Our Cycle 2 CC plans

***Edited to add:  THANK YOU everyone who has expressed interest in the planner!  Now that our year has officially started, I will not be able to send out the emails anymore.  It takes me about an hour every night to get the emails sent out and the comments edited, and that’s just time I don’t have anymore now that school has resumed.  I appreciate your enthusiasm and I wish everyone a great school year!***

After living like nomads for the first month and a half of the summer (seriously, from May 18-July 7, we were only home for about 25 of all those days), I’ve been working really hard to get prepared for our school year this year.  I know at some point that call from DCFS will come, we’ll get our first placement, and if I don’t have our year planned out… well, it ain’t gettin’ done.

(I’m sure you’re wanting to know where we are in the foster care certification process.  Here’s what we’ve heard about our status:

There you have it.  Nothing.  That was mean of me, wasn’t it?  Sorry.)

So, to keep myself busy from going insane organized, I’ve been working really hard to get ourselves prepared for the 2013-2014 school year and Cycle 2 in Classical Conversations.  And I’m almost finished – which, if I may say, is an incredible feeling.

I had wanted to reread The Core this summer and you would think with all our traveling I would have had some moments to do it.  Alas, that hasn’t happened.  This has by far been the busiest summer on record for our little ol’ family.

Another thing that has kept me super-motivated (other than the impending addition of another child to our home) is the fact that I’m not a Foundations tutor this year.  Over the last several months, I have been working really hard to know my own limits and to make sure that I perform well at the things to which I’ve committed.  Last year I was, in the words of Bilbo Baggins, like butter spread over too much bread.  I did a lot of things OK, but nothing great.  I know the Lord has called me to tutor and I believe in doing everything we undertake with excellence.  I know the Lord equips His people to do the things that He’s called us to do, but at the same time, we’re not all gifted in the exact same areas.  If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be?  (I know Paul was not talking about tutoring a CC class, but you get the what I’m trying to say here.)  So I prayed for months about what to do and, after hashing it out with the Lord and my hubby, decided it was best to cut some things back and really focus on the specific areas in which God is calling me to be active, and seeking the Holy Spirit’s strength and empowerment to do the work as best I can by His grace.

Now that I’m only tutoring Essentials, the awesome overload of info and preparation I got last year from tutoring Foundations has disappeared.  Thankfully, though, my wonderful new director has told me I’m welcome to come to all tutor meetings, even if we’re not discussing anything about Essentials. *fist pump*

Today I am going to share what we are personally doing for CC this year.  I’m really excited about the year ahead and very much look forward to my daughter growing in her knowledge of the Lord and His created world.

Our plan is (obviously) tailored to my sweet girl’s learning style.  I believe she is gifted in both visual and auditory learning (hence the reason she absolutely thrives at CC), and while she’s not one who I would say likes to learn via her own discovery, she constantly wants to have her hands busy.  She always wants her them on something.  She wants something to manipulate, something she can touch.  So our game plan this year is a cross between the classical model of education (drill, drill, drill memory work) and hands-on (lapbooks and projects).  I have tried to find a way to keep everything simple and memory work-focused but still fun and active for her.

{Sidenote: Can I just stress how homeschooling is such a two-parent job?  Even though I am the one who sits at the desk with my girl, I could not do any of this without my amazingly supportive, wonderfully selfless hubby.  I can’t even tell you how many days I have spent preparing for the upcoming year, and my hubby has gone out of his way to make sure I have time, peace & quiet, and supplies (hello, printer ink & paper!) to make sure I get it all done.  You’re amazing, babe, and I could not do a speck of this without you!}

So without further ado, here’s our plan by subject (and links to materials we’ve bought).  If it is a C3 document, I will post the name of the file so you can search for it.  Some items I’ve purchased, some I’ve downloaded from C3, and some are my own creations.

