Making Connections

One of my favorite things about classical education is the integration of subjects.  Modern education keeps every subject in its own little box.  Specialized teachers know their subject well, but rarely make connections to what the student is learning in other subjects.
I distinctly remember in high school, at one time, what I was learning in history corresponded to what we were reading in English.  I remember thinking, “Wow! Isn’t this cool!”
Subject integration is something that tutors emphasize in the Challenge program (CC’s jr. high and high school program) but we can start making connections with our kids in Foundations.
Here are some quick examples.  Of course connecting geography and history is an easy one.  “What water did the warriors in the Hundred Years’ War have to cross to get to their enemy?”  If you’ve been through cycle 1, you can locate Jerusalem and discuss the journey just to get to the Crusades.  And there is at least 1 timeline card for every history sentence.
Other connections can be made this cycle are between science and history.   We will be learning that Copernicus was a great scientist – and soon, science will be focused on astronomy.  That makes for an interesting discussion (depending on the age of your student) about heliocentric evidence and the power of the church.  You could also talk about fleas and rats (the Black Plague) and what type of consumer they are and where they fit in the food chain.  What biomes are found in Europe?  Week 13 we will learn about the steam engine…we can connect that to the water cycle!
How about Latin?  It’s a great idea to point out words in our memory work that have Latin roots.  Many of our science words are Latin based!
Making connections between subjects is something I tried to start doing my 2nd year in CC.  As you are exposed to more and more memory work, things will pop into your head from other subjects and other cycles.  Memorizing the grammar is first and foremost, and then start connecting those pegs of grammar to each other and watch the wonder of God’s universe grow!

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In case of bad weather

If there is bad weather, we will revert back to the regularly scheduled week 4.
 
If there is bad weather, I will send out an email by 7:30 am that morning.
 
If there is bad weather, tutors be prepared for experiments #11 and #12 as scheduled

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Important Change This Week!

We have an exciting change for this week in CC!  We get to launch some rockets!!!
Susanne’s bro-in-law has offered to explain how rockets work AND shoot off 2 of his rockets that he has built!
Unfortunately, Dover Alliance is not the ideal spot for this! Soooo……
WE WILL BE MEETING AT 9:15 AT SUSANNE’S AUNT’S HOUSE FOR THE ROCKET LAUNCHING!!!
From Susanne:
This Tuesday we will be launching two rockets from the Wherley’s Great Aunt Carrie & Great Uncle Dan’s house in Dover at 9:15.  Their address is 4767 Deis Hill Rd., NW. If you go past Deis Hill Park, go down the hill and it is the fifth house on the right. Please go past the first driveway and turn right onto the second driveway. We will be shooting them in the field. (After we have launched them, the kids will need to pick up the rocket parts from the field.) My brother in law, also named Dan, built the rockets and will tell the kids how they work before he launches them.
Here is the plan for the morning:
9:15    meet at Aunt Carrie’s house to listen and watch rockets
9:30    drive to Dover Alliance
9:45    have our regular opening in room 103
10:00 – 12    meet with your classes
And it gets better!  Dan has also volunteered to shoot off water rockets that the kids bring in!  We can do this in the Dover Alliance parking lot!
IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WATER ROCKETS…they are pretty easy to make.
Use an empty 2 Liter. The bottom (flat part) will be the top of the rocket. For best lift, attach a cone to the “top.” Dan recommends a toilet paper tube with a golf ball in it. (aside from LaNae…the golf ball thing makes me nervous)  Fins will help it go further also- cardboard or balsa wood works well. Decorate however you like, just make sure the cap is accessible to fill with water. Google “water rocket launch” for lots of ideas.
THIS IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL.  You don’t have to bring in a water rocket – you can just watch the others.
  PLEASE RESPOND SO THAT I KNOW EVERYONE GOT THIS EMAIL AND KNOWS OF THE CHANGE!

Should be fun!

