Diagramming the Preamble

I am pretty much the worst blogger ever.  It’s OK.  I own it.  I know it.  ;)

When I started this blog, it was to chronicle our adoption journey.  At the time we had no clue what that journey was going to look like.  Since the Lord led us to foster care, there’s very little I can say about our adoption process on here without getting into trouble with the state.  So our adoption blog has morphed into a school blog (sort of… one has to actually WRITE in order for it to be a blog…).

I realize I hardly ever post about Essentials.  I’m sure once my child actually gets into Essentials and we’re doing the work at home, I’ll post more about it.  But since I’m only tutoring Essentials, our home life consists of just Foundations material.  Plus it’s really hard to post info about Essentials without violating the textbook or IEW copyright material.

But every blue moon, I create something for class that can be shared, so that’s what I’m doing today.  This week is our final week of CC.  It’s bittersweet for me.  I just absolutely love CC.  I love being with my daughter in the morning in her class.  I love tutoring.  I love my daughter’s tutor and our director.  I love the families in my Essentials class.  When I was interviewing to contract for next year, my director asked why I wanted to renew for Essentials, and I told her one of my big reasons was that I love the community-within-a-community we have.  I am going to miss it terribly over the summer.  Thankfully August isn’t too far away.  And it will be nice to not have to review Memory Master material every. single. day. for a while.  ;)

Back on topic.  This week we’re doing the Faces of History presentation for IEW, and then for EEL I’ve planned to have them diagram the Preamble.  I got this idea when I saw a diagram of it on pinterest a while back.  At the time, I thought, “There’s no way my kids can pull that off.”  However, I’ve done some research, and I think they totally can.

Now, let me disclaim before I put the links up.  (I feel like every post I write has a disclaimer.  Sheesh.)  Let’s spend some time talking about the phrase part “in order/in order to.”  I have done a lot of research on this, because I was clueless as to what to do with it.  I found several different suggestions on what to do with it, and the way I have it presented is the one that I feel is most accurate (you can find more details about why I chose this method here).

To me, it makes the most sense to have “in order” functioning as a compound preposition with “to form…” as an infinitive functioning as the object of the preposition.  Then that entire section (“in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity”) is an adverbial modifier modifying the verbs “do ordain and establish” in the independent clause.  It also answers the question of why the people do ordain and establish the Constitution – to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, etc. etc. etc.

I may be totally off here, and if so, call me out on it!  I don’t even come close to pretending I know everything about English grammar.  :)  But I’m hoping this will be a fun, end-of-the-year activity for my kids, and to show them that grammar and super-giant sentences really aren’t that scary… once you know how to break them down.  ;)

 

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(Download the blank version here)

Preamble

(Download the completed version here)

 

(Oh yeah, I left the “in order” part on the blank one for my kids because there’s no way they’d figure out that’s where it went.  I’m not that mean.)  :)

If you have an Essentials student, you’re welcome to download these and see if they can work through it themselves!

I know most of the other campuses are done for the year, so I hope you all have a wonderful summer!

 

Edited to add:  So many of you have been so kind to email me about doing a new planner for next year.  The answer is yes, I am working on a 2014-2015 planner.  I will most likely put it in my etsy shop because with a baby now, I don’t have time to email it out one-by-one anymore.  :)  Don’t worry – I’ll keep the cost super-low; I know ink & paper are expensive.  I will upload the CC planning pages to CC Connected, so you can still download those for free, whether you purchase the calendar part or not.  When I get it made and uploaded, I’ll do a post about it!  Thanks for your support and your kind words and encouragement.  The CC Community is the best!

 

Edited to add #2:  I will also make science pages for Cycle 3.  That’s on the to-do list once the planner is finished.  :)

Printables for 2nd Semester – English Grammar

First of all, I want to say thanks to all of you who have checked in and commented during my super-long blog break.  We’ve had our hands full these past several months, that is for sure!  Fostering our baby girl is still such a joy, but it’s a joy combined with lots of labor.  I’m having to learn to relax and not get too stressed out when our “schedule” isn’t followed to a T (which hasn’t happened since the beginning of November – ha!).

