Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Classical Conversations Cycle 1: One-Page Weekly Planner

For those who like to see your entire week on a single page, I've updated the Cycle 1 Single-Page Planner, to be used with the Foundations Guide 4th Edition from Classical Conversations.  



A six-week subject planner is included in this version because I like to see the bigger picture when it comes to subjects like math.  This one also includes booklist-, curriculum-, and goal-planning sheets.




To download a copy, click the links below:
Cycle 1 Weekly One-Page Planner:  PDF version
Cycle 1 Weekly One-Page Planner:  XLS version
Download a yearly school calendar from Calendar Labs to include in your planner!

This planner has been updated with 4th Edition revisions, but it does not include the timeline, since both timelines (whether you're using the old one or the new one) are copyrighted by Veritas Press and Classical Conversations. 

For a list of possible resources to use with Cycle 1, go to our Cycle 1 Resources post.

If you prefer a larger, two-page version of this planner, go to Cycle 1 Planner - 2-Page Version.

Literature Ideas:
For some ideas on possible books to include in your Cycle 1 studies, visit:
Amazon Children's Books > History & Historical Fiction > Ancient History
Amazon Children's Books > Science, Nature, and How it Works > Nature
Amazon Children's Books > Science, Nature, and How it Works > Biology
Amazon Children's Books > Science, Nature, and How it Works > Zoology
Amazon Children's Books > Science, Nature, and How it Works > Botany
Amazon Children's Books > Science, Nature, and How it Works > Earth Sciences
Amazon Children's Books > Arts, Crafts, and Music > Art
Tapestry of Grace Recommended Ancient History Books
Sonlight Core B (World History) Book List
Sonlight Core C (World History) Book List
Living Math Books

(Forgive me for that rather foreboding list of links to rather foreboding lists of books.  I'm actually planning to use it myself.  Maybe.)

My motivation:
Because our family is currently in a fortunate and blessed position to not need the extra income from any of my creations, we've decided as a family to offer our blog as a ministry to other homeschooling families.  Supporting other families in their homeschooling endeavors is one of the few ways I can minister to others at this point in my life.  It gives me great joy to share my work and to make this small offering of myself... all for the Glory of God.  

My hope and prayer is that you are equipped and encouraged by my feeble attempts at writing - and that the few creations I have made for our own family will bless yours as well.  

A reminder for all Classical Conversations users:
Please do not ever use my blog in lieu of purchasing the Classical Conversations Foundations Guide.  That would not honor Leigh Bortins, her family, or a large number of other people who have worked so hard to provide such a wonderful community & program for equipping us to better know God and to make Him known to the world around us.  If you try to use my blog in lieu of purchasing the Foundations Guide, you will have missed the one resource that actually makes this blog make sense.  You will not find the memory work sentences on anything that I post on this blog, as that would infringe on copyright laws.  If you do not already own the Foundations Guide, please purchase it here.

49 comments:

  1. Thank you Brandy for your generosity and hard work. It is like a huge extended community! I appreciate you!!

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  2. Thank you for all your work on this! Do you use one planner for all three of your boys or one sheet for each child? These look great!

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  3. Last year I used one planner for my two oldest (since my youngest was only 2). This year I may print out multiple copies - I won't know if I need more than one copy until I start filling it in. (It will be a trial and error process as I prepare for Pre-K, 1st, and 4th grade this coming year.) For the six-week subject planners, I usually combine their assignments for one subject onto one planner page, since I use abbreviations for listing their assignments and it helps me to see what they are all doing in one subject in just one glance!

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  4. Stefani CarmichaelMay 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Thank you so much for all you share! You are truly a help to me and I am sure so many more homeschooling moms!

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  5. Hi Brandy, I just wanted to thank you for all your posts on CC. I have found them extremely helpful. We will be beginning CC in the fall. I have ordered and received almost all of the guides and resources. However, reading your posts have helped me to see what this might look like on a day to day basis. I so appreciate the work you put into this blog and your openness and honesty. You have been a blessing.

