Classical Conversations Science Weeks 13-18 for Cycle

For Classical Conversations Science weeks 13-18 I plan to use the following resource. Again, I may add in something different each week too, and I’ll share that as we get into weekly resources.

The Periodic Table of Elements Coloring Book

Do you know of a elementary friendly Periodic Table book I could look into?

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Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Science Weeks 1-12


I plan to use two Usborne Books with Classical Conversations Science weeks 1-12.  I’ll probably add other books as we go each week, but these appear to work for the entire first 12 weeks.

See Inside Your Body and Usborne Human Body Reference Book.  (The Human Body Reference does have a little reproductive information.  Please make sure you find it appropriate for your child.)

You can buy these from an Usborne representative or you may be able to find used copies on Amazon or Ebay.  (I purchased these from a friend’s party.)

Do you know of any other great books for cycle 3 science for week 1-12?

Summer Reading

As I think about wrapping up school for our rapidly approaching summer break, I like to have a stack of books ready for summer reading.  Our local library has a summer reading program (which revolves around the public school schedule), but you have to attend an event weekly, and it’s while I’m at the office.

So, I’m looking for some good books for my child to read this summer.  What are your suggestions?

Journals for your student…

One way I try to track how we are doing with language arts is ask my child to write a journal each week.  I give her a prompt and she writes about it.  I’m able to see where she is on punctuation, spelling, grammar, etc.  She’s grown over the past year doing this and it’s something I think we will continue.

We use a notebook for this project.  I usually send it with her during the day since it is something I want her to do without much help so I truly know what she is learning.

She has a writing project and I have a small timesaver for me.  Maybe this is something that could work for your family as well.

My top 5 time savers at meal time…

Work, homeschool, activities for my daughter, meetings can all take time.  Here are my top five kitchen timesavers to make sure I still get a meal on the table at dinner.

5.  Take out.  Yes, it’s a last resort, but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.  (Frozen pizza also works in a pinch.)

4.  Keeping browned ground beef handy.  I try to keep some in either the fridge for freezer.  I almost always have what we need for tacos, taco salad or taco soup.  Or spaghetti.  They are quick meals my family enjoys.

3.  Salad.  Everyone at my house likes salad.  I try to keep lettuce, veggies, cheese and dressing on hand.  It makes for a quick meal or quick side dish.

2.  Meal planning.  I try to meal plan with my lesson plans each week.  I know what activities we have each night and try to plan out something that fits in the time schedule.

1. The crockpot.  I could not function a lot of days with out it.  We have a warm meal ready to go when it’s meal time that I often start at 5 or 6 am.  The food cooks all day, usually after minimal prep, while we do what we have on the agenda for the day.  (Bonus, it usually makes the house smell good too.)

What are you top kitchen time savers?



Why I do not take a lot of breaks…

Those that know me in real life know I try to plan our school schedule around my farmer.  He seems to need me to do more running for him in the spring than the fall.

Our state requires 180 day of homeschool.  We do that.  Be we often start school in early August, before the public school students go back.  I personally do not like to take a lot of breaks in the school year.  Family vacation, a few days at Christmas, but that’s about it.  We push through the school year (including a lot of Saturdays) with the goal to be done in early spring.

Another reason we push and do not take a lot of breaks is my job.  There’s usually one week in October that is crazy busy for me.  I will often adjust the school schedule that week to get it all done.  So, while we may miss a day in October, we have had school every Thanksgiving Day since started our journey.

This crazy schedule may not work for you, but it works for our family.  I often plan my days around meetings.  While we do school most mornings before I leave for work, there are some days we do it all in the evening.

Let me encourage you to find what works for you.  It is possible to homeschool and be employed.  Your schedule just may not look like the rest of the world- and that’s ok.

When Math Seems Hard…


Math is a subject in which many students struggle.  While I use Abeka math, we have found that Kumon Workbooks work well when extra practice is needed to master a subject or concept.  You can find a variety of Kumon Workbooks at the link below.  (They do offer more than math.)

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