Classical Conversations Week 13

To Know GOD and Make HIM Known

Foundations to Challenge

"Within the framework of a biblical worldview, Classical Conversations teaches parents the classical model: the tools for learning any subject." Classical Conversation 2010 Catalog, p. 2

The classical model of education is based on the Trivium (Latin for "three roads"), which divides learning into three stages:

  • Grammar: basic facts, vocabulary, and rules
  • Dialectic: assimilating facts, reasoning, analysis, processing new concepts
  • Rhetoric: presenting articulately, persuasively and logically to influence others (that we may make Him known!)

Reminder: Grammar corresponds to Foundations; dialectic to Essentials and Challenge A & B; rhetoric to Challenge I-IV. Note that there are aspects of the dialectic and rhetoric in Foundations (scientific experiments & presentations, for example), and also new grammar in Challenge. It is a continual process. As we use the classical tools of learning well, we also uncover how each subject has been designed by God, relates to other subjects, and points us back to Him. Thus, studying becomes not a dry academic exercise but a treasure hunt that leads us to knowledge of God. Our natural responses are to pour forth praise or to pour forth acts of service.


"And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord." --Psalm 40:3 (AKJV)

Parents Night Out

Join us for a parents night out at MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub on Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 pm.
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Presentation Schedule

Week 14 Tell us about a Biblical hero of faith or missionary. Where did they live? What did they do? What did they do? Why are they a hero?

Week 15 Pick a timeline card and expound on it.

Week 16 Tell us about your favorite hobby, sport or activity.

  • Remember these topics are only suggestions. Your child is free to do their presentation on any topic they are interested in.
Classical Chats #6: How Do I Inspire the Fire?

Wet shoes and Winter Gear

Help keep the church clean by keeping wet/muddy shoes and winter gear on the towels or sheets in the entryway.

Missed the parent meeting on January 4th? Check your family folder for the notes from the meeting.

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Pocket Change Donation Party

We will continue towards working to our goal of an extra $500 of donations for the church. Please continue bringing in your pocket change. When we get to our goal we will have a party during review time and pj day, cookies and hot chocolate!

Enrollment for 2016/17

Returning families enrollment opens on February 29. New families enrollment opens on March 14. Registration forms are already up on the CC website. Here is a break down of what fees are due when if you would like to plan ahead for next year:

Registration fees - due with registration forms ($85.00 for 1st child, $55 for each additional child per program)

Supply fee - due June 20th ($50.00 Foundations, $20.00 Essentials)

Full Tuition - due July 20th ($335.00)

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Downstairs bathroom cleaning schedule

The older Foundations/Essentials kids will be on a rotating schedule to help clean the boys and girls bathrooms downstairs. They will need to empty the garbage, wipe down the sinks, check to see if toilets are flushed and pick up any paper towels etc. from the floor.

Week 13 - Chloe and Lauren

Week 14 - Merritt and Henry

Week 15 - Regan and Braxton V

Week 16 - Rebekah and Braxtin C

Week 17 - Lauren and Keegan

Great Artist

This quarter's art we will be learning about a great artist each week and experimenting with one of their techniques.

Because we only have 30 minutes devoted to the art segment, the kiddos may not be able to spend as much time as they would like on these projects. This is great opportunity to expand on this at home.

Classical, Christian Education

"[Classical, Christian education] is a journey we are all on, and there are reasons to be glad you will be making this journey with your children and not ahead of them. This sort of education is a process of discovery, a discovery of the self and of all things visible and invisible. The resources for that discovery are all around us, not just in great books, although these are the touchstones for an education of discovery by showing how the best minds have made these discoveries for themselves and shared them with us."

--David Hicks, The Mind is a Fire

Recruitment season

CC recruitment season is upon us! There are several opportunities for you to help out.

Host an Info meeting

Host a Window into Challenge

Invite and share these events with EVERYONE!

Have an extra catalog on hand and pass along to anyone who expresses interest.

Consider directing in or around Sioux Falls

Consider tutoring

Help at the SECHE conference booth

Help at CC practicum

Please let me know if you are interested in serving in any of these areas.

