Classical Conversations Week 22

March 22, 2016


Family Presentation: Klein Family

Student Topic Suggestion: Artist/Composer from Cycle 1 Time Period

Student Skill: Strong Conclusion

Playtime Supervisors: Lawrence & Fulton Families

Lunch Clean-Up Crew: Dougan Family

Afternoon Clean-up Crew: Poulin Family

Changes for recess time

As the weather has warmed up a bit and the snow has begun to melt, I though it would be helpful if we encouraged many of our students to head outside for recess. Please bring appropriate winter outerwear, and I'll ask for one mom to assist with outside recess each week as long as this nice weather holds. Students can bring things to play outside with on the parking lot. We do need to avoid tracking mud into the church, so please ask your students to check the bottoms of their shoes after playing outside. If the weather is iffy, students can go outside with their parent's permission, but they do need to be supervised. If the recess leaders are helping watch most of the students inside, parents might need to venture outdoors with their children, if they do decide to go out.

Week 22 - Famous Composers - Mozart

Our final six weeks of fine arts will focus on Famous Composers and the Orchestra. We will spend time learning about three famous composes from the Baroque and Classical time periods in history: Handel, Bach and Mozart. We will listen to some of their works, study instruments in the orchestra, and practice singing our Orchestra Song together.
Classical Chats #4: Why Do We Assess to Bless?
Classical Chats #5: "But my student is ahead (or behind) in that!"

Year end program

We have tentatively scheduled our year-end program for Tuesday, April 19th, pending approval from Emmanuel Church. We will plan to begin around 7 pm. Please feel free to invite friends and family to this event. Our last day of class should be April 5th, assuming we have no more snow days.

memory master

Our first week of Memory Master proofing will soon be here. The first parent proof should be completed by March 29th, with the second adult proof being completed by April 5th. If your child will be proofing for Memory Master this year, please let me know by March 22nd so I can order tshirts accordingly. Memory Master testing will be on April 12th for the tutor and director proof. You can also make arrangements with your tutor to proof separately at an earlier date, if their schedules allow for this.

2016-2017 Supply Fee & Tuition Payment Schedule

Just a quick note about the due dates for supply fees and tuition for next school year. Supply fees are due by May 1st and are as follows: $50 per Foundations student and $20 per Essentials student. Tuition is due by July 20th and is $335 per student in Foundations and $335 per student in Essentials. You are welcome to pay any of the fees before their due date, and you are also welcome to send payments to me throughout the next few months, up until July 20th, at which time any remaining balance is due. If you would like a simple spreadsheet for calculating a monthly payment option, please let me know.

Classical Christian Education

“Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.” —C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Foundations to Challenge

This week in science, your students will learn about the five major circles of latitude. As a family, try drawing a simple globe with these five lines in approximately the right places. Paying attention to the placement of these lines allows older students to begin drawing the continents in their proper position on the globe. Challenge A students will practice this skill all year as they learn to draw and label the whole world.

In math next week, we will teach students to chant the commutative law for addition and multiplication. Don’t worry if they don’t understand this right now. Later, as they enter the dialectic stage of math in Challenge A and Challenge B, they will begin to apply the commutative law to numbers and then to equations. This memory work ensures that they don’t have to memorize the laws at the same time they are being asked to apply them. If you want to do a simple illustration with your students, show them that you can add two red crayons to two blue crayons or two blue crayons to two red. Either way, you have four crayons—the commutative law in action!

Have you registered for our Practicum yet? This year, we will work together to uncover more gems for the classical model. Then, each morning, we will delve into exciting and creative ways to study history, geography, and debate together. Be sure to visit the CC Event calendar to register.