Monday, September 29, 2014

weekly CC essentials assignment sheet

Hey there fellow CC mamas!

I wanted to share with you all a form that I use in our Essentials Student Notebook to help my student keep track of his weekly assignments for both the Essentials of the English Language and the Institute for Excellence in Writing portions of the Essentials class.

There is so much information each week and so many different binders and sources to keep track of. It R E A L L Y benefits my son to have all that is going to be required of him during any given week in one simple layout.
This Essentials Assignment Sheet is just that!

I jot down the key points that will be covered that particular week and breakdown the assignments by day. This stays in the first section of the Student Notebook and he can easily see what he should be working on. This also enables him to work independently to some degree while I'm working with one of my other children.


I usually have this form ready on our community day and use part of the class time to fill in the information as I am taking notes on the material. This way it is fresh in my head and I'm seeing what my student may be struggling with and need to work more on in the coming week. The boxed info comes straight from the Guide while the daily breakdown on the right is where I personalize it for my son. I layout what he needs to do each day to keep us on track and hopefully be well prepared for the coming class day.

This is just one other thing that is helping us on our Essentials journey and I hope it may help you as well!

Friday, September 26, 2014

cc cycle 3 week 5 :: the plan

Helllloooo CCers! Here are some ideas for cycle 3, week 5!

*Just to re-cap from a previous post...I like to keep things simple around here. {stick in the sand folks} We use CC memory work as the spine for what we do, but because we are a book loving, crafty crew, we like to add a little extra fun in as well. That is where these extension ideas come in;)

History
Loving the History this cycle!! I mean, my history loving' heart is over the moon! We are reading more than we ever have before and sharing all the Revolutionary info we are learning. Listening to my kids pretending to be Patriots and Loyalists while humming History sentences are favorite moments, hands down!

This week is all about George Washington! 

This is a good short Bio on our country's first president.
And, of course, a Liberty Kids episode is always fun to add to your week! #11 is about Washington taking charge. 

Here are directions for making an easy Washington hat and another site for how to make a "wig" using cotton balls. These would be so cute to make and let the younger ones pretend to be Washington. They would also make great props for presentations;)
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Readers for Read Alouds and independent reading...
              

Treats that Teach idea...

Don't these pancakes look amazingly fun!? We will have to give these a try. Find the how-to here

Science
Here is a link to a fun blog post over at How Wee Learn for outside activities for exploring with the 5 senses! Should be fun to do in the fall weather:)

For more ideas and activities, check out my pinterest board CC c3wk5!



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

slow-cooker white chicken chili {gf/df}

The crispness of fall days is finally upon us! 

Yes, I am one of those souls who wait anxiously for the first signs of autumn and rejoice in it's arrival.  For me, it means cooler weather, pulling out cozy sweaters and sipping something warm while curled up on the sofa. 

It also means warm bowls of chili for dinner. This slow-cooker white chicken chili is a favorite in our house. It's gluten and dairy free so it makes everyone happy. If dairy isn't an issue for you, this is yummy topped with a dollop of sour cream. Without, it's straight up yum with a sprinkle of cilantro and a lime wedge on the side. It's a staple in my fall menu planning. 


{slow-cooker white chicken chili}

  • 1 pound chicken breast, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbs coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained {divided}
  • 3 cups organic chicken broth 


Sprinkle the cubed chicken with the salt and pepper. Heat the coconut oil over medium heat in a skillet. Add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides and those juices are sealed in.

Stir in the onion and jalapeño then cook for two minutes. Sprinkle with oregano and cumin and cook one minute more.

Transfer everything to your slow cooker.

In a small bowl,  mash 1/2 cup of the beans together with 1/2 cup broth using a fork. You can use something like a pastry blender but a fork works just fine. A little chunky is good. This will just help thicken your chili. Add this to the slow cooker along with the remaining beans and broth.

Cover and cook on low 3 hours.

Serve with a sprinkle of freshly chopped cilantro and a lime wedge. Tortilla chips are a good addition as well:)

serves about 6-8. Doubles easily!

Do you have a go-to chili recipe? I'd love to hear!

Linking up with: Titus 2sdaysTitus 2 Tuesdays

Thursday, September 18, 2014

CC cycle 3 week 4 :: the plan

Time for a run down of what we are planning for week 4!

*Just to re-cap from a previous post...I like to keep things simple around here. {stick in the sand folks} We use CC memory work as the spine for what we do, but because we are a book loving, crafty crew, we like to add a little extra fun in as well. That is where these extension ideas come in;)

History

Declaration of Independence! So many great resources are available to really beef up your study of the Declaration and all that preceded the drafting of this great handwritten document. 

