Since many bloggers seem to take off time for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, I decided to combine the January and February CC blog carnivals into one.
This is that time of year can sometimes be challenging. Less sunlight. The struggle to get back to routine.
If you are in need of encouragement today, here are a few articles that might help.
- When Homeschooling Gets Tough
- Homeschool Superheroes
- Homeschooling with Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Beth took to heart the idea that “You can’t help him too much.” This may be a good reminder for you as well.
- Anne shared some meal planning advice. I am not a skilled meal planner so this is definitely something I could learn.
- Brandy’s honest review of her first semester was a blessing to me. We just don’t always get those boxes checked, do we? So much learning happens in the midst of our plan not happening.
- Brandy shared a note she wrote back when she first made the decision to be a homeschool mom. While many of us might have a different story, it’s encouraging to hear her story and how God brought her to this homeschooling journey (and has used her to bless so many other homeschoolers through her blog).
- Betsy listed 10 ways to reclaim the school room. This seems like an appropriate list for this time of year. While we don’t have a school room, a few month into our new home, I think we need some of these tips.
Also, if you haven’t made a list about why you choose to homeschool or why you choose Classical Conversations, you might find that to be encouraging as well. It’s always good for me to remember why I am doing all of this. (Here is Why We Choose Homeschooling and Why We Love CC if you are interested.)
Onto articles specifically about Classical Conversations:
Marc challenged me in an article called A Christian Curriculum: God’s Word and God’s World. Before you begin curriculum selection for next year, you might want to reflect on some of what he said.
Brandy wrote art projects ideas for weeks 13-18 Great Artist studies. Here is one of them, but she shared a project for each of the artists.
Allie created a helping and linking verb printable. This might be a help to your family or CC class.
Brandy offered an incredible printable atlas and map tracing plan. We have printed and laminated this already. I look forward to many years of use.
Anne shared how to master geography with color. If the Cycle 1 geography is giving you (or your children) trouble, you might find some great tips in this article.
Mary put together a great list of books for music appreciation. From picture books to biographies to music that tells stories, there are books for many age levels. As we get to the orchestra portion of CC (starting in week 19), this list may even come more in handy.
Betsy offered wonderful math multiplication flash cards. For students 10 and older, these might be a great asset. (10 and older have to do math facts instead of skipping counting for memory master.)
For Cycle 1’s science experiments, Brandy wrote Science Scripture Connections. Along with her connections, I appreciated her encouragement to ask our children questions about what they see (as far as God’s truth, beauty, and goodness) instead of just using a predetermined script.
Here’s a simple way to review CC memory work. Sometimes simple can be a great way to review.
If you are interested in notebooking pages for the great artists and composers, check out the notebooking pages here.
Brandy created her own great artist coloring pages. These are wonderful if you have a child who likes to color.
Feeling the frustration of hectic memory work practice, Beth devised a way to take the chaos out of review time. Even if you sometimes can handle chaos, her idea would be great on a day when you just wanted something a little calmer.
Brandy revisited Timeline Thumbnails (that I remember reading when she first wrote it). This time around, she shared the drawings she made for each part of the timeline.
Betsy gave excellent tips for being a lead learner with great artists (which also apply to being a lead learner on any subject).
Betsy demonstrated a topic wheel through cleaning. What a good discussion to have with kids!
Heidi shared a very real (and chaotic) CC community day at Mt. Hope Chronicles. Since she is an Essentials tutor, I included it under this category, but I think it’s a day most of us could relate to (at least in parts). I also like her description of her Esssentials class for anyone who hasn’t sat in on a class yet.
Marc Hays shared about Plato joining Classical Conversations. I appreciate his 3 reasons, and it makes me want to read Plato myself.
Betsy wrote about the power of comparison. I appreciated how she demonstrated how comparison brought about wisdom. In what she called “The Lost Tools of Thinking,” Challenge students learn how to compare. Conveying the class discussion to us gives us yet another glimpse into Challenge.
Heidi demonstrated how to use the 5 Common Topics and Parallelism. This another glimpse into Challenge – whether you are there with your children yet or not.
Through discussing the question “How do we study science classically?” Marc gave an excellent demonstration of how to organize thoughts with the 5 Common Topics. Both the discussion and the demonstration are valuable in this article.
Betsy created a Latin Noun Gender Infographic to help with this topic.
Heidi started Socratic Dialogue on Rhetoric including a videon from Ashton Kutcher. I haven’t had time to work through all of her questions yet, but plan to come back to this.
My prayer for each of you reading this month’s CC blog Carnival (and for myself):