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  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for providing this! What an amazing and helpful resource you have created here. We just completed our first year with CC and LOVE it. Now that I know better how it works, I am really excited to dig into these additional resources that you offer for our second year. THANK YOU again so much!

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  7. You have no idea how you have blessed me. This is exactly the kind of thing I would love to make and have no talent for.

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  8. Thank you so much, you are such a blessing to the CC community!

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  9. Downloaded and started planning. Thanks for the great...wonderful...free resource!

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  10. Thank you soooooo much! This is such a blessing!

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  11. THANK YOU..this is such a blessing :-)

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  12. Thank you so much for posting everything on CC that you find. It truly is a blessing as it makes finding resources so much easier.

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  13. Going on year four of CC with my kids and year one as a new tutor, and I am so thankful for the resources I've found here on your site. I should have posted a big THANK YOU long ago. You have a gift and I truly appreciate your generosity!

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  14. Wow - these are fantastic! Thank you so much for blessing others with your gifts Brandy!! We are moving into our second year of homeschooling and our second year with CC - I can see where these will be a big help! QUESTION: I'm not very savvy with this type of stuff so forgive me if the answer is obvious but is there a way to further customize these sheets? I mean, if I download them is there a way to then be able to adjust the subjects and such to our home specifics? I hope I'm not asking more than was intended or even appearing ungrateful for what you have offered :) I'm just making sure I'm taking full advantage of what you are offering :) Thanks again!!!

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  15. You can modify the XLS spreadsheet version of the planner if you own Microsoft Excel. (And I don't think you're ungrateful at all for asking! We all teach subjects a little differently!)

    Let me know if you have any more questions!

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  16. Hi ~ I'm new to CC and trying to understand the cycles and when they occur... if that makes any sense! Basically, if I were to use CC with my 5 year old this year, would he be in cycle one? Next year at age 6 would he start Cycle Two? Thanks so much for your time and the resources you are providing on your blog!!

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  17. It makes total sense! And you are correct. The cycles will fall as follows:
    2012-2013 school year: Cycle 1
    2013-2014 school year: Cycle 2
    2014-2015 school year: Cycle 3
    2015-2016 school year: Cycle 1....
    ...and so on. Everyone across the nation (or world) following CC's schedule (for Foundations, through 6th grade) will be doing Cycle 1 this fall, regardless of age or grade level. For a child who enters CC in 1st grade in Fall 2012, he/she will again go through Cycle 1 again as a 4th grader. The repetition of the cycle solidifies the content, and the child will be capable of applying much more the second (or third) times around. (With CC, it's all about layering the content so that when they get to Challenge as a 7th grader, they are capable of things like drawing and labeling Africa free-hand - or learning to hone their skills in logic and debate using what they already know from their core common knowledge...)

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  18. Thanks so much Brandy! You are such a blessing as it your blog and all your helpful information. Thank you and God Bless!!

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  19. Brandy, thank you so much! This is perfect. I've been trying to start planning. I found you almost by accident, not even looking for a planner. Second year homeschooling, 2nd year with CC, and so happy to have something that works so wonderfully- printed it last night, getting ready to have it bound! Thank you for sharing your hard work! -Elizabeth

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  20. It is so refreshing to see someone share with others what they have learned without concern about how to make money doing it- not that there is anything wrong with that!! BUT for those of us who are overwhelmed at the prospects AND on strict budgets, we say "Ahhh, this is NICE!" Thanks!

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  21. You have given me some hope!!!!! This will be our third year at CC and my first year tutoring and I feel like I still have no idea what I am doing!!! I am actually looking forward to implementing your planner! May God richly bless you and your family for taking the time and energy to share this! You are "comforting others". Thank you. Did I say, "Thank you!"?

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  22. Hi! This will be our first year homeschooling and I am a little nervous, to say the least. Can anyone suggest supplies that were helpful to teach 1st and 3rd graders? We are using CC and so excited, but scared to death! Thanks for the help!

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  23. Hi Ryan! Would you like to know what books and curriculum to order for cc, or what we use as far as pencils and craft supplies are concerned?

