Mrs. Nord’s Class: Week 1 Review

We made it through our first day of our CC Community group!  Here is a review of what we did this morning:

New Grammar


For this week’s history sentence, we used hand motions and different ways of saying the sentence when we drilled it.

Hand motions for the following words:

  • ‘Columbus’ (make a hat on your head)
  • ‘first of four’ (hold one finger and then four fingers)
  • ‘Carribean’ (make swimming motion with hands)
  • ‘three Spanish ships (make a boat with hand and move as though sailing
  • ‘the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria’ (count each ship off on your fingers)


We sang the week one portion of the timeline song, following the cd and using the official hand motions.

If you have a CC Connected subscription, you can access the motions video for the timeline song here.  The timestamp portion for week 1 goes from 0:33 to 1:06.

CC Connected subscribers can also get a pdf of the hand motions under the File Sharing tab.  The title is “CC Timeline Signs and Motions” uploaded by FDModerator1.


After introducing map blobbing and looking at where each location is on the map, we said the states and their capitols using hand motions.

  • Agusta, ME (use hands to move like a gust of wind)
  • Concord, NH (show muscles)
  • Boston, MA (sneeze)
  • Providence, RI (point to God)
  • Hartford, CT (make a heart)


After counting by 1s and 2s normally, we jumped up and down while counting by 1s and then we hopped on one foot while we skip counted by 2s.

English Grammar

We chanted the definition of an Infinitive, using the style found on this video. Week 1’s portion ends at 0:22.

In class, we followed this pattern twice:

  • Chant
  • Chant and clap
  • Chant and march


Our week 1 Latin words were said with the following motions:

  • In In (cup hand and put finger in)
  • Apud with (grab someones hand)
  • Per through (Hand through other hand)
  • Sine without (Empty hand and look sad)


We sang week 1’s Science new grammar to the tune of Pop Goes the Weasel.

All around your body

are four types of tissue!

Connective, Ephithelial, Muscle & Nerve

Four types of tissue!


Each week, students will give a 3 minute presentation.  There will be a suggested topic, but parents have the final say about what their student’s presentation topic.  Please have your child practice their presentation throughout the week to help develop skills and confidence.

Week 1 focused on getting to know each student. I asked the students questions about their summer. Our skill for Week 1 is get to know your audience.

For Week 2, here are ideas for the optional topic and skill to highlight:

  • Topic:  Show and Tell about Columbus
    • Tell us a few interesting facts about Columbus that were learned during the week
    • Draw a picture of Columbus or his ships
    • Make one or more of Columbus’ ships with legos or other building toy
  • Skill: Confidence
    • Talk to your student about trusting in and relying on God to boldly share their message.
    • Have your student practice standing still while speaking, showing that they are confident and relaxed.


Today, we learned about the Scientific Method (which we sang to the tune of Pop Goes the Weasel from CC Connected user amandanease).

We used the scientific method to study the persistence of vision. Our experiment was #68 from Janice VanCleave’s 201 Awesome, Magical, Bizarre, & Incredible Experiments.

Fine Arts

For Fine Arts, we learned about the 5 shapes that artists use when they draw.  The word OiLS helps us to remember these 5 shapes:

  • O: circles
  • i: dots and lines
  • L: angles
  • S: curved lines

After practicing the shapes, we tried to make a ship using those shapes.

Tips for this week at home:

  • Review the memory work every day! It’s better to spend 15 minutes every day, then to spend 2 hours only one day.
  • If you purchased the audio cd, listen to the memory work while
    • you are driving
    • your kids are eating lunch
    • playing with legos
  • The audio cd has a great song for the history sentence on the Weekly cd.

Many of our children had trouble staying focused the whole morning, so if you have any suggestions of techniques that work really well for your child, please share them! I am open to suggestions to help keep the little ones engaged.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Community News: Week 1

First Day of School- US

What a beautiful first day of CC we’ve had! Thank you to everyone for pitching in and helping make our day run so smoothly. 🙂 We missed Hargraves this week, and look forward to them joining us next week.

Website Post Note: Each week, your child/ren’s tutor will post an update about their class time. Though you’ll receive notifications any time a post is made, look for the posts titled by their tutor’s class. For example, Mrs. Aspiras will label her updates “Mrs. Aspiras’ class- Week 1”. We will also label any posts “For Tutors Only” and “Community News” as such. I hope this helps make sense of the email notifications and make it easier to recognize which ones pertain to you and your child/ren.

Here are a few resources I thought you’d find helpful for your week at home…


Here is the link featuring videos of the hand motions as you may have practiced in class today and can continue learning at home:

Also, here is the name of the file listed on CC Connected with descriptions of the hand motions:

CC Timeline Signs and Motions by FDModerator1

John 1 Scripture Memory- Please see the post from last week with the links for the song in English and Latin. We are memorizing verses 1 & 2 this week. Note: This is not mandatory for Memory Master.


Fine Arts- (I wanted to share this message from the CC Foundations team…)

“Do you ever wonder what is the purpose of drawing in Foundations? Well, it’s because we are helping students and families understand that drawing is a right side of the brain activity. All of us for the most part use our left side of our brains for the majority of the day. As I observed a class in my community this week, I noticed that the students had a difficult time transitioning to left/right brain activities. The tutor was giving directions for abstract art and some of the students wanted more exact directions. They seemed a bit frustrated with the directions being too loose. In the end, they produced some pretty good abstract art, but it took a lot of effort to refocus them to explore options. I am learning that introducing more right brain activity is a necessary task. It opens up the doors for fearless exploration when thinking of solutions or ideas.”

There is no set Fine Arts required for you to do at home. However, consider your child’s map tracing/blobbing a form of practicing “OiLS”!

The key to retaining information is repetition, over a duration of time, with emotional intensity (aka “Have fun with it often!”).

Speaking of keeping it fun and for a great read, here is an article written on the CC Webpage by Brandy Ferrell from Half a Hundred Acre Wood Blog:

For Week 2:

Family Presentations- Aspiras family

Supervised Parent Rotation- Hartshorn/Hedlund


Have a great week! I look forward to seeing all of you next week!