Jul 23, 2012

Plans: Cycle 1 - Week 3

This week is all about Ancient Greece, which I love learning about! Mary's already really interested in this time period, too, so it should be a fun week!

* Keep following our Bible story/timeline card schedule.
* Do some more with our Ancient Civilizations and the Bible activity book.

* Discuss God's views on false gods: 
* Read Acts 14:6-20 where Paul and Barnabas are mistaken for gods (mentions Zeus/Jupiter)
* Read Acts 19:24-41 where it talks about Artemis/Diana (and a riot nearly breaks out!). Here is pdf coloring sheet of the riot.
* Read Acts 17:16-33 where Paul visits Athens. Here is a coloring page of Paul on Mars' Hill.
* Continue reviewing the Ten Commandments.

* Read about our memory work places found in the Bible:

Jordan River - Joshua 3 (Joshua and Israelites cross)
Sea of Galilee - Matthew 14:13-33 (Feeding of the 5,000 and Jesus walks on water), Mark 4:35-41 (Jesus calms the sea)

* Listen to SOTW1: Chapters 14, 38 about the Hebrew Empire.
* Color maps of the empire and locate our memory work places (p. 223 of Foundations Guide).

Just like with the previous week, there is just so much one could do with Ancient Greece!

* Work on our Ancient Civilization History Pocket for Greece:

* Do some coloring pages while listening to Greek myths:

(I really can't say enough how much we L-O-V-E these audios from Jim Weiss!)

* Make a paper mache Mount Olympus (p. 7 of the link) and play with it for hours! (I'm so excited to do this! UPDATE: We actually did this! Check it out here!) I've already printed and laminated the twelve Olympians to use as paper dolls while we play (I don't remember where I found these images; I think I just did a Google image search for each one):

* We also plan to have a movie night at the end of the week and watch Disney's Hercules movie:

I've also got my eye on some old Hercules Happy Meal toys on ebay. My girls love 'people toys,' as we call them, ad it would be really cool to play with them on our homemade Mount Olympus!

* Read a ton of books:

(These are just our favorites right now, there are SO many other great books out there. Be sure to check my CC Cycle 1 Pinterest board for more ideas.)

* Listen to SOTW1: Chapters 18, 23, 27, and 28 about the Greek and Roman gods.

* Probably do some things with this great Ancient Greece PreK unit from Dynamic2moms.

* Play match-up with these mythology cards:

* And we're going to end this week with a big grand finale! I'm going to let Mary pick a myth that we can perform for our family (hubs and grandparents). We're going to send them invitations to a Gods and Goddesses feast, where we'll eat ambrosia and drink nectar (or some equivalent - is pizza Greek?), dress like our goddesses and perform our play as the after-dinner entertainment! I'm. so. excited! Here is a great post on doing this more casually for a Greek lunch feast.

* Since we'll be studying the animal cell, and since we like pizza (big-time!), we're also planning to make an animal cell pizza:

(Seriously, this just blows my mind at how cool it is!)

* Do some animal cell coloring sheets.
* Read some books, although I really couldn't find too many preschooler-friendly animal cell books:

That's all I'm planning to do right now for Week 3 (more ideas on Pinterest that I probably won't be able to squeeze in). I love to find fun ways to review material from the previous weeks, so I think I'm going to give this muffin tin game a try. In this post (with directions), it's used for reading, but I could put the different CC categories in the muffin cups and use it that way instead!

Looking for more ideas? Be sure to check out the Half-a-Hundred-Acre Wood's Week 3 Link-Up!


  1. Thank you so much for providing these Week lesson plans for Classical Conversations. I love reading everyone's plans to see what might work best for our family.
    WHERE did you get those cute gods/goddesses? I know you said you did a google search, but so did I and I can't find them!

    1. I'm so glad you stopped by! I just did an image search for 'cartoon greek gods' and the Zeus and Dionysus ones I used popped up. I had to take all 12 into Photoshop to clean them up a bit (pain, pain, pain, but worth it). Maybe that will help a little? Thanks for checking out the site!

    2. Melody~thanks so much! I found 'em, and will be using these as puppets for teaching my Abecedarians!

  2. Just stumbled on your blog, it is fantastic! I, too, have a 4 year old and we are beginning our first year with CC. We're excited! I need to get going organizing myself for the year, thank you for a look into what someone else with a little one is doing! :)

  3. I'm so glad you stopped by, Musical Mama! I love talking with other moms with little ones who are just beginning CC! Happy planning! :)

  4. Wow! Thank you for sharing all of these!

    1. Thanks for checking in, April! Sharing my plans will (hopefully!) help me to stick to them. We'll see! ;)

  5. Thank you so much for taking the time to do all this research and sharing it with the rest of us. You've really made my life easier these past few weeks! Life has been crazy around here and I haven't been able to spend the time planning like I'd like to do. It really helps me a TON to be able to use your ideas! :)

    1. Leslie, I'm SO glad that these plans can help out! I was hoping to have my plans for the rest of the semester up by now, but, well, life has happened. Ha! However, I do plan to post the rest of my plans soon. We have a break next week, so maybe during that time I'll be able to sit down and get my thoughts together. :)

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  7. Oh... I really like your map puzzle that you made. I don't know that I have time for it this week but I'm definitely pinning this on Pinterest. Thanks!


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth! We've used the Hebrew Empire Scramble a few times now, and the girls still enjoy it! I hope it works out well for your family, too! :)


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