It is the third week of the Homeschool Resource Roundup 2021, and we have more amazing resources and creations – made by families, for families! Each resource this week not only supports homeschooling, but also pairs nicely with the Classical Conversations (CC) Foundations program for Cycle 1.
Don’t miss the exciting announcements, giveaways, and freebies from these featured contributors July 12-18th! Find it all in the Facebook group: Homeschool Resource Roundup. Look for more to come throughout the summer!
Cycle 1 Family Pack
Our CC Cycle 1 Family Pack is perfect for families doing CC science from home. This kit comes packed with most things that your family will need to complete CC science in Cycle 1. It includes crayfish and owl pellets for each student, dissection supplies, rock and mineral kits, and much more!
Learn More about the Cycle 1 Family Pack.
If you are a Foundations director needing hands-on science supplies for your tutors, or if you are a family needing experiement supplies for your home, you’ll want to check out this kit! The scouting and collecting is done for you, so that means less prep work!Angie’s Review
Created by: Dr. Marcus Ross
In 2014, Dr. Marcus Ross created Cornerstone Educational Supply after seeing a need for science supplies in his family’s Classical Conversations community
Cycle 1 Weekly Sheets
Have your child(ren) practice handwriting (print or cursive) as they follow along in their memory work! Perfect for young writers and older elementary focusing on fine motor skills & penmanship.
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If you need a way to review weekly memory work and also practice handwriting, these are perfect! It is convenient to have all the subjects for every week all in one place!Angie’s Review
Created by: Jennifer
Jennifer Bryant is the wife of a good man and mother of two precious preteens. Her favorite things include reading, organizing, blogging, singing with her kids, laughing out loud with her husband, and making food for people. She lives in Honolulu, Hawaii and dreams of taking her family on marvelous adventures across the globe. She is a writer and podcaster at PracticalFamily.org, and encourages mothers to build practical skills for healthy communication, and strengthens moms for every-day struggles to raise the next generation. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Cycle 1 Morning Basket Plans
This six week Morning Basket Plan is designed to accompany your community’s 5th edition memory work for weeks 1-6. Written with a loop format in mind, there is no daily schedule, but instead a list of topics that can be revisited multiple times in a single week, or once per week as you are led. The areas covered are Bible reading, Poetry, Hymns, Art Study and Music Appreciation. Classical poems, works of art, hymns, and music are tied to each week’s memory work, bringing a beautiful depth to New Grammar in an open-and-go format that makes it easy for mom with little to no prep. Also included is a 6 week read-aloud plan leveled for families with children in from Abecedarians to Masters.
All works are hyperlinked in the text; the only outside resources required for purchase or borrowing are read-alouds.
Learn more about Cycle 1 Morning Basket Plans.
If you want to begin and maintain a morning basket routine but just don’t know what to do or don’t have the time to plan it out, then you’ll appreciate Heather’s work here! This is a huge time saver! You can spend your time making connections with your kids because your morning basket plans are ready to go!Angie’s Review
Created by: Heather
Heather is a wife and mother who has been homeschooling for over two decades.
Cycle 1 History Lesson Plans
This curriculum guide was created to help families get the most out of their history resources. We’ve found the best and most popular history resources and put them together in one organize plan for you to follow. Each week you’ll dive into the Kingfisher Encyclopedia, read great stories from Story of the World, complete mapping activities, crafts, and projects….and most weeks also include an interactive History Pocket to assemble! If you love notebooking, then you’ll also be able to use the reproducible notebooking pages included to give your child a chance to write down and/or draw what they have learned each week. These pages are great for an end of the year portfolio!
If you want a history lesson plan that aligns with the CC weeks, you’ll want to check out Jaime’s work! She has made it easy to grab your books and supplies and follow along each day.Angie’s Review
Learn More about Cycle 1 History Lesson Plans.
Classical Conversations Memory Work Cards
This is the ORIGINAL Memory Work System for Classical Conversations Foundations. These cards will help you review current and past memory work each day in a systematic way. They are easy to use and easy to follow! Even your youngest Foundations aged children can follow these simple cards. Now you don’t have to worry about your memory work! Just pick up the week’s card and follow! Simply turn to the week and day that you are on and then do what it says! The system will tell you which weeks to review each day!
Learn More about Memory Work Cards.
Any student aspiring to be a memory master will benefit greatly from this memory card system!Angie’s Review
Resource Contributor: Jaime
Jaime is a homeschool mom to three kids (ages 19-6) and has homeschooled from the start! She’s been with CC for 13 years and loves everything about the method, model, and mission, which is why she’s always telling people about CC! She loves to create products that make homeschool easier and write about things that will help encourage homeschool families along their journey!
Earrings by Emma
CC inspired hypoallergenic plastic post earrings for sensitive ears.
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You’ll appreciate the quality of Emma’s earrings along with the fun themes. Go check out her website! You won’t find a better selection, and you can even match up with every week of cycle 1!Angie’s Review
Created by: Emma
Business was started by 8 year old CC student to fulfill her own need for affordable hypoallergenic earrings that don’t irritate senstive ears.
