CC Blog Carnival: September 2015
I’m sure many of you are well into your school year already. Our CC campus doesn’t start for a few more weeks, so we’ve been wrapping up our summer and slowly getting started on our school year.
Here are a variety of blog posts from CC contributors all over the country. There are lots of great ideas shared here. Please don’t feel like you need to do all (or any) of it. This is meant to be a resource for you.
If you wondering how you are doing in your homeschool, you may benefit from reading about our family gauges success.
Like the past few CC Blog Carnivals, this one is arranged by Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge topics. I’d love to hear in the comments about what are some of your favorites from this carnival.
I love when we can see God’s handiwork in the common things around us. Brandy from Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood shows this wonder in Awestruck by a Pinto Bean.
My husband Seth shares a game that feels like it is made for CC families in Game Review: Timeline. I actually introduced this game to my masters’ class at CC Orientation.
Traci of The Essential Homestead has put together a book list (with simple activities) for Cycle 1’s history entitled Cycle 1 History Reading List. Don’t let the name fool you; there are a few fun activities and crafts included on the list.
Kathy, writing at It’s a Great Day to Learn, has made 6 Steps History and People/Places History Sheets. If you want to do simple history notebooking or have your children write about what they are reading/learning, you might want to check these out. I think some of my children would enjoy doing these sheets. I’m going to try them out soon.
From The BENT Kitchen, Bethany gives step-by-step instructions for navigating CC Connected. CC Connected can be tough if you aren’t used to it. This might help.
Brandy from HAHAW shares her master list of match-ups with Story of the World, Mystery of History, and Scholastic for all 3 cycles. This is a great resource even if you like to just work from start to finish through some of these. If you want to go back to re-read (or re-listen in our case), this will help you find the exact lesson you wanted.
If you are looking for a CC-specific planner, Beth at Pockets Full of Rocks shares a detailed review of one made by Hot Pink Lime. (There was a giveaway too, but it ended before the Blog Carnival was published.)
Karen from The Simply Blog is a new contributor to this CC Blog Carnival since her family just newly joined CC. She writes about putting together a daily learning notebook for her Foundations student (and also shares about Challenge which you can see down below).
If you are looking for a new memory work review game, this Twister Memory Work Review Nicole from Living Out His Love might be just the thing. Someone could use this with a class or even at home.
Tracy from The Essential Homestead also shares her plans for learning Cycle 1, Week 1. If you are wondering what someone else is up to in their home, you will enjoy this.
Prepping for Cycle 1 is where Aurie (Our Good Life) explains what she does to get ready for the new year. She mentions her years of under- and over-planning prior to making this year’s plan.
A question that gets asked all the time is “How do I store timeline cards?” Allie from 17th Street Blessings answers this question with what her family uses.
Beth’s Scheduling Our Day Using Blocks of Time might help anyone not sure of how to set up their days at home. She allows room for extras and distractions to come up during the day and still get their work done.
Speaking of planning, Brandy shares a post that she referred to as a “brain dump” on planning, scheduling, and curriculum. This is full of great resources! While Brandy from Half-A-Hundred Acre Wood might be the most well-known CC blogger, I love how she readily admits not getting everything done, has to change plans, and is just a “regular” CC mom.
Kathy (It’s A Great Day to Learn) put together a list of craft ideas for weeks 1-12. I have a crafty kid even though I am not a crafty mom. I think I’ll look through these with the crafty child to pick out a few for them to complete.
The BENT Kitchen has some tips for surviving your first weeks teaching Abecedarians. I taught the ABCers for 3 years, so I know how challenging they can be.
Allie (17th Street Blessings) shares how she marks up her Foundations guide to make it more useful for her (specifically as a sub).
If you are looking for some “Back to School” printables, check out the list Beth has put together. Even if you’ve been back to school for a while, the links to an interview to do with your child, Scripture cards, and lunch box notes might all still be of interest.
Anne from 101 Days of Homeschooling gives some Essentials encouragement – specifically working on Chart C. I appreciate her reminder to “do less well”.
Heidi from Mt. Hope Chronicles explores the meaning of language since she is tutoring Essentials this year. The first discussion is of the word “cosmos” and the second is on “logos”. If you ever wonder about studying language and specifically grammar, you might find this to be a valuable reading.
Karen at The Simply Blog explains how her family prepared for their first year of Challenge A. Since I don’t have children in Challenge yet, I enjoy reading about how others get ready. Karen’s family is new to CC, so this is from the viewpoint of a newbie.
Heidi from Mt. Hope Chronicles gives another great example of using the 5 Common Topics. Between years of practicum, Heidi’s posts on the 5 Common Topics, and reading The Question, I am seeing the value of the 5 Common Topics and am looking forward to using them with my children.
I wanted to re-list Brandy’s post on planning, scheduling, and curriculum since her oldest is in Challenge A. This whole post isn’t about Challenge, but there are some great Challenge tips in there.