Guide to Supplementing Essentials

What does my child need to be successful in Essentials?  How do I make sure my child is learning enough but not too overwhelmed?  Is the guide (the curriculum) enough? Or do I need to add extra practice? We worry over the details of the curriculum.  First year students seem overwhelmed.  Third year students may

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CC Cycle 3, Getting the Most out of Your Second Semester

Let’s get this semester of CC Cycle 3 off to a great start!! In order to make the most of second semester for Classical Conversations Cycle 3, you need to have a plan.  This plan should include Intentional, strategic review Creating connections with the material beyond rote memory Learning related facts for each subject Application

Cycle 3, Week 10 Classical Conversations

Teaching Squares Aside from just memorization through skip chanting and singing, it is helpful to use visual and real life application for teaching squares.  When a student can see it, it becomes obvious why we call these numbers perfect squares – they form a square when we use tiles or color in a graph. Saxon

Stages of Mastery: Moving Beyond Rote Memory

Too often rote memory is thought of negatively.  But knowledge first has to be learned [ie memorized] before it can be built upon and applied. We memorize our math facts, either through drills or by repetition over time.  Then, later, we can move into algebra and advanced applied mathematics.  If you don’t have the basics in