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  24. Thank you so much for this wonderful planner! This is such a fantastic resource & for free is so hard to believe. Blessings to you and your family!

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  25. I have just left my first 3 day Practicum and am awaiting the start of our first CC year! After finding your blog, I feel I can finally breath! Thank you!

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  26. Thanks so much for your detailed plans!!! We are brand new, feeling a tad overwhelmed, and was elated when I found your blog! Keep up the great work!!

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  27. I was wondering how you have these planners organized for ease of use? Binder, subjects, clipboard, flip-chart, etc.? I tried using these my first year and it was too overwhelming for me. But now we are in year 3 and I need more structure. I use weekly check off sheets for 3 subjects at a time but that's been for the summer so I can remember what we need to do at minimum.:)
    I am SO thankful for all the hard work you share. You are a priceless resource for me and many in our community! Thank you!!
    Casey

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  28. Brandy, this is year one for us at CC and I was wondering how you chose the book of Exodus as your Bible study for the year. Did I miss something in the Foundations guide? Is this an Essentials study? My duaghter and I also attend Bible Study Fellowship and will be in the book of Genesis this year. Thank you for sharing your ideas! You have given me vision for where we are heading! :)
    In HIm,
    Kimberly

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  29. It is in the appendix of the Foundations Guide. Click on this link for more information: http://www.halfahundredacrewood.com/2012/07/bible-memory-work-and-megaverses-review.html

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  30. Thank you! I do have another question for you regarding printing the planner sheets out. It looks as though pages facing each other will not print out in sequence? Is that just my sleep-deprived brain envisioning things incorrectly? Are you printing pages on the front and back for either the 1 or 2 page layouts of your planner pages, or just printing one item per page?
    Thank you again!
    Kimberly

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  31. I did not want to print anything on the reverse side of the title page, so I printed the title page separately. Once you have printed the title page separately, all the other pages should align so that you see them in the correct sequence. Let me know if for some reason it doesn't work that way for you!

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  32. Thank you!

    I have the planner in a binder, but I, too, use a checklist for our daily plans (as noted in http://www.halfahundredacrewood.com/2012/07/curriculum-choices-2012-2013.html). I have found that writing my plans out on a weekly basis is usually a waste of time for me because I spend so much time erasing and rewriting. So... I use the daily planner sheets to record what we have done. I only use the six-week subject planners to actually plan because it helps me to have the overall big picture and goals for each subject there where I can see them all at the same time. I just print out enough six-week subject planner pages and use that to jot down my plans. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  33. Hi, big question for you but first, what a terrific resource. Thank you for sharing your ideas, what a blessing. I just bought "The Well Planned Day" the other day and just came across this blog today where you have the planner above. Is it meant to be printed and then put in a binder? I am teaching 3 students in foundations this year, do you recommend printing your planner above three times or can all three students be put on in the one binder? You don't recommend me using both planners do you? Please advise! Thank you!

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  34. *clarify, what I mean by both planners is, do you recommend I use the Well Planned Day AND your planner above or just one? Thank you again!

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  35. It is meant to be printed and written in, though it is also possible to type in the information (though for me it would be tedious!). After the first page (the title page) is printed separately, all of the remaining pages should line up so that you can print them front and back.

    More than anything else I use the 6-week planner page. I print it out for each subject and put all of the info for each child on it so that I can see six weeks at a time for all three boys (only two of which are school age). For daily plans, I just use our checklist. It is the easiest way for me to schedule long term and not lose my mind.

    I have not used Well-Planned Day but have heard good things about it. I wouldn't recommend using more than one planner unless it is easy for you. I suppose you can have this one printed out to reference, in case it ends up being an easier way to keep up with everything? I'm sorry! I guess I'm not much help! LOL!

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  36. Your blog and resources have allowed me to breathe a HUGE sigh of relief!! THANK YOU, thank you, thank you!! Posting all these great ideas,links, files, tips and encouragement have blessed this new CC family abundantly. May God bless your family and journey in learning together as you have blessed ours through your ministry and faithfulness to His calling!!

