Week 7: Mrs. Jessica

to the tune of “We Didn’t Start the Fire” (found on CC Connected under: amberwood)
Roman Empire
Carthage, ruled by Rome

to the tune of “Old McDonald” (found on CC Connected under: kassidycody
Some ways animals reproduce,
Live birth, eggs, fragmentation, budding

Week 5: Mrs. Jessica

Fine Arts
This is a super cool perspective drawing video that we did not have time to do in class but I told the students I would share with you:

Buildings in one point perspective

Egypt is touching two seas,
The Nile River is as long as can be,
If you want to eat supper, switch Lower and Upper,
Nile River Delta sweeps up toward the sea.


Sung to the tune of “Michael Finnegan”

What are the major groups of invertebrates?
Stinging Cell Animals
Flat Worms
Round Worms
Segmented Worms
and Sea Stars

Skip Counting 9’s – Do Lord
Skip Counting 10s – Chant

Week 4: Mrs. Jessica

This is the link I was trying to reference in week 3 (it worked this time!):

sung to the tune of “Arabian Dessert”

Hittite Empire:
Asia Minor
Arabian Desert

*(Hati is the people group that founded the city of Hattusah. It is not part of the memory work but makes the song fit.)

Skip Counting 7s – Frere Jacques
Skip Counting 8s – Oh! Susanna


Week 3: Mrs. Jessica

(Draw a bunk bund over the Hebrew Empire, with the top bunk through Israel and the bottom bunk through Judah.)
Judah liked the bottom bunk,
and Israel liked the top.
Jordan River was the bunk bed ladder
Down into the Dead Sea it stopped
Phoenicia sat towards the ceiling
And the Sea of Galilee was a paint chip peeling.

Parts of an Animal Cell sung to the tune of “Baa Baa Black Sheep”

For some reason I am unable to copy and paste the video from youtube. But I used Dana Johnson’s hand motions for Latin if you want to look it up.

Week 2: Mrs. Jessica

Draw a large circle with Babylon in the center. Then number it like a clock. Some tweaking may be necessary to fit the poem.
Eu-PHR-ates,  Eu-PHR-ates, will take you down to Babylon!
Eu-PHR-ates,  Eu-PHR-ates, will take you down to Babylon!
Black Sea is 11 o’clock
Caspian Sea is 2
Persian Gulf is 4 o’clock
Red Sea, 6 we’re through!

“What are the Kingdoms of LIving Things” to the tune of The Addams Family
What are the Kingdoms? (snap, snap)
What are the Kingdoms? (snap, snap)
What are the Kingdoms?, What are the Kingdoms of Living Things? (snap, snap)
Animalia, Plantae, Fungi and Protista, Archaea, and Bacteria
The Kingdoms of Living Things

Presentations: Mrs. Jessica

The purpose of weekly presentations is to teach our children to be confident and articulate in public speaking. With that being said, preparation is key! Please do not wait until the night before, or the morning of to prepare. From personal experience, your child will be confident and articulate if they have had time to practice a few days in a row. For our family it works best if I incorporate presentation practice as part of our morning routine, after devotions, before all other school work begins (mainly so I don’t forget about it). Also, if they bring a “prop,” (a picture or toy) it is important that they practice (at home) holding the item in a way that does not distract them or the audience.

The presentation should be informative, but brief 2-3 min. Please coach your child to follow this format:

  • Introduction (Try using an Attention Grabbing Device, like a prop or a question. For example: Do you have a favorite roller coaster? I do! It’s called the Verbolten.)
  • 3 main points (About the topic)
  • Closing Statement (“Any questions?”, “Thank you for your attention!”, etc.)

Below is a list of suggested presentation topics for the year.

