I've LOVED all the important dates in history that we learned this past year in CC! And I've just loved them so much that I do not want Mary (or myself!) to forget them. So, I've come up with an extremely simple way for us to review the dates:
Apr 16, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
Tonight was our CC End-of-the-Year (EOY) Celebration and Geography Fair!
Here's a quick glimpse into our evening:
In the picture above is my sweet class. LOVE them! Can you tell which on is my distractible child? Yeah...
Above, the two younger classes combined for their presentation. All the classes had their turns reciting some of the memory work from this cycle, and then they all came on stage to sing the Doxology. It was beautiful.
Congratulations, Memory Masters!
Time to party! This was our third party of the DAY, for real! Anna had a party at her preschool, then we went to a birthday party, which was immediately followed by our EOY Celebration. Don't even ask me what my kids ate all day! ;)
The Geography Fair was so wonderful! I was truly blown away by the amount of time and effort these kids put into their projects!
Apr 10, 2014
Yesterday was our final day of CC for Cycle 2.
(can't believe I just wrote that!)
I knew the kiddos would probably be very excited, so I wanted to do something different to keep them interested while also giving them the freedom to move around.
So, we went around the world!
(which was really just around the room to different 'stations')
We always start with Geography at the table, and then we moved to Math, the red sign in the back.
King Arithmetickle was happy to explain the final Math law of his kingdom. (You can see me holding that puppet, right? I mean, I can see me, too, but the kids act like I'm not even there! They're mesmerized by this crazy puppet!)
Then we continued our trip around the world by moving six feet to the left and arriving at History. ;)
I taped the History Sentence cards for Week 24 under the sign, and we said the sentence with some motions. No frills, except the cards.
I usually use my iPad to play the history sentence song, but I'm not going to do that anymore in class. For me, it breaks the flow (and eats into the 4 minutes) to say, "Okay, now that we said the sentence, let's listen to the song and sing along."
Changing it up like this was a BIG HIT with the class - and me! Moving around so much let them get their wiggles out, they appeared to be more engaged because it was something new, and I liked that I didn't have to add 'extras' to keep their attention (aside from a puppet or two). I felt much more stick-in-the-sandish!
I'll be leading Foundations tutor training at a couple of Parent Practicums this summer, which means I've been getting lots of training myself. As a tutor, one of my main jobs is to model for the parents how they can review the memory work at home, and I think I've really missed the mark sometimes on this.
I am supposed to be replicable.
Parents are supposed to be able to go home and replicate (if they so desire) what we're doing in class.
With my Mary Poppins bag of tricks, I don't think I've been very replicable at times. I don't know...
If a parent sits in my class and thinks, "I could never do that," then I don't think I'm doing my job.
This is why CC's so big on 'stick-in-the-sand.' We should be able to introduce new grammar on a beautiful tropical island, next to a clear blue lagoon with our toesies in the water, using just a stick in the sand (this is my secret mental picture every time someone says that!). If we add a bunch of bells and whistles, are we really being replicable?
I know that no tutor feels like this picture with the stick-in-the-sand analogy, right? Right...
Ha! I know, I know, but we have technology now, what's wrong with the iPad and PowerPoint and my phone?! Hello! This is the 21st century!
Yes, yes, I hear you.
But, the truth is, Tutor, not everyone has what we have. If we make introducing new grammar look hard or 'magical,' as in something only we can do, our parents may become discouraged or overwhelmed. And I know nobody wants that to happen, because if you're a tutor, you love these kids. And because you love these kids, you love their parents and want to equip them for success at home.
Please don't think I'm preachin' to you, because I'm really thinking about myself here. I'll definitely be making some tweaks to my class for Cycle 3. I'm just bringing it up because if these thoughts are crossing my mind, maybe they've crossed yours, too?
And, I'm not talking about review games. I love me some bells and whistles and hula hoops and bean bags and sticky hand slappers during review time. Bring it and bling it, I say!
So, as tutors, that's just something to think about...
Are we replicable?
Apr 8, 2014
No, it's okay, you're at the right blog; this is Melody!
Colleen at Sola Gratia Mom and I are buddies. We've connected as bloggers and also as moms to special needs kids. I've cried on her shoulder during hard days when my sweet Anna has been misunderstood and I've been heartbroken. Colleen's been such an inspiration and source of encouragement for me (love you, girl!).
I'm honored to be hosting her link-up this week! Check it out, and whether you're a blogger or not, I hope you'll chime in with a post or photo. Directions are at the bottom.
And here we go!
Welcome to Week #12 of the Wonderful Wednesday's Link-Up! This Link-Up is for anyone who would like to share how they are creatively teaching their children the various subjects, including fine arts, at home. All curriculum users are welcome!
Last Week's Top Two Featured Posts...
Tracey at We Made That linked up a great experiment (and easy-peasey! YES!) to show her girls frost up close and personal. The materials needed are a tin can, ice, and salt. I love easy and quick Science stuff!
JMommyMom at Highhill Education shared a fun way to look at shapes and symmetry in math. Her older kids couldn't resist joining in the fun, and they made some great designs!
Being creative can be something crafty or it can be something unique with your own hands on approach to teaching your children. It can be a video, picture or a blog post. Share it here! Let's put our creative genius together and inspire others to reach beyond the pencil at times! My goal isn't fun -but rather, to encourage our children to become life long learners and see the joy in learning because that is FUN! So mark your blogging calendars and plan to stop by each week and LINK-UP!
NEW! If you aren't a blogger - no problem! You can still link up your fantastic creations by using your Flickr, Photobucket or other online photo sharing account. Just post your photo's URL from the account, by clicking on the "you are next - click here" button below! It can just be a cool picture of something your family made or a dress up your child did! We'd love to see (you can ignore the "blogger rules" below if you don't own a blog and aren't posting from it). If you aren't technical and still want to share a photo or video - you can e-mail me to submit via firstname.lastname@example.org. Can't wait to see!
Link Up Rules:
I am looking forward to seeing what you all are creating out there! I would love to see any link ups that were inspired by a Wonderful Wednesday idea too - copy cats are very welcome!!!
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Apr 7, 2014
Mary LOVES Flip-Flap Body and has read it countless times on her own.
Usborne's collection of World Wars books and cards is pretty massive. I love that these books will be used for two cycles!
These See Inside books of the wars (above) are INCREDIBLE! I looked through them at Teach Them Diligently last month, and I will definitely be getting these with my free hostess books next week!
Mary loves these sticker books, too.