Homeschool Science Curriculum Review & Giveaway!

Mia of Homeschool Curriculum Resources contacted me to share the homeschool science curriculum she has written, because she knew one of her books - Creation Science For Kids: Biology Study Unit - would match up nicely with Classical Conversations Cycle One Science. & it does! The book contains 12 weeks of Biology lessons, about 50 pages … [Read more...]

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Week One – English Grammar Review

To review our english grammar memory work, we made a sentence chain.  Since prepositions link words in a sentence together, I thought this would be a simple way to review, "What is a preposition?," while connecting the concept to something concrete and literal.    I cut strips of paper from card stock and wrote one word on each … [Read more...]

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CC Community – First Day!

Okay, so the youngest two are not in CC classes, but boy would they like to be! & I certainly couldn't keep them from getting their "first day" pictures taken. We had a wonderful first day! How about you? Have you started? Hope it went (or will go!) well! … [Read more...]

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Stick in the Sand

I read Leigh Bortins' The Core over the summer along with The Well Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise.  Both books had such a grounding effect on my thoughts for teaching my children and really connected the dots for me about classical education.  So, in the midst of all the planning, and as we prepare to start at … [Read more...]

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Notebook Pages – Printable Links

Many of our notebook pages will not come from pre-made worksheets, but some will! I've selected the ones I think we'll be using for the first 12 weeks of cycle one and thought I'd share the links with you now.  I picked ones that I thought would be most relevant to our weekly grammar, that my littles could mostly complete independently, and … [Read more...]

How We Do Review – Grammar by Subject

For this second How We Do Review post, I'll be sharing how we review grammar at home for each of the seven subjects covered through CC - history, latin, english, science, math, geography, and fine arts.  I divide up or group the subjects based on how much time I think we'll need for each one and how our extra activities factor in to our time. … [Read more...]

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How We Do Review – Timeline

  As I'm sure you know, or you've heard, there is A LOT of grammar for your littles to learn each week.  And not only do you want them to learn the grammar for each new week, but you also want them to remember the grammar from the previous weeks.  How does one do that? Well, this is the system I worked out for our family last year & we … [Read more...]

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Drafting Our Daily Schedule

Okay, so here goes, take one! I've drafted my planned daily schedule for this school year. I wrote it in pen, but probably should've started in pencil, because I'm leaving plenty of room for changes and flexibility.  My scheduling goals are to: 1) Give the core subjects priority. 2) Spend quality time with each of my littles - … [Read more...]

Foundations Guide Updates

3rd Edition, anyone?Okay, so along with my husband, I decided to keep my 3rd edition Foundations Guide that served our family well last year.  Which meant, I spent my Friday night adding updates to the grammar.  If you're keeping your 3rd edition too, be encouraged! It didn't take long at all.  Some I simply penned in, because they … [Read more...]

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Cycle One Reading

Reference BooksNary a day goes by that this book isn't flipped through and its beautiful images studied.  It was an inspired birthday present from my parents for my children and it sits on our coffee table for regular browsing.  And believe me, it gets plenty of attention - unprompted by me.  Without a doubt, a favorite book of my … [Read more...]