Each week we will do the memory work activities found in both the Wisdom & Righteousness memory work lapbooks and also the A Journey Through Learning Cycle 2 Binder Builder.  We have also purchased a few topic-specific lapbooks from ATJL, found in their Cycle 2 section.  We will also (of course!) be using the audio songs put out by CC and the ones created by moms who can actually carry a tune (not me!) on C3.  The items/ideas below are additional activities and ideas we’re incorporating.


Lapbook printables that pertain to the memory work of the week from A Journey Through Learning misc. lapbooks

History Sentence fill-in-the-blanks (found on C3: History Sentences – fill-in-the-blanks by bbanas)

Listen to applicable chapters on Story of the World

BrainPop videos (our campus has a group subscription – see if your campus has something similar!)


Practice putting the timeline together with the mini-timeline cards I made

Place timeline images in our book of centuries (free download from SCM!)

Incorporate additional timeline figures pertaining to the week’s cards from Homeschool in the Woods

Make our giant timeline foam board -OR- timeline on an adding machine tape using our mini-timeline card images

Read and notebook the back of the timeline cards using printables from Notebooking Pages


Lapbook printables that pertain to the memory work of the week from A Journey Through Learning misc. lapbooks

New science printables from Grismar/The Wise Nest (fingers crossed she’ll be making more printables for Cycle 2 because her Cycle 1 printables were amazing!)

Corresponding activities from Considering God’s Creation

Magic School Bus episodes that correspond to memory work

BrainPop videos


Use the locate & color maps I made for this year’s geography memory work (on C3: Cycle 2 Blackline Maps with Labels to Color Wks 1-24.pdf)

Cycle 2 Geography lapbook I created (on c3: Cycle 2 Geography Lapbook – ALL WEEKS.pdf)


Use Operation World to pray for specific locations from each week’s memory work

Trace the geography locations using tracing paper laid over laminated enlargements of the CC maps (we order these at our campus)


Hand motions: (C2_eng4th_wk01-24_Ideas_sk.pdf)

Flashcards of definitions for drill   **these were given to me last year when I began tutoring Essentials.  I found similar cards on the Essentials tier of C3, so if you have a subscription to the Essentials tier, you can search for the flash cards on there.  There are several versions from which you can choose.

First Language Lessons – modified slightly to make sure all definitions align with memory work and the EEL Guide (my daughter will begin Essentials next year so I’m prepping her as much as I can!)


Using the Foundations 200’s chart for skip counting  **I cannot find this on C3; it was given to me by my director last year when I tutored Foundations and I saved the file to use each year.  Maybe ask your director for a similar chart?

Grismar’s math printables

The super-fun file folder games for weeks 12-24 (search C3 for items created by kkillingsworth – she has GREAT file folder games!)


Conjugation fill-in-the-chart I created (on C3: Cycle 2 Latin Conjugation Chart.pdf)


Conjugation File Folder game I created (on C3: Cycle 2 Latin File Folder Game.pdf)  **no pic because I haven’t printed it yet 🙂

Latin songs & activities from Headventure Land

WHEW.  And that doesn’t even include the regular math (Math-U-See), spelling (All About Spelling), and Bible study (Discover 4 Yourself, What’s in the Bible, and her memory verse box my pastor’s wife inspired us to begin!) we’ll also be doing!

So how in the world am I keeping this all organized?  Simple – two ways.  1, I have my trusty file box divided up by week (the extra weeks are places to store extra material; Louisiana requires 180 days = 36 weeks):


and 2, I have my custom-made Cycle 2 planner (custom made by yours truly):





(My apologies for the lame-o phone pics.  I could get my professional photographer hubby to get out his fancy-schmancy camera and take some top-notch pics of everything, but frankly it’s late and I’m not all that concerned about stellar photos right now.  I’m sure ya’ll understand.)

I made this planner earlier in 2013 because I wanted something that would keep me organized but was also tailored to what I wanted in a planner.  I needed a daily column for planning ideas for each subject, a to-do list area, and a “books to check out” list area.