August 16 – The highlight(s) of my summer (bring pictures and/or souvenirs)
August 23National Roller Coaster Day Why do you like/dislike roller coasters? What is your experience (if any) with them? How many have you ridden and where? 
August 30 – What’s your favorite book? Why? Give at least 3 reasons you like the book
September 6 – Pick a Greek or Roman God and tell us at least 3 things about them
September 20National Pizza and Fried Rice Day Teach us how to make something in the kitchen. Ex: Pizza, Fried Rice, etc.
September 27 – Tell us a Bible story in your own words that took place in Ancient Egypt
October 4 – Pick a major group of vertebrates and tell us at least 3 things about it
October 11 – Pick at least 3 things to tell us about the Roman Empire
October 18 – Pick a New Grammar Subject from week 8 to present
November 1 – Bring something in a bag. Describe it to us and see if we can guess what it is.
November 8Why are you homeschooled? 3 reasons you like and/or dislike being homeschooled?
November 15 – How does your family celebrate Thanksgiving?
January 10 – The highlight(s) of my Christmas break (bring pictures or souvenirs)
January 17 – Pick a New Grammar Subject from week 13 to present
January 24 – Bring something you made at home this week and tell us 3 things about it
January 31 – Pick a country in the Middle East and use www.operationworld.org to tell us about it, specifically how we can pray for that country
February 7 – Bring something in a bag. Describe it to us and see if we can guess what it is.
February 21 – Teach us how to do something: a dance, a craft, a game, etc.
February 28 – Pick one of the Mound Builders to present on (Adena, Hopewell, Mississippians)
March 7 – Tell us about an instrument and/or demonstrate if you play one
March 14 – PIck one of the 6 Classic Canadian Pies (Flapper, Maple, Sugar, Apple, Tourtiere, Pecan) and tell us about it (origin and how it’s made)
March 21 – National Fragrance Day  What is your favorite fragrance? Origin? Medicinal Purposes?
April 4 – National Burrito Day If you could make your own burrito what would be in it? Sweet or Savory? Hard or Soft Shell? What would you call your burrito?
April 11 – Tell us at least 3 things you’re looking forward to about Summer break

Parent Welcome Letter: Mrs. Jessica

August 12, 2018

Dear CC Parents,

 My name is Jessica Dunagan. I moved to the Upstate in 1998 from Southern California to attend college at Clemson University. I majored in Graphic Design and worked for a few years in the field before becoming a full-time Mom/Homemaker. My husband, Chris, and I have 3 daring boys and 1 determined girl. I never dreamed I would homeschool, but I have really enjoyed gaining a second education alongside my kids!

 Here is a sample schedule of what our morning will typically look like each week:

9:15–9:30 Opening Assembly

9:30 New Grammar (History/Timeline, Geography, Science, Math, Latin, English Grammar)

10:00 Snack/Presentations 

10:30 Science Experiments: taken from 201 Awesome Experiments and the Foundations Guide

11:00 Fine Arts: Drawing, Tin Whistle, Great Artists, Orchestra and Composers

11:30 Review Games: review facts from the past 6 weeks, plus the current week’s work

(Timeline, Geography, History, Latin, English Grammar, Science, Math)


Room Moms

As a Room Mom here are some ways you can assist me in class:

  1. Collect snacks in the snack basket at the beginning of class.  
  2. After new grammar set out student’s waters and snacks for the students.
  3. Collect maps and writing utensils following geography.
  4. Assist in science experiments and the fine arts portions of our class.
  5. Towards the end of class help with final clean-up and return the supply caddie to the closet upstairs.
  6. If a child is unsettled and not responding to correction, please sit next to the child and gently remind him/her to pay attention.  If problem persists I may ask you to find his or her Mom.

 Classroom Clean-Up

 Here is a list of things that need to be completed at the end of each class: empty trash, wipe tables, vacuum floor if needed, put away supplies, and replace furniture or anything else that was moved.

 Come well rested and well fed! I am so excited to get to know you and your family and to join you in learning what God has to teach us!

What is expected of parents

  • I recommend you bring your Foundations Guide to class so you can follow along with the material and take note of teaching methods you’d like to use at home. Many parents often use their phone to record activities or songs  as well.
  • My role as tutor is more to partner with you in teaching your children new grammar than it is to teach your children. With that being said, you are welcome to sit beside your child, sing along with them, help them locate places on the map, etc.
  • Please take conversations with other Moms outside the classroom.
  • If you have an issue with someone, please approach that person before going to anyone else, including Britney or I.
  • Please refrain from gossip, unkind and belittling speech, and divisiveness.
  • Should conflict arise I encourage you to submit to the Matthew 18 model.


Super stoked,

 Mrs. Jessica