Yesterday and today were “sneaux” days for us, which is completely wild!  We always expect CC cancellations for hurricanes, but NEVER for winter weather.  It just doesn’t happen here in New Orleans.  And very few flakes fell, but enough rain fell to cause the zillion bridges we have around us to ice over and become super-dangerous.  I’ve been really saddened by what’s going on in Alabama and Georgia right now.  It’s funny, Monday night and yesterday morning, people were making fun of Louisiana folks on Facebook because orders had been issued for school and government office closures for Tuesday while it was still 60 degrees outside (our weather is wacko, I’m telling you!).  The city completely shut down in anticipation of the storm.  After seeing what has happened in AL & GA, I am so thankful our state and local leaders took steps to keep people here safe, and I wish the same had been done in those states.  I hope and pray those still stranded on the road will be able to be rescued and brought home (or at the very least to warmth!) safely.  My heart breaks to think of people trying to get through that mess, but especially for children and the elderly.

Anyway, all that to say, we cancelled CC this week and my hubby has had the past two days off from work.  With him home, I was able to finish up the printables for English grammar & science for this semester.  I’ve included pictures of the printables below so you can see what you’ll be downloading.  They are the same format as my other printables – answer sheet, cut & paste, and label (for older kids).  And of course the purple splotches won’t be there.  :)

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These are all uploaded on CC Connected (or C3 – however you want to say it).  You can find them by looking under my user name:  tara504

(Yes, some of you may notice my user name changed.  I got some comments that a few of you couldn’t find the files by searching for the file name, and when I tried there were a few that didn’t work for some reason.  But I wasn’t too comfortable with my user name floating around because it contained some personal information.  So I contacted the nice people at CC Tech Support and they changed my user name to something very generic for me, something I’m not worried about posting publicly.  I’ve deleted all the files under my old name and now everything is uploaded under this name.)  :)

I’ll post science pics soon!

Hiatus

Hi everyone!

I’ve gotten lots of comments and emails wondering where I’ve been.  I think the easiest way to explain it would be bullet-style.

  • Back in September, my mom had major surgery, and I took some time to go stay with her after her surgery to help her get around while she recovered.
  • The day after SC and I got back from my mom’s house, my hubby left for a week to go on a church-planting trip to Wyoming.
  • In October we got a call from our worker that said all our paperwork was finished and we were officially going into the system as eligible foster care parents on October 1st.
  • We spent the entire month of October preparing ourselves and our home for our first placement.
  • We had a few calls (that we either turned down or the children were sent to other homes due to extenuating circumstances) during October.
  • On November 4th, we were blessed with our first placement – a beautiful 6 month old baby girl!
  • As is customary with foster care, there’s been lots of meetings, appointments, etc. that we’ve had to attend – honestly, WAY more than I was expecting.
  • Having a baby is a time-eater (right???).  Having a baby with health issues is an even bigger time-eater.  Having a foster baby with health issues that has beaucoup appointments to go to each week is a huge time-eater.  I’m still adjusting.  Obviously.
  • In mid-November, I went to get some issues checked with my eyes and got admitted to the hospital to have a whole bunch of tests run on my brain (I’m fine!  I just have lots of follow up visits over the next few months!)
  • On the same day I was admitted to the hospital, Baby Girl came down with RSV.  Thankfully my mom and dad were able to come down and stay with the girls so my hubby could stay with me at the hospital.
  • Because of these two things, our trip to NYC that we were supposed to take with my mom and dad over Thanksgiving week got cancelled.  Yes, it was disappointing, but definitely for the best.
  • The doctors put me on some medication that makes me exhausted.  I’m talking first-trimester-can’t-lift-my-head-off-the-pillow exhausted.  It’s a ton of fun feeling like that and having two kids.  My husband has been an absolute angel and has done so much to help us get through our days, especially on the days I feel like collapsing.  Each day gets a little better as I adjust more and more to it.  But I won’t lie – it’s been really hard.
  • We’re home now and both trying to make sure we make all of our follow up appointments.  My calendar is my BFF right now.
  • With the exception of our last two days of CC, I pretty much didn’t do school the entire month of November.  And I don’t feel the least bit guilty about it.

