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Good Bye Summer

July 31st already??? Wow! Where has the summer gone??

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Are you still in summer mode or are you vamping back up for school mode?

This week we have started the planning of our school year. Thankfully with doing Classical Conversations it makes my job super easy.

This year LeddyBug will be doing Foundations with a brand new community!!!

Being a part of CC is been such a blessing to this family. First of all it is super easy especially for an over planning mama like me. And the bonus, we get to hang out with our friends doing fun games and activities once a week (for school)!

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This past week I went on CC Connect, an online at home file sharing site, and started browsing what others have been sharing and trying to figure out what we would be incorporating into our day. Picture 1 is all the wonderful stuff I found and Picture 2 shows how simple our notebook looks like.

Last year I had divided our notebook by subject. It was easier for me to print everything and keep it organized, but we soon realized that the big binder intimidated LeddyBug. I had to take each week’s work out and put it into another folder for her and then transfer it back. Needless to say papers got lost, torn and crumpled. This year we decided to divide our notebook by weeks.

I searched for numbered tabs that go 1-24 and could not find them but I did find some that go 1-12 and since CC has 2 semesters I just divided it for Fall and Spring, like the Challenge program does. Now LeddyBug just has to open her notebook and look for the week number and do those sheet in that week. (I’ll let you know how this works for her)

CC Connected Users:

If you are on CC Connect or C3 as some call it, check out these users for great ideas!!

melodystroud – Small memory flip book

mrosser – Tri – board sheets

sheriellis – Notebooking pages

tara504 –English and Science worksheets and Blackline Maps

fidesformata – Science worksheets

 

Blogs that I follow for CC:

Half-a-Hundred-Acre Wood Brandy has tons of resources to help anyone looking to do CC.

Classical Conversation at Home – Beth has great resources too!!

There are tons of other blogs that have CC helps but these 2 are my main go to. Brandy also has a weekly link up on her page that others can chime in with ideas and helps. Go check them out!!

 

The question I get the most though is, What does your schedule look like?

schedule board This is LeddyBug’s Schedule (3rd grade)

 

As for Amber, well that will be another post. Hope I answered some of your questions. If not, leave a comment and I will answer!

 

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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Teaching with Classical Conversations

This year we switched up our curriculum. We decided to go with Classical Conversations!! Last year we went to our first informational meeting and as soon as hubby and I left we were driving home and I asked hubby, “So what do you think?” I was so nervous that he wouldn’t like it, I had done so much research on CC before the meeting and after I just knew I wanted the girls to use CC. Thankfully he was on board too!! He loved what he had heard and the rest is our new journey!!

I believe so much in Classical Conversations approach to teaching that I decided to take the plunge and become the Challenge A Director!!

This week marks week 5 for our Challenge program and week 4 for our Foundations program. After a month of getting use to the schedule and becoming familiar with all the products, we have settled into a nice routine. The girls are enjoying CC so much, that they have even done school on weekends, just because they wanted to.

For fellow CCers I wanted to share what is helping us!!

IMG_1408 Here is our Weekly Timeline Board- We bought the board at Wal Mart and used double sided tape to attach the sheet protectors.  And of course we had to add a few flowers.  We got the idea from Brandy at Half-a-Hundred-Acre Wood.

We use this everyday for our review and it helps Leann to “see” what we are talking about! It folds up easily and goes behind the bookcase when we are not using it. We also made a binder with all weekly sheets divided into different subjects.

IMG_1383This is our Travel Memory Book – We printed up these weekly review sheet that we found on CC Connected! Search for user sarasmommy06. We then cut the sheet and put them into a cute photo album for light weight travel option! IMG_1384

We have used this while we are on the road for field  trips!!

IMG_1409We purchased these small binders and sheet proctors for our Timeline Cards.

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We put together this Notebook – filled with lots of goodies found on CC Connected! We got this cover and planner pages from Brandy also!CC Notbook 4These Skip Counting Sheets for Math we got from  CurrClick!ccnootbookWe added tabs for each subject. This is gonna come in really handy for evaluation time 😉

 CC Notebook 3 After a couple of weeks, I realized that the Binder was a bit overwhelming for Leann.  So instead I decided that each week, I would put all of her work for the upcoming week into her folder (She Loves Agent P) along with a sticky note with her other work that she has to do each day.

With the Foundations Program we have to add Math, Reading, Language Arts, Spelling. And then we add in Music, Crocheting, and Piano.

For the Challenge Program, since it is a complete program there isn’t very much to add. Amber does voice lessons, 4H, Crocheting and Piano also.

Since we have a smaller class we have introduced a few games for reviewing.

If you are interested in CC check out their website and find a local community to go check out. Local folks check out our CC Community – CC of Sebring!!

Hope to see you there!!

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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