What We are Actually Doing for CC Cycle 3…Really

This entry is part 15 of 17 in the series Classsical Conversations
the Actual Plan for CC Cycle 3

I am peeking out from my piles of painstaking planning to say, “Hey, CC Cycle 3 planning parent!” How’s it going? Are you overwhelmed yet with all the “extras” you want to add to your favorite curriculum this year?

Or are you still in that beautiful planning stage where every detail is settled and each puzzle piece placed into the picture-perfect year? All you have to do now is carry it out to the letter.

EARTHQUAKE!!

How’s that perfect puzzle now?

Oh, sorry. Did I mess up your idea of those perfect plans?

Good. Because this is real life and it is going to get messy. That puzzle you crafted throughout the summer of 2020 – it is going to get tossed around a few times.

And guess what… it’s okay. Life will hand you things this year no plan could account for. It happens every year.

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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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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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One Thing More: CC Cycle 2 Geography

This entry is part 18 of 17 in the series Classsical Conversations
a simple list of resources and activities to supplement Classical Conversations Cycle 2 Geography.  Recommended for students going through the cycle for the second time.

Here’s a funny story about the geography memory work for Clasical Conversations. I will tell you the moral of the story ahead of the story: simple doesn’t mean nothing.

Our first year of CC we didn’t do much. I had a 5 year old, a 4 year old, a 1 year old (and found out about baby #4 in January). Oh, and there was a hike – literally. Every week, when we went to Community Day, we drove an hour, got everyone piled out of the car and hiked downhill to the classroom. I didn’t really have much energy for more than just listening to the memory work. So, most of the time, that is what we did. We listened in the car every week, for an hour. And we would add a bit here and there.

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