So that’s where we are.  I am slowly, slowly getting back into the swing of things.  I’ve pulled out everything we didn’t get to in weeks 1-12 and we’re chipping away at that over the month of December.  We missed our campus’s mid-year Memory Master practice day because I was in the hospital so I’m hoping to practice and review with my big girl over our break.

And foster care?  I wish I had words to describe it.  Each day is a new emotion.  Some days I can’t allow myself to think about the possibility of her going back because I don’t think my heart could handle it.  I pray she gets to stay with our family and then I feel selfish for praying that prayer because I know out there is a mother who would lose her child if that prayer is answered.  It’s an emotional tightrope.  If I tried to write out everything in my head & heart, you’d be here all day.  So just know that she’s amazing and we love her and would love the opportunity to adopt her.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and will have a wonderful Christmas!  I am not even putting up a tree this year.  I know.  That’s how tired this medication makes me.  My 7YO has been so gracious about it.  But we’ve incorporated some new Christmas traditions to take the place of putting up and decorating a tree, and I think she’s happy with those.

I am going to try to make some more printables while we’re visiting family.  I need to do some English printables for weeks 14-24 and finish up the science printables.  Fingers crossed it will happen!  :)

Our Plans – CC Cycle 2, Week 3

I have to preface this post with this disclaimer that there are no photos for our week 3 plans.  But when you hear about our day today, I hope you’ll understand why.

I wanted a do-over by 9:00 am today - that’s how bad it was.  My day began by my slipping in a few drops of water that shot out of a dropped sippy cup outside the childcare room.  I came down hard and fast on my knee, and within seconds it was swelling and bleeding.  (In fact, it was so gross, that when I rolled up the bottom of my leggings, I found skin stuck to the fabric of the inside of my leggings – funnily enough, a few of the girls in my daughter’s class thought that was “really cool!”).  The sweet lady who works in the church office brought me 2 ziplocks full of ice and a towel, and I spent all of Foundations icing my knee to keep the swelling down.  I was debating whether or not to ask my sub to fill in for me this afternoon when it hit me.  I forgot to print my lesson plans.

You see, yesterday morning I woke up early and since the other night owls in my house were still sawing logs, I decided to take advantage of the quiet and get my lesson plans written.  2.5 hours later I had all my lesson plans written and ready.  We were having some friends over and I needed to get some stuff ready, so I put my laptop away with plans to print my lesson plans that evening after everyone left.  Guess what didn’t happen?

BUT my amazing hubby came to the rescue.  He left work, came home, converted all my lesson files to PDFs (so I could read them on my phone) and emailed them to me.  So even though it was going to be like reading crib notes in my palm (and my eyes were scratchy/contacts were blurry because yes, I cried a bit when I fell – it hurt that bad!), I had my lesson plans.

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I was giddy about his help – until I realized my phone was dying and would not last through Essentials.  Last night when I went to bed, I had 50% battery power on my phone.  I didn’t plug it in because I knew 50% was more than enough to get me through the CC day.  That is, until I needed my phone to read my lesson plans.

Thankfully my daughter’s tutor is a super-close friend of mine, and she has a van that will charge your phone even when it’s off.  So I plugged my phone into her car and it built up some charge – just enough to get me through the afternoon.  When I got in the car at the end of the CC day, I had 3% battery.  The Lord is indeed merciful.

I made it through class – swollen, sore knee and teeny, tiny lesson plans in all.  But since I’ve been home, I’ve had my leg and aching knee propped up in the recliner and the only movement I plan on making tonight is from the recliner to the bed.

That’s why there’s no pictures tonight.  I climb up on a stool so I can shoot straight down on the papers (and avoid shadows) and there will be no stool-climbing tonight!

Tuesday – Campus day.   SC participates in Foundations in the morning, then does memory work review with my friend Jenny  in the afternoon while I tutor Essentials.

