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Broken Arrow Week 4 Recap

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"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" Galatians 5:13-14

Have you thought about what Freedom means? What is education? How do they relate? Scripture confirms that the definition of true freedom is not the right to do what we want, but to do what we ought. We have the freedom to go into debt, but should we? We have the freedom to eat whatever we like but should we? If freedom is doing what we ought, then education is learning to love what one ought. If you agree that doing as we ought leads to freedom, then how are you going to pass along these ideas and the love of making the wise choice to your children? As your child approaches the dialectic stage, they begin to compare ideas-thus questioning begins at this stage. Are you prepared to wrestle with these ideas with your children and help them to understand, in a safe environment, that:

  • Some ideas are superior to others
  • Some ideas are foundational
  • Some ideas are unrelated
  • Some ideas seem opposed (They can contradict. They can compliment)
  • Some ideas clash

In Classical Conversations, it is our goal to model and encourage you and your children to wrestle with ideas in safe environment to learn not only what we as Christ followers ought to do, but also to learn to love what we ought to do.

This week at home for Foundations you should be reviewing week 1-4 New Grammar with your children. Talk to your tutors and other parents to see what they do at home.

If you would like to know more about England's Magna Carta you can read Timeline card #79 and Story of the World Vol 2 Ch 19 pgs 177-185

If you would like a suggestion on to schedule your day please read pages 31-37 in your Foundations Guide. There are lots of schedules out there. You may need to try several that work for you.

For Essentials parents, take time to go through your Student Resource Manual. The suggestions will help you and your students as you are writing. There are good examples of "ly" words, five sense words, and banned words.

For Week 4

Family Presentations - The Wadsworth Family

Playground Duty - Phillips/Ward

Suggested Oral Presentations: (remember you can always choose what you want your child to present, this is just a suggestion)

ABC/Apprentices: Learn a few interesting facts about one of the places from our Geography Memory work.


Exposition: Learn a few interesting facts about one of the places from our Geography Memory work. You can use maps or illustrations.

Skill to practice: Articulation: Speak clearly so your audience can hear you.

Campus/Facility Reminders

  • Parents, thank you for watching your children in the mornings before morning assembly. Please make sure they are within your sight if they are not helping a tutor or myself set up for morning assembly. Don't let them run the halls. Challenge starts at 8:30 If they need something structured to do we have maps available to trace at the tables in the gym.
  • If you are sick or a child is sick one week, you may have a relative to bring your other child if you sign a parent waiver stating that "x" is held responsible for your child that day. They are assuming risk for your child and held responsible. I must have this in writing for the child to stay I have a form that I will email.
  • If you are going to be out and it's your week for playground duty, please find someone to take your place and then notify the director. We need two adults outside every week.
  • Please remind your children not to play in the classrooms or bathrooms or run in the hallway. Lights need to be on and doors need to be open.
  • Remind your children that they should only be entering and existing the set of doors closest to the playground during recess time (not the ones by the supply room). This is for safety reasons. It is easier to keep track of everyone if we utilize one set of doors.
  • If you are not able to fulfill your family cleaning duty one week due to an absence please ask someone else to cover for you. Many hands make light work.
  • Have your children join you in the "family" jobs. We are modeling for them how to take care of other's property. Even younger ones can stack their chair and throw away their trash after lunch.
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Prayer Requests

  • Kathy's father-in-law has cancer. His spirits have been down (which is not like him). Pray for strength as he is going through treatment. Pray for his family to be strength for him.
  • Aleecia's friend's baby is in the arms of Jesus. We do not know mom's relationship with the Lord. Pray for this sweet mama. Pray for the Love of God to overshadow her.
  • A CC family in Louisiana needs prayer. Their two year old girl was found in a pool this past week. Abbey is on life support. Presently her lungs are improving. Continue to pray that her lungs would remain infection free and that her brain would have no damage. (BABY passed away last week, lift up this family to the Lord. They have a newborn and three other children living).
  • Kim and Lawrence Lee are adopting a baby. Baby should make his entrance into the world this weekend. Kim and Lawrence will get to be in the delivery room.
  • The Kueck family as they continue to adjust to life with having a sweet newborn.
  • Pray for strength for the Burritt family as Jeff continues to search for a job and grow his digital marketing business. They need an extra measure of strength right now.
  • Pray that God would give each mom and dad strength in our community as we are raising disciples for Christ.
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Community Announcements:

