Sunday, September 7, 2014

Classical Conversation review sheets OR copyright infringement???

Well...after almost two years of posting review sheets, Classical Conversations actually contacted me about my post last Monday.  They are concerned that I am violating copyright issues.

I'm working on refuting this, but I am going to pause posting this week.  I never meant or wanted to use the CC information incorrectly, so hope that I can continue.  I don't think what I have created has done anything other than support Classical Conversations and their customers who pay money to be a part of CC.

I will keep my personal opinions to myself. ;)

Looking at my "stats" on the blog it seems that something was on Facebook last week (which is how CC was alerted I'm guessing?)  Since I'm not on Facebook, has anyone seen something? Is there a link or post?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Cycle 3, Week 4 {History Sentence Drawing}


Here's a fun way to see how your kiddos interpret the Classical Conversations History Sentences (or any History Sentence, actually). Let them draw out the whole sentence or just a part of it.

This is Cycle 3, Week 4, but you can find the entire cycle on the Cycle 3 Resource Page.
We will sometimes find a short video on the topic for them to watch.  This way they are able to see an image relating to the sentence. 

When they are done,  I store them in their CC binders along with their other weekly work.  
These are great in class AND at home.  I use them with my 7 and 9 year olds, 11 year old optional.

Enjoy!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Cycle 3, Week 4 {Review Sheets}

 {Blank Review Sheet}

{Fill-in-the-Blank Review Sheet}

Here are my Week 4, Cycle 3 Review Sheets, both the Blank ones and the Fill-in-the-Blank ones.  The full PDF set of each of them are found on the Cycle 3 Resources page

Ways to use these...
I print a set off for each kiddo.  (Older two, do both, younger one does just the FIB.)  Day 1, they do straight copy work into a spiral.  Day 2, FIB.  Day 3, History Sentence.  Day 4, Blank.  When finished, they go into our CC binder.

I used to put them in page protectors and let the older kids go at them with a dry erase marker.  The page protectors helped me on my paper usage, since they fill them out more than once and I had multiple kids using them.  My 5th and 3rd grader would use the Fill-in-the-Blank Sheets the first couple days after CC. We listen to the CDs at least once a day, so they were usually able to fill these in with minimal help.  My 1st grader would use the Fill-in-the-Blank version on paper, with a pencil toward the end of the week.  Then the two days before CC, I had the older two fill out the Blank Sheet with what they knew.  This let me know if there was anything we needed to work on before proofing.

Why I changed....I decided that paper usage was worth my sanity. :)  They can work at their own pace and are not waiting for a sibling to finish.  Dry erase markers don't come in super-fine tipped (there's your million $ idea!!!) and it was hard for me to read and correct.  I also wanted them to see their work when review for Memory Master.

If you want your own copy, there is a link on the Cycle 3 Resource page. You can also save the image from this page, but make sure your printer settings are set to letter size paper.

Hope this helps you too!

Oh...the answers are in your foundations guide! ;)
(Don't want to mess with copy write issues!)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cycle 3, Week 3 {History Sentence Drawing}


Here's a fun way to see how your kiddos interpret the Classical Conversations History Sentences (or any History Sentence, actually). Let them draw out the whole sentence or just a part of it.

This is Cycle 3, Week 3, but you can find the entire cycle on the Cycle 3 Resource Page.
We will sometimes find a short video on the topic for them to watch.  This way they are able to see an image relating to the sentence. 

When they are done,  I store them in their CC binders along with their other weekly work.  
These are great in class AND at home.  I use them with my 7 and 9 year olds, 11 year old optional.

Enjoy!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Cycle 3, Week 3 {Review Sheets}


{Blank Review Sheet}
{Fill-in-the-Blank Review Sheet}

Here are my Week 3, Cycle 3 Review Sheets, both the Blank ones and the Fill-in-the-Blank ones.  The full PDF set of each of them are found on the Cycle 3 Resources page

Ways to use these...
I print a set off for each kiddo.  (Older two, do both, younger one does just the FIB.)  Day 1, they do straight copy work into a spiral.  Day 2, FIB.  Day 3, History Sentence.  Day 4, Blank.  When finished, they go into our CC binder.

I used to put them in page protectors and let the older kids go at them with a dry erase marker.  The page protectors helped me on my paper usage, since they fill them out more than once and I had multiple kids using them.  My 5th and 3rd grader would use the Fill-in-the-Blank Sheets the first couple days after CC. We listen to the CDs at least once a day, so they were usually able to fill these in with minimal help.  My 1st grader would use the Fill-in-the-Blank version on paper, with a pencil toward the end of the week.  Then the two days before CC, I had the older two fill out the Blank Sheet with what they knew.  This let me know if there was anything we needed to work on before proofing.

