But first, I present a whole bunch of disclaimers…
Disclaimer #1: For those in the Classical Conversations Foundations program, you do not need lesson plans, or booklists, or lists of links.
All you really need is:
:: The Foundations Guide
:: A tin whistle
:: If possible, the Classical Acts & Facts History Timeline Cards. (If your children ask who, what, when, where, how, or why about Monroe Doctrine, take out the timeline card and read it together!)
:: A math program (We use Saxon, but that’s another story.)
:: A language arts program (until your children are old enough for Essentials). We use a spelling program that teaches phonics and then we teach sentence structure, punctuation, parts of speech, and so on via copywork and dictation. Our family no longer uses a formal English grammar program before Essentials. We found it is not necessary for our family. The Foundations English Grammar memory work will prepare students for Essentials.
:: A library card. Your book selections need not even match up with your history or science memory work. Just read anything that your children enjoy!
:: Paper and pencil.
Disclaimer #2: My own personal preference is to have an aggressive reading plan in place (aggressive for us, anyway). Over time, I’ve discovered how much better it is for our family to spend time reading together. We had what I thought was an aggressive reading plan for us this year, only to find that we added several books to that list. And I’ve discovered how much more our children’s imaginations have flourished (among other things). It has been absolutely astounding!
“As Lewis got to know the children, he was surprised by how little they read and how dull their imaginations seemed to be. Remembering the books and make-believe world of his childhood, he knew how much they were missing. One day, one of the girls, busy exploring the house, grew curious about a large, old wardrobe in a spare room upstairs. ‘May I go inside of it?’ she asked Lewis. He opened the door and let her poke around the heavy coats hanging inside. ‘I wonder if there is anything behind it,’ she said. The girl left the room and rushed outside to play, but her question sent his mind to work. He decided to write a story for the children to encourage their imaginations and point them to Jesus Christ. Lewis entitled the story, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe… Lewis wrote many books and nearly all of them became best sellers. But Lewis was not a wealthy man because he gave away the money he made on his Christian books to ministries and charities. Although C.S. Lewis died in 1963, his books continue to show people the way to Jesus Christ.” -from Trial and Triumph, p. 280-282
Disclaimer #3: I am one of those obsessive planner types. I like to have a plan laid out before me, and usually my plans are too ambitious – not because I think we will do everything, but because I need everything in front of me or very little will get done. We usually do not finish everything we plan. But I absolutely mean it when I say I am incredibly absent-minded and forgetful. I have to have a checklist, or nothing will get done. (This will especially be the case with a newborn and the resulting lack of sleep next year.)
Disclaimer #4: Please do not order everything I have listed here! As I said before, you need not supplement CC with books that correlate with the history, geography, or science. You can use the extra time in the grammar stage to pursue interest-led learning with your children! We personally own a ton of books and act as a sort of library for our local homeschooling friends (because we are somewhat lacking in the library options in our neck of the woods).
Disclaimer #5: Please do not judge Classical Conversations based upon anything that we plan or do as a family! Classical Conversations works for those who are creative or not, for those who are extreme-planners or utterly disorganized, for avid readers or structured notebookers. You don’t have to be someone you’re not – just add the memory work to your schedule each day and enjoy your children. Seriously, be the person God has made you to be and resist the temptation to make comparisons!
Disclaimer #6: I have not read all of these books. They are simply books that we will be reading together over the coming year. WORD OF WARNING: One book we have selected, Giants of American Industry – John D Rockefeller, has some topics inappropriate for children when it refers to the life of his father. Our family is simply skipping these parts because the book overall is an interesting, informative book about Rockefeller. For more details, click here.
Disclaimer #7: As with any plan, this isn’t perfect. It certainly won’t suit everyone. But perhaps it can help at least one other person, to which I would exclaim, “To God be the glory!”
I’m sure I need other disclaimers, but I’m drawing a blank. (I’m sorry! I didn’t have a checklist in front of me!)
So… here goes nothing!
UPDATE: We have a new set of Cycle 3 Reading Plans where we recommend our favorite read alouds and picture books from our first three trips through Cycle 3. Go check it out here!
The books listed below were on our reading plan a few years ago. Although many of them have made it onto our favorites list, some of them have not.
