Classical Conversations Cycle 2: Week 23 Recap

Classical Conversations Cycle 2: Week 23 Recap

Here's a recap of what we learned for week 23!

Resource: Foundations of the Bible vol.2 
Holy Week Cards  CC Bible Songs

For week 23, we learned about Jesus teaching at the temple at 12 years old. We also are doing the Holy Week cards as we lead up to Easter.   

In case you missed the announcement, I am writing volume 3 for Foundations of the Bible that pairs with Cycle 3 optional Bible memory work. This resource will be available for pre-order in June. So, save the date, and let others know this resource is coming for the fall! It covers all 66 books of the Bible + a deeper dive of the gospels to Revelation. Read more details here. 


Resource: Story of the World Book 4 - Chapter 42
Activity: Coloring page from Scribblers page on CC Connected

We read a portion of Story of the World vol. 4. I really can't say enough good things about these books. They are so helpful at making history engaging. After we read, my kids drew a picture of what they learned in a narration journal, and I wrote down their main takeaways.


Resource: Science Flash Cards for CC Weeks 13-24 
Activity: Make s'mores using 3 methods of heat flow
Video: Heat Transfer

To learn about the different ways heat flows, we heated a marshmallow with three different methods. I got this idea and was so happy with how it turned out. The three ways heat flows are radiation, conduction, and convection. To show heat through radiation, we microwaved a marshmallow for 10 seconds. The kids loved how big the marshmallow expanded. The second way was through conduction. We showed this by heating a pan and putting the marshmallow in the pan. The third way was through convection, which we did by heating the marshmallow directly above a flame without letting it touch.

After we tried all three methods, the kids (of course) had to try all three s'mores and pick which heat method tasted the best. Our vote was convection, the traditional s'more way. I'm sure your kids will love this easy experiment. We also use the Scribblers coloring page and the CC Sandbox printout as a visual aid. 


Resources: CC Sandbox Geography page, LeapFrog Globe
Activity: Crayola Coloring Pages
Song: Kim Vieley's Geography Song
Video: Central Asia

I just discovered the free Crayola coloring pages and they are great for geography. My kids love looking up each country's flag and coloring them. The Crayola website has a free coloring page for every country in the world and it also includes a fun fact about the country. They also have every state, which will be helpful for Cycle 3 coming up. You just search the name of the country in their search bar, and then click the tab "Free coloring pages" and it will pop up!

When I was prepping for this week, I did not think I'd be able to pronounce, let alone memorize this week's geography. But, with the help of Kim’s song (linked above), we were able to memorize. 

Tip: On the CC Sandbox geography print out, you can see that Turkmenistan looks like a turkey, which is helpful to memorize the country's location. Also, Tajikistan looks like a little bunny which pairs with the memory song. 

All of the countries for this week are persecuted countries, so you can pray as a family for Christians living in these areas. This map is from VOM and came in their free newsletter. They have a free app with this info as well.


End of Year Gift Ideas: 

It's already almost the end of another CC school year! If you are looking for ideas for tutor or director gifts, then I hope you consider these cute book bags. The Homeschool Mama tote is extra-large and has a zip closure on top. The Raising Bible Readers tote is the perfect size to hold your foundations guide, large water bottle, snacks, and more. It also has a convenient front pocket for your phone, keys, lip gloss, etc. These are both available in my shop, as well as shirts, stickers, Bible accessories and more! 


Library Books:

This was a hard week for library books! We honestly didn't have many to choose from at our library this week. I love Story of the World for history and read it every week. I'm glad I own these! It's nice to have one resource in our home that's readily available for history topics. The LeapFrog globe is another resource I love for quick facts and videos for geography.

Remember to check CC Connected Sandbox file for book recommendations, as well as the Cycle 2 booklist from Half a Hundred Acre Wood.

Hair, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective by Brian Cleary 

But and for, yet and nor : what is a conjunction?

The Atlas Obscura explorer's guide for the world's most adventurous kid by Dylan Thuras (Read Note Below)

Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's , Thuras*. - Picture 1 of 1

Note: This was the only geography book I could find in my library that had at least 2 of the countries we were learning about- Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. It's a neat book from the little I've read, but I would like to preface that I was caught off guard with the last sentence for one of the facts for TurkmenistanIt teaches about this natural gas crater that has caught fire and has been burning for over 50 years. This place is called the gates of hell. What caught me off guard was the very last sentence about imaging demons dancing in there. It didn't sit well with me, so I skipped the sentence when reading to my kids. So just wanted to add that caution in case you decide to check it out. 

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