I know some people are gearing up and getting “back to school” soon. I feel like I blinked, and the summer raced by. Since the last blog carnival, our family has relocated to a month-to-month rental, enjoyed summer adventures like Six Flags (Read to Succeed), and reflected on God’s faithfulness.
Since some people are already getting back to school and others are reluctantly looking toward the beginning of the school year, I thought it might be fun to have a “back to school” section of this month’s carnival. I have the Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge sections, but below that in the “back to school” section are some blog posts from the carnival contributors related to getting the year started again.
All links should open a new tab for you on your browser so you won’t lose the blog carnival while checking out what everyone has shared.
Marc has a challenge for fathers in Hey CC Dads! Are you ready for Cycle 1? I remember reading his original exhortation a year ago and appreciate his honesty of being left in the dust by his children. I look forward to hearing whether he makes it this year.
If you are trying to figure out how to prepare your kids for their presentations, Beth from Pockets Full of Rocks shared a Simple Formula & Printable to help with this. Beth’s blog was named Classical Conversations at Home, but she recently changed the name to include so much more than “just” CC. She’s still a homeschooler and still loves using Classical Conversations in a community and at home. You can read about the name change here.
Beth also shared about What is a Classical Notebook? You may have heard people throw around the term notebooking and have no idea what they meant. This is a simple explanation of a classical notebook for those looking to understand what notebooking is.
I recently wrote about Our Curriculum Choices for 2015-2016. If you want to see what our family uses along side Classical Conversations, this is for you.
I love Brandy’s Notebooking on a Shoestring and Scheduling Simplified at Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood. She and I must share an affinity for lots of notebooks. I think it is always encouraging to see how things can be done simply and still be very effective – maybe even more effective because of the simplicity.
Brandy made At-A-Glance Cycle Reference Sheets. These have been very handy for me when I try to remember where the pieces all fit in Classical Conversations.
From last August, Aurie from Our Good Family talked about how she was going to plan for the year in Planning. Oh, the Planning. She’s a little busy with a new little one in the house, but I’m glad she had a minute to submit this one. It’s nice when we can reflect on what didn’t work in our planning and make changes.
Aurie also recently reviewed Ancient Egypt from Homeschool in the Woods. If your family wants to dig deeper into Ancient Egypt, this looks like a great resource for doing that.
Brandy from HHAW also gives excellent ideas for Drawing the World Freehand. I look forward to reading through this with my daughter this week. I think she is going to love the ideas shared by David’s mom and want to get started on them right away.
Anne from 101 Days of Homeschooling put together a master list of the Foundations posts she has written. You can find it here.
Jenn from Life Together wrote two helpful posts for Foundations tutors. Stick in the Sand Tutoring has some great ideas for practicing memory work as well as suggestions for planning one quarter at a time. She also shared In Class Review Games which gives lots of ideas that could be used in a class setting or at home.
(Last month we didn’t have anything in this category.)
Recently, I shared Our Most Used School Supplies which includes some supplies specific to Essentials.
This past summer, I wrote about Gearing Up For Our Essentials Journey. I’m glad I took the time last summer to meet with one of our Essentials tutors (who turned out to not be Elijah’s tutor last year) and realize that I didn’t have to know everything (or even anything) going into the class.
Brandy gives a great reminder about Essentials in A Stick in the Sand and Your Essentials Guide. I know I need to re-read my Foundations and Essentials guides before the year begins.
In the Fall of 2014, Sola Gratia Mom shared Fun Ways to Jumpstart for Essentials. These might be fun to do even leading up to the start of the school year.
This master list from Anne at 101 Days of Homeschooling is a treasure trove of Essentials information that she has put together from her past writing.
Mary from Homegrown Learners recently switched away from Saxon math for her Challenge girl and shared about it in High School Math with Mr. D.
Back to School Tips and Encouragement:
Help! I’m a Homeschool Dad. What do I do? was written by my husband Seth as a guest post at Pockets Full of Rocks last summer. A number of moms printed this one out for their husbands since dads aren’t as big of blog readers.
Mary from Homegrown Learners put together 10 Tips to Prevent Being Overwhelmed for Classical Conversations.
Beth from Pockets Full of Rocks has a great book list of 10 Books to Read (from Leigh Bortins, founder of CC). These are all books Leigh recommended during a Practicum this summer.
Beth also has an entire series on A Day in the Life of a CC Family. This might give you some ideas of how different families implement Classical Conversations in their homes.
If you are wondering how to get going this fall, Brandy shared about Curriculum, Schedules, and a Tapered Start a year ago.
It’s Okay To Not Be An Ultra-Planner was written by me last August as I looked around at all the seemingly super-organized moms around me. We don’t all have to homeschool the same way or plan the same way. In fact, homeschooling works great even in the midst of life’s challenges like moving or having cancer.
I hope this CC Blog Carnival is a blessing to you as you get started on your new school year – whether it’s your first year of homeschooling or your 20th!