First, a correlation for just the Acts & Facts History Cards, Acts & Facts Science Cards, Lyrical Life Science Volume 3, Everything You Need to Know about American History Homework, and Story of the World.
For free ebooks that can be found on Amazon, Google ebooks, and archive.org, visit Supplementing CC on a Shoestring.)For those wondering if Story of the World is a good fit for your family, be sure to download samples of Story of the World text and activity book from Well-Trained Mind. Likewise, you can download samples of The Mystery of History, Diana Waring’s History Revealed, and Notgrass’s America the Beautiful. For reviews we have written, visit: Our Mystery of History Review | Our History Revealed Review | Our America the Beautiful Review.
For those wondering about Lyrical Life Science Volume 3, click here to see book samples and listen to the audio samples.
Our reading correlations use the following resources:
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 3: Early Modern Times
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 4: The Modern Age: From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR
A Presidential Scrapbook
Star-Spangled State Book
It Couldn’t Just Happen
Lyrical Life Science Volume 3
Classic Elementary Life Science (FREE)
Classical Acts & Facts History Cards
Classical Acts & Facts Science Cards ANAT/CHEM/ORIG
Children’s Treasury of Virtues
Cycle 3 Planner with Just Reading Correlations (no read-aloud, reader or picture book selections) XLS
Cycle 3 Planner with Just Reading Correlations (no read-aloud, reader or picture book selections) PDF
After I made and uploaded the above planners, I remembered a book that I wanted to include in our reading plans, one that can be used in lieu of picture books and readers (or can be used as a read-aloud for the entire year for younger children). That book is William Bennett’s Children’s Treasury of Virtues. The planners below include my personally-selected reading correlations for the Children’s Treasury of Virtues. (If our reading schedule proves to be too overwhelming for us, we will likely just use the readings from the Children’s Treasury of Virtues in place of some of the others listed.) If you have trouble finding a copy of the Children’s Treasury of Virtues, the Children’s Book America contains most of the stories. Alternatively, the large volume, The Book of Virtues, includes many readings that correlate with U.S. History (plus a whole lot more) but lacks illustrations. (We own both: I love the Children’s Treasury because of its beautiful illustrations, and love The Book of Virtues because it contains such a wealth of virtuous stories that span all of time. Click here for a Cycle 3 reading correlation for the Book of Virtues.)
Our Cycle 3 Reading Plan
If you would like to follow some of our reading plan (as the library allows), here’s our planner with the reading plan and schedule:
NOTE: Our reading selections are taken from many other sources, including (but not limited to) suggested resources from Sonlight, Tapestry of Grace, Veritas Press, and Classical Conversations, as well as the 1000 Good Books List, Gospel Coalition, Old-Fashioned Education, IEW’s boys who would rather build forts all day, and Ambleside Online. (I have a ream-of-paper I reference along with an assortment of catalogs – and my trusted friend Tina over at Chasin Raisins – when I make my booklists.)Here are the books included on this reading plan:
Each of the planners has an expanded list of books for reference (because I could not fit the entire names of books on the planner pages), along with a suggested notebook schedule (for those who would like to use a notebook), and a list of free resources that can be used for Cycle 3.
Here is just the reading plan for those who would rather use a different planner format:
Supplementing CC on a Shoestring (list of free books available in ebook and audio format)
Librivox Audiobook Recordings (Click here for dramatic readings)
American History Biographies, Nonfiction, and Historical Fiction
Drawing Practice Drills by Donna Young
Drawing for Kids Tutorials
Other Drawing/Art Resources
SQUILT Composer/Classical Music Study Lessons
Ultimate Guide to Free Copywork
John 1 Latin/Bible Copywork
Multiplication Fact Drill Sheets
Skip Counting Circle-and-Write
Skip Counting Mazes
Skip Counting Number Line
Egg Carton Math
Online Math Drill – xtramath.orgGeography – Seterra Software
Classic Elementary Life
Science Curriculum (Student & Teacher Text w/ Reading & Experiments)
50 States Coloring Pages & Fact Files
State Notebooking Pages
English Grammar Worksheets
Cycle 3 Resources – All SubjectsMy motivation:
Our family offers my creations 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 for my friends… and for my precious Savior Jesus Christ.
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