Monday, December 16, 2013

Ideas for Classically Catholic Memory: Gamma Year: Week 7

Classically Catholic Memory: Gamma Year: Week 7
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.


Lesson 1
I found a word jumble for the spiritual works of mercy here. While the kids did their worksheets we listened to some Angel Food sermons on praying for the souls in purgatory. These are the same stories I suggested for week 5, so pick one you haven't listened to yet, or listen to them again :).
Lesson 2
Here is what Family Catechism has on this topic.

While we don't own it, EWTN's My Little Angels has a whole show on the spiritual works of mercy and you can download a Works of Mercy Lapbook from Emmanuel Books for $10.00. Maybe I'll buy those in four years?

We are learning the Sanctus by watching and listening to this version on youtube.

For history this week Kevin opted to teach a lesson on different types of government because so many were mentioned in the memory work. To do this he took everything to the whiteboard and basically just had a discussion with the kids. I wish I had more to tell you on this, but I don't, which is why he teaches history and I don't. 


Lesson 1: Mixtures
Here is what we used for our first science lesson on mixtures:

First we mixed things like rocks and sticks into a glass of water and then we mixed sugar into another glass and talked about what made the two glasses mixtures.

Next we mixed oil, butter, vinegar and apple juice in various combinations to see if the liquids would mix or not. The instructions for both of these first two activities are in your CCM Teacher Text.

Then we did the classic water-and-baby-oil-sea-in-a-bottle, because it's just too fun. This is not in the Teacher Text, but you can find instructions here.

Finally I introduced the concept of separating mixtures, which is heavily covered in the second lesson. To do this we separated marshmallows out of Lucky Charms. The Teacher Text suggests separating raisins out of Raisin Bran. Good for them, they suggested something healthy... and we ignored it.

Lesson 2: Filtration, Evaporation, and Chromatography
For our second lesson we did an experiment for each of the different ways to separate mixtures. Supplies for this lesson included:

1st Filtration: Pretty easy folks. Take a glass of water with rocks, filter the water from the rocks with a colander. Rock-et science.

2nd Evaporation: For this experiment we mixed water and salt, painted the mixture on black paper, and baked the picture at 170 degrees for 5 minutes to evaporate out the water and separate it from the salt. Tip: Warm the water to help the salt integrate into the water.

Bean's salt painted nativity scene.

Chromatography: Place a dot of green food coloring 2 inches from the bottom of a strip of paper towel. Place the very bottom of the paper towel in some water, being careful to not let the dot become emerged in the water. This will allow the paper towel to soak up the water and in the process... (head to the next picture)
I've had this sweet letters and numbers stencil ruler since I was in grade school. Tell me you also have supplies in your home from when you were in grade school.
the blue and yellow from the green dye will be separated. So pretty.


Lesson 1
I taped the multiples of 8 to the floor this week and the kids hopped their way through them. Use card stock and tape each corner!

Lesson 2
The kids played multiples of 8 Fruit Shoot at Sheppard Software. It's like Fruit Ninja, but not nearly as cool.


Lesson 1

This week's timeline game consisted of placing each card in a paper lunch bag, then having the kids alternate turns trying to find the cards in order. Once a card was found we removed the bag from the line and started looking for the next card. I did not tell them the order, rather once they found the card that they thought was next they checked the back of the card's number to see if they were right. If they were wrong, they had to pick a new card to start looking for until they found the correct card.

Lesson 2
More pictures went into our timeline book this week!

Since May we have been studying one state per week to go along with our study of North American geography. Here are the states I've blogged about so far. You could pick one thing from each lesson or just do something fun about a few states each week. I'll keep linking to the state studies as we move through our Journey Across America!

North Carolina
South Carolina

Great Words I
I couldn't find this week's poem by Hilaire Belloc anywhere! And, no it's not in Cautionary Tales for Children. So, I guess you'll just have to memorize it, but you could do a fun lion craft to go with it!

Be saints, it's worth it!


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