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CC Cycle 2- The Year at a Glance with a Free Download!

For all of my Classical Conversations friends, I have been working on a  document that shows an overview of  Cycle 2 quickly……. Cycle 2 Year at a Glance.   Many times I have thought, I know that we are doing (insert topic here)  in cycle 2, but which week is it?  This document will provide that answer quickly! 

Here is a glimpse of what it looks like: 

cycle 2 year at a glance photo 1-12

I would love to share it with you.  Please click here to download Classical Conversations Cycle 2 Year at a Glance.  

Please note:  I have not included timeline on this document.  I couldn’t figure out a way to document it without breaking copyright laws.  So, you will have to look in your Foundations manual for timeline. 

How do I use this document?

  1. I print it and keep it in my purse.  When I am at garage sales,  curriculum fairs, or thrift stores, I look for books that relate to these topics.
  2. I use it when choosing books at the library.  Before picking our books, we look at the week’s topics. 
  3. I save the document on the desktop of my computer.  When I am planning lessons, I have a quick reference.
  4. I open this document when I am pinning “extra” ideas on pinterest. 


Happy planning!

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Latin Memory Work for Classical Conversations

I apologize to my loyal readers….it has been awhile since I have posted. My family was assaulted by Influenza B. For over two weeks, we have been dealing with fevers, vomiting, uncontrollable coughing, and many other lovely symptoms. (I will spare you the details, friends.) But, we are back to the land of the living and we are ready to begin the second half of our school year! Are you?

First on the agenda for 2013? Memorize our Latin before we return to our Classical Conversations Community. We have already memorized all of the songs for the Latin Noun Endings, but we had one hang up. While we knew each song during the week we were learning it, we were having a hard time when we put them all together. Which song do we sing? What is the first part of that one? We were a bit of a jumbled mess. What had seemed so easy over the last few months had turned incredibly difficult all of a sudden. We needed a game plan.

What to do? I emailed one of my tutors and explained our situation. We knew the songs individually, but we needed a memory trick to help us remember which one was which. You see, Tabatha, who is my son’s tutor, had given her class memory tricks for this purpose. I remember. I sat in her class while she taught it. But….I didn’t write it down.  :(   Thankfully, she didn’t hold it against me! She emailed me five stories to help us with our Latin memory work.

Sidenote: This is just one of the reasons I love being in a Classical Conversations community! My group is full of helpful, amazing mamas that are always “at the ready” to assist one another in homeschooling. I love my friends!

So, most of these Latin stories are not my own. I must give credit to my tutor, Tabatha, for creating these memory tricks. You may thank her. (I have adapted some of the stories a bit, but they are still mostly hers!)

Memorizing the Latin Memory Work for Classical Conversations

Step 1: Supplies

You will need:

  • The Classical Conversations Latin Memory Work for Cycle 1  (available in the Foundations guide
  • access to the Latin songs for the Latin Noun Endings
  • Optional :   Print a document off CC Connected that provides visuals for the correct pronunciation of each of the Latin sounds. (pictured above)
    •  This document is optional, but I highly recommend it!   It helps the kids have a picture in their mind to attach to each Latin sound.  It is a treasure!  
    • If you are on CC Connected here are instructions for finding the document.  Type the following items into the search buttons.   You should pull up twelve documents.  The one that I use the most is titled “C1 Latin Noun Declensions Picture Pronunciation Guide.”  The flashcards look helpful, also.   
      • Week:  all
      • Cycle:  1
      • Category:  Latin
      • Uploaded by:  NoGreaterJoy5


Step 2:  The Process

  1. Familiarize your child with the original children’s song.  One of the declensions is sung to the song “A Sailor Went to Sea.”   My kids hadn’t heard that song before.  So, the first step?   Sing children’s songs.   How easy is that? (I have attached videos of each of the songs.  Just press play!) 
  2. Once your child can sing the original words to each one of the children’s songs, then you are ready to tackle the songs with the Latin.
  3. Choose one declension.  Focus on one at at time.   
  4. Listen to the song in Latin.  If necessary, help the child hear that the Latin song is the same tune as the children’s song. 
  5. Optional:  Discuss the pictures in the Latin puncutation guide.  Help the child learn how to pronounce each sound using the pictures cues.  
  6. Memorize the Latin noun endings using memory tricks
  7. Once the child has the Latin songs memorized, it is time to give them a trick to help them remember which one is which.  Teach the child a story that incorporates the number of the declension, the song, the first sound in the singular, and the first sound in the plural.  This story reminds them what to sing….and when.
  8. Have the child tell you the story several times throughout the day.  Optional: Using the Latin Pronunciation Guide, I have my kids point to each component as they tell the story.  When they say “second” in the story, they point to the word “second” at the top of the page.  When they say “tree” in the story, they point to the picture of the tree.
  9. Continue quizzing your child.  After he seems confident in all of the songs individually, mix them up.  Start with third declension.  Then, move to fifth….then first.   If he forgets which song to sing, have him tell you the story.  This should remind him of what comes next.  If it doesn’t, then you need to go back and review the stories again.   Also, you can ask him reminder questions.   ”What was the weather like when the cat walked to school?”   ”What grade was he in?”  ”What did he learn when he got to school?”    