Wednesday:

  • All Subjects:  This is the day she does the lapbook pieces from Wisdom & Righteousness.
  • History:  Finish reading Revenge of the Red Knight.  (**I am so excited to have discovered the Imagination Station books!  They are like the Magic Tree House series, except Christian!**)  Watch “Robin Hood.”  (Yes, I just linked a Disney movie – what of it?)  :)
  • Geography: Trace laminated map onto tracing paper
  • Science:  Magic School Bus episode “Gets Eaten.”

Thursday:

  • History: Study guide page & lapbook pieces on The Crusades and Richard the Lion-Hearted from AJTL “Exploring the Middle Ages.”
  • Timeline: Paste our mini-timeline figures into our timeline notebook.  (Tutorial here!)  using the blank timeline from Guest Hollow that can be found here.
  • Science:  Study guide & lapbook piece on Food Chain from AJTL “Exploring Science.”
  • Geography:  Blackline map with locations labeled (my file on C3: Cycle 2 Blackline Maps with Labels to Color Wks 1-24.pdf).
  • Math:  Skip count maze found on Confessions of a Homeschooler.
  • Latin:  Fill in conjugations on dry erase version of Latin chart (my file on C3: Cycle 2 Latin Conjugation Chart.pdf)
  • English:  Pronoun Order cut & paste (my file on C3: Week 3 – Pronoun Order – Cut, Paste, and Label.pdf)

Friday:

  • History:  History Sentence Fill-in-the-Blanks from C3 (History Sentences – fill-in-the-blanks Weeks 3-4.pdf).  BrainPop video “Crusades.”
  • Timeline:  Add timeline figures from HTTA to our timeline notebook.
  • Geography:  Laminated map activity game from C3 (Geography Game weeks 1-6.pdf).   Geography lapbook (my file on C3: Cycle 2 Geography Lapbook – ALL WEEKS.pdf)
  • Science:   Food Chain worksheet (my file on C3: Week 3 – Parts of the Food Chain – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf).
  • Math:  Multiplication circles from Worksheet Fun.
  • Latin:  Conjugation file folder game (my file on C3: Cycle 2 Latin File Folder Game.pdf)
  • English:  Pronoun Order label by hand (my file on C3: Week 3 – Pronoun Order – Cut, Paste, and Label.pdf)

Monday:

  • All subjects:  Binder Builder activities from AJTL.  Complete any work we didn’t finish throughout the week.
  • Math: Skip count on 200′s chart (given to me by my director last year – I can’t find it on C3!)

Hope you find these plans helpful!

Pronoun Printables on C3!

I was struggling to find a fun way to teach my daughter the English Grammar material in Foundations.  As the Essentials tutor for our campus, you can probably understand why I was a bit ashamed of that fact.  I was thisclose to pulling out my EEL trivium tables and telling her to start memorizing when some ideas for printables came to me.  I made some files to help practice learning pronouns and *fingers crossed* they will help my sweet girl memorize her pronouns so that when she gets to EEL next year, she can focus on the harder aspects of pronouns instead of working to memorize pronoun lists.  (Because whew!  Don’t tell my Essentials students, but pronouns are pretty much my least favorite part of speech.  They are a pain!)

To download, search C3 for the file name listed about each image.  Purple splotches won’t appear on the C3 files.  If you are unsure what C3 (also known as CC Connected) or want to sign up, please contact your campus director or your child’s tutor.

Week 2 – Pronoun – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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Week 3 – Pronoun Order – Cut, Paste, and Label.pdf

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Week 4 – Nominative Pronouns – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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Week 5 – Objective Pronouns – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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Week 6 – Possessive Pronouns – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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Week 7 – Possessive Adjectives – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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Week 8 – Reflexive Pronouns – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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Weeks 4-8 – Pronoun Patch – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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Weeks 9-13 – Pronoun Patch – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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I am working on making some “pronoun patches” that are blank where the students can just write the pronouns from memory.  Look on C3 for those soon!

Science Printables for Weeks 7-12 on C3!

Here’s the printables I’ve made for weeks 7-12!  Simply search for the file name (listed about each photo) to find the file on C3.  (And, as usual, the purple spots are not on the C3 files – that’s just to protect copyrighted material!)

