MS. SUZI – WK 6 RECAP

Hi friends.  This is a recap of week 6.

Latin (2nd Declension) – 2nd Declension Noun endings with a mnemonic device: hold up 2 fingers (2nd declension) – this is a platypUS with two webbed feet…snowboarding down the mountain  ->> kicks off the first sound “US.”  For the PLURAL, bring up the other hand…so we have two who are going to SKI (“-i) down the mountain – > to the tune “Dashing Through the Snow.” [also raced to put them in order using laminated noun endings]

Science (Major Groups of Vertebrates) – Sing to the tune: “Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes,” beginning with -> “What are the Major Groups of Vertebrates, Vertebrates?   What are the Major Groups of Vertebrates, Vertebrates?  Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Mammals, Birds….  These are the Major Groups of Vertebrates, Vertebrates.” >> We also used hand signs

Timeline – sang CC song – they all know this cold.  Same as last week, removed one card with their eyes closed and they raced to guess the missing card.

History – Sang CC song several times while using hand signs: Homer (writing in palm), Pythagoras (draw box in air), Socrates (1 finger in air – great idea), and Archimedes (pounding fist like hammer into palm) & we made a “W” with our hands for “Western Ideas.”

English (Prepositions) – CC tune, using signs….   In – Like … plus reviewed All.

Math (multiplication facts) – we repeated both lists, in order, very quickly – to get as many repetitions in, as possible.

Geography (Ancient Greece) – used a map I made to identify & label the locations – with a song set to “Happy Birthday to You.” >> “Ancient Greece Geography….Greece, Aegean Sea….Macedonia, Crete…..Rhodes, Ancient Greece” >> Then we located on CC maps.

Fine Arts – We discussed how this piece of artwork would include perspective, mirror imaging, and OILS.  Then did a lead/follow to draw the Taj Mahal.

Science (experiment) – We discussed how we are designed…nose (olfactory senses) and eyes (sending info to the brain to process)…and used lots of example pictures.

Presentations – Worked on not fidgeting.  Reviewed voice projection & making eye contact.

Review – we played BINGO.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thx

MS. SUZI – WK 5 RECAP

Hi friends.  This is a recap of week 5.

Latin (2nd Declension) – 2nd Declension Noun endings with a mnemonic device: hold up 2 fingers (2nd declension) – this is a platypUS with two webbed feet…snowboarding down the mountain  ->> kicks off the first sound “US.”  For the PLURAL, bring up the other hand…so we have two who are going to SKI (“-i) down the mountain – > to the tune “Dashing Through the Snow.” [also raced to put them in order using laminated noun endings]

Science (Major Groups of Invertebrates) – Sing to the tune: “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush,” beginning with -> “the major groups of invertebrates…sponges, stinging cell animals…etc.”

Timeline – sang CC song – they all know this cold.  Same as last week, removed one card with their eyes closed and they raced to guess the missing card.

History – Sang CC song several times while tossing squeezy balls back and forth…then quizzed them on the important points.

English (Prepositions) – CC tune, using signs….   Down – From… plus reviewed All.

Math (multiplication facts) – we repeated both lists, in order, very quickly – to get as many repetitions in, as possible.  We split up into teams of four and raced to point at the correct answer on little squares of paper scattered between them on a table.

Geography (Egyptian Empire) – used signs in the air to review this – since everyone already knows where Egypt is located on the globe.

Fine Arts – We discussed multiple aspects of PERSPECTIVE – using art to illustrate.  Then did a lead/follow to draw an Egyptian scene.

Science (experiment) – We discussed pollution: liquid and plastic.

Presentations – Worked on not fidgeting.  Reviewed voice projection & making eye contact.

Review – we played four corners…  as Graer said, “I’m tired of sitting; I’m ready to move!”

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thx

MS. Suzi – WK 4 Recap

Hi friends.  This is a recap of week 4.

