Classical Conversations Week 18

February 23, 2016


Family Presentation: Poulin Family

Student Topic Suggestion: Memorize a poem/speech/scripture

Student Skill: Interesting Details - focused on a presentation delivered from memory

Playtime Supervisors: Niemeyer & Rowan Families

Lunch Clean-Up Crew: Isabelle Alderman & Ruth Poulin

Afternoon Clean-up Crew: Schmoll Family.

What I Didn't know about being a mom

An encouraging video for moms

Week 18 - Great Artists Project - El Greco

Week 18 concludes our Great Artists time with a study on El Greco. Our project will not involve paint, nor will it be a messy project (outside of the use of glue). We will be elongating a picture, to mimic El Greco's unique style of art. As we finish up our Great Artists time for Cycle 1, I want to thank each of you so much for your overwhelming willingness to help with preparatory and clean-up work each week. It has made my morning so much easier to manage, knowing I have so many helping hands that are willing to help wash paintbrushes, clean off tables, put away chairs, and help little hands as they work on their creations. We will move into our Famous Composers strand on week 19, and begin our study on the Orchestra.

Challenge Programs for 2016-2017

There are some new plans in place for our Challenge programs for the 2016-2017 school year. Tami Olson will be leading our Challenge I class, Rebecca Klein will be leading our Challenge B class, and Melanie Biermeier (the current Challenge A director on Wednesdays) will be leading our Challenge A class on Tuesdays for next year. At this time, the plan is for all Challenge classes to meet on Tuesday next year. With this change, we are anticipating several new families joining our group for next year, with Challenge students and younger siblings. Some of these will be families new to CC, and some will be transferring from the Wednesday group.

Registration Closing and Visiting Families

With the addition of the Wednesday Challenge A group to our Tuesday group next year, we have reached the end of our space availability in classes for Foundations. At this time, I will be closing registration on Tuesdays for any family that has not already registered and does not have an older sibling that is part of Challenge. I will place all interested parties on a waiting list. This does not mean that you can't still enroll in CC on Tuesdays, there is still a possibility that there could be space available, but I won't know that for another week or two as all of the Wednesday families finish their transfers over and I lay out the classes accordingly. If you had planned to enroll in CC for next year with our group, please do let me know so I can take that into account as I proceed with planning classes, and put you at the top of our waiting list. And there is still space in several of the other Rochester CC groups for Foundations and Essentials; I can put you in touch with one of those directors, if that would be of benefit to you.

We might possibly have visiting families with us these next few weeks. Would you each help make those new visitors feel welcome and at home in our group? Answer any questions they might have, engage them in conversation, help them feel as if their time with us was enjoyable. And if you have friends who are interested in CC, even though we are only able to accept registrations on a waiting list right now, we are still more than open to having them visit and observe CC in action

Window into Challenge - February 20th

I had a wonderful time at our Window into Challenge this past Saturday. I was encouraged not only in my decision to pursue a classical education for my children and but also in my decision to homeschool my children. I also walked away with a renewed vision for where my children are heading with the Classical Conversations programs, especially next year as my oldest daughter Bethany begins Challenge A. As someone who thoroughly enjoys learning and furthering my own education, I am excited and eager to see what this next year will bring for our family. Each year we are in CC, I learn and retain more and more content - I slightly surprised myself by randomly singing a song about Napoleon during our Window into Challenge event, a history song from Cycle 2 that I memorized two years ago and haven't thought about once since then, but was still tucked securely in my brain. I asked my children later that day to tell me what they know about Napoleon, and Bethany instantly whipped out both that same history song and the little snippet in our timeline. Megan prefers to sing about the Hundred Years War and Black Death.

Classical Christian Education

“Education is not merely an intellectual affair, no matter how intellect-centered it must be, because human beings are not merely minds. As creatures made in God’s image, we are composite beings—unions of soul and body. A full curriculum must cultivate the good of the whole person, soul and body.” —Kevin Clark & Ravi Scott Jain, The Liberal Arts Tradition

Foundations to Challenge

Foundations to Challenge Week 17:

Foundations students learn the formula for the area of a square in Week 17. Challenge B students spend ten weeks researching scientists and mathematicians and their contributions to modern science and humanity. Archimedes, Copernicus, Kepler, Newton, and Einstein are just some of the brilliant mathematicians researched.

Advanced levels of mathematics require that the student progress to the dialectic and rhetoric stages of thinking about math. Memorizing basic facts and formulas at the grammar stage frees the student to focus on the complex reasoning required at the dialectic and rhetoric stages for solving intricate equations and composing elegant proofs.

Foundations to Challenge Week 18:

Geography: Gulf of Mexico, Yucatan Peninsula, Olmec Civilization, Maya Civilization, Aztec Civilization In Week 18, Foundations students examine the geography of the early Americas, not only geographic features and locations but also the areas that were settled by some of its first inhabitants.

These early civilizations are studied in more depth in Challenge IV as students study man’s universal awe of mountains, both natural and man-made imitations.