Classical Conversations

Broken Arrow, OK Trinity Lutheran Campus

For Week 16

What a fun day we had yesterday! We painted Michelangelo Frescos, learned about the flow of magma, and made new friends. We had eight families attend our Open House. Our kids did a fantastic job of making them feel welcomed! Thank you for all of our tutors hard work and handling the extra guests.

For art this week we will be learning about Duer and making prints using paint. Bring an old T-shirt.

Homeschooling Through High School

“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 would be like purchasing a gown, getting your hair and nails done, and rather than going to the prom, staying home and watching TV.”

—Courtney Sanford, “All Dressed Up for the Prom, but Will You Go?”

For Week 17:

Family Presentations - Ward Family

Playground Duty - Hibbetts/Maier (If the Temps are below 40 please plan an indoor activity).

Suggested Oral Presentations: I am really excited about presentations this week!

ABC/Apprentices: Show and tell: Missionary

Show and tell about a missionary or someone from church history. Show a picture of a missionary and tell what he/she did.

Journeymen/Masters: Choose a missionary or someone from church history and

share how they impacted the world for Christ.

Skill: Practice Articulation

Speak clearly so that your audience can understand you.

Memory Review: We will review week #16 and cumulative Science/Timeline weeks 10-16.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)

Prayer Requests and Praise Reports

Pray for the Wilson and Somerville families who were out sick this week.

Community Announcements:

Lunch Clean up

It takes a village to make this campus run successfully and each of you do a wonderful job with sharing your gifts and talents as well as cleaning up. I know that yesterday was a hectic day. There were some shifts with playground duty and moms that were on lunchroom clean-up duty were absent. Therefore, this left Mrs. Stephens cleaning the lunchroom by herself. If you see that there is only one person cleaning the lunchroom please offer to help. It truly does make the work go so much faster. If you are scheduled to clean the lunch room and will be absent please ask another mom to fill in for you.

Mom's Night Out

Thursday, Jan. 28th, 7-9pm

4626 South 173rd East Avenue

Tulsa, OK

I have asked Christa Bartlett, Challenge Director at South Tulsa Campus to come speak to us. Christa is a homeschool mom of nearly 10 years. She is homeschooling her three boys who are in Foundations/Essentials and one in Challenge. I asked her to speak because she has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to homeschooling and she knows where we are headed. She has also had her ups and downs. I will let her share her story but know that she has had some significant challenges. Yet, she knows that her and her husband are called to homeschool. I hope this is an encouraging evening for you. Feel free to bring your questions about CC and/or homeschooling in general. This is a time for you to relax and be real about where you are in your homeschool journey.

We will meet at from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at my house. Feel free to bring your favorite appetizer or dessert.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Open Houses and Informational Meetings

The second semester is upon us and that means it is time for Open Houses and Informational Meetings. What better time to invite your friends to come and see what you have been talking about.

Our next Open House is Tuesday, February 16th from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.

We will have an Information Meeting from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. I highly encourage visitors to stay for the Information Meeting so they can understand the "why" behind what they observe that morning. If they just attend the Open House and do not go to an Information Meeting then they may not understand the philosophy of Classical Education and Classical Conversations. So if you invite friends and family to attend an Open House please stay with them for the Informational Meeting. They are more likely to stay if you do! Also let them know they can bring lunch and eat with us that day.

Children are welcome at the Open House! I will have enough art and science supplies ready. If you have friends that are planning to attend the Open House please let me know how many children to prepare for. I don't want to run out of Art Supplies for them.

Additional Meetings:

Info Meeting - Feb 13th Starbucks 145th and 71st 9:00 to 11:00 AM

Info Meeting - Feb 27th Panera Bread Broken Arrow 9:00 to 11:00 AM


Tulsa GeoScience Center

Friday, Jan. 29th, 9-11am

610 South Main Street

Tulsa, OK

$3.00 per person. Contact Mrs. Robinson if you have questions.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Valentines Party

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 12pm

5750 South Elm Place

Broken Arrow, OK

Stay tuned for more info!

Week 16 Recap

Today we learned about Michelangelo.

Here is a step by step process you can do at home. We did not have time to use glue but I think it would be neat to go through the entire process. You can use Elmer's glue.


Since our kids are learning about volcanoes I found a cool one to try.

How some content we learned this week will be further explored in Essentials and Challenge.

Week 16 Lesson Plans

Our tutors have uploaded their weekly lessons plans to a google doc to assist you at home. One or two things may be different but most of the information should be the same that was presented in class. I hope you find this helpful.

Online Extras

Sneak Peek on what you and your child will be learning in Essentials.
IEW Teaching Writing Structure & Style Institute for Excellence in Writing
Classical Conversations Timeline Motions Week 16