Lunch Fundraiser: September 28th

Our first campus fundraiser to raise money for our campus is September 28th. We are hosting a fundraising lunch at lunch time. We will serve hotdogs, chips, and maybe a cookie. The suggested donation amount per person is $2. The funds raised will go towards extras for our campus (pizza party, year books, year end party). Our families enjoyed these lunches once a quarter last year so they didn't have to pack a lunch. Please see Aleecia Hibbets, Kathy Ward or Julius Patton if you have questions.
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Sweet Daddy Popcorn Fundraiser

If you are participating in the Sweet Daddy Popcorn fundraiser orders and money are due October 1st. If you have questions please contact Julius or Kimberly Patton. This fundraiser is different from our community fundraisers. This money is for your own homeschool efforts.

Upcoming Field Trips

Charissa Petit and Katie Schauf are our field trip coordinators. If you have ideas of field trips that you would like to take please speak to them.

The first field trip coming up is to OK Wildlife on September 23rd. If you are interested in going please let Charissa know. This is in Guthrie, OK. The plan is to arrive around 12:00 pm.

There is a field trip planned for October 4th for Oklahoma's largest classroom. You will need to register your family online. We will send out details in an email.

Charissa is also planning a trip to the Jenks Planetarium on October 14th. Cost is $5 per person (Checking to see if teachers are free). We need to pay Charissa in advance.

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Volunteer Roles

We have a spot open on our yearbook committee! We need at least one more person to help Katie Schauff on this committee. If you are interested please let me know.

We also have a spot open on our hospitality committee: The hospitality committee organizes meals for those families who have extended illness, new baby or other extenuating circumstances with family. The hospitality committee also helps organizes community potluck lunch for Thanksgiving and Year end.

Here is the sign up sheet:

Biome Showcase (September 21st)

I thought it would be fun to add a little something extra to our community this year. Please note that this is optional and NOT something you have to participate in at all. Remember you are the teacher and you get to decide what you are going to do. For those of you that want to add something extra to your homeschool and have your kids explore the weekly science work we are learning, I thought it would be fun to have a Biome Showcase.

On Week 5 (September 21st), The kids can bring in a representation of any biome from week 1's grammar. This could be a diorama, or a model. It needs to include which biome it represents, plus an example of a carnivore, herbivore, and omnivore, and a producer, consumer, and decomposer which is native to it's environment. These all need to be labeled. These are the only guidelines. Your kids can be as creative as they want. This is not a contest per say but more of a showcase where the kids can do something fun. While showing off their work and seeing their peers work also. We can have a table that showcases these.

Week 4 and Beyond

Foundations to Challenge

Today our students memorized the basic facts surrounding the adoption of the Magna Carta in England. This document became the foundation of the rights of the English people, which were more formally granted in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. The understanding of these God-given rights as first articulated in the Magna Carta then inspired the Founding Fathers to write the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Students will return to these ideas about freedom in Challenge 1 as they read original American documents and American literature, and in Challenge 3 as they study philosophy and US History.
This week your children created pieces of Abstract Art. I encourage you to try to recreate what they did in class. Do it with them! This can be a fun time. Half Hundred Acres in the Woods has some fun ideas for the six weeks of Art we are studying if you would like to do some things at home.

Mrs. Maier's class did something really fun for their Abstract Art. I thought I would share the link with you.

Online Extras

Week 3 Timeline Hand motions to help you at home.

13 minute cartoon on The Magna Carta (Parents please view before you show your kids. I haven't watched it in it's entirety yet).

A History explanation on how and why we do History in Classical Conversations. (8 min)

Carbon Dioxide Cycle, Oxygen Cycle, Water cycle (Parents please view before you show your kids. I haven't them in their entirety yet.)

Classical Conversations Timeline Motions Week 4

History at Home:

Watch a five minute clip from CC on how we do memory work in the classroom and how to do it at home. CC explains the reasoning behind what you see in class. This is helpful to watch to explain to family members. Go to Go to Foundations Learning Center. Click on Foundations Overview, Foundations At Home and finally Foundations History at home.
The Story of Magna Carta
Nitrogen Cycle ,Nitrogen Fixation - Explanation in animation
The Carbon Cycle,Carbon Dioxide -Cycle ( CO2 )
The water cycle