Monday, February 17, 2014

Ideas for Classically Catholic Memory: Gamma Year: Week 11

Classically Catholic Memory: Gamma Year: Week 11
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
This week's bible verse is The Great Commission. I had the kids make stop lights to go with their copy work to highlight the command to "go". Head to Worksheet Works to make you own printing worksheet.

We are learning the Anima Christi by listening to a few different versions on youtube.


Lesson 1:
This week we learned about the various acts that where imposed on colonists by the British. To start we watched two Liberty's Kids episodes: Boston Tea Party and Intolerable Acts. Watch them in that order.

We also read a few books. Boston Tea Party, which is a "House that Jack Built" type of book, was Bean's favorite. Our American Story's The Boston Tea Party is great for younger kids and The Boston Tea Party is the suitable for older kids.

Lesson 2:
Additionally, we began our American Girl, Felicity Unit. Because weeks 11 and 12 cover the Colonial period we haven't finished it yet, but I'll link to it when we do.

UPDATE: Here is the Felicity Unit!

This week begins the first of two weeks that focus on electricity. There are a ton of resources on electricity for kiddos, so during these two weeks we have several books and movies we will be watching. Here's our list:


Lesson 1
In addition to books and movies, we did a few hands on lessons. For the first lesson you'll need:

We started by reading All Charged Up and then used a hair blowdryer and flash light to discuss how electric energy can come from different sources. The rest of the lesson was spent looking at the differences between static and current electricity.

To demonstrate static electricity we used a charged comb (by combing hair) to attract bits of foil. We also blew up a balloon and rubbed it on our head to make hair stand up and stuck the balloon to the wall.

To demonstrate current electricity we made a simple circuit with foil, batteries, and a lightbulb. I did not have a 1.5 volt bulb on hand, so we used a higher bulb, but the batteries weren't strong enough to get it to light. However, the foil did warm up when we completed the circuit, so we knew energy was flowing. Full instructions are in your Teacher Text.

What really drove home the question of what makes a circuit was lesson 2...

Lesson 2
Potato clock time! Totally worth the $10.00. We did this in place of activity 3 which requires a galvanometer. We tried the clock with potatoes, lemons, cuties, water, soda, and even hotdogs. It worked every time.


Lesson 1
Multiples of 12 Memory finished off our study of the multiples. I had the 7s, Bean had the 12s. You had to find your set in order. So, Bean started by looking for 12 and I looked for 7. Once she found 12 she began searching for 24 during her turn and so on.

Lesson 2
I had planned on getting a carton of one dozen eggs and writing the multiples of 12 on them to make a multiples of 12 caterpillar, similar to the one Handmade Beginnings made with the multiples of 2, but alas, that never happened. But you should do it.


Lesson 1
Time for another classic Timeline game, Card Hop. Place the cards around the room and have the kids hop on them, in order, over and over again.

Lesson 2
Finally, 8 more pictures went into our timeline book.

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 (none yet). 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!

New Mexico

Great Words I
We continued memorizing "Pocahontas" by Rosemary Carr Benet this week.

I don't know of any picture books of the actual poem, but as you memorize it you could do several things to learn about Pocahontas. Check out a book on her, watch the Disney movie (maybe, I don't know if it's any good, I've never seen it), or check out this Pinterest board for snack and craft ideas.

Be saints, it's worth it!


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