I’m thankful that we are moving into November. I love the increased focus on thankfulness this time of year brings. We are successfully moved into our new house with only a garage of boxes left. If I can just find my printer cable, we’ll be all set.
If you are moving in the near future (or thinking about it), you might enjoy what I wrote about homeschooling while moving. I also updated and added more ideas to our most-read post of all time: When Homeschooling Gets Tough. I’d love to hear what you like to do on those tough days as well.
I have some submissions from new and familiar bloggers for this month’s Classical Conversations Blog Carnival. I am continuing to group the blog posts by Foundations, Essentials, or Challenge. Each link will open a new tab for you (if I did them all right!).
Beth from Pockets Full of rocks gives a good reminder about what we are doing with her post entitled “Today I’m Choosing More Home and Less School”. Maybe it’s a reminder you need today as well.
Since teaching the tin whistle can be so challenging for many of us (myself included), Mary’s Tin Whistle Teaching Tips come in handy.
Brandy from Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood also has tin whistle notebooking pages you might want to check out.
If you have been wondering what Latin declensions are or looking for a way to practice, both are available on this post with a Latin Noun Declension File Folder game.
Tracy continues to include her weekly Classical Conversations planner on her blog. Here’s a link to week 9, but there are many other weeks available as well. Even if you are just looking for one brief activity, you may find just what you are looking for on her plans.
Beth also shared her favorite finds for homeschool decor. I appreciate her desire to have her home look lovely while having educational decorations. In fact, I’m hoping to find some good current maps in all neutral colors. We miss our maps next to our dining room table, but I really want them to look nice while being functional. (If you have any suggestions, please let me know.)
(If you have a soon-to-be Challenge student, you might want to look at the European countries and capitals flash cards – also listed under the Challenge heading.)
Board Slam (or Number Knockout) is played in Essentials classes. I love this at-home (or in-class) twist of combining Board Slam with Battleship. Our family will have to play this on a day when we need some fun math practice.
Life Together shares about looking ahead to the Challenge Program. This is a nice overview of Challenge if you are wondering what is coming in future years.
Marc writes for the CC Writers Circle about studying philosophy in Challenge III. I can’t read anything Marc shares about the upper Challenge levels without getting excited for our future learning. R.C. Sproul’s book may need to make it onto my own book list soon.
Brandy made some great European country and capital flashcards. Since I memorized all of Eastern Europe states and capitals right before the Berlin Wall came down, I think I need a refresher course.
For Challenge B (current events), Betsy gives a review of World Magazine and World Teen. If you are looking for Christian sources for news while studying current events, you might want to check this out. (The review includes a give-away that has already ended.)
All three levels of Classical Conversations:
Mary from Homegrown Learners shares Ten Reasons We Love Classical Conversations. (Since she has children in Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge, this post really fits all the categories of CC.) Our family shared why we love CC last winter. I love how our lists don’t include all the same ideas!
If you are pondering the role of questions in classical education, Betsy includes a nice overview of classical education as well as how questions fit into grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric stages of learning.
Betsy also has lots of resources for the classical educator (mom). This includes information for lots of levels of learning.
I hope you enjoyed November’s CC blog carnival. If you want to submit a post or find past CC blog carnival’s, check out the Blog Carnival page. May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Oh give thanks to the LORD,
for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
1 Chronicles 16:34