We are continuing to use the customizable worksheets from Worksheet Genius and the Pythagoras Board from Montessori. You can check out posts from Week 1 and Week 2 for more details on those. But we have been struggling a bit with the portions of the times tables over 10s. So I went searching to see if I could discover some tricks for those bigger numbers. I found some really cool videos on YouTube that make multiplying 11s in particular and large numbers in general much easier.
I really enjoyed the above video so I searched for more by the same creator. I came across a unique way of multiplying large numbers that will work great for any of the times tables with double digits.
We are continuing with our Preposition Story (CLICK HERE to read about that) and we are also creating hand motions for each preposition in our chant. (We will definitely post a video on YouTube when we finish the chant.)
I picked up a book of Mad Libs with an Ancient Egypt theme and my daughter finished all of them during a single long car ride from Colorado to Utah. She loved them so much that I searched online for more Mad Lib style games and I found this completely awesome website. It is called Word Blanks and it has thousands of fill-in stories, created by users, with every theme you can think of. Many of them include prepositions, but you have to search for them, as nouns, verbs, and adverbs are more common.
CLICK HERE to Visit Word Blanks
Also, if you are interested in the Mad Lib style Ancient Egypt book (which correlates really well with the Ancient History studies from Cycle 1) here is the link for that:
CLICK HERE to Add Ancient Egypt Funny Fill-In to Your Amazon Wish List
This week we are studying Greek and Roman gods and I found the absolute COOLEST game that the whole family can play. It is called Zeus on the Loose and it is a fast paced card game where each player tries to be the person holding the Zeus figure when Mt. Olympus reaches 100 points. The game involves mental addition and subtraction. The original rules do not require that you know anything about the Greek gods, but to make it work for CC memory work, we’ve added a simple rule: In order to play one of the Greek god cards, you have to give the name of the corresponding Roman god. This works perfectly and the game is super fun. I also love that it has a math component. My 9 year old and my 16 year old both love to play and it is less than $10 with free shipping on Amazon. I call it a win!
CLICK HERE to Add Zeus on the Loose to Your Amazon Wish List
Some of you may already be familiar with this excellent Dover line of coloring books. Many of them relate to the Classical Conversations subjects. We ordered this one because it is PERFECT for including in our CC binder and the illustrations are much more interesting than any of the free options I found online.
The Mensa Foundation has a very detailed lesson plan on the Greek and Roman gods. It is written at a 7th grade level but I am planning on using portions of it with both my 9 year old and my 16 year old. I specifically like Lesson 2 and Lesson 4, but I am including a link to the entire .pdf file:
CLICK HERE to Download the Mensa Lesson Plan for Greek & Roman Gods
The other book purchase we made for this week is the D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths. This book comes highly recommended within Classical Conversations circles. We bought it to read some myths that feature the Greek gods but we will use it again when we get to Ancient Greece in our timeline studies.
CLICK HERE to Add D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths to Your Amazon Wish List
Family Style Schooling has amazing resources for learning Latin noun declensions. I have printed out all of their worksheets and put them in my daughter’s Classical Conversations binder. The binder is full of worksheets that reinforce the memory work and it is a lifesaver for the times that I need to teach my son or get some work done. I have the binder divided into sections by subject and I fill each section with worksheets that I download from Classical Connections and other websites. These Latin worksheets have been a great addition. Here’s the link:
We are also continuing with our Latin studies using Latina Christiana. I found a set on Amazon that is about half the retail price. It only lacks the DVDs, which we haven’t missed.
A few weeks ago, I completed a set of Geography worksheets for Cycle 1. My daughter is loving them. Below is the link if you would like to download them for yourself.
CLICK HERE to Download the Cycle 1 Geography Worksheets
We are also using the Geography Trivium Table from Classical Conversations. We use fine line dry erase markers to label the memory work for the week. I couldn’t find the ultra fine markers at our local office supply so I got them off of Amazon:
CLICK HERE to Add Expo Ultra Fine Tip Dry Erase Markers to Your Amazon Wish List
This week was a fun one for our science studies. There are lots of resources that deal with how animal cells work and how they are different from plant cells.
We purchased all three of the books that I am recommending and they compliment each other well. The first book, “Animal Cells”, explains the structure of animal cells, the different organelles and how they work, as well as cell division. The illustrations are colorful and beautiful and the book is under $8.
CLICK HERE to Add “Animal Cells” to Your Amazon Wish List
The second book is something of a combination regular book and workbook. “Christina Examines Plant Cells and Animal Cells” covers “what is a cell?”, the difference between animal and plant cells, cell division and mutation, jobs available in cellular fields, etc. It includes word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, word scrambles, and science experiments. I actually feel like this book isn’t detailed enough to stand on its own but it is a perfect compliment to the first book. I am planning on reading the first book out loud to my kids and then allowing them to work through the workbook after that.
CLICK HERE to Add “Christina Examines Plant and Animal Cells!” to Your Amazon Wish List
This last book is definitely not for read aloud, but it makes an awesome independent reader. It works either to complement “Animal Cells” or as a stand-alone alternative if you just don’t have time in your family schedule for a read aloud for this week. The book is formatted as a graphic novel and my daughter went nuts over it. Any child who loves comic books or enjoys adventure type books will love this. Plus with a price tag under $7 including free delivery, you can’t go wrong.
CLICK HERE to Add “The Basics of Cell Life with MaxAxiom” to Your Amazon Wish List
I’m a big fan of hands-on learning materials and this magnetic animal cell is pretty cool. Complete with organelles, it is sure to be a hit for your kinetic learners. Plus it makes a great looking decorative piece for your homeschool room.
CLICK HERE to Add the Magnetic Animal Cell Model to Your Amazon Wish List
Do any of you have little perfectionists? My 9 year old daughter’s biggest struggle with the art program so far has been her continual need for every effort of hers to be perfect. It is so difficult watching her being so hard on herself. I came across this book online. It is a perfect fit. If you have a mini-perfectionist on your hands, you will love it as well.
CLICK HERE to Add “-ish” to Your Amazon Wish List
This week we are working on upside down drawing. You can use any line drawing for attempting upside down sketching. Here is a great way of trying it. I found this image on Pinterest and I couldn’t locate a photo credit.
I found a few drawings online that I think would work really well for upside down drawing. Here are the links to download them:
I also found a link with a really great explanation for how to do upside down drawing and why it is important in developing art skills. Here’s the link:
Thanks for sharing this awesome classical education journey with us. Be sure to follow the blog so you don’t miss out on any of the freebies and lesson ideas. Until next time…happy learning!