The Latin Noun Endings- Aids for Memorizing 

Note:  Due to copyright laws, I will not be sharing the complete Latin memory work or the actual Latin songs published by Classical Conversations.  Please visit the Classical Conversations bookstore for information on purchasing a Foundations guide and a Memory Work Audio CD.     


1st Declension Noun Endings

Children’s Song: Skip to my Lou

The Video: 

The Story:   I was so scared when I began first grade that I looked at my Mom and said, “Uh….I don’t think I can do it!  I am going to skip it!”   But, when I started doing my work, I said, “Oh….I can do this!” 

  • Think…….
    • First=I will be doing the first declension.
    • Uh=  When you are confused you say “Uh.”  I didn’t know how to do the work in first grade, so I was confused.   I didn’t know the answer, so I said “Uh.”  “Uh” is the first pronunciation in the singular first declension. 
    • Skip=I will sing the Latin song to the tune of “Skip to my Lou.”   I am going to sing a few words of Skip to my Lou to myself before I start singing it in Latin. 
    • I= I know I can do it!  “I” is the pronunciation for the first sound in the plural first declension.  When I get to plural first declension, I will start with the sound “I.”


2nd Declension Noun Endings

Song: Jingle Bells (Dashing through the snow portion only)

The Video: 

The Story:

In the middle of a snowstorm, my puss decided to go to second grade.   When he got to school, he learned how to climb a tree.  

  • Think…..
    • Snow=Dashing through the snow…..This is part first part of the song, “Jingle Bells.”  My puss will be dashing through the snow to get to school.  This will remind me to sing my Latin song to the tune of “Dashing Through the Snow.”   I will sing a few words from that song before I sing it in Latin. 
    • Puss=A puss is a cat.  My cat is going to school.   The first sound in the singular 2nd declension is “us” as in puss.  
    • Second=My puss will be going to second grade.  Second will remind me that I will be singing the Latin noun endings for second declension. 
    • Tree=While at school, my puss will learn to climb a tree.  Tree reminds me that the first sound for plural second declension is “ee” as in tree. 


3rd Declension Noun Endings

Song: B-I-N-G-O

The Video: 

The Story:  My dog, Bingo, decided to go to third grade.  When he got there, he thought it was very, very fun!   He had so much fun, that he was sure that he was going to ace it!  

  • Think…….
    • Bing0=My dog’s name is Bingo.  This will remind me to sing the song B-I-N-G-O when I get to third declension.  I will sing a few words from that song before I sing the song in Latin. 
    • Third=My dog is going to go to third grade.  Third will remind me that I am singing the third declension noun endings. 
    • Very, very=   My dog thought school was very, very fun.  Very reminds me that the first sound in singular 3rd declension is “various.”  When I hear “very, very” I will remember to begin with “various.” 
    • Ace=  My dog is going to ace third grade.   “Ace” will remind me that “ace” is the first sound for the plural third declension noun endings.  


4th Declension Noun Endings

Song: Here We Go Looby Loo

The Video:  

The Story:  My puss has decided to go back to school.  This time he will be in the fourth grade.  When he gets to class, he become great friends with a moose named Lou

  • Think……
    • Puss= Puss stands for “us” as in puss.  When I hear puss, I will remember that the first sound for singular 4th declension is “us” as in puss. 
    • fourth= My puss will be going to fourth grade.  This will remind me that I am singing the fourth declension noun endings.
    • Moose=My cat will become friends with a moose.   This will remind me that the first sound in the plural 4th declension is “oos” as in moose. 
    • Lou=The moose is named “Lou.”  This will remind me that I will be singing the fourth declension noun endings to the tune of ”Here We Go Looby Loo.” 


5th Declension Noun Endings

Song: A Sailor Went to Sea

The Video:

The Story:  By the time I get to fifth grade, I will have aced my Latin noun endings more than eighty times!   When I ace Latin, I will do a rumba dance to celebrate! 

  • Think…..
    • Fifth=In this story, I am in fifth grade.  This will remind me that I am singing the fifth declension noun endings. 
    • Aced=This will remind me that the first sound in singular 5th declension is “ace.” 
    • eighty=  The second sound in the singular 5th declension is “a”-”e”  as in “eighty” minus the “t.”
    • Ace=I will say ace again to remind me that the plural fifth declension starts with “ace” as well.  
    • A Rumba=I dance ”A  rumba” dance to remind me that the second sound of the plural fifth declension is “a” plus  “rum” as in rumba.   


