Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cycle 3 Week 5 Weekly Link-Up

The Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Weekly Link-up is a place for bloggers to share their ideas and activities with other CC parents and tutors for each week during Cycle 3 (2014-2015 school year). Unlike most weekly link-ups, this link-up will not be organized according to date but will be organized according to the week of CC. As such, these weekly link-ups will remain open for several months to accommodate for all the different schedules implemented by various CC Communities.  


This Link-Up is for Cycle 3:  Week 5

If you are looking for a different week, click here.


If you are looking for the Cycle 2 Weekly Link-Up, click here.
If you are looking for the Cycle 1 Weekly Link-Up, click here.


For bloggers who'd like a button, just copy and
paste the following html code into your webpage.

Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood

<a href="http://www.halfahundredacrewood.com/search/label/CLASSICAL%20CONVERSATIONS%20CYCLE%203%20WEEKLY%20LINK-UP" target="_self"><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8xi8bDwVCGU/U0VOzqTjmfI/AAAAAAAAI6I/h-ImkCVhRn8/s1600/CC-weekly-link-up.png" alt="Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood" width="225" height="225" /></a>

Would you like to participate? 
For bloggers:  Feel free to share either 1) your plans for the week listed above or 2) what you did for this particular week of CC. When submitting your entry, please include the name of your blog or blog post and link directly to your post for the week noted in the post heading (so we can find it!) rather than to your entire blog. Also please link back to this page in your blog post so that your readers can check others' websites who are participating as well.  My hope is that this link-up encourages a feeling of community and friendship in the CC blogging world.

For non-bloggers:  Bookmark or pin this page and remember to visit the fabulous Cycle 3 blog entries that will be posted in the near future - all kinds of ideas for supplementing Classical Conversations. Check back often to see if others have submitted their ideas!

Bloggers:  By participating in this link-up, you agree that you will not post the words (in text, audio, or video format) of the history, science, timeline, or other specific wording found within the Foundations Guide in your blog post. You also agree to not post links to youtube videos, on-line Quizlet flashcards, or other material containing memory work sentences from the Foundations Guide.  Please do not post any material you have downloaded from CC Connected if it is not your own creation. You may include a reference to a specific file you have found useful by stating the name of the file so that it may be searched on CC Connected. This website strives to maintain the highest degree of integrity in honoring copyrights owned by Classical Conversations (or any other person or company, for that matter). Thank you for being honorable and trustworthy in your participation in this link-up!

This link-up is intended to be used with the Foundations Guide 4th Edition.  

For those receiving this in your email inbox, just click on the heading of this post to access the "Add Your Link" button or to access links that have been submitted. (But be patient, as it will take some time for bloggers to get their posts written and their links up!)

This will help all of us to easily find the ideas others have shared for each week of Classical Conversations! Thank you for participating!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Cycle 3 Weeks 7-12 Resources

Please remember that it is not necessary to supplement Classical Conversations with crafts, worksheets, and on-line resources. Simply drilling the grammar (knowledge) and reading literature together will give your child an incredible grounding for the logic (understanding and application) and rhetoric (wisdom and communication) levels of classical learning. In fact, you need not even match up your reading selections with what we are learning in Classical Conversations! The memory pegs will come up in whatever you are reading whenever you are reading it - whether it's now or 2 years down the road! 
Before deciding to do any of this, please read the article Finding Freedom in the Grammar Stage. Just because this list of resources is available does not mean you need to use it. This is not a lesson plan; it is only a reference list. 

The following is an example of what I hope to post for each quarter of Cycle 3. All of these resources (and more) can be found by subject on our Cycle 3 Resources Page.  There are several resources on our Cycle 3 Subject Resources Pages that span multiple weeks. Don't forget to check them out (especially math, science, and history!).  

For a simple plan on how to use these resources, download our Cycle 3 Second Quarter Sample Activity Plan.
https://halfahundredacrewood.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/cycle-3-activity-plan-2nd-quarter.pdf
Do we use this stuff?  Some of it (like multiplication drills sheets and on-line geography games).  But most of this we do not use. Our family spends more time reading and working on core skills during the grade-school years and keeps our schedule open for playing board games together, or researching something that our children are interested in, or doing a random science investigation. We use our resource lists as resource lists - that is, when we wish to quickly find a resource I've come across in the past, we reference this list. I call it the "Link Buffet."

Click to go directly to specific week:
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Memory Work Chart {Free Printable}


On our first day of CC, a dear friend of mine put together a memory work chart for us which has proven to be a motivating tool for our children to practice their memory work. What's more, she has decided to share it with the whole wide world!

But before we share, meet Katrina.



At past practicums, Katrina has been my partner in crime. (I hate to admit this, but at a past training, the trainer almost had to separate us. But now that I have been a tutor trainer myself, I am a little better behaved in class.) This year due to scheduling conflicts, Katrina ended up going to a different practicum than I did but decided to make a "friend" shirt to wear the third day. I could not believe she made and wore this shirt! She even went around taking photos with people. But... she is so hilarious, it really is not surprising. {Is this not the silliest thing in the world?!?}

Katrina made a printable and then followed these instructions to put the chart together, modifying it as a memory work chart with Velcro closure.

