CC Blog Carnival: May 2016

Welcome to the May addition of the CC blog carnival.  If you are new to Classical Conversations or to this page, the CC Blog Carnival includes submissions from CC bloggers in all stages of CC.

I group articles by Foundations (age 4-grade 6), Essentials (grades 4-6), and Challenge (age 14 and up).  Also this month, I am including some general articles about Classical Conversations and homeschooling from bloggers in case you are new to CC and/or homeschooling.

If you are unfamiliar with Classical Conversations:  Beth from Pockets Full of Rock put together a great resource called What is CC?  This might be a great place for you to start.



My son wrote (with my typing skills) about Doing Hard Things after he completed Memory Master this year.  I would not have thought that teaching my kids to do hard things was on my “reasons to homeschool” list, but after watching how much he learned through this process, it is quickly becoming a top reason.

I shared about how our family uses Mystery of History to further our history learning.  History is definitely a favorite subject here.

In the upcoming Cycle 2, the Bible passage is Ephesians 6.  Mary from Homegrown Learners put together free copywork for this last time her family went through Cycle 2.  If your family is looking for copywork to go along with the Bible passage, you might enjoy this resource.

This is such a simple idea for having a map sketchbook and yet brilliant.  I’m glad Annie shared this with me.

Here is a Cycle 2 weekly planner from Brandy at HHAW.

If you are looking for books for teaching biblical truth to your Foundations-age kids, Beth at Pockets Full of Rocks shared her family’s favorites.

If you read lots of blogs or talk to lots of CC moms, you’ll find lots of people implement CC in different ways at home.  Here is Betsy’s encouragement to moms of young ones to keep things simple.

I enjoyed what Annie of 101 Days of Homeschooling shared about learning to love Shakespeare and teach it to her children.  I think I’m going to add the book she recommended to my summer reading list (which is probably long enough to last 2 years!  Anyone else make really long summer reading lists?).

If you enjoy seeing others’ book lists, here is Betsy’s Cycle 2 resource list.

Another book list is available at Half a Hundred Acre Wood by Brandy.  She calls this her unofficial CC Cycle 2 booklist.

Seeing patterns in math works well with multiplication circles.  Here is an idea to add in “extra” skip counting practice where (at least my) kids might not even realize they are practicing their skip counting.


Mary from Homegrown Learners shared about this year’s Faces of History on her campus.  Not all (but many) Essentials programs include FOH as part of their class.  My kids always look forward to this end-of-the-year project.



I appreciate this mom sharing her story of how she left CC at the Challenge years in search of “something else” only to realize that Challenge was exactly what her daughter needed.  They started into Challenge mid-year after changing back.

Here are some ideas for preparing for Challenge A.  We aren’t that far away from Challenge A so I want to read over this again.

Christy from Recipes for Family Life shares about how she made Henle Latin work for her Challenge A student.  It’s such an important part of CC to remember that the parent is still the teacher.

Betsy at Family Style Schooling shared a great way to memorize the Periodic Table.  She thought this would be great for Challenge B students.  (Since I have a son who asked for a periodic table poster for his bedroom, I am guessing he would like this too.)

I enjoyed reading Betsy’s article on using a topic wheel to discuss music.  Isn’t it exciting to see how subjects are interconnected?

General Classical Conversations and Homeschooling Links:

If you are like me and aren’t able to get to a homeschool convention this year, you might enjoy reading the list of book recommendations that Betsy put together from the convention she attended.

Brandy shared (in a video) about why her family chooses Classical Conversations.

In this article, there is an example of how the trivium relates to learning to play the guitar.  I love how learning classically applies to all of our learning.

Even though this family wouldn’t describe themselves as “classical” in their educational philosophy, they share why they still love CC.  It speaks to the CC program that it appeals to and works for various types of families.  (Our family shared why we love CC last year.)

Here is one daily lesson planner that you can download if you are interested.


I hope this CC blog carnival is an encouragement to you as you look forward to the end of this school year or the beginning of the next year!


Note:  If you are a CC blogger, check out the information here on how to submit to future CC blog carnivals.  If you go ahead and contact me, I can add you to my email list.