What are your tricks for memorizing Latin?


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How to Do Classical Conversations at Home

As a director of a Classical Conversations Foundations/Essentials Community, I frequently hear, “After my CC class day…..what do I do the rest of the week?”

Disclaimer: The beauty of Classical Conversations is this: you get to choose! Every family does CC differently! If you don’t like my “at-home” plan…..change it! Some people use CC as a supplement and some people base their entire curriculum around the memory work. Some people do a combination of the two. Make your own decision. But, if you need some ideas to get you started, then read through our typical day at home.


A typical day in our home……just keeping it real, friends…..poor little doggie….


What subjects do we do at home?

If we do these subjects everyday, then I will call that day a success……

  1. Language Arts
  2. Math
  3. Bible
  4. Memory Work
  5. Explore

How do I plan for our CC weeks?

  1. I label twenty-four file folders 1-24 to represent weeks 1-24.
  2. Using the Memory Work CD or CC Connected, I print off the memory work that has one piece of memory work per page.
  3. Print off the History Highlights and Science Snippets for each week. (CC Connected or Memory Work Resource CD)
  4. I match each page with it’s corresponding week and I place it in it’s correct hanging folder.
  5. I go on CC Connected and I print off additional handouts or ideas. I place the ideas in the correct folder.
  6. I go on Pinterest and I find additional ideas. I create a separate board for each week so that I have quick and easy access during the school year. Check out my Pinterest boards for CC.
  7. I go to my library’s website and order books that correspond to each week’s topic. Recently, I have learned that I can request books and then suspend them to come in at a certain time! That means I can schedule the books to come in when I need them instead of all at once!


At first, I organized the hanging folders in a crate as shown. Later, I decided to switch to a file cabinet.


How long does your school day take?

1 1/2 hours: Math

1 1/2 hours: Language Arts

30 minutes: Bible

30 minutes: Memory Work

1-2 hours: Explore


What do you do for each subject?

Language Arts: Phonics, Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar, Writing, Handwriting, and Reading

Math: Math, Fact Practice, and Calendar

Bible: Adult Bible, Story Bible, Worship, Scripture Memorization

Memory Work: Memorize CC Foundations Memory Work

Explore: Explore the CC topics in greater depth….science, history, fine arts, etc. Put “flesh” on the memory work skeleton.


What do you use for each subject?

Note: My kindergartner does not do all of this. For his daily schedule, please see my post about homeschooling kindergarten.

Language Arts:

Phonics: Saxon Phonics

Spelling: All About Spelling and Saxon Phonics

Reading: Library books

Handwriting: A Reason for Handwriting

Grammar, Writing, and Vocabulary: Essentials program at CC (EEL guide and IEW Ancient History)


Math Text: Saxon Math

Fact Practice:

Calendar: Daily Warm Up Sheets that correspond with Saxon Math


Adult Bible: We have several-whichever one is closest!

Story Bible: Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos

Scripture Memorization: We memorize the scriptures as they are presented at church on Sunday. We organize our memory work in a review box. We use these memorization techniques.

Other: Journey through the Bible by V. Gilbert Beers

Memory Work:

Memorize Foundations Memory Work from Classical Conversations with these memorization techinques.


Acts and Facts History Cards, Science Cards, History Highlights, Science Snippets, LOTS of library books, ideas from my Pinterest boards, Netflix videos, internet-surfing on our topics, etc.

Do you do any other subjects?

Yes. But, not all the time. And not consistently. If we get to them…..great! If we don’t….life goes on! Here are some of our extras:

1. Story of the World: Read Story of the World. On a really organized day, we might do some of the hands-on projects.

2. Land Animals of the Sixth Day: I LOVE this book, but it will probably be pushed aside until Christmas break! :( But, I will put it on the list….just in case we have extra time!

3. Art: Basic studies of the CC Fine Arts will take place during our Explore time. Some days we will pull out another Art curriculum we have: I Can Do All Things.

3. Music: Practice guitar, drums, and piano.

4. Typing: Practice typing with Typing Instructor for Kids.

5. Audio Books

6. Nature Studies


What do you do on the off-weeks of CC?

Catch up. :) Really….I am only half-kidding! We go through each subject and make sure we are on target with our goals. If we aren’t then we will do a few extra lessons. If we get caught up….well….first we will have a party! Isn’t that every homeschooler’s fantasy? To be caught up. Awwww….I’m just going to daydream a little………….

Sorry. I’m back. Ok. So, if we ever get caught up, then we will spend time on extra real-alouds, hands-on activities and field trips that relate to what we have already learned, art, music, and anything else that might not get the attention it deserves.

What did I forget?

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