Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Resources

For a more exhaustive list of Cycle 1 Resources for each subject, click on the following links:

By Subject:
Timeline
U.S. Presidents
History & Geography
Science
Math
English Grammar
Latin
Fine Arts:  Drawing
Fine Arts:  Tin Whistle & Music Theory
Fine Arts:  Great Artists
Fine Arts:  Orchestra & Composers
Bible Resources (Not related to memory work, but an important part of our school day!)
Essentials - Preparing for Essentials
Essentials Scheduling and Planning

Ideas shared by week:
Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Weekly Link-up

Other possibly useful posts:
Cycle 1 Planner:  Single-Page Layout
Cycle 1 Planner:  Double-Page Layout
Our Tri-Fold Board
How We Do School
Our Curriculum Choices
Ways to Practice Memory Work
How to Find Free Literature for Cycle 1
Memorization and Organization for Classical Conversations
Classical Conversations for Beginners
A Day in the Life of a Classical Conversations Tutorial
Classical Conversations Blogroll
Classical Conversations Carnival
Classical Conversations at Home
Classical Conversations at Home, Re-visited

Original Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Resources Post:

Though I have not really started planning for next year, I just wanted to make everyone aware of a few free resources available for Cycle 1 (mainly because a couple of these download links will be expiring soon!).

But before I list these links, let me state our little disclaimer:  Our family will NOT be doing all of this stuff. And I have NOT looked through these thoroughly nor have I decided what we might even attempt to do from all of this.  At this point, it's just a disorganized plethora of links that have no rhyme or reason..

About Us, Classical Christian Education, and Classical Conversations
With great humility (because I don't feel competent enough to have even been asked - much less answer - questions about Classical Christian Education), I share that I was interviewed by Liesl Den at Parents Magazine:  on who we are, how we started homeschooling, what Classical Christian Education is, and our vision with Classical Conversations.  If you'd like to know more about how we homeschool, what our philosophy of education is, and why we love Classical Conversations and Classical Christian Education so much, visit a look into our lives at The Homeschool Den with Liesl Den at Parents.com.  (Part 1 covers how we started homeschooling, how we accidentally came across Classical Conversations, what a Classical Christian Education is, and an overview of the Classical Conversations Program.  Part 2 includes how my husband is involved, what our school day usually looks like, what my favorite homeschooling memory is, and what curriculum we recommend other than Classical Conversations.)

This list of resources is to be used with the Foundations Guide 4th Edition from Classical Conversations.  (Without the guide, this is just a list of links with little rhyme or reason and will not be of much use to you!)

Help with Memorization:
The Scripture Memory System (by Simply Charlotte Mason) is a file-folder method of memorizing that has been proven time and again.  The very useful program Anki provides a means of practicing on-line flashcards of the material to be memorized and automatically shuffles the memory work to a frequency that is needed, much like the hand-made file folder version at Simply Charlotte Mason.

Download a Cycle 1 Booklist here.

Cycle 1 History

For a limited time, you can download:
Because Cycle 1 introduces us to the religions of the world, we are planning to study the Ancient Empires based upon the geography memory work.  Melissa at the Corkums has offered a great plan of study for history and science, and you can also download discussion points from 10 O'Clock Scholar  (correlated to Tapestry of Grace).  And check out the Cycle 1 Pinterest pages!  (I have just started pinning for Cycle 1, but tons of other people already have huge lists of links!)  A few to get you started: 
We will continue our Timeline Project and use unit studies (incorporating picture books and chapter books) and notebooking/lapbooking activities, choosing some activities from the following:
More on Timelines

We  are a little obsessed about timelines here.  We have a wall timeline (via the Timeline Project), a timeline notebook (aka, Book of Centuries), and several accordion-style timelines.  To find out how to use a Book of Centuries and to download a free template, visit Simply Charlotte Mason.  



And towards the end of the school year, you can visit U.S. Presidents for crafts, projects, activities and ideas.

Cycle 1 Science:  Biology
Cycle 1 Science:  Earth Science
Cycle 1 Geography
Math
English Grammar


For those who are intimidated by these lists and simply wish to purchase a set of plans that already correlate with Cycle 1, visit Sola Gratia Mom.  

Other

More info on Classical Education and Classical Conversations:  Things that help me to get the "Big Picture":

More to come over the summer.  And hopefully a more filtered list of quality resources.  And perhaps even a better, more organized format...

27 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing all your finds with us. You are such a gift from God.
    Blessings to you and yours,
    Lori

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  2. Your blog and the CC Connected forums are the most helpful resources for me as a first year CC parent and Foundations tutor. I am honored that you make the time in your busy schedule to post your plans and resources. Thank you!

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  3. Hi Brandy, We're planning to use Mystery of History during Cycle 1 this coming year - I haven't used it before (only SOTW) but because it is from a Christian perspective, I am going to give it a try!

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  4. Mystery of History is the one I'm heavily considering right now. I really liked the sampler download and am going to try it out with the boys first. I would love to find something that contains unit studies and projects like the Homeschool in the Woods Time Traveler Series (which only exists for American History)! Thanks for sharing what you're planning to use!