 

Week 7 – Kinds of Stars – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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Week 8 – Parts of the Sun – Cut, Paste, and Label.pdf

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Week 9 – Planets – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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Week 10 – Phases of the Moon – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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Week 11 – Space Bodies – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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Week 12 – Space Missions – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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Enjoy!  I hope these will help your children with their memory work!

Our Plans – CC Cycle 2 Week 2

This is for my sweet friend R., who asked that I would continue posting our plans for the week.  R, I will try to get them done BEFORE we have our CC day, but last week that just didn’t happen.  So I’m being proactive today.  :)

*Disclaimer:  a lot of this will be repeat stuff, because we do a lot of the same things over and over!*

Also, I will not be posting specific countries we’re praying for anymore because I feel like that would be cutting it too close with the memory work.  But you can easily get a copy of Operation World and begin your own practice of praying for the nations as you study geography!

Tuesday – Campus day.   SC participates in Foundations in the morning, then does memory work review with my friend Jenny  in the afternoon while I tutor Essentials.

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Wednesday:

  • All Subjects:  This is the day she does the lapbook pieces from Wisdom & Righteousness.
  • English:  Add pronoun definition to our POS foldable. (Not pictured here because I forgot to add it, but you can see it in the week one plans post – file on C3 is: C2 Wk 1_Eng Gram_Foldable_KK.pdf by kkillingsworth)
  • History:  Begin reading Revenge of the Red Knight.  (**I am so excited to have discovered the Imagination Station books!  They are like the Magic Tree House series, except Christian!**)  Watch BrainPop video “Middle Ages.”

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Thursday:

  • History: Study guide page & lapbook pieces on William the Conqueror, Medieval Social Classes, Life of Nobility, and Feudalism in Europe from AJTL “Exploring the Middle Ages.”
  • Timeline: Paste our mini-timeline figures into our timeline notebook.  (Tutorial here!)  using the blank timeline from Guest Hollow that can be found here.
  • Science:  Consumers cut & paste (my file on C3: Week 2 – Three Types of Consumers – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf).
  • Geography:  Blackline map with locations labeled (my file on C3: Cycle 2 Blackline Maps with Labels to Color Wks 1-24.pdf).
  • Math:  Skip count maze found on Confessions of a Homeschooler.
  • Latin:  Fill in conjugations on dry erase version of Latin chart (my file on C3: Cycle 2 Latin Conjugation Chart.pdf)
  • English:  BrainPop video “Personal Pronouns.”  Add pronoun definition to POS flower (my file on C3: Week 1 – Part of Speech flower activity.pdf)

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Friday:

  • History:  History Sentence Fill-in-the-Blanks from C3 (History Sentences – fill-in-the-blanks Weeks 1-2.pdf) – not pictured.  BrainPop video “Feudalism.”
  • Timeline:  Add timeline figures from HTTA to our timeline notebook.
  • Geography:  Laminated map activity game from C3 (Geography Game weeks 1-6.pdf).   Geography lapbook (my file on C3: Cycle 2 Geography Lapbook – ALL WEEKS.pdf)
  • Science:  Study guide & lapbook piece on Consumers from AJTL “Exploring Science.” 
  • Math:  Multiplication circles from Worksheet Fun.
  • Latin:  Conjugation file folder game (my file on C3: Cycle 2 Latin File Folder Game.pdf)
  • English:  Add pronoun definition to POS flip book (my file on C3:  Parts of Speech Flip Book.pdf). – not pictured.  Complete pronoun definition worksheet (my file on C3: Week 2 – Pronoun – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf)

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Monday:

  • All subjects:  Binder Builder activities from AJTL.
  • Geography:  Trace laminated map onto tracing paper – not pictured
  • Math: Skip count on 200′s chart (given to me by my director last year – I can’t find it on C3!)

 

Hope you find these plans helpful!  I’ll post Week 3 when I have it ready!