Learning with Friends hands-on science bundles
Our hands-on science bundles promote discovery, connection, and conversation, going far beyond your typical kitchen trick science experiment book. Particularly of interest to Classical Conversations families, our 21/22 School Year Pack is designed to match up with the weekly memory work for Cycle 1. Designed to be used family-style, this once-weekly enrichment is a rich, but accessible, deeper dive into your science study. In addition, our discussion-based guides encourage the use of the scientific method in preparation for the Challenge A science fair.
Learn More about the Hands-On Science Bundles.
These science bundles will help you create wonder and a love of science in your home. We had so much fun using the bundle last year and look forward to the biology unit with cycle 1. The guide is user-friendly and takes the headache out of selecting and planning experiments.Angie’s Review
Created by: Nicole and Aracelly
Co-founders Nicole Paitsel and Aracelly Garces are Classical Conversations homeschool moms, Christ followers, and friends.
Cycle 1 Ancient HISTORY Crafts and Activities
Make Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Ancient History Sentences come alive! There is a craft or hands-on activity for each week. I’ve geared these crafts for preK-3rd grade using supplies that most people have around the house. These crafts follow Classical Conversations Cycle 1 History Sentences 5th Edition, but are not endorsed or affiliated by them. The guide is very open-and-go. There are explanations about how the crafts tie in, supply lists, easy to follow instructions, pictures of completed items, and a printables section (so you don’t need to hunt for anything). NEW this cycle: A Fast Facts section in each week’s activity. It has facts about the history topic. These can be a resource for you as a parent or you can share with your curious child.
Learn More about Ancient History Crafts & Activities.
Do you have a hands-on learner? You will want this craft guide! These are not your typical (boring) crafts. They are creative and will add a little variety to your learning from week to week.Angie’s Review
Created by: Annette
Annette is a homeschooling mom of 4 littles ages 2-9 years who loves Classical Homeschooling.
Custom-Sewn Tin Whistle Instrument Cases
Keep your Classical Conversations tin whistles clean, protected, (and easy to find!) with a custom-sewn instrument case. Besides having over 300 fabric options to choose from to fit your unique style, customize your cover by adding a name, monogram, or carry strap. And best yet, for ultimate protection, you can add a pvc-pipe insert that transforms your cover to a hard protective case. These whistle cases will last you and your kiddos for their entire Foundations years. Don’t forget that these make perfect gifts for your CC tutors too!
Shop the Custome Sewn Tin Whistle Cases.
These are beautifully sewn and you won’t be dissapointed with Trisha’s work! She thought of everthing with the features you can add and I love the soft lining!
Created by: Trisha
Trisha is a wife and CC mom who has homeschooled her four children since 2013, and if you want to get her talking about what she enjoys, ask about vintage children’s books, her 15-passenger van, or outdoor adventures with her kids.
We Draw to Learn: Cycle 1 Science Drawing Tutorials
We Draw to Learn takes Classical Conversations Cycle 1 science memory work and turns each week into a drawing with step-by-step drawing instructions that students can do. Drawing and labeling their memory work not only doubles up CC review with drawing lessons, but also dramatically helps with knowledge retention! Studies show that drawing information can improve recall by more than double compared to just writing the information down!
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What a unique and creative approach to reinforcing memory work! This is a fun way to practice the skills of attending and drawing while also remembering your science facts!
Created by: Laura
Laura Baareman is a homeschooling mom of 4 kids, 3 girls and 1 boy – ages 9, 7, 5, and 2 and wife to her college sweetheart – a Physical Therapist named Jason.
Biology Course – Home’s Cool Science
Are you wanting to expand on your children’s CC Foundations science memory work, but you don’t know where to start? Are you tired of buying multiple science books and having to figure out the weekly matchups? This course takes the chore out of teaching science! Home’s Cool Science – Biology course has 12 video lessons that line up with weeks 1-12 of Cycle 1 science memory work. There are also 12 lab/investigation videos that correspond to each weekly lesson for extra hands-on-learning. Choose from multiple PDF worksheets and create both a Biology Science Journal and a Lab/Investigation Journal for each child. Get the complete course for $35 per family (valid for this week only, July 12-17)! (Wondering about weeks 13-24 Cycle 1 science? No worries, Earth Science should be available for purchase in November 2021.)
Learn more about Homes Cool Science.
This biology class matches perfectly with the science memory work! It is super easy to navigate and clearly laid out. You can print the workbooks by week or all at once. Rachel’s videos are easy to follow and your students will enjoy every minute of the teaching and the investigations! I’ve even learned some new things!
Created by: Rachel
Rachel Peck graduated from FSU with a degree in Biology (minors in Chemistry, Math & Science Education) and she has been loving homeschooling her 4 sons (ages 9 through 17) for over 8 years.
Cycle 1 Classical Learning Playset
Kids can tutor their dolls and stuffed animals with this mini-sized playset that matches themes in CC cycle 1. It is fun to review biology, earth science, geography, and Latin, and then pack up the supplies in the ancient history-themed bag. A coordinating cycle 1 outfit is also available for 18-inch dolls!
