Director's Details - Fall Break

Classical Conversations of Burien

“Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.” Psalm 33:1-5 (ESV)

I hope you are planning to offer yourself and your family a bit of a breather on this week break from CC. I know it's easy to want to plow ahead and keep working at full speed, since we are still at the beginning of the year. However, it is worth it to take even a short rest or a few days of a reduced schedule. If we want to avoid burn out, we need to remember this home educating journey is a marathon not a sprint. Pace yourself! It's not about the checklist. It's about the relationship! Take some time to enjoy the fall weather and your family.

It's also a good idea to evaluate your first 6 weeks and consider what went well and in which areas you may need to change things up. I know I will be doing this! We had a great start to the year but I want us to continue to move forward with strength. There are some scheduling things I plan to tweak and a few areas I'd like to focus more on in the coming 6 weeks.

I'm also beginning to contemplate the holidays and how I will plan for some different learning experiences during that time. Inevitably, our normal schedule is affected by the holiday excitement so this year I hope to have a flexible plan that will allow us to enjoy the holidays instead of stressing that we aren't accomplishing our checklist.

Also, you have two weeks to focus on memory work. In the midst of your rest, consider taking a few days to review the past 6 weeks memory work. Play a game. Listen to the audio while building begin Legos or drawing a picture. Get outside and incorporate some physical activity while chanting some memory work. Changing up your normal routine may make a review time more novel and memorable.

I look forward to seeing you on October 22nd, picture ready and tin whistles in hand!

Many Blessings,


Week 7 - October 22

Family Presentation: Christie Family

Childcare: Sara Rehberg

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Childcare Help!!

We still have six unclaimed spots for nursery coverage. Please check out the sign up and volunteer to play with our future CCers one morning this year.

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Foundations to Challenge Connection

In Foundations on week 7, your children will begin the study of basic musical notation and apply it to play the tin whistle. They will encounter this study again in Challenge I as they take music theory for a semester and see the connections between music theory and math.

Here are some selections from Caleb Skogen’s article, “Music Notation: Creating a Passion for Music”:

“I am saying that we as a culture, even within Christian culture, are becoming more and more disassociated with music notation and this is slowly informing the next generation of artists and leaders that music notation can be separated from music education or at least be deemed not important.”

“One of the keys to music education is music notation. The ability to read music will only further one’s desire to pursue his or her musical ability within singing or playing an instrument.”

“Artists today, in general, are far more likely to understand editing or mixing software than they are able to sight-read a piece of music. It seems that music notation is becoming more and more irrelevant in today’s pop culture and consequentially, this has made music notation more important than ever.”

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Mid-Year Review/Christmas PJ Party

Our last "official" week of CC before Christmas is December 3. However, I have reserved the church for the morning of December 10 for a Mid-Year Memory Master Review and PJ Party Brunch. I am looking for a team of party and game planners to help me organize this event. This is two parts:

1. Organizing a sign up for a potluck brunch and

2. Planning and implementing review games for the community. We will review the first 12 weeks of the memory work. We'll plan for 7 stations - 1 for each area of memory work. The classes will move through the stations, playing the games at each one. They will receive some kind of passport and get stamps for each station. This is meant to be a low stress/grace filled opportunity to review our memory work. For those who may be planning to attempt Memory Master, we may plan for a more challenging review.

Please let me know if you would like to participate in the planning of this fun event!

Memory Master

Following with the news of our mid-year review, I will be hosting a Memory Master meeting in early November. This will be an opportunity to hear an overview of the process, receive information specific to cycle 1 proofing, and ask any questions you may have. More details to come!