Monday, September 23, 2013

Ideas for Classically Catholic Memory: Gamma Year: Week 3

I'm blogging my way through our four year curriculum program so I don't forget everything that worked for us! Please feel free to use what works for your family and share in the comments anything you would add. For more on Classically Catholic Memory go here.

The only thing I could come up with for reinforcing our Catechism memory work this week was to look up the question in the Baltimore Catechism #2. It's lesson 12B on page 79.

We are learning the Salve Regina by watching and listening to this version on youtube. I like this one because it has both Latin and English subtitles, as well as beautiful art.


Lesson 1: Cabot and Hudson
This week Kevin used Explorers of the New World to teach the kids about John Cabot (pages 45-49) and Henry Hudson (pages 103-107).

One of the 22 activities that Explores of the New World suggests is a popular dice game that sailors would play on long voyages called Liar's Dice.

Kevin and the kids played a simplified version of the game that did not include the confusing lying part.

Lesson 2: Jamestown

There are so many fun ways to learn about Jamestown! First we read a few books:

Then we made this sweet Jamestown replica from Homeschool in the Woods:

The replica happens to be in the free sample pages of their American Revolution Pack. The entire program is pretty incredible and something I just might be purchasing for upcoming history lessons.

Finally, the kids explored a few interactive Jamestown games:

History Globe
National Geographic Kids

Lesson 3: Pilgrims

For every one fun way to learn about Jamestown there are ten more fun ways to learn about the Pilgrims thanks to Thanksgiving. Kevin read The Pilgrims of Plimoth to the kids and Bean read Who's that Stepping on Plymouth Rock? on her own.

Then the kids made pilgrim finger puppets to play with on their Mayflower ship we made during Massachusetts week for our Journey Across America. They then proceeded to set up an elaborate scene and reenact the voyage in the basement all afternoon.


Lesson 1
Our first science lesson this week included the following items:

One thing is missing, a helium balloon. Our grocery store hands out free kids balloons, so we picked some up the day of our experiment, but I forgot to take a picture of them before the helium ran out. The next time we went to the store we got a new balloon, which popped before we made it out of the parking lot. So, use your imagination here.

To start we talked about why one balloon blown up with helium floats, while another balloon blown up with Carbon Dioxide doesn't. This was the starting point for our discussion on atomic mass and atomic weight.

Next we made a complex diagram of a water molecule with the help of this TedEd video. Instead of using toothpicks and marshmallows, we used pipe cleaners and beads.

Instructions for both of the above activities are in the CCM Teacher Text.

Lesson 2:
And for lesson two you will need:

For our chemistry lapbooks each of the kids picked an element to turn into a flap-thingy. (I really don't know what to call it). Basically we made a little card and on the front of the card the kids wrote out the element as it appears on a periodic table. Then we cut the card into sections and wrote out what each section represented behind the flap. Got it?

And we finally got around to the polarity of water activity that the CCM Teacher Text suggests doing at some point during the first three weeks.

This kids loved this simple "experiment", although I don't think they really understood the science behind it, they were too busy gathering water droplets to pay attention to my explanation.


Lesson 1

To help master the multiples of four, this kids headed over to ABC Ya to play multiples of four dot-to-dot. Big hit friends, big hit.

Lesson 2

Then at 36 weeks pregnant I played multiples of 4 hopscotch with my daughter. I felt fine while we played, but it took a really good nights sleep to get my legs to function again. Maybe that wasn't the most prudent game to play, but the weather will be getting cold soon!


Lesson 1
We played Charades meets Blind Man's Bluff (the poker version) this week to learn our timeline cards. Each player took a turn drawing a card and holding it up to their forehead, so everyone but the person who drew the card could see the card.

Those who could see the card then acted out the card until the person with the card on their forehead accurately guessed the card. Another timeline winner, I think I'm on a roll.

Lesson 2
And we put some more pictures into our timeline book.


We started learning about the provinces of Canada this week. Having never learned them myself I couldn't properly pronounce half of them, like Saskatchewan. Thinking I was smart I quizzed my husband on the locations of each province, apparently he knew them all. Busted.

We used the book Wow Canada! to learn more about each province.

Great Words I
For our last week of memorizing Bed in Summer we used Pretty Poems and Wonderful Words. Beans response to the book was "This is a baby book.", and it is. But the poem is in it and Pal thought the flaps were cool.

Be saints, it's worth it!


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