A chronology of events surrounding the signing of the Declaration can be found here on the ushistory.org website. There is also a lot of additional info on this site if you have older foundations students who want to look more into the details of the document, the signers, and the events and factors involved. 

A few fun videos this week...
Liberty's Kids #13--The First Fourth of July

Here is a link to the School House Rock episode The Declaration on You Tube that will be a fun addition to the week.



Mission US is a fun interactive game where you play the game as an 14 year old apprentice in Boston who must choose between crown or colony. There is also a Penny whistle Hero game where you "play" the penny whistle which I thought was a cool CC tie in;)

Snack idea...
I'm making these cuties for a little Patriotic breakfast treat. Topping the toast with cream cheese sweetened with a little honey and a bit of vanilla before adding the jam and berries. Yum!
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Readers for this week...

   

Art
Thought it would be a fun week to review some OiLs at home 
and draw the US flag using this video!


For some more ideas...pop over to Pinterest and check out my CC c3wk4 board!

sharing with the weekly link up at Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood for cycle 3

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

CC Cycle 3 week 3 :: the plan

Hello again! Here are some fun ideas for week 3! ...aaaannndddd....GO!

*Just to re-cap from a previous post...I like to keep things simple around here. {stick in the sand folks} We use CC memory work as the spine for what we do, but because we are a book loving, crafty crew, we like to add a little extra fun in as well. That is where these extension ideas come in;)

History
How can we NOT have a tea party this week!? I'm thinking the usual tea fair and a discussion about the Boston Tea Party while my middle son will try to dress up as a Mohawk before he takes his place at the table;) I saw an idea on Pinterest for creating paper covered boxes labeled "East India Tea Company" and having the kids put a few feathers in their hair and use toy hatchets to "break" them open and toss the contents {maybe a few tea bags from the kitchen stash} over board onto a blue plastic tablecloth from the dollar store. My kids would LOVE acting it out this way!

Here is a link to the You Tube video of the Liberty's Kids episode on the Boston Tea Party. 
And, of course, there is this video from School House Rock that will be fun to watch. 

Draw Write Now has a match up we may use this week in Book #5, page 28 called New Nation.

Readers we plan to use:

                          



Science
I love this idea to demonstrate how muscles work! Cool!

There is also a fun article full of great info at Kid's Health all about muscles!

Art
It would also be fun to do some fingerprint art this week to tie into the science experiment! Love these ideas for creating images with finger prints then maybe reviewing OiLs when doing the details. Maybe we can pretend they are swimming around in the Boston Harbor;) {image from Etsy}

Here is a link to a slide show that explains the whys of upside down drawing. I love upside down drawing because it forces us to realize that we can draw if we simply focus on the elements of shape...OiLs! It really works!


For some more ideas...pop over to Pinterest and check out my CC c3wk3 board!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CC Cycle 3 week 2 :: the plan

Here are some fun ideas for week 2!

*Just to re-cap from a previous post...I like to keep things simple in our homeschooling. {stick in the sand folks} We use CC memory work as the spine for what we do. For us, that means focusing on the New Grammar along with Bible, Math, Phonics/Language, and Handwriting. Because we are a book loving, crafty crew, we like to add a little extra fun in as well. That is where these extension ideas come in;)

It's Pilgrims this week! Let's roll!

History
There are so many Pilgrim craft ideas out there! 
I was hunting in my old files for a pattern to make paper bonnets and then stumbled upon this site. Perfect!
There is a lot of great information available at the Plimoth Plantation website including this interactive activity and coloring sheets. 
The Mayflower episode of "This is America, Charlie Brown" is found here and is a good one for this week.

Readers we will be using:
                     

Geography
My kids are L O V I N G watching this ah-mazing Tour the States video. My middle child now has drawing the entire country from memory as a goal for himself  If you haven't seen it yet...you just must. Trust me. 

Science
We are going to try the art project where you make a skeleton out of q-tips. Looks fun! You can find the activity here.
Science will be where we might sneak in a fun snack this week. How cute are these "bones"?

Art
There are some great link ups in Book 3 of Draw Write Now for the Pilgrims.

How fun would this skeleton be for mirror image? My oldest would LOVE it! And I think younger ones could do it too. Maybe an adult could draw one side and have them just do the mirror image. 


Those are just some thoughts for week 2!