Walking and Talking

What's happening Week #23 at CC T&C?


“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:15–17 (KJV)

“The classics and fine arts are still synonymous in the minds of many. Those who create and preserve ‘high culture’ in the arts help those of us who are inundated by ‘pop culture’ remember that there is an alternative to the ordinary fare. It takes effort to enjoy classical culture, whether in literature, music, painting, or other forms of art, but, once understood, once the appetite is whetted, we are forever hungry for more.”
—Leigh Bortins, The Core

Foundations to Challenge Connection

Finishing the Year Well: Orchestra
Just as we teach our children to be literate by teaching them to read, we must teach them artistic literacy. We start in Foundations by teaching the elements of shape, the basics of music theory, and the skill of looking at and copying great artists. For the past four weeks, we’ve listened to works by famous composers. In the Challenge program, students will study these composers and listen to their works again, learning the important vocabulary of classical music and the prominent periods of music history, and forming the habits of mind that attend to the beauty of the pieces.


Last week I announced that our Town and Country community is looking for a new Foundations/Essentials Director for the 2016-17 school year. If you or someone you know is interested in leading this wonderful group of families, please contact me. Since I'm planning to still be a part of the community, my experience and resources are available for the next director.

The Challenge A class is excited to share their studies with our group during the Opening Assembly this week.

If your student is proceeding with Memory Master, be sure to do the second parent/adult test this week.

We love our community days together! If you know in advance that you'll be missing class, please let me know so the tutors and I may plan accordingly.

Thanks for your help in cleaning the gym so I can make it to Essentials on time.

Registration fees are $85 for your first child and $55 for every additional child per program (Foundations and Essentials). You may continue to make checks payable to me and I will transfer the monies to the next Director. The remaining fees for tuition, supplies, and the facility will be due this summer.

Registration for the Practicum is now open!

Here are Practicum Dates for this summer:

St. Peters Practicum - May 24-26 * (I will be attending this practicum.)

Arnold Practicum - June 23-25


(You must log in to CC website to register.)


GNO or playdates: Would anyone like to plan another gathering? Let's keep it going!

EXPO: Are you planning to attend the EXPO this weekend? Tia is looking for a few families to answer visitors' questions at the CC booth during the 8:00 am-1:00 pm window. Would you have an hour to spare? All you need to share is your own experience; it is okay if you don't know all the answers.

Additionally, the Book Rep and his son are looking for housing Thursday-Saturday.

Practicum: The Practicum is a fantastic way to meet other CC families, renew your vision for homeschooling, and gain insights related to Classical Conversations. Our tutors receive their training at the Practicum. The inexpensive kids' camps are fun environments for learning. It would be fantastic if all of our families could attend one. Additionally, we rely on a team of parents to help during our Practicum, which is as simple as bringing snacks for teen helpers, or even being willing to help at the registration table.

Volunteer Schedule

What will we be learning this week?

Presentation, Science, and Fine Arts

Presentation: Show-n-Tell or Academic
The suggested topic for Weeks 16-18 is Historical Figures.

Ideas include:

Pretend to be a character from our history grammar.

Tell a story about a key historical figure.

Use your Faces of History Paper from Essentials with props/costume

Our Science project involves Earth Science: the rock cycle

The Fine Arts lesson is Classical Composers/Orchestra - Handel and Bach: biographies