18 April 2014

Day 85 / 103 - Essentials Graffiti Wall

Yesterday, my Essentials class worked in teams to identify every word I had written on the white board.  The teams would take turns sending one member to the board, and that student needed to either define the term on the board or give an example of the word.  If they answered correctly, we would erase the word from the board.  We continued until every word was erased.

I was actually quite impressed with my class and their knowledge of the material as well as their participation in the game.

08 April 2014

Day 84 / 103 - Timeline

Every year my children memorize a History Timeline that includes 161 people, places, and events that have shaped history.  In the past, I've posted some enrichment activities that we've completed with these cards (here and here).  However, today I wanted to mention briefly how impressed I am that my children have this Timeline memorized.  Once again, they are gearing up to prove they have memorized all their Classical Conversations memory work for this year.  As a result, we've been reviewing this Timeline in full for the past couple weeks.

There is a song they can sing, and the recording takes about 14 minutes.  My children figured out long ago they can move much faster than the recording and finish the Timeline in its entirety in about seven minutes.  They both have the ability to start at any point in the Timeline and proceed onward.  This morning's activity consisted of sorting out the 161 jumbled cards into proper order.  After sorting out the entire Timeline, we then located and pulled the two dozen cards that correspond with this year's History memory work.

06 April 2014

04 April 2014

Day 82 / 103 - Parts of Speech Anchor Charts

My children turned two of their Essentials charts into poster board displays for our recent CC community night.  Everything is more fun with sharpies.

Day 81 / 103 - Straw Bridge Construction

For the past two weeks my children have been constructing bridges out of straws as our related Science project during our Classical Conversations campus day.   Students were to to use straws, rubber bands, and Play-Doh as struts, straps, and cement.  The goal was to make a bridge that would support weight, and we tested that by piling books on top.

In addition, we discussed the four types of bridges: Beam, Truss, Arch, and Suspension.

29 March 2014

Day 80 / 103 - Classical Conversations of Beckley Family Night

Last night my children, along with their Classical Conversations friends, entertained family and community members with History songs, Latin recitation, artwork, and much more!  In our four years of involvement with CC, this is the first time we've been part of a community that has put together an Achievement Night.  I must admit, it was rather entertaining.

Because of the interest and growth in Classical Conversations in our area, the students pictured above will split into three different campuses next fall to allow for other families to join into this phenomenal program.  This is truly an encouragement and an inspiration to anyone who is familiar with the vision and goals of CC.

25 March 2014

Day 79 / 103 - Chalk on Cloth

My children recently studied the artist Edgar Degas, a French impressionist painter and graphic artist best known for his pictures of dancers at the ballet.  Along with paints and charcoal pencil, he often used colored chalk to create his artworks.

Their related assignment was to draw with chalk on canvas.  By soaking the cloth in milk ahead of time we were able to make the artwork look more like a painting.