Latin (1st Declension) – 1st Declension Noun endings with a mnemonic device: hold up 1 finger (1st declension) – and think “uh – I’ve had a brilliant new idea!”  ->> kicks off the first sound.  Use two fingers to point towards eyes for the Plural (plural is more than the one).  A mnemonic device to keep them straight.

Science (Plant Cell) – We chanted through these, with signs.  (Nucleus – hands together in front, cytoplasm – point towards eyes, mitochondria – flexing arm muscles, cell-membrane – hands acting like swinging gates or doors, golgi bodies – driving a steering wheel, & vacuole – pushing a vacuum, Cell wall – curved arms out in front, Chloroplasts – shooting guns (blasts ).

Timeline – sang CC song – they all know this cold.  Same as last week, removed one card with their eyes closed and they raced to guess the missing card.

History – Sang CC song several times for 7 WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD…while coloring a sheet of all 7 for ~ 5 min.

English (Prepositions) – CC tune, using signs….   Below – Concerning… plus reviewed All.

Math (multiplication facts) – we repeated both lists, in order, very quickly – to get as many repetitions in, as possible.  We split up into teams of four and raced to point at the correct answer on little squares of paper scattered between them on a table.

Geography (Hittite Empire) – located, chanted & pointed… then show me.

Fine Arts – We discussed what ABSTRACT drawing is (creating with emotions & feelings).  Then we drew simple artwork that we added lines, patterns, and colors to in order to create a “semi-abstract” piece.  These are in their art folders.

Science (experiment) – We discussed pollution: liquid and plastic.

Presentations – Worked on voice PROJECTION  this week….while continuing to make eye-contact with the audience members.

Review – We reviewed while finishing up our artwork.  No game

Competition – I have launched a new competition within our class.  It is a reward system based upon waking up & showing up: participation, well-prepared presentations, kindness to others, etc.

This week I gave them info about bringing in maps.

>>map re anywhere in the world = 2 stone

>>map re any C1 memory work = 4 stones

>>map about our most recent memory work that includes memory work labels = 6 stones

Let me know if you have any questions, particularly about this new competition.

Thx

Ms. Suzi – WK 3 Recap

Hi friends.  This is a recap of week 3.

Latin (1st Declension) – Introduced the 1st Declension Noun endings with a mnemonic device: hold up 1 finger (1st declension) – and think “uh – I’ve had a brilliant new idea!”  ->> kicks off the first sound.  Use two fingers to point towards eyes for the Plural (plural is more than the one).  A mnemonic device to keep them straight.

Science (Animal Cell) – We chanted through these, with signs.  (Nucleus – hands together in front, cytoplasm – point towards eyes, mitochondria – flexing arm muscles, cell-membrane – hands acting like swinging gates or doors, golgi bodies – driving a steering wheel, & vacuole – pushing a vacuum).    The order is a little different:  Nucleus, cytoplasm, mitochondria, cell membrane, golgi bodies, vacuole.

Timeline – sang CC song – they all know this cold.  Same as last week, removed one card with their eyes closed and they raced to guess the missing card.

History – Sang CC song several times for GREEK ROMAN GODS…then raced in teams of two…to put them in the correct order.

English (Prepositions) – CC tune, using signs….   Among – Behind

Math (multiplication facts) – we repeated both lists, in order, very quickly – to get as many repetitions in, as possible.  We split up the call/answer between different tables and myself/students.

Geography (Hebrew Empire) – located, chanted & pointed… then show me.

Fine Arts – We discussed why UPSIDE DOWN drawing is important to an artist (focusing on the details, not the preconceived picture in your head…also switching sides of the brain from creative to analytical).  Each person received a mystery picture in an envelope to slowly reveal as they drew it, upside-down.  It went well.  The art work was very good and is in their art folders.

Science (experiment) –

Discussed the desert habitat and burrows vs above ground.  Confirmed suspicions using the thermometers.

