Wednesday, September 16, 2015

cc cycle 1 wk3::the plan

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We love making CC the spine of our homeschool and have seen the rich fruit it produces. I truly believe that the memory work is enough but sometimes we like to dig a little deeper. When my older ones ask questions I want to be prepared to enter into those great conversations with them. I absolutely love our book basket and try weekly to have it stocked with readers and reference books that compliment our weekly memory work. I've also started having the Timeline cards and Science cards available there as well. What great discussions and jumping points we've had already this year! When I free up time in our days to pursue truth and beauty I am continually amazed with the richness of our days. Yes, somedays are just plain hard, but sometimes there are those moments that make me gratefully smile and praise God for this time at home with my children.

Here we go with a few ideas for how we will try to do CC at home for week 3. So glad you stopped by!

We are having fun with the Greek and Roman gods. When we went through cycle 1 before, I honestly didn't do anything beyond the history sentence. I just didn't know what to do exactly. But this time around we are using this as a spring board to talk about the culture of the Greeks and the Romans. The history sentences for the next several weeks will build on this foundation so we will really just be wetting the appetite this week.
 I have several ideas on my Pinterest board but ones we will try to fit in are below:

-make a Ancient Greek lap book (but add it to our classical notebook for storage)
-have our own family olympics complete with metals;)
-visit a Greek restaurant
-use our readers to learn more about the cultures
-and, maybe, make this gingerbread Parthenon;) How cool!!
{image via flicker}

With my oldest in Challenge A, I am seeing the need to drill, drill, drill the Latin with my younger two during these Foundations years. Can I get an amen from any of you other Challenge mamas!? 

 I totally L O V E this method shared by another CC mama for reviewing the declensions and Noun Cases. We have made our set of Latin condiment cups and will be adding the endings as we go!

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Fine Arts:
We will be drawing on our OiLs skills (every pun intended;) using the Draw and Write Through History: Greece and Rome (book 2) this week. We will likely use this just with my middle child since the drawings are a little harder for little ones. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Rich blessings as you school through cycle 1!


  1. I love the simplicity of your plans. Although we are a week ahead of you in our CC community I love to take a peak and see what you are doing. And yes! AMEN to drilling Latin. My oldest is doing Challenge A this year as well and I see how important it is to drill it in the early years. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I love to share the simplicity of what we do and hope it blesses others. Doesn't Challenge A open our eyes to the "why" of so much of Foundations and Essentials?!? Wow! I have just been blown away and thankful for the prep that led up to this year.
      Blessings to you!


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