Child Rearing and Training

One Thing More: CC Cycle 3 – Latin

This entry is part 17 of 17 in the series Classsical Conversations
simple additions for second-cycle Classical Conversations students interested in Latin, updated for cycle 3, 5th edition

Ah, Latin! The most intimidating aspect of a Classical education. Right? Most of us parents feel inadequate to teach Latin because most of us ever took an actual Latin course.

Interestingly enough, I had a class in 7th grade which was an exposure to various languages. It started with Latin. We moved 3 times that year, so I only got the first part of the Latin unit. I am proud to say I can perfectly remember one Latin phrase: “Quid agis?” “How are you?”

Somehow I don’t feel this is adequate preparation to teach Latin. But here we are.

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Essentials Spelling as a Review for All About Spelling

match-up for Classical Conversations Essentials spelling lists and All About Spelling - review the strategies behind the lists

We are embarking on our first tour of Essentials through Classical Conversations. And I have been spending much of the summer thinking about and creating resources to help my first time student with the work. I try to create everything beforehand and get everything lined up, so we can have breathing room during the year.

One of the things I came across when perusing the massive Essentials of the English Language guide, tucked in the very back, were spelling lists for each week, divided by tour. At first glance I didn’t think I would utilize these spelling lists. They seemed too easy for my first tour Essentials student.

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Gathering for 2020-2021: What to Expect

finally share a morning time tradition with your kids, the Gathering Placemats for 2020-2021

A few years ago, somewhere in the early fog of my homeschooling journey, I heard about morning time. The ideas one could incorporate into a morning routine intrigued me. Showing my kids art, sharing Bible stories and hymns with them, snuggling together to read a treasured book. The vision of a peaceful start to our homeschool day sounded perfect! It all sounded so wonderful!

Bringing my visions to reality proved much harder than I had imagined. We could consistently get to Bible stories, and maybe some songs. But then I lost them to the wiggles, the “I’m still hungry!” mantras, and sometimes tears. Oh, and it took forever to get through the little we had done!! After months and months of trying (and failing) to figure out the how-to; I was desperate to figure out how to make this thing work.

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Saxon, the Early Years: A Guide to Getting Started

This entry is part 25 of 26 in the series Homeschool
a complete and SIMPLE guide to getting started teaching Saxon Math in the early years

Whew.  I just spent the last hour putting together our Math for this year.  We have 2 students going through two of the early years Saxon – 1 and 2.  This is the 4th year I will have taught Saxon Math for the early years.  In previous years, I have discovered that the biggest hurdle in teaching Saxon Math is not instruction. It is preparation.

Don’t let that scare you. I have a bunch of very specific tips for making the prep and teaching of Saxon Math in the early years here for you. Get ready to teach without spending hours of prep. Are you ready?

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One Thing More: Geography CC Cycle 3

This entry is part 16 of 17 in the series Classsical Conversations
classical conversations cycle 3, one thing more for geography, match-ups and extras for US geography

Our kids are growing up SO FAST! As we finished up 3rd grade with my oldest this year, I reminisced about the beginning of the year. Our first day of school was filled with tears over a simple math problem. There were tears for a couple of weeks if we didn’t begin the week with Pagoo. So many tears.

I took in all the information those tears taught me, made adjustments, prayed, had delicate conversations with this 8 year old wonder before my eyes. And together, we learned so much in 3rd grade.

At the end of the year, we stacked up all the books we had read together discussing the merits of each one. We had traveled to the farthest reaches of Asia with Marco Polo, plunged to the depths of tiny tide pools tossed about with Pagoo, and suffered through Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Long Winter. I looked at my girl, sitting before me and marveled at how far she had come in one year.

I wouldn’t have the joy of witnessing this without the bonds we have forged through our homeschooling journey. The seeds sown, the struggles strained; the fruit is beginning to ripen.

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