Discussed camouflage and how it might help an organism elude predators.  Reviewed pics of organisms from a variety of environments.

Presentations – Continued to work on EYE CONTACT this week.  Next week will be focusing on VOICE PROJECTION.  They did a great job.

Review – We played ROCKET (roll die/dry erase game) for several rounds.

Competition – I launched a new competition within our class.  It is a reward system based upon waking up & showing up: participation, well-prepared presentations, kindness to others, etc.  Yesterday, they all voted for Ella Cate to receive additional ‘stones’ because her presentation on the history of doughnuts included bringing doughnuts for everyone.  =)  Right now, it is a one-on-one thing I’m trialing but I can see doing team competitions this year.

Let me know if you have any questions, particularly about this new competition.

Thx

Ms. Suzi – Schedule Change

Hi again.  Just a quick note to tell you that our schedule has changed and, unless we have to shift for other needs of the community, this is how it will flow the rest of the year.

9:30    New Grammar

10:00     Science Experiment

10:30     Snack

10:40     Presentations

11:00     Art

11:30     Review

Thx!

Ms. Suzi – WK 2 Recap

Hi friends.  This is a recap of week 2.

Latin (Noun Cases) – call/repeat singing to a cute tune.

Science (Kingdoms of Living Things) – We chanted through these.  I invited them to think up their own signs at home, if they needed them.  They aren’t really into using signs at this age, it appears.

Timeline – sang CC song – they all know this cold.  No signs needed.  Same as last week, removed one card with their eyes closed and they raced to guess the missing card.

History – Sang CC song several times then sang the entire song, as well.

English (Prepositions) – CC tune, using signs (just me =), and learned About – Amid (2 extra).

Math (multiplication facts) – we repeated both lists, in order, very quickly – to get as many repetitions in, as possible.  I introduced a sheet with all the equations that they marked as we said each time (first time, dot, then underline, then cross through, etc…until we erase on the last time through).  We split up the call/answer between different tables and myself/students. Only facts; no skip counting songs.

Geography (Assyrian Empire) – located, chanted & pointed… then show me.

Fine Arts – We discussed where MIRROR IMAGE is found in nature, then reviewed the meaning & artistic purpose of MIRROR IMAGE.  I gave them several options of images – including a Greek Urn and King Tut – and they picked, drew, then colored.  They all turned out really, really nice.  Your kids were incredibly complimentary of other kids in the class.  #verycool   Art is in the art folders.

Science (experiment) –

Discussed sound waves and how they work on piano & guitar strings…and how those same waves move in nature, on a spider’s web.  Everyone got to feel/determine the movement – and we discussed how this data was crucial to a spider’s survival.

Discussed the anatomy of a fish (skeletal/muscular structure vs organ placement), natural buoyancy, the air bladder & how it works.  Then discussed what happens when a fish dies…in nature, next steps…what their thoughts were on why that happens.  We discussed what else swells after death on the side of the road.

Both Science discussions got gruesome and involved discussions of animal death….and maybe vampires – with regards to how a spider treats their catch/kill. FYI

Presentations – Since we had all students with us for this class, we discussed presentations, in general: what they should be bringing, raising the bar on source of the preso, how an audience acts (respectfully to the presenter and to other audience members), and what skills the presenters can be working on this year.  **This week – EYE CONTACT.  They did a great job.

Review – We played cut-throat BINGO =) for 3 rounds then participated in the fire drill.

Thx

Ms. Suzi – Wk 1 Recap

Hi friends.  This is a recap of week 1.

Latin (Noun Cases) – call/repeat singing to a cute tune.

Science (Classification of Living Things) – Overarching Domain, then chopping down through the rest in the shape of a large inverted triangle and clapping on the final.                                                   >> Dooooomain, Kingdom, Phylum, class, order, family, genus, species….(clap)

Timeline – sang CC song – they all know this cold.  No signs needed.

History – Sang CC song several times and then raced to put 1-5 in order.

