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To my fellow CC Smart Mamas and Tutors:
WOW! Thank you so much for visiting my website. I am thrilled and
honored to share a couple of my Classical Conversations game ideas with you as
well as a couple new classroom tools I created. My kids love the games!
They were created first and foremost to be used at home but of course, as a
tutor, I used them during review time in my class as well.
As of today, all of these items have been put on the C3
community with the exception of the Flashcard Fun "Jeopardy style: board (which
I give instructions on how to make) and the Artists Power Points (which I am
more than happy to email you). They are just big files and thus, can't be
uploaded to C3. To find
those that are on the At Home Sharing Center, please look for "uploaded by: jkdewey". ENJOY!
This game is the first game I created. If any of you have
played the popular game, Sequence, you will catch on very quick.
The spaces are color coded according to subjects: history
sentences, timeline cards, geography, science, math, English,
and Latin. I made two game boards - one for first semester
information and one for second semester information. The
first semester board came in very handy over Christmas break.
The second semester board came in handy over spring break.
Of course, put the two boards together and you have a fantastic
way to review for Memory Master or work on that retention over
the summer. I have typed up directions for the 4 games I
came up with using these boards, but I'm sure you Smart Mamas
will come up with even more!
MEMORY MASTER STICKER CHART
We also love CC Memory Master sticker charts. I have one
of these charts for each of my children. Every
Thursday night (before our Friday morning CC classes), we do our
quizzing. If they get the answer right, they get a sticker
on their chart! They love it and can have a constant
visual reminder of what they know and what they need to work on.
Think of it like one of those fundraising thermometers - only
this one shows you how ready your child is to do Memory Master
proofing. Even if they don't want to do Memory Master,
it's just plain fun!
FLASHCARD FUN BOARD
In our family, we enjoy CC review time using games.
We play a lot of CC-Quest as well as a TON of Flashcard Fun!
If you would like to know how my board looks, here it is!
It follows the premise of the popular TV show Jeopardy, but
instead of giving the answers, here, you ask the questions
and the kids give the answers. And of course, they get
points and add them up. Throw in a couple "double or
triple point" hidden index cards and it makes drilling much
Grab a box of envelopes, a tri fold board, and some fun titles
and there you go! I use them in conjunction with the
CC flashcards for each cycle. The kids think this isn't school
- this is playtime!
you want to know how I made them, here are the instructions:
1 box of invitation sized envelopes
1 tri fold 36"x48" display board
1 box of Scotch photo split adhesives
Colored cardstock (I strongly advise against construction paper
as the color fades)
Subject headings (can be done easily by hand or on the computer)
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCIENTIFIC METHOD CHART &
CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS CHART
Our wonderful and
wise director told us that this upcoming year, each tutor
had to make a visual representation of the Scientific Method
process and vocabulary words in our rooms for our visual
learners. Since I enjoy graphic design so much, I was
thrilled with the assignment. Here is the chart that I
developed (pictured on left).
Likewise, I thought it would be beneficial to have a
posted Classroom Expectations Chart for my Master's
Students. The picture below the Scientific Method
chart is what I came up with to have displayed in my room.
I always tell my students on the first day that if they get
in "trouble" in my class, it will be from violating one of
TIMELINE OF GREAT COMPOSERS
(useful for all three cycles)
11x17 poster / chart shows the time period and musical
period in which our Classical Conversations composers lived.
In addition to our 9, I have added several other well known
composers. The yellow bar across the top highlights
key American History events so students can more accurately
place our composers in history. This has been
EXTREMELY beneficial as we strive to create those "pegs" on
our mental timelines.
ARTISTS POWER POINT
for Cycle 2 and 3)
points include pictures of the artists themselves, the works
they are known for, and some biographical information.
If you'd like them, please just drop me an email and let me
SKIP COUNTING CHARTS
I did not originally come up with this
idea. I'm not sure if it was my director or if she got
the idea from someone else, but when she lost the file, she
asked me to recreate it. In our community, we have
these two charts laminated back to back and use them in the
younger classes. Students can visually put markers,
M&Ms, or anything else you can think of on them to practice
their skip counting. When my daughter was an
Abecedarian, her tutor did "marshmallow math" and had them
skip count and put mini marshmallows on their charts.
It was so much fun!