the work she does. Here is this weeks link. 

For grammar this week since its kind of an extension of last weeks. We will review that then add on this weeks difference. Basically a Conjunction joins 2 words, phrases, or clauses together. A Coordinating Conjunction connects 2 sentences together. Which can and in most cases for me lead to a run on sentence. But luckily for me they don't know about those yet. Yea!!!
I found this anchor chart on Pinterest..



from Middle School Teacher to Literacy Coach's blog. I will recreate this on the board for them to see. Sorry I didn't have time to do a print out myself so this will have to work for now.
Also for anyone gearing up for memory masters here is a great U Tube video that goes over everything up till now. Shes a rapster type, which me and the kids love. Here's that link,
http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=YIEoZfu9faA 

For math I will use a simple math question to demonstrate again, they actually seemed to understand it more than I thought they would last week, of course, stinkers.
Science is supper simple to demonstrate with a prism some water and a flashlight. I will try to get some pictures to share with you while they do it.

I think that's about all this week. Have a great week and see you next time.
God Bless,
Kat

10 March 2014

Classical Conversations Cycle 2 Week 21

So yes I know I missed last week. You see the benefit of being in Japan is that the night before CC I can make these posts and on the state side I am still a day ahead of when CC is held. Well that is if you hold it on the same day as us. Any way last week was just one big blur, we had the AWANA games, Girl Scout Sabbath and I had 4 extra house guests, not to mention I am still struggling with evening sickness. Seriously Im 15 weeks shouldn't this be gone by now or at least easier.
On to this week, week 21. You know what that means only 3 more weeks left. Yea!! opps did I type that. I really do love my kids but this is a lot of work.
 Ok first is the easy one Goeraphy. Happy CC mom comes through again. Her songs are a hit in my class as well as here at home. Here is the link to this weeks Geography song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ45FH0a6Ng&list=UUGEoZ60rtYLwJCOoHvlt9HA 

For math I found kind of a cool lil video from KHAN Academy now there is one for multiplication as well but its a lil over my guys head as most of them haven't done multiplying yet. So that one I will have to wing and maybe leave that for the parents to explain I will just introduce. Which by the way is all that is needed by the tutor, just to introduce the new grammar. I however am a "lil miss know it all" or so my best friend has told me since grade school. And since I know it I am going to share and try to explain.
Here's the link to the addition video,
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/order-of-operations/arithmetic_properties/v/associative-law-of-addition

So if you are from the School House Rock generation, you will be able to fill in the blank,
"Conjunction junction whats your ____________"
That's right function. I am kind of excited to share this with my lil ones since its the same thing I watched 20++ years ago, lol.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8-Ymv1K3FQ 


Lastly is science and that I will just have to talk them thru. There are lots of catchy songs but I just didn't think any of them explained what the third law was. So I will just have to, since I am a know it all, hee hee.


Just a few more weeks left folks and we are almost to summer. Kind of scary but exciting as well.
Take care, God Bless and see you next week.
Kat

09 March 2014

Classical Conversations Science Fair

Sorry I am a lil late in posting this, I am still having morning sickness. Well actually evening sickness, I wonder if because we are in Japan where evening is morning stateside. If that's why its happening in the evening, lol. Who knows I just want it to stop so I can function again.
Anyway sorry I got side tracked.
The Science Fair was awesome. This was a trial run for us in the CC home school group. Next year we are hoping to have all the home school families join us not just those of us that are in CC.
My princesses decided to one together, well actually mommy decided. Its a lil hard to motivate a 3 year old to do a whole science project. So it made sense that they would split the tasks and just work on one.
The girls decided unanimously and very quickly that they wanted to do something with candy. Ha Ha lil did they know this was just one way I could get rid of candy with out them eating it. Yea!
I had seen an experiment online during one of my late night Pinterest surfs, where they used hard candy to show erosion. Now they had a lot of time and a pretty in depth set up but I thought maybe we could recreate it with less involvement. My girls are only 3 and 6, I mean lets face it mom does most the work at this point anyway.
So we wound up using M&Ms and 3 cups, 2 of which were filled with water. The first was our control so it just sat in the cup. The next 2 we added 4oz of water to. One cup with water was left alone the other was swirled for 15 secs every 5 mins for 1 hour to recreate as well as we could the effects of moving water against the hard surfaces f the candy. Think rocks on a beach and how they get beat all the time with the waves. 

The big princess did the recording and lil princess did the swirling. I was actually surprised that the candy in both the swirled cup and the non swirled cup dissolved at about the same rate. The swirled one was a tad bit skinnier but not by very much. I would love to do this again in later years but with a more in depth test. But that's for a different post. 

Here are the princesses showing off their display. Mommy might have helped a bit with the display. Yes my OCD kicked in at that point.
Below are some more pictures of some of the other students explaining their displays and giving demonstrations. We even had a real live rocket display. The kids loved that. 





It was a great time had by all. I cant wait to do it again next year. 

Till next time, 
God Bless, 
Kat