English (Preposition definition) – We sang to the “La Cu Caracha” tune.

Math (multiplication facts) – we repeated both lists, in order, very quickly – splitting up the call/answer between different tables and myself/students. Only facts; no skip counting.

Geography (Fertile Crescent) – located, chanted & pointed… then show me.  *One point, we chanted with Tigris River coming before Euphrates River, every-time, with the clue that Tigris begins with a “T” and Top begins with a “T” – and the Tigris River is on top, looking at the map.

Fine Arts – We reviewed OiLS, did a tutor-led drawing of a dog, then rolled dice to make ‘monsters’ using the elements of OiLS.

Science (experiment) – We discussed the bean…and the parts…and how it was designed by God.  We discussed Osmosis and Semi-permeability with the egg experiments.  They filled in their science books with sketches that were meaningful to them.

Review – We tossed a plushie globe back and forth…the person who received it had to answer the review question.  The person who answered got to determine the next person to receive the ball.

Done. =)

Ms. Suzi’s Foundations’ Welcome Letter

Dear Parents,

I am so excited to have your child in my class this year and look forward to spending time with you, as well.

My name is Suzi Hansborough.  My husband and I grew up in the lowcountry of South Carolina but have lived in the upstate since 1996, with the past fifteen years in Anderson.  We have two daughters, Caleigh-Jean is soon to be eleven; Addison is six and a half.  As a family, we love to travel and experience new cultures.

I always tell people I kind of “fell” into homeschooling, as it was never on our family-radar, but WOW…what a blessing it has been for us.  God knew what we needed before we did.  We love it!  This is our family’s seventh year homeschooling, our seventh year with CC, and my fifth year tutoring Foundations.

MY JOB:

I’ve tutored Cycle 1 before and it is a ton of fun.  My goal is for your child to enjoy it as much as I do, while learning.  My job is to equip you, as a parent, with a variety of ways to practice memory work at home.  The kids have more fun in class when they can share what they have learned so please take the time to fit a memory-work review into your lessons.  You, as your child’s teacher, will know when that is best for your family.  In our classroom, we will use music, chants, acting, manipulatives, dancing, games, drawing…as many methods of learning as we can squeeze into 2.5 hrs for the data to stick.  At times, it will be loud.  Often, it will be hectic.  Hopefully, it will always be fun.

CLASS SCHEDULE:

Our typical day will look like this…

9:30               New Memory Work

10:00               Snack & Bathroom break (if needed)

10:10               Presentations

10:30               Science

11:00               Fine Arts

11:30               Review

This schedule may flex as needed for Science and Fine Arts projects each week.

 ROOM PARENTS:

Room Parent participation is essential.  Here are some ways that parents can help.

  • Snack Time: Help clean up when the children are finished
  • Science, Fine Arts, and Geography: Please help pass out materials, assist children who need help finding map locations, and collect maps and erase, if needed, place worksheets in assigned folders
  • Discipline: If a child is being disruptive and is not responding to my correction, tap him/her and encourage him/her to join in or remind them to pay attention.
  • Clean Up: At the end of the day, please help clean and straighten our room.  We’ll be holding Essentials in this classroom after lunch, so the trash doesn’t need to be emptied.

PRESENTATIONS:

For this age group, we are working on our presentation skills, and will be concentrating on presentations that highlight their interests/hobbies or feature a project from home (lapbook, craft, drawing).  As a rule, whatever you want your child to present is fine, but we have moved away from bringing toys.  We are rearing confident communicators and diligent listeners.  To this end, we will focus on one new skill every three weeks.

If you need to contact me during the week, please feel free to call/text (864-634-4157) or email me at any time (suzi.hansborough@gmail.com).  I look forward to hearing from you.  I’ll be communicating weekly with you via email, text, and the new WordPress site.

Thank you for the opportunity to work with your child this year.  It is a blessing and a privilege!

Sincerely,

Suzi