Our Plans – CC Cycle 2 Week 1

I am super-duper excited that our campus started back today!  I feel like I have spent my whole summer preparing for this day.  :)  The truth is, I worked really hard preparing because I was sure that by this time, DCFS would have finalized our certification and we’d have a baby placed with our family by now.  But that’s obviously not the Lord’s plan - and I’m OK with that.  I trust that HIS plan and HIS timing are waaaaaaaay better than any plan or time frame I could imagine!  And this period has not been fruitless.  In fact, just on Sunday, I got to share the gospel with a young woman I’ve been ministering to over the past few months, and (had we had a baby placed with us back before July) this relationship would have never even begun.  So, I’m going to give Him glory in all things and try to make the most of any and all opportunities He brings to my path, rather than resent when things don’t turn out “my way.”

Wow, that train derailed a little bit.  ;)  Back to the subject at hand – CC Week 1.  *squeal*

Over on Melody’s blog, I saw this AMAZING hanging-wall-folder-organizational-thingie.  (I do believe that’s the technical term!)  I asked her where she got it and ordered one for myself.  While she’s using hers to break down each week by subject, I’m using mine to break down each week by daily work.  I know I probably seem to have OCD to the nth degree to where I have to schedule every single second of our day – I promise you that’s not the case!  I just try to be really proactive because I know my personality and I know if I don’t have it planned and prepared and ready to work, it won’t happen.  That’s just the honest, unvarnished truth.

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This sight just makes me happy!  *sigh*  ;)

Then, my little folder-loving, lapbook-aficionado daughter threw me a curve ball last week and said she no longer wanted to keep her lapbook pieces in folders; she wanted to glue them onto pieces of cardstock, hole punch the cardstock sheets, and store them in binders.  Oooo-kay.  So I went to Office Depot to snatch up some of their $0.50 binders before they were all gone.  I went by my friend Jenny’s house (my awesome friend Jenny: childcare worker for our CC campus and my partner-in-crime for teaching the 4th-6th graders at our church – love you, Jenny!) and got her to make some labels for me for the binders.  Jenny has a cricut and I have a pack of chalkboard contact paper I bought over a year ago and it’s been gathering dust in the closet.  Voila!  Pretty labels for SC’s binders!

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(Purple binders with gold ink?  A certain little girl was thrilled that these matched LSU’s colors.  Maybe she’s preparing for college a bit early?  No, no, I’m not going to let time advance that quickly!)

(And yes, there’s no Latin binder, because we’re focusing on writing out the conjugations this year, and in the interest of conserving paper & ink, we’re using dry erase markers on laminated charts.)  :)

So.  Onto what we’re doing this week!

Tuesday – Campus day.   SC participates in Foundations in the morning, then does memory work review with Jenny (see above paragraph detailing her awesomeness!) in the afternoon while I tutor Essentials.

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Wednesday:

  • All Subjects:  This is the day she does the lapbook pieces from Wisdom & Righteousness.
  • English:  I also downloaded a foldable for the parts of speech from C3 (C2 Wk 1_Eng Gram_Foldable_KK.pdf).  We will continue to work on this throughout the year to review the POSs and include their definitions.  Watch BrainPop video “Parts of Speech.”
  • History:  Begin reading “Son of Charlemagne.”  Watch BrainPop video “Middle Ages.”
  • Geography:  BrainPop videos “Continents” & “Oceans.”  Pray for Asia using Operation World.
  • Science:  BrainPop video “Deserts.”  Magic School Bus episode “In the Rainforest.”

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Thursday:

  • History: Study guide page & lapbook piece on Charlemagne from AJTL “Exploring the Middle Ages.”  We will use the study guide to begin practicing key word outlines and formulating ideas (pre-work for Essentials next year).
  • Timeline: Paste our mini-timeline figures into our timeline notebook.  (Tutorial here!)  ALSO I realized I’ve been linking the wrong blank timeline sheets here.  I do not use the ones from Simply Charlotte Mason; I use the blank timeline from Guest Hollow that can be found here.  This is – so far – the best blank timeline I’ve found!)
  • Science:  Study guide & lapbook piece on Biomes from AJTL “Exploring Science.”  BrainPop video “Tundra.”  Magic School Bus episode “Gets Swamped.”
  • Geography:  Blackline map with locations labeled (my file on C3: Cycle 2 Blackline Maps with Labels to Color Wks 1-24.pdf).  Pray for Europe using Operation World.
  • Math:  Skip count maze found on Confessions of a Homeschooler.
  • Latin:  Conjugation file folder game (my file on C3: Cycle 2 Latin File Folder Game.pdf)
  • English:  Parts of Speech flower (my file on C3: Week 1 – Part of Speech flower activity.pdf)

