Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Underground Railroad, Anatomy Experiments, and Enjoying Essentials

For the past couple of weeks, we've enjoyed reading a collection of books set during the time of the Underground Railroad:

  • Follow the Drinking Gourd A picture book about "Peg Leg Joe," a conductor of the Underground Railroad who teaches a folk song to slaves to give them directions to follow the path to freedom. Here's an opportunity to connect a bit of astronomy to your history study!
  • . . . If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad A longer picture book (which can be used as a read-aloud) in question-and-answer format that covers many different aspects (Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?) of the Underground Railroad.
  • Freedom Song: The Story of Henry "Box" Brown A picture book about Henry Brown, who escaped to freedom by mailing himself north.
  • A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32 This is our family's current read aloud, and it is a tough one! But this is also a middle school Challenge book, and our family is reading all of the Challenge A & B books and many of the Challenge I-IV books before our children get to Challenge so that they (or should I say I?) will already be familiar with them. (Last time we were in Cycle 3, we read Amos Fortune, Free Man, which was a great read aloud covering the same topic.) (A Gathering of Days is difficult reading because of the dialect used.)
  • Who Was Harriet Tubman? This biography captivated our crew! As far as books are concerned, we absolutely love the Who was...? and What was... ? Series. They make great read-alouds for younger children, and they're wonderful as chapter books for early independent readers, too! Even our sixth grader enjoys them, and we have learned so much! 

Studying the Star-Spangled Banner and Other Stuff


Let's see... our CC Week Seven was almost a month ago, but we had a special arrival that caused me to embrace my natural tendency towards procrastination. After all, he would only be home a week before heading to Greece...

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Pumpkin Prayer Bookmarks and Lesson {Printable}


Last year I shared about the Pumpkin Prayer, which has become a special tradition in our family even though we seem to change it up a bit each year. Last week we came across another version of "The Pumpkin Prayer" (author unknown) that we used for carving our pumpkin this year. We also fine-tuned a lesson for it and made bookmarks to share with others. All scripture passages are NKJV.  {Scroll to the bottom for the download link.}

[As a personal note and forewarning, the boys mentioned that our final product looks a little creepy...]

Dear Jesus, Open my mind so I can learn about You. As you cut the top of the pumpkin, talk about ways God helps us to learn about Him and why we need to be open to what God wants to do in our lives. “Know that the Lord, He is God.” (Psalm 100:3) 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Multiplication Drill Sheet {Printable}


A few weeks ago, we came across a simple timed multiplication drill for students of different abilities where each student works on a specific fact family as needed. In this case, our eleven-year-old practiced his x 12 facts (pictured above) while our 8-year-old practiced his x 2 facts. Both filled in the left side of the paper with the fact they were practicing.


On the whiteboard, I randomly wrote down numbers from 1 to 12, which they then copied into the second column on their sheet of paper.


I set the timer, and then... Ready, Set Go!!


There you have it: a quick and simple method of drilling multiple students on the facts they need to practice most.

You can print the following sheet and place in a page protector for each student... 


Click here to download this multiplication drill sheet, which also includes pages with additional spaces to practice the 13s, 14s, and 15s.  For a video explanation on how to use this drill for multiple children, click here.

Cycle 3 Week 12 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 12

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Cycle 3 Week 1
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Cycle 3 Week 4
Cycle 3 Week 5
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Cycle 3 Week 8
Cycle 3 Week 9
Cycle 3 Week 10
Cycle 3 Week 11
Cycle 3 Week 12

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