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  5. Stephanie ShepherdApril 19, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    I've got SOTW so that is what I will probably use this next year. I'm interested at some point in exploring Mystery of History as I've heard so much good stuff about it ... some day. : )

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  6. Hi Brandy, which Mystery of History book would I use for Cycle 1? Thanks so much

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  7. I would use Volume 1, since it covers Creation to the Resurrection (which does not include all of the history we will be studying, since we will be learning events from history through the 1900s). Volume 2 and 3 fit more with Cycle 2, and the upcoming Volume 4 will work well with Cycle 3. To correlate history readings directly with CC is not always easy because the memory pegs cross such a large timeframe. For me, it is better to just select a history program and work through it (even if what we are studying in the history program is not directly related to what we are learning in CC), and then find a few other resources (like the CC History Highlights or a youtube video) if we want to follow up with the history sentences we memorize.

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  8. Hi Brandy,

    Just found your blog and I am thrilled to see all of the resources you offer. Thank you very much. We finished up our second year with CC and our happy to now be starting Cycle 1, we already purchased most of our material and my children love the timeline song (couldn't wait until next year to listen to it).

    I was wondering if you could suggest a history/geography program? I have been contemplating Tapestry of Grace but have heard mixed reviews. I also contemplated putting my own together based on what we do with CC history sentences but not sure I have the time. Any suggestions you can make would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Yvana

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  9. Never mind - Story of the World. :-) I only have all of the books.

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  10. by the way what is SOTW, I am sure I should know but don't think I do. Thanks again!

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  11. Hi Yvana! We will probably be using the Story of the World audio CDs along with an activity or two per week out of the Story of the World Activity Books. I also hope to post links to other activities for Cycle 1 correlated to each subject for each week. But I am simplifying quite a bit next year so that we have a much greater chance of success with Essentials!

    For geography, we will use a combination of various things - mostly computer practice through Seterra, Yourchildlearns.com, and sheppardsoftware.com, along with the MapTrek maps provided free from Knowledge Quest (linked in this post).

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  12. Thank you so much. This is SO very helpful. I'm new to homeschooling and CC (sigh). Lots to learn. I praise God that I found you :)

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  13. Just found your blog and this is our first year of CC ... can't wait to read more. I want to go ahead and THANK YOU for sharing all your links. I'm excited about CC!!!
    Machell

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  14. Have you found a break down of which moh chapters correlate with each week for cycle 1? I have all three volumes of moh and was looking to see if someone has already gone through each week and married up moh to them. Didn't want to do it if someone else already has! Thanks!

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  15. There is a document on cc connected (I think by nogreaterjoy5) that matches up the history memory work to moh, sotw, kingfisher, and world history homework. I would provide the link to it, but I've been operating via cell because my computer has been in the "shop" for the past week getting windows reinstalled. :)

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  16. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on reading books to go with Cycle 1? Is there a list out there of good readers to go with this cycle? I am new to cc:)

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  17. saw on the web

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  18. I am awaiting the Classical Conversations official suggested reading list to come out on CC Connected before choosing books. Knowing (or hoping) that CC will come up with a suggested reading list is my fall-back plan for now.  If they don't post one before August, I will likely come up with my own list, though it will probably be a copycat of those suggested by Tapestry of Grace at http://bookshelfcentral.com/index.php?main_page=resources&year=1&LL=on&type=BSC - just because it looks like a good list.  :)
    Blessings!
    Brandy


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  19. The Cycle 1 Book List posted by rachelhallen in CC connected is less pretty than the CC final version, but is nicer because you can copy and paste the list easily into Excel. I will do this to then look through my library to see what they have, put the call number next to it and be ready to go for the year!

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  20. I can't say thank you enough! You have provided me with so many resources and tools to really assist me in my first year of tutoring Essentials and having fun doing Foundations with my five year old. I'm sharing your blog with as many people that will listen!

    God Bless,
    Erin

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  21. I posted what we're doing for literature, although I have not had the time to create a list of picturebooks. Please visit this post for more details! http://www.halfahundredacrewood.com/2012/07/how-to-find-free-literature-for-cycle-1.html

    Blessings
    Brandy

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  22. Brand
    You have really encouraged me and provided support that reminds me that I can do this homeschooling/classical conversations season that God has called me to. Thank you for all of your wonderful advice, helpful links, and ideas! You have really blessed me!
    Sally

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  23. Do you have a schedule that correlates CC and Story of the World AUDIO books?

    Thanks so much for all of the wonderful information on your blog! You amaze me!!

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  24. Thank you... this is such a great resource.
    For Bible there is a great Exodus 20 Ten Commandments rap song for free on Spotify or 99 cents on itunes or Amazon... just put in "Scott Knight Ten Commandments"
    This is a great upbeat option especially for BOYS!

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  25. any word on half-sized timline review sheets for weeks 13-24? we loved them the first semester for the tri-fold board. thanks and blessings . ..

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  26. It's now on CC connected -username brandyferrell and filename Timeline Review 2nd Semester - Half-size.pdf. Please let me know if you happen to see any errors, as my eyes still have not fully recovered from surgery and I'm still not seeing clearly. Blessings!

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  27. by the way what is SOTW, I am sure I should know but don't think I do. Thanks again!

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