Second Quarter Cycle 2

Information for Tutors

Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! 1 Chronicles 16:9

Dear Sisters,

I want you to know that I thank God for you. I thank Him for your commitment and dedication to our community. I thank Him for your hard work and creative spirit. I thank Him for your willingness to give so much of your time and energy for your students. I thank you for your patience with me as I learn how best to direct our community. I thank Him for your kindness and encouragement. You are each a lovely blessing in a bouquet of joy.

I pray that your time as a tutor this year is blessing you all in return. We are 7 weeks down, 17 left. And we have just 5 until we are on our two months holiday break. I am praying for energy and joy as we work together for our community. I love how 1 Chronicles 16:9 ties in so well with this quarter. With our tin whistles we sing and praise Him (I know that it didn't sound much like praise on Tuesday hahaha!) and with our science we are blown away by His wondrous works!

As classical educators we set a feast before our children -a feast of the truth, goodness and that which is beautiful. This quarter has so many opportunities for impactful discussion with our children about the wonder of our God's handiwork. As we bring their eyes and minds upon the awesomeness of our God, remind them that we are his prize creation: "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10

Know that I am here for you and want to come alongside you whenever you need it. Whether it be for classroom management or supplies or to pray for you or just meet for an hour to be iron-sharpening-iron -I am here for you.

Thankful for you. Thankful for a Loving Creator who made the Heavens and Earth and made each one of you.

In Him,


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Tin Whistle General

Make sure you inform your students (and parents!) of the piece you select for our tin whistle concert. If your class is struggling with basics, you may choose just a portion of a song or even just the scale. If you have one talented tin whistle player who wishes to do a solo, let me know. For our older students we can have a group do a challenging song if they want (like last year we had a few do the theme to Star Wars).

As a tutor I loathed the tin whistle. Honestly. I did. So hard to present something you feel so lost by. Prayers for those of you who feel like I did. Just remind yourself that you are a "Lead Learner" not an expert. And the heart of Classical Conversations is to make classical home education accessible for everyone -not just the experts. So model humility, and a love for learning and learn with your class.

In my red "basket" I have tutor supplies. In it is my Music Trivium Tables -feel free to borrow or use (just remember to bring it back the following week).

Follow the guide -it is all laid out. Just note that if you follow the guide it won't get you to real playing until just before our concert. Students need to begin practicing the song by week 8.

Some good ideas for our youngest kids:

If I come across more information I will add to it here and note "update".

Hands on Science General

Our focus this quarter is on the projects and not experiments. We will get back to those after the holidays.

For now, we are exploring God's creation on a BIG scale.

Lookup Bible verses and facts about the solar system and the stars, and rockets and our sun. I will bring with me each week in the red basket the books I used on Tuesday and feel free to bring in some and share amongst each other. (Label anything you leave out.)

As long as we avoid discussions that easily turn into "hair splitting" regarding religious matters, we are safe in really living out 1 Chronicles 16:9 "talk of all his wondrous works."

ASK GOOD questions and do not give them the answers (harder with the younger students, but still possible -"what do you think about how God made the sun for us?"). Tell parents about your discussion and encourage them to follow up.

Breakdown by Week

Week 8

New Grammar: Looking at our history sentence and geography -they compliment each other. It probably doesn't matter which you do first, but it could depending on how you introduce them. Just an idea: introduce them to the geography on the individual maps then take "boats" (could be any small object or piece of paper) and make them sail the path to the history sentence.

If that feels too time consuming you can do that for review. I never thought of it before, but you could do a special 10 minutes review of the current week's new grammar then 20 minutes for the past 6 weeks. Speaking of: DROP OFF WEEK 1 FROM REVIEW THIS WEEK (every week from now on will drop off another week -we review only 7 in class).

Hands on Science: REMINDER: do the solar system at home first. Find out the best measurements for you class (the guide's is not easy and doesn't really work for objects bigger than a dot). If you have 7 minutes watch the video I put in the newsletter I sent out Wednesday night. It should help excite you about the grandeur of God's amazing creation! (It sure did for me!) You can share scriptures with your class as they work on their model or you can prints some out and have them glue to the back of the black construction paper. (Just some ideas to hopefully spark even better ones. But if you just do the basics and follow the guide, you are doing enough. No stress.)

Tin Whistle: Follow Guide starting on page 157. Each week is broken down for you. If your students are advanced and ready to move on, you can expand or let them take turns teaching to the class. (That's certainly classical!) If your students are needing more time, do your best to stick to the schedule for each week and do not worry about mastery. We aren't their teachers and moms and dads can push for mastery at home if that is what they choose.

Week 9

Hands on Science: Sun prints! I am gathering objects all over my house as I clean up and sort things (I am on a major organize and discard most stuff mission) and placing them in a zip-top bag for our sun prints. Gather things from your home, as well. I have some small wooden cut out letters and I have some large ones I gave to Jennifer for her class (but they can easily be shared if you want to use them, coordinate times with her). I will leave a bag of objects your class can use downstairs on the benches that wrap around the trees in courtyard area of church.
I am going to bring a few boxes for students to set their prints up (arrange) inside then bring out for sun exposure. You may need to have parents to help a lot with this one and just do a few at a time. I will be out there to help, as well.

Week 10

Hands on Science: The church has not yet told me what they want us to do for the "facility clean up." If they do not get back to me we will simply do a phases of the moon project that ties in with this week's new grammar's science. I will update this section when I know more!

Week 11

Hands on Science: We will leave campus at 11:30 and drive over to Jastro park to do our rocket launching. Each student will receive one hand (air) rocket and I will have a stomp rocket out for kids to play with. I am planning to also have a vinegar & baking soda one for each of you to do (one per class). See link below.

Week 12

Hands on Science: This is the one that is really up to YOU. I shared a few ideas at the tutor meeting and the book I got. Let me know if you need help and if you need supplies. I need two weeks notice and I kindly ask that you keep the supply cost down. ;-)

Tin Whistle Concert & Potluck

Week 12 after Foundations (during lunch) we will do a brief concert during a potluck. More details to be determined.