Welcome to July’s CC Blog Carnival! If you missed our first one in June, you can check it out here. I hope you are taking time to relax and refresh this summer even in the midst of planning for the upcoming school year.
Like last time, the posts are organized by topic. This month, we have posts about CC Practicum, Foundations, Challenge, and Encouragement. Sadly, I didn’t have any submissions about Essentials, but I hope there will be some next month.
The Two-Fold Encouragement of a CC Practicum: my thoughts on the encouragement found at CC Practicum. This year I had the added blessing of having Leigh Bortins as the speaker.
Classical Conversations Comes to the Rescue: a beautiful story about the CC community and Marc Hays’ journey to a Practicum in Alabama.
Why I Attend Practicum, A Husband’s Perspective: Brandy Ferrell’s husband sharing his reasons for attending Practicum. I know that I didn’t see very many dads at the Practicum I attended and appreciated his perspective (as well as his support of his wife in their family’s homeschool journey).
Plan vs. Reality: When You Spent All Year Tapering is a great reminder that we don’t always achieve what we set out to do. Brandy shares how far from her plans reality was. I really liked her quote from Michelangelo. If you are still feeling like a failure from not completing all of last year’s goals or are planning for next year, this might be of interest to you.
How to Study Science Without Really Trying from Beth at Classical Conversations at Home gives great ideas for using science reference books at home as well as sharing some of her family’s favorites. I appreciate the game activity since I think it would get my children to study the books even more.
Ten Commandments Copywork from Mary at Homegrown Learners includes cursive and print copywork versions in KJV. This is the Bible passage for CC this Cycle. I think I am going to print these out for my children along with their regular memory work copywork.
Christian Books for Cycle 1 Science, written by me, includes some favorite Christian resources we will use this year in conjunction with Cycle 1 Science.
Saxon Math – K-3: Our Approach gives an overview of the K-3 Saxon Math program as well as how Allie has tweaked it to work for her.
Back to Ancient History (and Classical Conversations, Cycle 1) explains how Heidi’s family studies history in CC. She made me laugh with her “Way Back Machine” reference. She includes an extensive book list in this post grouped by each civilization.
Memory Work Folder is a simple way to organize the CC memory work. You may have run across this idea before, but it’s been updated for Cycle 1.
Planning and Organization for Classical Conversations Cycle 1 shows another way to plan your weeks. Mary from Homegrown Learners likes to use notebooking along side the CC memory work. If your family enjoys notebooking (or you think you might), this could be the organization for you.
Three Keys to Tutoring Success were shared by Colleen of Sola Gratia Mom. If you are a Foundations tutor, you might want to check out her ideas.
Homeschooling Your Teen: Are You Missing The Most Important Thing? might be just what a Challenge mom or dad wants to read this summer as they are “gearing up” for the new school year. At Practicum in early June, I got to hear Leigh Bortins talk about her aim being to have her children “in Christ, not in college.” Mary’s article about not losing her daughter’s heart reminded me of Leigh’s aim. It’s a lesson I’m sure I’ll need to be reminded of again.
Just A Little Advice for Challenge Directors gives lots of tips from a Challenge B director as well as gave me yet another little glimpse into Challenge. Even if I like to think of Challenge as far away, my children are growing up faster than I want them to.
If You Aren’t Sure You Measure Up: Brandy re-shared an encouraging reminder that each of us is the parent God gave to our children. I remember reading this when she originally shared it on her blog and found it encouraging then and now.
It Takes A Village talks about the importance of being a part of a community while being a homeschooler. There are a ton of opportunities out there for homeschoolers, and we don’t have to do everything on our own.
Every Day. Every Hour. Every Minute. is from our blog. I know that I can’t do all I have to do on my own strength. (If you have been following our family, God has provided a temporary rental home for us while we continue to search for a house to buy so we aren’t going to be homeless.)
Thanks for joining us for this month’s CC blog carnival. If you are interested in submitting to next month’s carnival, please email any submissions to runningwithteamhogan<AT>gmail<DOT>com. (see here for details).