Classical Conversations Week 16
To Know GOD and Make HIM Known
Lunch time clean-up
Classical, Christian Education
"In classical education, we learn the grammar of a subject first, then we sort, classify, and understand the information, and finally, we ask the students to teach back or use the subject creatively. These three stages are called grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric stages. Modern educators have tossed out this idea. They concentrate on creative expression in the primary grades and then spend the rest of the time surveying content with the goal of making a competent score on a test.
If you pull out of classical education before high school, your student will have learned the grammar of the subjects and worked to understand it, but you will not be giving your student the opportunity to get to the good stuff - to use it: to solve real problems, to express themselves well, to write original essays, to enter into debate. It wold be like purchasing a gown, getting your hair and nails done, and rather than going to the prom, staying home and watching TV."
Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)
This week in Challenge...
Having mastery of the word mechanics learned in Foundations means the students have many language grammar tools already in hand by the time they reach Challenge A.
Week 17 Persuasion: Tell us why we should buy something. It can be something real or something you made up.
Week 18 Tell us about your favorite artist.
Week 19 Narration: Tell us a fairy tale/fable/tall tale.
- Remember these topics are only suggestions. Your child is free to do their presentation on any topic they are interested in.
Valentine's Exchange: We will have bags for each child that will be set out on the tables in the fellowship hall. Your children are welcome to make valentine's for their class and any other friends they would like to give one to. The nursery kids are also welcome to participate. If you plan on adding a treat, please limit it to a small treat or toy and any food must be nut free!
Pj's: Kids are welcome to wear pj's if they would like to. Please use wise judgement on weather and modesty.
Pizza: Please sign up on the google docs form by Sunday 2:00 pm.
We are doing Costco pizza again. $1.00 per slice or $11.00 for a whole pizza. Choices are Cheese, Pepperoni or Cheese.
Review games: We will be having group review time on Monday as well! The details are still being worked out. But, we will definitely be needing help from ALL PARENTS! Please be prepared to help wherever you are needed.
Yearbook Pictures Needed
Angela Ellingson will be putting together a yearbook for us using these pictures. She could use a couple more helping hands on this project. Please let Angela or Summer know if you are willing to help.
Tutors, Subs and Directors needed for 2016/17
Tutors for Faith Baptist, Oak Hills and 3rd Sioux Falls location.
Must: Enjoy working with kids, have a biblical world view and a testimony of faith, have home schooled for at least a year and have a child in the program they are tutoring.
Preferred: Have a heart to home school through high school.
Training: 18 hours over 3 days in Sioux Falls at the Parent Practicum in June. And 4 in person training with your director.
Director to start a third location in Sioux Falls or surrounding and Challenge A director for Sioux Falls.
Must: Enjoy administrative leadership, have a biblical world view and a testimony of faith. Have home schooled for at least a year and a desire to home school through high school. Have all your children enrolled in all appropriate CC programs.
Preferred: Experienced home school family.
Training: 18 hours over 3 days in town at parent practicum and an additional 9 hours in another town (Rapid, Omaha, Rochester, Des Moines, St. Cloud). 9 hours in person training with Support Representative and various live and recorded webinars.
Downstairs bathroom cleaning schedule
Week 17 - Regan and Keegan
Week 18 - Merritt and Henry
Week 19 - Lauren and Braxtin C.
Orchestra Unit leaders needed!!
Foundations to Challenge
Many educational programs are built from the bottom up. In other words, classical, Christian schools start with kindergarten and build a grade at a time. Classical Conversations was built from the top down. When her oldest son turned twelve, Leigh Bortins realized that he needed to discuss literature, make presentations, debate history, and complete science labs with his peers. She gathered a group of students in her home, and the Challenge program was born. After a number of years, she realized that she and her friends could have prepared them their children for these experiences better int he younger grades, and so the Foundations program was born. In other words, we started with the end in mind: everything you are learning right now with your kids has a purpose for later studies.
Info Meetings and Window into Challenge
Info Meeting - February 4th 6:30-8:30 pm at East side Panera
Info Meeting - February 6th 9:30-11:30 am at West Center Baptist in Madison
Info Meeting - February 9th 6:30 - 8:30 pm Scooter's in Brandon
Please pass this on to anyone who is interested!
Essentials Week 16
- Review Chart E, F, N
- Weekly Sentences with Analytical Task Sheet (For more help, see EEL p. 49-61)
- Weekly Editing Exercise, Capitalization and Punctuation Rule 16 (p. 457), Spelling Rule 16 (p. 463), Homophones 16 (p. 485)
- Optional: Spelling List 16, p. 473
The following is the same information Mrs. Rashid posted on the Essential Support page in case you did not see it:
Task 5 example
Declarative: God called the light day.
Interrogative: God called the light day? Change end mark
Who called the light day? Add an interrogative pronoun
Did God call the light day? Add a helping verb
Exclamatory: God called the light day!!!!
Imperative: Call the light day.
Simple: God called the light day. (Independent sentence)
Compound: God called the light day and the darkness he called night.
“and” is a FANBOY
Complex: God, who is awesome, called the light day.
“who” relative PN starts an adj. clause
God called the light day because he was tired of the void.
“because” is a subordinate conjunction www.asia.wub, therefore an adverbial clause
*NOTICE: I underlined the Independent sentence “God called the light day.”, and I just added more to it.
We have not studied the Compound-Complex sentence yet.
Rewrite with modifiers.
God boldly called the light day.
God called the magnificent light day.
Load Grammar: An OCN follows the DO and renames what the DO has become as a result of the action of the verb.
· A complement is part of the sentence that completes the thought begun by the subject and the verb.
· DO & IO are examples of complements also. The OCN just takes it a step further. LOOK AT CHART E Just another role of a noun! Look at PN chart
Things to know about OCN:
· This is not a common pattern.
· You’ll never see an IO in the same sentence as an OCN
· OCN is a Noun
· To find an OCN, say the DO and ask Who? Or What? Then verify the noun.
· Limited number of verbs that can be paired with the OCN
Some but not all include:
make, call, judge, choose, elect, nominate, name, paint.
Verbs that perceive, judge, or indicate change will work with this pattern.
The OCN is added to rename the DO
1. The class elected Napoleon president.
Napoleon = president
“president” is needed to complete the sentence. It’s complementing the DO “Napoleon”
The class elected Napoleon………???? What. There needs to be more. “president” is needed to complete the thought.
2. Jesus calls himself Master.
Jesus calls himself………. It doesn’t make sense. More is needed. The OCN “Master” helps complete the thought.
Unit 7: Creative Writing
"If I Lived in Ancient Times" Lesson 26
Review the model for a two- or three- paragraph report or essay using the SRN. This two-paragraph essay will follow the same structure with on body paragraph omitted. Paragraphs must follow the topic sentence-clincher rule. In addition, the first paragraph should begin with an introductory sentence that tells the subject of the entire report. The last paragraph should end with a final clincher that reflects the introductory sentence.
Complete the essay on what you would miss if you lived in ancient times by using page 210 to make a key word outline. Ask plenty of questions to get ideas. Follow the checklist on page 211. Remember a introductory sentence and final clincher.
NO NEW VOCABULARY WORDS IN SECOND SEMESTER! If you haven't learned all the others just review. Study for Final Vocabulary Quiz.
Use 2-3 key words in the clincher that reflect back to the topic sentence.
Underline the dress-ups
put decorations in italics
Write a #2, #3, #5, #6 next to the opener in the margin