Info Meeting in Parker

Leslie Keierleber (Parker/Marion F/E Director) will be having an info meeting in Parker at First Baptist Parker at 10:00 am on January 15. Please pass this along to anyone west of Sioux Falls.
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Essentials Week 13


Here are just some reminders from class. Looks like the next couple of weeks will be loading lots of grammar so just bear with it. Remind your kids if they don't get it the first time not to worry because they will be hearing it again and again.

With that said please try to be seated at 1 so I can start promptly at 1. We didn't actually start class until 1:10 and that was part of the reason of going into math. There is a lot of new information in the next lessons and a lot to learn on how to diagram too. So if we can get started right at 1 than we'll have more time for diagraming in class together.

Thanks for helping in class. I appreciate it a lot. I'm not sure if we'll be in the same room or not. Might scope out another room so it's easier set up and take down.

I was watching a Pudewa Pow-Wow webinar on the CC Portal and Andrew had some good things...doh! banned adjective..let's try again.

Andrew had some awesome things to say that are worth repeating.

He was talking with a friend and asking "How to build that 2nd nature and intuitive knowledge in our children/students?"

By using very specific guided repetition, then the process becomes second nature and you don't have to teach it anymore. It becomes a part of them without thinking. It's in their skill set and they don't realize it in their writings. It will become a habit.

He also mentioned that it's not so much the product that matters as much as the process and experience and success.

I have been helping my son in Challenge A writing Essays, which is something new for both of us. I practically had to write this last essay for him showing new techniques of parallelism and division. Afterwards I thought if maybe I helped too much. But I was giving him very specific guidance. He has to see how it's done before he can model it himself. So I felt confident afterwards that, no, as a matter of fact, I can't help too much if this is a new concept for him.

It is the same with our children in Essentials. We can't help them too much. It is the very specific guided repetition that will build into them a 2nd nature and intuitive knowledge about grammar and writing.

Enjoy helping your children this week and hopefully next weeks lesson will make more sense.



EEL Homework:

  • Chart M + Review charts that your child has not mastered.
  • Weekly Sentences (p. 434) with Analytical Task Sheet, (Practice sentences begin on p. 211 EEL). For more help, see *EEL p. 49-61
  • Weekly Editing Exercise p. 209, Capitalization and Punctuation Rule 13 (p. 457), Spelling Rule 13 (p. 463), Homophones 13 (p. 485)
  • Optional: Spelling List 13, p. 473

EEL Reminders

Focus on the relative pronouns on Chart F, they will help you identify Adjectival clauses.

Focus on the WWW.ASIA.WUB on Chart H, they will help you identify Adverbial clauses.

Adjectival clause: subordinate- dependent

  1. Usually begins with a relative PN CHART F

  2. Most common who-which

  3. Relative PN relates back to the N or PN in the subject. Look at them as twins.

  4. Must act like an adjective and answer the adjective ?

    Chart L What kind? How many? Which? Whose?

Adverbial clause

1.)Must have own S and V

2.) doesn’t make sense without an independent clause

3.)Connected to independent sentences with conjunctions WWW.ASIA.WUB

CHART H when while where….as since if although…wheras unless because

The PN acts like the S in the clause, the clause also has a verb

EVERY clause will have it’s own sentence pattern.

To diagram

  • 1st determine if it’s adj or adverb clause.
  • If it modifies the verb the entire subordinate clause goes below a dotted line that begins under the verb.
  • If it is an adjectival clause, it is diagrammed below a dotted line under the word the clause modifies.

*The IO does not receive the action of the verb

*An IO always comes before the DO

*“A sentence will not have an IO without a DO."

IEW Homework:

UNIT VI: Fused Outlines

Level A Homework: “Gladiators” (Lesson 21) – Take notes from both source paragraphs. Organize the information from both KWOs into one fused outline. Write a one paragraph paper using the fused outline.

STYLISTIC TECHNIQUES: Use stylistic techniques mastered in weeks 1-12

HELPS: *TWSS p. 183-188 (DVD 6)


IEW Reminders

Use 2-3 key words in the clincher that reflect back to the topic sentence.

Underline the dress-ups

put decorations in italics

Write a #2, #3 next to the opener in the margin

Brainstorm activity on p. 187

Use the checklist on p.188

Look for fractions in your every day life. Tell or show us what you found next week!

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