Disclaimer for CC families: it is not necessary to supplement the Foundations Classical Conversations beyond a language arts and math program. If you’d like to use some supplemental resources, here are some for you to peruse and glean what you can. But please remember… it is much more important just to memorize the history sentences than it is to understand and apply it at the Foundations level. Challenge will build upon the Foundations memory work at a time when your student is more receptive to it!
In my former overzealous days, our family used many of the resources provided here, including (but not limited to):
- Adventure Tales of America Student Activity Book, Adventure Tales of America Vol 1, and Adventure Tales of America Vol 2
- American History Stories Volumes 1 – 4
- A Journey Through Learning’s Overview of the 17th Century Lapbook (Freebie withe newsletter subscription) (along with several other lap books and unit studies)
- Paper toys, printable games, coloring sheets, and crafts
- The Liberty’s Kids DVD series and School House Rock (which we own)
To see what the first 12 weeks of our first trip through Cycle 3 was like, visit our CC Cycle 3 Semester Weekly Activities Posts.
Now, I’m boldly announcing that our year will not look like that this time around.
Things changed quite a bit as our oldest entered Essentials during our previous Cycle 3 tour, making it more difficult for us to have the energy to complete extra projects. The next year, I struggled through an unexpected surgery that again made it difficult to continue pursuing activity after activity as I had once done. Over the course of those two years, I realized the liberating Freedom of the Grammar Stage.
Nowadays, our family primarily uses audios from CC’s Memory Work Audio CDs for memorizing our History memory work. To “flesh out” history, we read a bunch of quality historical fiction, biographies, and history storybooks together. Honestly, we seldom do anything on this list anymore! But I provide the following list of resources to others (and myself) for reference, in case there’s something I want to find quickly in the midst of our school year.
American History Activities
If you have a great American history resource to share, we would love for
you to leave it in the comments, or email me directly at
halfahundredacrewood @gmail.com. (Note that I do not include any
resources that directly quote the Foundations Guide, nor do I link to
Youtube videos with songs from CC Connected because honoring copyright
is a top priority here at HHAW.) Thank you!