Sunday, March 17, 2013

Cycle 2 Planner: Story of the World Reading Plan

Included in this version of our Cycle 2 Four-Day Planner are the specific reading correlations from the Story of the World series by Susan Wise Bauer (Volume 2, Volume 3, and Volume 4), Scholastic's Everything You Need to Know about World History Homework, Scholastic's Everything You Need to Know about Science Homework, and the Classical Conversations Classical Acts & Facts History Cards.  These four resources will provide a great grammar understanding of the events and facts that we will memorize for CC Cycle 2.  {But of all the resources listed, the Acts & Facts Timeline Cards would be the best choice!}

Download a copy of our Cycle 2 Planner (4-day) with SOTW, WHH, and SH reading schedule:

If you wish to have these in a five-day format, just copy the text from this reading correlation into your preferred version of our planner listed on our previous Cycle 2 Planner post.

Although this planner includes the reading for each specific topic, our family will likely read the Story of the World volumes in their entirety over the course of the year (much like we've done with Mystery of History this year), reading one chapter every evening before bedtime.  The model offered by Classical Conversations provides us with a layering of learning, so it gives quite a bit of freedom in what you study and when you study it. The idea is that when you do come across a memory peg in your reading, you will remember what you've read because you have that memory peg stuck in your brain.  (And... you know what?  This memory-peg thing works!)

Note that I recommend Everything You Need to Know about Science Homework because of its alignment with CC science memory work even though it contains Biblically controversial material regarding old earth and evolution included on (but not limited to) the following pages: 16-17; 46-47; 79 & 83.  However, this desk reference correlates to Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 of Classical Conversations; likewise, Everything You Need to Know about History Homework correlates to Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 of Classical Conversations.  (Everything You Need to Know about American History Homework correlates to Cycle 3.)  These desk references contain pictures and relevant information in a concise format and are super-handy to have in your home library.  

Given that Mystery of History Volume 4 by Linda Lacour Hobar is not yet available, I will not be making a planner for Mystery of History as originally stated, since the material concludes at Week 10. 

Download a pdf copy of the above correlation here.

My hope is that Mystery of History Volume 4 will be released before next school year, in which case I plan to update the Cycle 2 History Reading Correlation. 

The following resources are those referenced in our 4-Day Planner. 

In the coming months I hope to correlate a specific (yet simple!) read-aloud, picture book, and independent reading schedule for next year, along with activities/unit studies that go with each read-aloud.  The overall focus of our reading will be:
  • Middle Ages
  • Shakespeare (an intro for children)
  • Reformation (church history)
  • World Wars (a light study)
  • Missionaries
  • Ecology, Astronomy, Physics
  • Scientists
  • How each of the above relate to God (which is a tall order - I'm trying desperately to make affordable reading and curriculum selections to help with this!)
I also hope to lay out our activity schedule for science, geography, and other subjects well in advance and include those in a downloadable document before mid-summer.

Our ultimate family goal for next year is to spend more time reading together and more time enjoying one another as we discover more about God and His creation.  This year has been packed just too full of extracurricular activities - and we are making some tough decisions to super-simplify our schedule next year because... I truly (enormously!) miss discovering and creating things with my children as we did in Cycle 3.

My plans will be offered here when (or if??) I finish them.  My hope is that by sharing them here, others may find a simple way to supplement their CC studies. 

As I am creating our plans, if you have ideas of what you would like to see included, please let me know.  I'll take any recommendations into consideration as I make a new-and-improved plan for our own family for next year - and then I will share them with readers of Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood!  As always, I humbly thank you so very much for reading and using our site!

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  1. Susan McClure RieffFebruary 17, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing all of your time-consuming, hard work! You are a good, godly woman that glorifies the Lord by sharing all of your hard work! My question is, if Linda Lacour Hobar has completed the Mystery of History series by next school year (CC Cycle 3, 2014-2015) will you also have a reading list for her MOH added?

  2. Thanks for your kind comment! I may add MOH if the new volume is released, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to because I will have a newborn in hand at that point! :)
    (I'm thinking someone will likely post one on cc connected.)

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  3. Sometimes cc connected users will post an announcement on the discussion forum, but I will likely post an announcement of the cc connected file names that we're using here as well. :)
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  4. I just downloaded the MOH Vol. 4 table of contents ( which will begin releasing this summer. Didn't know if the TOC alone would help you update your CC correlation charts.

  5. Thank you! This is something I hope to do this summer but am currently taking a break from updating files for a few weeks as we adjust to a blessed life with a newborn.

  6. Congratulations! I couldn't tell from the last comment when you were due. I wouldn't want it any other way for you and your family. Enjoy your new little one!

  7. Hi Brandy - do you have an updated list including the new Mystery of History 4 for Cycle 3? Thank you!

  8. Hi Lisa! I've received Volume 4 and intend to write up a correlation for it, but I haven't been able to do so yet because of a certain little 6-month old! :) I hope to have it written up within the next couple of weeks. When I do, I will post it, so keep an eye out for it!