Classical Conversations Week 9

To Know GOD and Make HIM Known

Foundations to Challenge

This week, your Foundations kids will finish the memorization of the times table up to 15 x 15. As home educators work to reclaim education, we have created many resources for reclaiming literacy and teaching kids how to read. We need to be conscious of numeracy as well, teaching kids how to understand numbers. Their repetition of these concrete math facts prepares them for the dialectic stage of math. In Challenge A and B, they will begin to understand the laws that govern math and to tackle abstract concepts like algebra. If they don't have their math facts down, it makes algebra a longer process because they will have to struggle with the multiplication or arithmetic as well as with solving the equations. They will be dealing with two steps instead of one.

Start developing a math sense in your home by talking about math and by playing math games with your family. For ideas to get started, check out the math games on the Classical Conversations YouTube channel.

Rules for Board Slam

1. If more than one “1” is rolled the student is allowed an automatic re-roll.

2. Exponents may be any number; you aren’t limited to using only the rolled numbers as your exponents.

3. Only one exponent can be applied to each number, and exponents cannot be applied to a combination of numbers.


"Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighted the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?"

Isaiah 40:12 (KJV)


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Student Interview: What is Foundations?

"Galileo said, 'The universe...stands continually open to our gaze, but it cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and interpret the characters in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures, without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it; without these, one is wandering about in a dark labyrinth."

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Lunch clean up and Recess

The following families are on lunch clean-up:

Van Raalte






The following families are on recess duty:








Falls Fuel Full Service Gas & Oil Exhibit Opening November 19th at the Old Courthouse Museum

Tin Whistle practice

Check out the fine arts section of your Foundations Guide for some songs and scales.


Here are the hand motions for the prepositions all the tutors are using in class.

Happy Thanksgiving!

No community day next week. Have a great Thanksgiving holiday!
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Latin Cards

with picture cues to help with pronunciation

Presentation Schedule

Week 10 the suggestion is History: Tell us about an ancient civilization. Rome, Heian, Byzantine, Mayan, Olmec, Aztec..... Look through your timeline cards for ideas.

Week 11 the suggestion is a Book Report: Tell us about your favorite book. Who is the author? What type of book is it? What is it about?

Week 12 the suggestion is Tradition: Tell us about your favorite holiday tradition.

  • Remember these topics are only suggestions. Your child is free to do their presentation on any topic they are interested in.

Kids Against Hunger

Saturday, Dec. 12th, 10am

2400 South Minnesota Avenue

Sioux Falls, SD

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Essentials Week 9

EEL Homework:
  • EEL Guide "At Home" section, p. 152
  • Copy Charts, focus on: Chart C - Linking verbs, Chart D - Principal parts of verbs, Chart K - Verb Anatomy: To Be, Chart E - Point out predicate nominative
  • Commit the linking verbs to memory
  • Week 9 Sentences 1-3 Analytical tasks 1-4
  • Weekly Editing Exercises P.153
Capitalization and Punctuation Rule 9 (pg. 457) Spelling Rule 9 (pg. 463)

Homophones 9 (p. 485)

  • Optional Spelling List 9 pg. 471

Here are some sample sentences that we didn’t get to do in class and the Bible Verse references.

1.Dolphins are mammals. ( Add on a conjunction) and frogs are amphibians.

Adjectives can be added like “green frog” “Slimy amphibians” have fun with it. What I do with Henry is I have the basic sentence and then I have him think of adjectives to add.

2. “The girl is my big sister, so she is my good friend.” Feel free to leave out the conjunction or adjectives depending on where your student is.

3. I am a grandma.

“I” is labeled SP because it is a Subject Pronoun. I have not been doing that in class and realize I should have been labeling SP or SN (Subject noun) like they model in the EEL.

Bible verses:

John 10:9 “I am the door…..”

Revelations 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega.”

John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd…”

John 9:5 “I am the light of the world.”

John 6:35 “I am the bread of life.”

John 4:24 “God is spirit.”

1 John 4:16 “God is love.”

Numbers 15:41 “I am Jehovah your God …”

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world.”

Mt. 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth.”

Jn. 15:1 “I am the true vine, and my father is the gardner.” I spelt gardEner wrong on purpose to see if they could catch my spelling error because I also spelt it wrong.

Matthew 22:32 “I am the God of Abraham.”

John the Baptist was a friend of Jesus.

IEW Homework: Unit 4 Summarizing a Reference

Level A Homework: "Athens" (AHBW p. 142) One paragraph paper.

Level B Homework: "Athens" (AHBW, p. 142) one paragraph paper. Add an additional paragraph using "Sparta" (AHBW, p 148)

Other source options:

Olympia, p. 145; Artchimedes, p. 156


Quality Adjectives

  • TWSS Syllabus p. 173-174 & 177-179
  • AHBW p. 139-140
  • SRN P. 28-34
www. asia. wub


TWSS Syllabus, Unit 4

Recorded Webinar - Unit 4

I didn’t get to go into detail about the www. asia. b clause because we got a bit short on time. Please share these examples with your students and practice making your own. You can also practice in the brainstorm activities. Lesson 17 teaches this new technique. Quality adjectives are taught in Lesson 15.


Some things to know about this dress-up are, you will know if your clause is grammatically correct when you remove the clause and have 2 independent sentences.

Ex 1: I was hungry since I didn’t eat breakfast.

Since I didn’t eat breakfast, I was hungry.

I was hungry. I didn’t eat breakfast.

Ex 2: I got free samples with the kids while I was at Costco.

Does it work? Yes. I can make two different sentences. I got free samples. I was at Costco. It also can work by switching it around.

While I was at Costco, I got free samples with the kids.

Source Text is ‘Athens’ in Lesson 15

We are skipping Lessons 16-18 and starting Unit 5 in the TWSS ‘Writing from Pictures’ We will have 2 lessons on Unit 5 and after Christmas break we will start with Unit 6 ‘Research Reports’, which will be 3 lessons long.

I noticed in some of the writings that some are using only one dress-up of each for their whole paper. If the paper has 3 paragraphs, you need to have one of each dress-ups in each paragraph. Only 1 decoration of each is required in the entire paper. If you are modifying it for your child that is fine.

AHBW Schedule

Unit 5

Week 10 - Lesson 20 In the Collosseum with Lions

Past Perfect Verb Tense (19)

Question Opener (SRN)

Week 11 - Lesson 21 The Collosseum

Openers 2 & 3

Showing Emotions (as suggested in lesson 20)

Unit 6

Week 13 - Lesson 21 Gladiators

Fused Outlines

Week 14 - Lesson 22 & 23 How Rome Began and Roman Government

Open 5

Week 15 - Lesson 24 Engineering Feats or Ancient Rome

Opener 6 Bibliographies