Classical Conversations Chadds Ford
Week 15 Newsletter
Our Community Day
The valentines were so sweet! I know my children thoroughly enjoyed all the little blessings, thank you!
Remember there is no CC next week on President's Day, however there will be a Window to Challenge program that evening if interested. Hope to see many of you at the Fondue Party!
Week 15 Lesson Plans
History: CC Song
Latin: C3 Visual by kbrenneman83
English: C3 Helping Verbs Song by marykbry
Science: C3 Highest Mountains Song by SuzyJK
Timeline: CC Song & ASL Hand motions by RafikiPaka
Math: C3 Metric Measurements Song by tdaukas
Geography: CC Maps in Foundation Guide & C3 Middle East Song by 3mjensenfamily
Week 15 Book & Video Correlations
- Story of the World: Volume 2 Chapter 28 p.257-260
- Usborne History Encyclopedia p324-325
- Netflix: Mankind Episode 7
- Youtube: Prince Henry the Navigator https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aipOKElX3lE
- Netflix: The Epic of Everest
- Netflix: Everest Imax
- Netflix: Beyond the Edge
- Scholastic's Everything You Need to Know about Science Homework: Mountains p.54
- Youtube: 7 Summits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oci9R_Z1xwE
- Youtube: Seven Summits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toCWFxY6EVc
- http://www.purposegames.com/profile/147870 ---Computer Review Game
- Netflix: Wildest Middle East Episode 2: Egypt
- Netflix: Street Food Episode 3: Haifa
- Usborne Geography Encyclopedia p130-131
- Usborne Dictionary of Math p72
This button links to a Classical Conversations document with some fun facts, and a correlation between this week's work and the Essentials and Challenge Programs. Have a look ahead and see the Foundation we are building!
February 15-- Window to Challenge
February 22 -- Community Day 16 : Picture Day
Week 15 Presentations
Family Presentation: Trusty Family's Interview Findings of Snyder Family
Each week the students will also give a 2-3 minute presentation to hone their public speaking skills. We provide suggestions for each week, but ultimately it is up to the parent.
Student Topic Suggestion: Show & TEll: Missionary or Church History Show a picture of a missionary and tell what he or she did
Student Skill: Articulation: Speak clearly so your audience can understand you.
Encouraging Video of the Week
Tip to Homeschooling Classically
How Often to Check Work
Early Elementary School
When my kids are in early elementary school, I check every few minutes. Actually I hover over the children unless I need to run off for a couple of seconds. My little ones like having Mommy right next to them watching every thing.
Hovering also allows me to correct problems immediately. I’m able to correct how my children write their letters and hold their pencils. I can see how they prefer to add math problems and listen to each letter as they sound out their phonics lesson.
I’m intimately involved in my young children’s homeschool.
Late Elementary School
Once the children are reading and writing well, I sit down with each child once a day. We run through their Latin, math, and grammar lessons. I ensure they understand what the assignments are for the day.
They’re old enough, though, that I don’t hover over my kids the entire homeschool day. Instead I send them off to complete their schoolwork elsewhere. They sit at the dining room table, the kitchen table, or curl up in the living room.
However I check on their progress throughout the day, and double check that everything has indeed been finished and corrected.
In middle school, my kids are well able to complete their schoolwork on a daily basis without my hovering over them or checking up on them ever few minutes. Instead we touch base at least once a day.
I run through math assignments, checked missed problems from the day before, explain Latin and grammar, and ensure all the schoolwork was completed yesterday.
Basically I tutor my middle school kids once a day before turning them loose.
High school has been the trickiest time period for me when it comes to independence and checking work. High school freshmen are not adults yet. They still act like children.
If you leave the schoolwork unchecked for a week, you’ll find subjects they love completed. The subjects they hate haven’t been touched.
I’ve found, through trial and error, to treat my 9th graders like they’re still in middle school. We touch base once a day.
On the other hand, by the time these kids reach the 11th and 12th grades, they’re acting like adults. I give an assignment, forget to touch base, but everything has been completed by Friday.
I no longer have to hover, touch base, or sit down with my kids daily. Checking their work once a week works well.