The most important piece, however, in this planner is the section of Cycle 2 planning pages in the back (see second photo).  See, last year I made my own planner.  I got the start date for CC and got to work planning out our year.  I wrote everything we were going to do each week at CC.  And it worked great.  For two weeks.

Then Hurricane Isaac hit.  And we had to evacuate for an entire week.

Guess what that meant?  A break in CC where we didn’t originally have one (our CC campus closes when the local parish schools close).  And all the work I’d done to prepare ahead of time went down the drain.  Sure, I could have just scratched out the dates at the top and moved everything forward a week.  But something about the calendars not matching up made me feel a little sucker-punched by Isaac.  I lost the steam and motivation to plan and prepare.

(I realize how ridiculous this sounds – my voicing complaints about my planner not working out right – when we had a few families on our campus whose homes flooded during Isaac.  I am in no way trying to make this into a gigantic ordeal; I’m simply giving backstory to why I changed up the planner design for this year.)

So this year I decided that no hurricanes or other unexpected closures were going to stop me.  Hence the planning pages in the back of the planner.  Here is where I jot down every idea I have for a certain week.  Then, as the week draws closer (and hopefully there are no hurricanes in the Gulf), I transfer the information to the appropriate week in the calendar section.  It’s brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! (said in my best Yzma voice… Emperor’s New Groove?  Anyone?)

So my gift to you today is this: if you would like a copy of my planner, I’ll send you a link to download it.  I cannot upload it on c3 (too large, and I don’t have time to break up the file for multiple downloads) and I won’t post the link here because it has memory work information in it and I don’t want to do anything that violates CC copyright.  But I will be happy to email you a link to download it.  If you would like a copy of the planner, leave me a comment with your email address and either your C3 username (what shows up when you upload files to C3) or your CC campus city & state.  I will then send you an email with the download link.

I’m so looking forward to this year!  I can’t wait to be back in my girl’s Foundations class with her in the mornings and I cannot wait to get in Essentials again with some of my favorite students on our campus!  The Lord has blessed our campus with a beautiful new facility and I really think this year is going to be amazing.  I hope you are as excited about your upcoming CC year as we are!

Linking up with Trivium Tuesdays at Living and Learning at Home and the CC Blog Carnival at Half-a-Hundred-Acre Wood!

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190 thoughts on “Our Cycle 2 CC plans

  1. I would LOVE it if you would share your planner with me! I am always looking for ways to streamline my planning and organization and, with this being my first year as a Foundations tutor, I can use all the help I can get. Thank you so much for all of your hard work, and your willingness to share the fruits of your labor! My C3 user name is ***, my community is CC ***, and my email address is ***.

  2. You are a gem! I would LOVE a copy of your planner. My e-mail: *** and I am a tutor at the CC community in *** (the north location … my director is ***). Thank you so very much!!

  3. Would LOVE a copy of your planner! Community is Rockford North in ***. We are part of Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge this year. My email address is ***.

  4. I would love the planner!! Thank you so much for all your hard work! You’ve helped me feel less overwhelmed as I get ready for this year! 🙂 We are at the *** Campus. my email address is *** Thanks so much!!

  5. I would love a copy of your planner!! It is awesome. My email is ***. We are at the ***. Thank you so very much:)

  6. This planner looks really neat! Thank you for sharing!! I’m *** at the ***
    Blessings on a great & hurricane free year!

  7. Thank you so much for blessing those of us that are technology challenged & new to CC. This will truly be such a gift in helping me plan. I am not planning to start my c3 subscription until September 1, but we have joined CC at the campus in West *** directed by ***
    Please email to ***

  8. Thank you so much for sharing all your ideas. I’m new to CC with 3 little ones under 5 and another one in 4 weeks so I need all the help I can get! : ) I love the mini timeline cards idea especially for my very active 4 year old. I’d also love a copy of your planner. My community is ***, and C3 name is ***. Thanks again!

  9. What an awesome site you have built! Thank you for offering to share your planner with the rest of us. My name on C3 is ***, I am a Foundations sub-tutor in the ***, community. My email is ***. Thanks again!

