I’m excited to share our first CC Blog Carnival. (You can read more about the CC Blog Carnival here.) I will be sharing great CC (Classical Conversations) posts from bloggers each month and hope this blog carnival helps to foster a sense of community even though we are using CC in different corners of the world.
If you are new to our blog and came here because of the CC Blog Carnival, let me take a minute to introduce our family and blog to you. My husband Seth and I blog together at Running with Team Hogan about running the race God has set before us. We’re a family of 6 with children ages 5-10. You’ll find book and game reviews, science experiments, and field trips as well as general encouragement. We don’t only blog about homeschooling, but since we are a homeschool family, a lot of our writing includes it. We have been in a Classical Conversations community for 4 years and are looking forward to our 5th. We like to have a lifestyle of learning in our family and enjoy learning right along with our children.
This first blog carnival may be a little lengthier because there have been a few months without one. In the future, the blog carnival will be about posts in the last month or so.
To make this blog carnival user-friendly, I grouped the posts by levels of CC (Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge). For ease in viewing posts, all links will open in a new tab.
- Beth from Classical Conversations at Home shares a great place to get started if you are new to CC with What is Classical Conversations.
- Here are nice at-a-glance one page sheets to see what topics are covered when in Foundations from Brandy at Half a Hundred Acre Wood (HHAW).
- I share about why we love Classical Conversations.
- Nicole from Living Out His Love gives a nice overview of the classical homeschooling model.
- A great reminder from HHAW about the simplicity of CC can be found with Core School Work: What We Fall Back On.
- A Local History Club could be a good idea for any CC family. Sola Gratia Mom shared about her last year’s experience. It sounds very adaptable for any age and group.
- As we were practicing for Memory Master, I shared about how my children got ready (and am glad to report they both achieved Memory Master this cycle).
- Aurie from Our Good Family gives her reasons why her family is sticking with Classical Conversations. I think it is great to see how different families make CC work for them.
- Lindsey also talks about the value of consistent homeschooling including quotes from one of Leigh Bortins’ books. I appreciate her reminder that we put time into what we value.
Wrapping Up Cycle 3 (Foundations):
- Preamble Fun with Lichtenstein: I love the ideas shared here by Sola Gratia Mom about combining Lichtenstein with U.S. geography. Some of these ideas could make for a fun summer craft project.
- My husband shared some baking soda and vinegar fun. If you want a fun, outside activity for the summer, this is a nice extension of some of the science projects we did during Cycle 3. We definitely had fun blowing things up.
- Homeschooling 4 Real shared about her journey with her daughter becoming a memory master this year.
- Lindsey from Simply Diligent has a great summer review idea if you just finished up Cycle 3.
Looking ahead to Cycle 1 (Foundations):
Note: There are lots of great ideas shared here. Do not think you need to do all of it. Use these as resources or tools not obligations. I love looking at others’ ideas and gleaning books from their lists.
- Free Cycle 1 Planners from HHAW – this is such a great resource. If you are looking for a planner for CC, check these out before buying anything
- Here is a review of CC’s Prescripts books used for Art and Copywork. After reading this review, I’m going to check out the Prescripts books when I get to Practicum.
- Our family loves to use audio resources so I shared our audio selections for Cycle 1 (although my kids might finish them all long before fall).
- If you are wondering about the CC app, here’s a review of the Cycle 3 one. It works the same as Cycle 1’s. (The app is not available for my Samsung Galaxy so I am not familiar with it.)
- Match-Ups for Story of the World, Mystery of History, and Scholastic have been done by Brandy at HHAW. This is actually for all three cycles. If you are someone who likes to match your history reading to the week’s memory work, you might want to check this out.
- Here is a Cycle 1 Reading List by Nicole at Living Out His Love.
- A comprehensive Cycle 1 Book List is available from HHAW as well as a Cycle 1 Usborne Book List. These are great resources if you are looking for a book on a particular topic.
- Two great board games that go along with Cycle 1 were reviewed by my husband: 7 Wonders and Rise of Augustus.
- Allie from 17th Street Blessings shares match-ups from drawing and writing books to fit with Cycle 1. There are Draw, Write, Now history match-ups, Draw and Write Through History match-ups, and Draw and Write Timeline match-ups. If you like to match up your drawing and copy work with the CC memory work, you might want to check these out.
- A Reading Plan using CC’s recommended resources is also available from HHAW with multiple plan options.
- Mary from Homegrown Learners shares about her plan for studying history next year.
- Allie also has some Usborne book match-ups including a Cycle 1 History one and a Cycle 1 Science one.
- If you are looking for some help at narrowing down song selections on CC Connected, Allie shared the math songs her family used (by file name – you still need to have a subscription to CC Connected to access these.)
- Elijah (my son) and I shared our reflections on our first year of Essentials.
- If you are interested in starting Latin at this age (as recommended in this article), here are some book suggestions from CC’s writers circle.
Challenge (and Challenges for parents as well):
- Beth from Classical Conversations at Home gives a thoughtful review of Leigh Bortin’s soon-to-be-released book The Conversation. After reading Beth’s review, I look forward to reading the book.
- Amy from Six More Summers shares her advice on what supplies to get for Challenge B as well as what you can do over the summer. (She also has advice about preparing for Challenge A that she wrote a year ago.)
- At 101 Days of Homeschooling, there is an overview of Challenge A. For someone wondering about what Challenge A entails, this might be just the thing for you.
- Jamie explains Challenge B and Discipline through the eyes of being a homeschool mom and the Challenge B tutor.
- Challenge B’s program has a research component focusing on the lives of great scientists. I appreciated this article from CC’s writers circle explaining reasons for this.
- Heidi at Mt. Hope Chronicles shares her thoughts on the Lost Tools of Writing which is used throughout the Challenge Program. She also shared a few blog posts about book discussions. Even if we aren’t a part of their monthly meetings, her writing will make you feel like you are in the discussion with them. I appreciate seeing what is coming in the future for our family and hope to be a part of a book group like this some day as well. You can learn about asking good questions through a children’s story, work through the same 5 common topics over the single word leisure, or even read the discussion of a book in Challenge A played out with the same topics. One mom’s group Heidi was with even participated in a discussion of Hamlet and Hosea. So much of homeschooling is us as parents redeeming our own education as well as teaching our children. Heidi encourages us to keep learning. Some of what she says goes right over my head since my children are still in the Foundations and Essentials levels, but I am excited to see what we will be learning in the future.
- I enjoyed reading about the Challenge program’s Spring Protocol from Heidi as well.
If you’ve made it this far in the blog carnival, you might need to take a minute to realize that you are a homeschool superhero!
If you are a CC blogger and would like to contribute to the blog carnival, please email submissions to me at runningwithteamhogan <AT> gmail <DOT> com by the 24th of each month.