In case you're left scratching you head, here is why we chose CC and how we are are mixing it with Montessori.
This year I introduced something new. This is our weekly review bins. If you're familiar with CC, it essentially runs on a 6 week schedule at the early levels (6th grade and under).
I obtained the 6 bin organizer form Lakeshore Learning. As I always recommend for Lakeshore, look for a coupon before purchasing.
The 6 bins are perfect for the 6 week intervals of Classical Conversations. Here is an example of what is in our week 15 bin. Obviously, this can vary by week.
1, 3 - Science Book - Since we are currently studying chemistry and the parts of an atom, I have included a book on basic chemistry principles. I have traditional Montessori 3-part cards on the shelves that address the parts of an atom.
2 - History Book - I try to include a book that covers our history statement each week. Our focus this year has been on American History. Our week 15 bin includes a book on Teddy Roosevelt.
4 - History Cards - I adore the photo cards that review our history statements each week. I have downloaded these from Classical Conversations Connected.
5 - Timeline Cards - Our 7 timeline cards for each week is in the review bin. However, they are displayed on our tri-board during the current week.
6 - Science Card - Our weekly science card is available for review. I love the information on the back.
7 - Fine Arts - We are currently studying America artists. Depending on the artist, I may include a biography or examples of the work. We are currently studying Georgia O'Keeffe. I have included 3-part cards from Montessori Print Shop. CC recently released a gorgeous set of fine art cards. I plan to procure these at the next homeschool convention.
I'll be honest, I'm not great at preparing week to week. Preparing 6 weeks at a time has worked far better for me. I love that my children can chose to review the prior weeks of work at will. While I tend to file the cards, I do keep the books accessible for the entire school year. I'm amazed at how often my children chose to review them.
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