Sep 27, 2017

Our Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Week 6 Plan

I know we are already halfway through the week, but it's better late then never for these weekly plans, right?! I missed the week 5 plans because we were on a weeklong vacation.  We returned on Sunday, and we are slowly getting back into our homeschool routine.  Monday was rough, but we pushed through a couple of subjects before I threw in the towel and decided that having unpacked bags, clean laundry, and groceries trumped any further homeschooling plans I had for the day. I also needed to finish prepping for tutoring the following day. 
We were so excited to be back at CC on Tuesday. Our day was full of sharing and learning. We did our family presentation about our trip to Orange Beach, and the boys each did class presentations on the souvenirs they got on vacation.  
We were full swing back into routine today. I was pleasantly surprised at the boys' positive attitudes, which made for a highly successful day! Our morning time of memory work and reading aloud really bring us together as a family. Today we continued working on  Psalm 119:9-16, questions 21-26 in the  Catechism for Boys and Girls, and our week 7 CC memory work. We began reading  The Magic Treehouse: Danger in the Darkest Hour and made it through chapter 3. The book opens a window into what it was like during World War 2 in France. The boys started off playing legos on the floor while I read, and halfway through chapter 2 they were both sitting next to me on the couch wide-eyed and all ears! I love to see them interested in a story like that!
I decided that in the next couple of weeks we will be taking some very focused time during our day to work on handwriting. Both boys struggle with neatness and form in their handwriting, so we will be taking a step back from copywork and language lessons to have a sort of handwriting bootcamp! I think this will benefit them both in the long run. 
We ended our day with spelling, math, and reading. 
Below is our basic morning routine and all of the extra activities we hope to scatter throughout the rest of the week. 

Morning Routine (3rd Grader, 1st Grader, 2-yr. Old)

Activities to Scatter Throughout the Week:
  • Read our library books about the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition 

I'd love to hear any of your ideas for the week!


Sep 26, 2017

Free Skip Counting Printables! (12's & 13's)

My third set of skip counting pages is available for download! If you missed the 2's-6's or the 7's-11's, be sure to click through to snatch those! REMEMBER --> Choose "scale to fit" or "fit to page" on your printer when printing to ensure that nothing gets cut off!

Links to these printables is down below- Enjoy!

Skip Counting the 12's


Sep 12, 2017

Our Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Week 4 Plan

Happy Tuesday, y'all! As I sit down to plan our coming week, I'm reflecting on what we accomplished over the last couple of weeks. We had 2 weeks off of CC, but we stuck to our regular routine and did some review of our memory work. We didn't get to all of our bonus activities, but that's ok. We did get to a few that we really enjoyed, including a fun field trip to Louisiana's Old Governor's Mansion. My boys also really took a liking to the Liberty Kid's video series, so they watched more episodes than I had planned for. Through watching the Liberty Kids Series, as well as reading several books from the library, Silas began asking some really good questions. We had some discussions on slavery and on war. I am amazed at how classical education truly leads to CONVERSATIONS. It is such a joy to be able to dialog with my kids on these important topics and to provide them with a Biblical worldview. Oh yeah, and I can't forget the multitude of YouYube videos we watched about hurricanes, which provided lots of good discussion about the weather!

This coming week, I am not going to divide our activities by days of the week. Instead, I will focus on our morning routine (math, language arts, & memory work), and then make a list of activities that we can choose from during the week according if and when we find the available time. I love what Leigh Bortins says in the Foundations Guide about "saving the hands-on stuff for afternoons when all the basics have been covered."  

Morning Routine
  • Bible Memory Work/CC Memory Work
  • Math
  • Language Arts (Dictation for Spelling, Copywork for Grammar and Handwriting)
  • Reading Practice
  • Work on Presentation for CC
  • Read Aloud from Library Books

Activities to Scatter Throughout the Week/Weekend:
  • Complete this Math Worksheet (Instructions here) to determine how far men had to travel to write the Declaration of Independence (I love practical math!)
  • Have a Minutemen Relay (have the boys create an obstacle course)

I'd love to hear any of your ideas for the week!



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