Why I changed....I decided that paper usage was worth my sanity. :)  They can work at their own pace and are not waiting for a sibling to finish.  Dry erase markers don't come in super-fine tipped (there's your million $ idea!!!) and it was hard for me to read and correct.  I also wanted them to see their work when review for Memory Master.

If you want your own copy, there is a link on the Cycle 3 Resource page. You can also save the image from this page, but make sure your printer settings are set to letter size paper.

Hope this helps you too!

Oh...the answers are in your foundations guide! ;)
(Don't want to mess with copy write issues!)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cycle 3, Week 2 {History Sentence Drawing}

Here's a fun way to see how your kiddos interpret the Classical Conversations History Sentences (or any History Sentence, actually). Let them draw out the whole sentence or just a part of it.

This is Cycle 3, Week 2, but you can find the entire cycle on the Cycle 3 Resource Page.
We will sometimes find a short video on the topic for them to watch.  This way they are able to see an image relating to the sentence. 

When they are done,  I store them in their CC binders along with their other weekly work.  
These are great in class AND at home.  I use them with my 7 and 9 year olds, 11 year old optional.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pasta Sort {Tot Time}

  I hosted a busy bag exchange a couple of years back for my MOPS group.  It was wonderful; we still use most of the bags and I've added even more to our supplies here at home.  

Here is a link to my Pinterest boards for the exchanges....
I'm constantly adding ideas from the wonderful world of Pinterest.  

This was a bag we received from the exchange, so I actually didn't even make this set.  There are a lot of great tutorials on dying pasta (and rice) so I'm not going to cover that.  

Ways we use this...
Sort the pasta by color
Sort the pasta by shape
String past (some of them) onto laces
Count as you sort
Make patterns with the colors or shapes or both

My sweet darling has even transferred some of this to her play kitchen...on her own.  
(Its those moments of silent play, where my mommy gut says to check, but the productive mommy brain says to let it go...then you regret it later when you are cleaning up the mess.)
This sorting tray I bought from Oriental Trading Company (I think) many years ago.  I don't see it on their site now, but you can use ice cube trays, cups, tupperware....and I'm sure educational site like Learning Resources have them.  Hindsight...I would not buy this again.  We don't use it enough, plus its big and bulky and doesn't fit on my bookshelf very well.

After using this for a bit I have some suggestions...
-Only use the hearty, thicker pasta.  The small spirals break easy.  
-Use them in a bigger tub.  Lesson learned the hard way...more than once.  The pasta will break!  Some of the little pieces might make their way into your carpet.  Your vacuum cleaner might not pick them all up.  You just might step on them.  They are sharp and it might hurt. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cycle 3, Week 2 {Review Sheets}


{Blank Review Sheet}

{Fill-in-the-Blank Review Sheet}

Here are my Week 2, Cycle 3 Review Sheets, both the Blank ones and the Fill-in-the-Blank ones.  The full PDF set of each of them are found on the Cycle 3 Resources page

Ways to use these...
I print a set off for each kiddo.  (Older two, do both, younger one does just the FIB.)  Day 1, they do straight copy work into a spiral.  Day 2, FIB.  Day 3, History Sentence.  Day 4, Blank.  When finished, they go into our CC binder.

I used to put them in page protectors and let the older kids go at them with a dry erase marker.  The page protectors helped me on my paper usage, since they fill them out more than once and I had multiple kids using them.  My 5th and 3rd grader would use the Fill-in-the-Blank Sheets the first couple days after CC. We listen to the CDs at least once a day, so they were usually able to fill these in with minimal help.  My 1st grader would use the Fill-in-the-Blank version on paper, with a pencil toward the end of the week.  Then the two days before CC, I had the older two fill out the Blank Sheet with what they knew.  This let me know if there was anything we needed to work on before proofing.

Why I changed....I decided that paper usage was worth my sanity. :)  They can work at their own pace and are not waiting for a sibling to finish.  Dry erase markers don't come in super-fine tipped (there's your million $ idea!!!) and it was hard for me to read and correct.  I also wanted them to see their work when review for Memory Master.

If you want your own copy, there is a link on the Cycle 3 Resource page. You can also save the image from this page, but make sure your printer settings are set to letter size paper.

Hope this helps you too!

Oh...the answers are in your foundations guide! ;)
(Don't want to mess with copy write issues!)