This was our first week of CC (Classical Conversations) and because we were out of town for a large chunk of the previous week I chose to start school alongside the CC year. From what I gather, there are 1,001 ways to manage your Classical Conversations educational style (if there is such a thing as hardcore hippie homeschooling mamas, then I have met them now…they are all wearing shoes, but boldly declare you should teach the way that is best for your children. Something you would think is the bedrock of every homeschooling community but from my experience is not).
One of my son’s many gifts, and perhaps the one that comes most effortlessly to him, is the ability to memorize information quickly. CC is based off a lot of memorization and in class they teach little songs and chants to help the kiddos learn even before they are old enough to really grasp the material. For instance: My kid has been running around all week singing the Latin 1st Conjugation Endings Present Tense. CC has kids focus on rote memorization when they’re small, and they learn more in depth as they grow older (for more information seriously visit their website because I can’t begin to cover their learning model).
I need ideas to get started, so for our family we wait until the material is presented in class, and then work on memorizing and delving in a little deeper in certain areas the week after class. Some moms teach in the opposite direction-they present the material the week before, and their kids have it memorized by class day.
Usually we will have a four day school week but this week was Labor Day. So our Day 1 started on CC Day.We did CC in the morning and our A Beka work that afternoon.
For A Beka we do the assigned worksheets, and for Phonics Tristan sometimes does a “freestyle” sheet where we work a little extra on some word-ly concept he is struggling with or excited about. Here he wanted to work on his sound “blends.” We have been practicing our one consonant and one vowel blends for a healthy chunk of this year. He is starting to step outside of the material and experiment with three syllable words.
I am not that impressed with their math curriculum and will probably be switching to Math-U-See at the New Year. Until then we will do 4 math lessons a week (even though 2 packages later they sent me the cursive math curriculum when I ordered the manuscript package).
We start our normal school days over breakfast (when Julian is strapped firmly into a high chair). We are going to spend the year doing assorted Bible readings. Right now we are reading through this book a chapter at a time which I LOVE and cannot say enough wonderful things about.
After we read a chapter we read our CC History Cards and one day a week we will be reviewing our Science Cards (there are multiple History Cards in a week but just one Science Card. Science experiments are done in class).
The Foundations Planner has a perfect little list of what the kids are learning every week. It makes it SUPER EASY to keep track of what we need to review.
For Day 2 we read our “Age of Ancient Empires, Creation and the Fall, The Flood and the Tower of Babel” History Cards (which synced perfectly with our Bible reading), and reviewed the Science Card on the “Seven Types of Biomes.” Tristan and Ella watched a YouTube video for children that was 15 minutes long and explained what a “biome” is in an easy format for little eyeballs to understand.
After breakfast we set Julian loose on the house and did our chant for the “8 Parts of Speech” (Ella thought this was by far the best part). I happen to have in my lovely book case some highly Andi Kay recommended Brian P. Cleary books that are perfect for little people learning basic grammar parts and rules. We read about Nouns and Verbs, and I am going to spend next week tracking down the rest of the books in the series (and so should you).
Today we read “The Biggest Story” chapter 8, and the “Mesopotamia and Sumer” History Card. They watched a YouTube video on the Sumerians inventing a form of writing known as “cuneiform.” This went entirely over their heads but too bad because Mom thought it was cool and you’re on her time now you little stinkers…
After Julian went down for his nap we practiced our “8 Parts of Speech” some more at Ella’s request, reviewed our “1st Conjugation Endings Present Tense” song, and went through the CC memorization math facts for the week-counting by 1’s and 2’s.
We did our A Beka Lessons 38, which included Tristan taking an oral phonics test.
Ella has pre-school sheets that she freestyles while Tristan and I work. She takes them very, very seriously.
Hopefully next week I can present our work in a less word-vomit format but I make no promises…
Day 4 (*addition)
Actually it occurs to me that since our CC material wraps up on a Monday it’s more appropriate for my school week’s to run Tuesday-Monday for summary purposes. So here is day 4!
Basically we just filled in the week 1 gaps that we were missing from last week in review. We read our “Biggest Story” chapter and the remaining history cards for the week. I read them “Hairy Scary Ordinary” by Brian P. Cleary along with our 8 Parts of Speech memorization cards. Looking ahead to next week I see that the focus shifts to pronouns so I plan to stalk down his book on pronouns.