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Unforgettably Fun Friday

This Friday, local homeschoolers will be gathering for an academic program (Unforgettably Fun Friday) to reinforce memory work from Classical Conversations at LifeBridge Community Church from 3pm-4:30, though all are welcome to participate in this.  Donations are welcome.
This week, we will be covering some Math skip counting and a money game, Western European Countries along with European Waters.  If possible, we may also include going over a History sentence about the Crusades or include going over some parts of the food chain for Science.  I apologize for not having a more definite plan, but I will have things organized for FridayJ
Please RSVP if possible, thanks so much!  -Lily Hayman

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Essentials Week 2

Week 2 was all about verbs.  Students can be working on charts C and D, with the goal of memorizing them eventually (think in terms of years?!).  Review A and B also.  Chart A is the most important.
The guide has great info on verbs in week 2 and in the back.
Next week will get into specific sentences and diagramming.
For the writing, finish the key word outline (KWO) for the paragraph on page 14.   There is a nice brainstorming activity on p. 15 to get ideas for quality adjectives, strong verbs, and LY words.
Level B students can also do the 2nd paragraph if desired.
Remember to cut out and learn the new vocab for this week.
Level A checklist is on page 19 and level B is on page 20.
You might want to teach the guidelines on page 18.  Since Sabrina is typing, I have set up a paper with this format, and then she uses it over and over again.  This is totally up to you – we did not do this our first or second year, so don’t feel pressured to do it.
It is a good idea to get the students to identify and mark their dress-ups, like on page 13.  I will continue to talk about this – but it is up to you.
The kids are really doing a great job!  They are fun to be with and tutor.

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UFF (Unbelievably Fun Friday)

Unforgettably Fun Friday Schedule

CC  Week/Date                                 Leader                        CC Week Material To Cover    2pm Plan

Week 1     9/6 Susanne 1 Dance
Week 2     9/13 Becca 2 Game Time
Week 3     9/20 Lily 3 Dance
Week 4     9/27 Field Trip   Field Trip
Week 5     10/4 Michele 4 & 5 Dance
Week 6     10/11 Lisa 6 Dance
Break        10/18     Break
Week 7     10/25 Field Trip   Field Trip
Week 8     11/1 Brenda 7 & 8 Dance
Week 9     11/8 Susanne 9 Game Time
Week 10    11/15 Becca 10 Dance
Week 11     11/22 Lily 11 & 12 Game Time
Week 12     11/29 Holiday weekend   Break
Giant Break

 

     
Week 13     1/17 Brenda 13 Dance
Week 14     1/24 Lisa 14 Game Time
Week 15     1/31 Michele 15 Dance
Week 16     2/7 Field Trip   Field Trip
Week 17     2/14 Susanne 16 & 17 Dance
Week 18     2/21 Brenda 18 Dance
Break          2/28     Break
Week 19     3/7 Lily 19 Dance
Week 20     3/14 Field Trip   Field Trip
Week 21     3/21 Lisa 20 & 21 Dance
Week 22     3/28 Michele 22 Game Time
Week 23     4/4 Becca 23 & 24 Dance
Week 24     4/11 Party!   Performance

 

Friday Plan

2pm Dance/Other Activity

2:45pm – Snack (Families bring their own)

3pm – 4:30pm UFF

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Open Houses

As you know, an open house is a great way for people to learn more about classical education and CC.  Classical Education is so different from modern education that it is beneficial for people who want to learn more about Classical Ed. to experience a CC class in action.
We are having 6 open house weeks this year.  The dates are…
September 17 – week 3
October 8 – week 6
November 26 – week 12
January 28 – week 15
March 18 – week 21
March 25 – week 22
If you invite someone to an open house and you are pretty sure that they are coming, please let me know who they are and what children (if any) they will be bringing.
Other things they need to know are:
Bring a snack (NO NUTS)
Bring water
Bring a lunch (NO NUTS) and play at recess if they like
The more they know about classical education before they come the better .  Share with them yourself or I would be happy to also.
Our desire is not to get as big as we can, but it is to bless others with something that has blessed us.

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