Some Classical Conversations’ campuses are already on Christmas break, while others still have a few weeks left. We are in the “few weeks left” category, but we are excitedly anticipating our Christmas break. I love all the extra activities and learning we can do in December along with the regular school work.
Along with our usual Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge categories, I am going to share Christmas ideas and activities from some of the regular blog contributors.
Lindsey from Simply Diligent gives a great summary of how she is preparing for the holiday season. I love how she made a list of the categories that need to be accomplished and then expanded from there. I think I need to sit down a make a similar list myself.
Brandy from Half a Hundred Acre Wood has a huge list of Advent activities that her family enjoys.
I just recently used my Christmas book and movie list from last year to place holds at the library. We unpacked and set up our nativity set collection from around the world. I will be picking up a bunch of these later today. Also today, my family is starting our yearly tradition of earning money toward Gospel for Asia that you can read about here. I hope to get in my favorite Christmas field trip as well as set up our Christmas countdown in a few weeks. As much as we still have a few weeks of CC left, can you tell I will be filling lots of our time with Christmas activities?
Mary from Homegrown Learners is offering a free Advent SQUILT music lesson.
From Mt. Hope Chronicles, there is a huge collection of quotes and information about the beauty and value of memorization. Since this is a large part of the Foundations program, I think this is an excellent reminder of the value of what we are doing this time of year.
Bethany has put together a wonderful list of the top things she is enjoying from CC Connected right now. If you find it overwhelming to wade through all the choices on CC Connected (or don’t have time), this list is a great place to start.
Also from Bethany is a helpful tutorial on how to make portable timeline cards. I’m sure someone will find this useful! I know it’s a challenge to carry the actual timeline cards with us.
I enjoyed this article about Latin noun declensions. I appreciate the ideas of how to work on Latin with younger students as well as leading into Challenge. For more on Latin, look under the Challenge heading below.
I’m sure many of us can relate to those moments when we are desperately trying to get to somewhere on time. For many of us, it’s Foundations. This humorous story of the day the smoothie [almost] killed me one we can all relate to.
If you are hitting the time of year when you need some organizational help, I just love this magnetic task management system. I actually started looking around my house for a place we could implement this. I hope to work on it over break. Also helpful is this marble money system for paying chores (something else I was looking to set up soon!).
If you have ever wanted to make a digital timeline, check out the digital timeline maker under the Challenge category below.
I love all the ideas of how to review English grammar shared by Melanie at The Real Deal. I can see how these would be fun in class or at home.
In this helpful article about math, Melanie also shares a number of math games. Again, these would be great in class or at home.
Here is a digital timeline maker for those of you ready to expand your timeline to something more.
Family Style Schooling has series of articles and helps on Latin. Here are part 1 and part 2 of Lain verbs. I shared the Latin Nouns up under the Foundations heading above. These really would be helpful for anyone studying Latin – not just a Challenge student.
I love the encouragement about education found here. What a great illustration of education! My 3rd child just learned the definition of a ray yesterday so I really appreciated reading this today.
Brandy from Half a Hundred Acre Wood gives us a glimpse into Challenge A. I really love these glimpses into what is coming in life. Honestly, reading what she wrote encouraged me to relax, take a few field trips this week, and enjoy these less structured younger years. I am looking forward to the Challenge program, but I know it will not allow for as many interruptions.
Mt. Hope Chronicles continues to educate me more on the Challenge program and how to write in general. In this article on Parallelism, I appreciate how many examples from literature that she shares. Some of them, I have read before, but I didn’t realize they were parallelism.
May you have a blessed Christmas season remembering the birth of the Savior and reveling in the thought that He is Immanuel – God with us!
“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus,
for he will save his people from their sins.”
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish
but have eternal life.