She further explains, "I used colored file folders because that's what I had. One folder made two charts. I just cut it in half and folded in half and trimmed to make it look like the chore chart on this website. Each tab, I believe, is 4.2 cm wide."

>>>Download the Memory Work Chart printable here.<<<

The clipart she used is from Philip Martin Clipart and is free for non-commercial use.

Thank you, Katrina! You are such a wonder woman!

Other memory work ideas:
Memory Work Sticker Book
Practicing Memory Work
Memory Work Review Games
Memory Work Fun with LEGOs
John 1 Latin Flashcards & Games
Memory Master Tips & Tricks

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Snippets from our first week

This week (or should I say last week?) marked our first week of Classical Conversations. (Having our CC Community Day mid-week redefines what I consider the start and end to our week!)  So... here I am, simply trying to capture the memories before my sleep-deprived mind fails to recall a single thing.

Geography & Memory Work
Stephen's been learning how to draw the U.S. free-hand. At the beginning of the week, he was drawing the western half of the country from memory. After drawing it in black without referencing a map, he went back to correct his work with a red marker while referencing a map.



It turns out he didn't need to draw a whole lot of red corrections on that map. Today he started adding the southeastern states. Mahalo's U.S. Map Video Tutorial is our favorite U.S. geography mapping resource this year!

Because I get derailed quite often throughout our school day, David has taken to playing the "Geography Quiz Game" by himself.


I'm thrilled to see that one of my creations is actually useful in our own home! {Could this mean that many of my creations are not useful in our own home? ahem.} He really liked using our U.S. Geography States & Capitals File Folder Game to test his retention of the states we learned during Week 1. The plan is to continue adding the cards to our practice deck as we add more states to our memory work each week.

The boys have also enjoyed the Star-Spangled State Book as they read about the states we're memorizing. 


And that sums up geography for us: locating, tracing, drawing, and reading about the states.

After a wonderful friend of ours made this memory work chart for us, David started to show some initiative in making sure he's recited his memory work to me each day. 



It's funny what motivates a child.  (Thank you, Katrina! You rock!)

Language Arts
I was shocked. It really did happen. Stephen actually said, "Let me start with my IEW paper," and "Can I do my Essentials work first?"  This is the child who desperately did not like Essentials three years ago. He has finally burst forth as a butterfly (though he would probably not like this metaphor a whole lot).  But... take heart, Moms of Boys Who Do Not Like Holding a Pencil!  He's really and truly enjoying all things Essentials now as a sixth grader! This is cause for much rejoicing!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cycle 3 Week 4 Weekly Link-Up

The Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Weekly Link-up is a place for bloggers to share their ideas and activities with other CC parents and tutors for each week during Cycle 3 (2014-2015 school year). Unlike most weekly link-ups, this link-up will not be organized according to date but will be organized according to the week of CC. As such, these weekly link-ups will remain open for several months to accommodate for all the different schedules implemented by various CC Communities.  


This Link-Up is for Cycle 3:  Week 4

If you are looking for a different week, click here.


If you are looking for the Cycle 2 Weekly Link-Up, click here.
If you are looking for the Cycle 1 Weekly Link-Up, click here.


For bloggers who'd like a button, just copy and
paste the following html code into your webpage.

Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood

<a href="http://www.halfahundredacrewood.com/search/label/CLASSICAL%20CONVERSATIONS%20CYCLE%203%20WEEKLY%20LINK-UP" target="_self"><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8xi8bDwVCGU/U0VOzqTjmfI/AAAAAAAAI6I/h-ImkCVhRn8/s1600/CC-weekly-link-up.png" alt="Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood" width="225" height="225" /></a>

Would you like to participate? 
For bloggers:  Feel free to share either 1) your plans for the week listed above or 2) what you did for this particular week of CC. When submitting your entry, please include the name of your blog or blog post and link directly to your post for the week noted in the post heading (so we can find it!) rather than to your entire blog. Also please link back to this page in your blog post so that your readers can check others' websites who are participating as well.  My hope is that this link-up encourages a feeling of community and friendship in the CC blogging world.

For non-bloggers:  Bookmark or pin this page and remember to visit the fabulous Cycle 3 blog entries that will be posted in the near future - all kinds of ideas for supplementing Classical Conversations. Check back often to see if others have submitted their ideas!

Bloggers:  By participating in this link-up, you agree that you will not post the words (in text, audio, or video format) of the history, science, timeline, or other specific wording found within the Foundations Guide in your blog post. You also agree to not post links to youtube videos, on-line Quizlet flashcards, or other material containing memory work sentences from the Foundations Guide.  Please do not post any material you have downloaded from CC Connected if it is not your own creation. You may include a reference to a specific file you have found useful by stating the name of the file so that it may be searched on CC Connected. This website strives to maintain the highest degree of integrity in honoring copyrights owned by Classical Conversations (or any other person or company, for that matter). Thank you for being honorable and trustworthy in your participation in this link-up!

This link-up is intended to be used with the Foundations Guide 4th Edition.  

For those receiving this in your email inbox, just click on the heading of this post to access the "Add Your Link" button or to access links that have been submitted. (But be patient, as it will take some time for bloggers to get their posts written and their links up!)

This will help all of us to easily find the ideas others have shared for each week of Classical Conversations! Thank you for participating!