  10. I’m new to CC this year and am a little overwhelmed with the planning. I would love to take a look at your planner if you could send the link. I am a part of a new CC group in ***. My CC name is ***. Thank you so much for being willing to share.

  11. I’m new to homeschooling and CC this year and am seeking out all the help I can get. I’d love a copy of your planner. Thanks for all of the great ideas! I am a part of the *** CC Community. My email is ***
    Thanks soooo much!

  12. Would love the planner! We are at the ***. Email is ***. We are enrolled in Foundations & Essentials and are excited about our first CC year!

  13. I LOVE your planner!!! Could I find out how to get it? We are a part of the *** CC group. I love all of your great ideas.

  14. Thank you for sharing your planner and your time! It looks fabulous! Would you please send me a copy? ***. CC campus: ***. C3 id: ***

  15. Finding your blog came at such a perfect time…helping to alleviate some major stress! We’re entering our 2nd year home schooling (so still totally in the “I have no idea what we’re doing – but we lived through last year, so let’s give it another try” stage, and add to that I’m a new tutor this year and totally organizationally challenged! I’ve been everywhere on the blogshpere looking for planners to help, but need something that will help with the planning of CC. I’ve even been trying to make my own, but not getting very far. I’d LOVE the resources you have to share and am blessed that you share them freely. Thank you so much!! We have a tutor planning meeting this week and I’m excited to share your blog with them! Our new community is the *** CC Community here in ***. My address is ***

  16. Thank you so much for sharing this! This is our first year doing CC. We are part of a brand new group in ***. My email is ***
    Thanks again for sharing!

  17. Thank you for sharing. As a mom of 11 children, and in the process of finalizing the adoption of the last 4 little ones, anything to make my life easier is alllll thumbs up! We are part of *** community. Blessings

  18. Wow!!! The planner is so cute and seems like it would help me keep everything in one spot! I’ve created my own planning sheets, but i’ve never thought to create something to jot down ides for futre weeks. I would just download files from c3, and save theming my computer, but would usually forget about them when the week came. So, I would love a copy of your planner. Thank you for being willing to share all of your hard work with us at no charge! My email is ***, and my c3 name is ***. This will be my 6th year at our campus! I’m tutoring foundations and essentials for the second year in a row, but don’t have a baby on the way…and I still feel totally overwhelmed too. LOL. Even though we’ve never met, I love that CC has a wonderful way of connecting so many families across the U.S.!! Blessings for a wonderful CC year!!!!

  19. I would LOVE a link to your planner!! Love how organized and prepared you are for this year. My email is *** and username is ***. I am in *** campus.

  20. Thanks for sharing this! This is our first year with CC. Our new community is in ***. My email is ***. Thanks again 🙂

  21. Thank you so for sending me the planner. It is absolutely beautiful – and so useful and functional at the same time. What a wonderful gift to homeschooling CC moms!

  22. Oh pretty please! I just ran across this via Pinterest and would love to have the planner as a download! I ,over three weeks ago and am trying to get myself in order to start cycle 2 in 2 weeks. Challenging! Thanks for being willing to share the fruits of your hard work! We are newly joined in *** but have been with the CC community in *** the last two years.

  23. Thank you for sharing your planner! What a blessing to those of us who are organizationally challenged!! (ugh!) Looking forward to a great year with CC!


    Blessings, Beth

  24. Thank you for sharing, this will be our first year to homeschool and CC. I am in ***. I think my C3 id is ***. My email is ***. Thanks for sharing your time and talents!

  25. This is our first year in CC and I would love to have a copy of your planner. We are in the *** CC community.

  26. I’d looove a copy of your planner. I have one I’ve started using and it just isn’t jiving with me. I’m in the *** community

  27. I am so thankful that God has blessed you with the gift of such organization and the heart to share it with the CC community! Its my 3rd year to homeschool with CC and I still work full time at night. I could truly benefit from some of your ideas and would love a copy of your plans. My name is ***, my email is *** and I am a member of the *** campus.

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