Classical Conversations Week 13
To Know GOD and Make HIM Known
Foundations to Challenge
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.
Parents Night Out
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.
Wet shoes and Winter Gear
Missed the parent meeting on January 4th? Check your family folder for the notes from the meeting.
Pocket Change Donation Party
Enrollment for 2016/17
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)
Downstairs bathroom cleaning schedule
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
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.
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Our great artist this week is Giotto. Giotto made many of his paints by grinding minerals, clay, berries, or insects into a fine powder and mixing the pigment with egg yolk and water.
Classical, Christian Education
--David Hicks, The Mind is a Fire
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
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
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.
- 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
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
Usually begins with a relative PN CHART F
Most common who-which
Relative PN relates back to the N or PN in the subject. Look at them as twins.
Must act like an adjective and answer the adjective ?
Chart L What kind? How many? Which? Whose?
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.
- 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."
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)
NO NEW VOCABULARY WORDS IN SECOND SEMESTER!
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