Shop our new Designs for Dolls store and see all of the Classical Learning Playsets with themes for math, writing, new grammar, and art along with doll clothes and Doll and Me outfits with homeschool designs.
Learn more about the Cycle 1 Playset.
I have enjoyed seeing my girls develop their products! They take great care with every detail. If you send a list of favoirte colors, they will match the supplies in the playset whenever possible!Angie’s Review
Created by: Hannah & Kara
Hannah & Kara began Designs for Dolls as an Entrepreneur Day project in their local community. They enjoy crafts, art, reading, and playing beautiful music on the piano and harp.
Animals in Time, Volume 1: Historical Empires and Civilizations
These twenty-six A-Z animal adventure stories will whisk kids across the globe as they paddle the Nile River, lumber through the Amazon rain forest, and march across the Mesoamerican terrain. There is one item that makes traveling through time and space possible for the animals—the Commandment Stone! From dodging arrows of the Visogoths, to escaping the clutches of the Samurai, or simply sipping frothy xocolatl (or hot chocolate) with the Aztecs, kids are sure to remember the people and places from long ago, inspiring them to consider the contribution they will, in turn, make to this world. An accompanying activity book is also available. These items align with Classical Conversations (5th Edition) history and geography topics for Cycle 1.
Learn more about Animals in Time, Volume 1.
We used Animals in Time last year and throughly enjoyed the adventure along with the animals and made some history and geography connections along the way. We are looking forward to the adventures cycle 1 has in store!
Created by: Christopher and Jaden
These resources were developed by a team of creators and professionals including an experienced editor, a skilled graphic artist, and a necessary tech expert; but the primary creative content was created by Christopher Rodriguez, who will pursue an undergraduate degree in physics and a minor in writing; and Jaden Rodriguez, who will pursue an undergraduate degree in fine arts, with a focus in animation and writing.
Geography Around the World
Geography Around the World introduces students to continents, capitals, landforms and biomes, major lakes and rivers, mountain ranges, political boundaries, and more. Students can have fun completing a range of activities including matching, decoding puzzles, multiple choice, map work, and even an international traders’ challenge. 279 pages total. Answer keys are included. This geography curriculum is comprised of eight units, with each unit increasing in difficulty and grade level. Unit 1 is appropriate for 1st grade, Unit 2 is appropriate for 2nd grade, etc., through Unit 8 for 8th grade. However, these units can be begun at any point. For example, if you have a 4th grader who has not had much background in geography, you may choose to do Units 1, 2, 3, and 4 at the pace that fits your schedule. Or, if you review the content in those units and find your student already has an understanding of those concepts, you can simply start with the unit matching your student’s grade level. Ages 5-13.
You can find dozens of history, geography, art, music, and science resources broken into topics that align with Classical Conversations Cycle 1 here at WriteBonnieRose.com. It takes the work out of finding related resources and makes rounding out the year’s curriculum a snap!
Learn more about Geography Around the World.
As you work through this geography resource you can reinforce your CC memory work and review locations and features around the globe. This is a fun, gentle introduction to prepare students for the cartography strand in Challange A. If you are looking for a geography add-on for the last year of Foundations, this will give your child an intoduction to geography terms, countries, capitals, and physical features around the world.Angie’s Review
Created by: Bonnie Rose
WriteBonnieRose exists to serve homeschoolers and home educators around the world by creating practical resources in many subject areas that are fun, affordable, and easy to use for preschool through high school.
Classical Student Planner
This student planner is designed especially for the CC student! It is an assignment planner to help plan and track daily and weekly school work. It includes a variety of options to make it exactly what your student needs. It also includes a bonus Resource Notebook Pack with pages for spelling, science, Latin endings, and more!
All planners for homeschool and CC are on sale this week!
Learn more about the Classical Student Planner.
Scripture Link, Cycle 1
As you memorize facts about the ancient world and world empires, would you like a nugget of Biblical truth to hang onto for the week? A little seed to plant in the hearts of your kids about the goodness and mercy of God in a world full of idols and false gods? This family guide will help you connect simple, yet profound truths in Scripture with historical world events.
Each of the 24 history topics for cycle 1 has a short Scripture passage with one verse highlighted to memorize. It is followed by the main idea and then some thoughts on the connection. For those with older kids, there are discussion questions based on the Five Common Topics. If you have Challenge kids, this is a great way to include them in family Bible time. You’ll discuss things like why cultures set up idols and men long for a hero – why nations seek to rule and men long to be liberated. Every age group can participate in the culmination of praise to our great God. Ideas for prayer, praise, and thanksgiving are included with a suggested psalm, hymn, or spiritual song. Scripture Link provides a way to set our minds on Christ alongside our history studies.
Learn more about Scripture Link, Cycle 1.
Get the first two weeks of Scripture Link free right now in our store and receive an email when the final product is ready!
Created by: Angie
Angie lives in West Texas where she homeschools five children and seeks to bring beauty and order into this season of life while encouraging other families.
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