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Friday:

  • History:  History Sentence Fill-in-the-Blanks from C3 (History Sentences – fill-in-the-blanks Weeks 1-2.pdf)
  • Timeline:  Add timeline figures from HTTA to our timeline notebook.
  • Geography:  Laminated map activity game from C3 (Geography Game weeks 1-6.pdf).  Pray for Africa using Operation World.  Geography lapbook (my file on C3: Cycle 2 Geography Lapbook – ALL WEEKS.pdf)
  • Science:  Biomes cut & paste (my file on C3: Week 1 – Seven Types of Biomes – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf).  BrainPop video “Rainforest.”
  • Math:  Multiplication circles from Worksheet Fun.
  • Latin:  Fill in Conjugation Chart (my file on C3: Cycle 2 Latin Conjugation Chart.pdf)
  • English:  POS flip book (my file on C3:  Parts of Speech Flip Book.pdf).  This will be an ongoing activity throughout the year.

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Monday:

  • All subjects:  Binder Builder activities from AJTL.
  • Geography:  Trace laminated map onto tracing paper (these were ordered locally through our director).  I found the tracing paper at our educator supply store, but I’ve seen it at Walmart, too.  Pray for South America using Operation World.
  • Science:  BrainPop video “Savannah.”  Read “Rainforest.”
  • Math: Skip count on 200′s chart (given to me by my director last year – I can’t find it on C3!)

So that’s our plan for this week!  I have to say, it feels really good to have all her work stored in the hanging thingie, just waiting for us to pull out that day’s folder.  I’m so excited for this year!

Stay tuned -  I have a few posts planned on how to prepare your non-Essentials student for Essentials, and also some really fun math games we’re playing in Essentials this year!

OH, and I couldn’t leave this post without showing how we capped off our summer!  My parents bought us tickets to the Saints preseason game last week, and we had a blast!!!I  We donned our superbowl jerseys, added face tattoos (OK, that was just me & SC – the hubby wasn’t too keen on putting a tattoo on his face), and threw on our Saints-themed Mardi Gras beads.  We had great seats and noshed on shrimp and jambalaya while we watched our boys in black & gold do what they do best – WIN!!!

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WHO DAT!!!!

Linking up to Trivium Tuesday!

New Science Printables on C3!

I found out the other day that Grismar, my go-to resource for science printables, was not going to be making CC printables anymore.  Talk about feeling a void!  My daughter loved her printables and they were great files to use to review memory work.  I decided the only way I could possibly fill the void left now that her awesome designs are gone, was to try and make them myself.

So I did.  And I’ve uploaded the first six weeks to C3 if you’re interested in them!  Search for the file name listed above each photo.  Each file contains an answer key, and cut & paste, and a label-by-hand sheet.

(Oh, and the purple splotches aren’t on the C3 files – that’s just to keep CC material limited to those enrolled at a campus.)  :)

Week 1 – Seven Types of Biomes – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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Week 2 – Three Types of Consumers – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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Week 3 – Parts of the Food Chain – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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Week 4 – Natural Cycles – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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Week 5 – Environmental Change – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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Week 6- Pollution – Cut, Paste, & Label.pdf

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I am working on weeks 7-12 and will post when those are uploaded.  Enjoy!

***Edited to add:  Melody at And Here We Go! has created some history sentence mix-and-match cards in Grismar style!  Clearly I’m not the only one missing her resources!  LOL  To find out how to get a copy of the history sentence cards, check out this post on Melody’s blog!***

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