Classical Conversations just got easier…
Organize your CC homeschool year with these great resources and suggestions from other Classical Conversations parents.
We all need a little help figuring out our scheduling and systems, and these are just a few suggestions we’ve collected to help ease the anxiety of a busy school year.
If you have any other suggestions, feel free to let us know in the comments!
Weekly Sheets – Cursive or Print
This planner is an excellent way to keep track of your schedule as well as your records for schooling. Brandy Ferrell, creator of Half a Hundred Acre Wood does an excellent job laying out a fill-in-the-blank space for each week’s memory work, subjects, and a checklist format. This website is also a favorite among CC homeschoolers with many incredible resources reading lists, cursive writing practice, and practical advice on her blog.
A 12-month calendar is included along with a sheet for attendance keeping, and grading. If you are ever asked to provide proof of schoolwork in your home state, or just for your own peace of mind, this is a nice organization system to have in place.
This planning system is great because it focuses on goal-setting. You and your child(ren) can check in with each other on a circular goal-setting chart, plan out meals, reading lists, memory work, and even when to take their vitamins 🙂
Timeline Card Page Protectors & Binder System
This will be our first year using this system, but other parents have said this saved them from losing or bending their beautiful timeline cards! Maybe you keep five or so of them up during the week of study. Store the ones you’re not displaying in this easy filing system.
Companion Notebooks – Sunshine & Oranges
One of our favorite resources, this Companion Notebook set is so beautifully created by our friends Amy Atkins and Sara Burns over at Sunshine and Oranges. You will love the simple fill-in-the-blank style of these notebooks, and they are available in bound or spiral binding from their website or Amazon when you click on the photos below.
I had the chance to interview Amy and Sara this year on the Practical Family Podcast about how they met and began to create these awesome resources. They also have their own show called the Sunshine and Oranges Podcast where they discuss the weekly memory work subjects in a little more depth to give mamas a head start to their homeschooling week.
Make sure to order each book, Weeks 1-12 & Weeks 13-24.
This notebook is a sister companion to the Companion Notebooks, as it covers the next steps of English language learning from the Essentials Program. Beginning around 4th grade, kids in the Classical Conversations program also study the English language more intensively, learning to break down and build up sentences and really own grammar in order to think and write at higher levels in middle school.
Sara Burns who has been a tutor in CC for many year, wrote the Grammar of Grammar notebook to allow kids to practice the basics of the Essentials program, and use better strategies to help them remember these building blocks of language.
Must-Have Homeschool Supplies
This list represents collective answers from our Practical Family Community on Facebook and other helpful co-op contributors! Would you recommend anything else? Let us know in the comments below!