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  37. Thank you so much for all your hard work! I am curious how you use the 6 weeks planner. What do you write in them? The squares are so small I'm not sure how much info to put onto them. Also, with the daily planner do you just write the time you worked in each subject that day or page numbers and lesson numbers as well?

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  38. I have a very strange way of planning compared to most other people I know. I work mainly off of checklists and notebooks that are already set up for autonomy to keep my life simple (especially for things like Essentials, which I don't even keep a planner page for because we have a notebook and specific format (checklist) we follow every single day of every single week). For math, we use Christian Light Education, which has a series of workbooks for each grade level. So, for Stephen I write 401-1, meaning, Grade 4 Book 1 (which is book 401 for this program), Lesson 1. For David I write 102.26, meaning Grade 1 Book 2 (which is book 102), Lesson 26. I put history and science on the same six-week page because we do extra history on Tuesdays (after CC) and Wednesdays and extra Science on Thursdays (after our other tutorial) and Fridays. It is usually pretty basic - like "Unit 3, Ch 9" for science or "Ancient Egypt Lapbook" for history. The easiest way to show you would probably be to send you an email with attachments. If you are interested in seeing scanned images of what my planner pages look like, just email me at brandyferrell at yahoo dot com. I'll be glad to send them to you so you can better see how I use these!


    Because we just check off our tasks, we don't record the time we spent on subjects but rather what we finished that day.

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  39. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  40. As a mom to 5, new to CC, this is a WONDERFUL resource. I keep finding links back to your blog to help me as I organize our new adventure with CC. Thank you!

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  41. Thank you so much Brandy! You have been a blessing to me and lots of moms I know in the CC Philadelphia area! May the Lord continue to bless you abundantly for the abundance you have given.

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  42. Hi Brandy,
    I was wondering if you would be able to email me a copy of your one-week planner? I would love to be able to modify it in my computer but don't have the version of Excel that you used. I really appreciate what you did with this planner. It is excellent as are all the things you share. You are such a blessing. Thank you.

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  43. Hi Brandy,
    A sweet friend of mine who introduced me to CC forwarded me your site:)
    I am not able to print the weekly planner either, could you email it to me?
    Thank you for your heart to want to help others on our CC/homeschool journey!

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  44. OH MY GOODNESS! This is going to be so ridiculously helpful! Thank you so much for sharing these! :D

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  45. "Because our family is currently in a fortunate and blessed position to not need the extra income from this blog or any of my creations, we've decided as a family to offer our blog as a ministry to other homeschooling families.  Supporting other families in their homeschooling endeavors is one of the few ways I can minister to others at this point in my life.  It gives me great joy to share my work and to make this small offering of myself... all for the Glory of God. "

    YOU are a blessing. A very intelligent blessing, at that. ;-)

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  46. Thank you so much for sharing all that you do in CC on this blog. I am blessed to be able to glean from your hard work! Let me know when your kids get to Challenge 1 and then I can return the favor as that's what I direct. :-)

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  47. I cannot even begin to thank you enough for the AWESOME resources you offer here! My heart literally beats a bit faster every time I visit as it is such a thrill to come here, like I have "happened" upon a treasure chest of gold! This is our first CC year and your blog as really gotten to the heart of things so that it all makes SO much more sense! In this world where EVERY thing costs something, I can hardly believe the blessing of yours that are offers out of joy! And such incredible resources at that!! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
    The Thompson Family
    Marklovessue@numail.org

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  48. Thank you tremendously for offering this guidance and these resources!! Your ministry has been so encouraging to me as a mom new to CC, knowing I am called to this and trusting God to work out homeschooling for our family's unique situation of traveling anytime, at very short notice, to anywhere in the country, for indefinite amounts of time, who can often feel alone, inadequate, unprepared, and frustrated! Especially, if it wasn't for the generosity of your family and others who are sharing their journeys and their gifts of organization! I feel so blessed and nearly overly excited to join these ranks and have such wonderful trailblazers ahead of me!! May the King of Kings continue to multiply your joy and the fruits of your labor! From the bottom of our hearts, we could never thank you enough!
    The Hudson family

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