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My 5 favorite homeschool tools

It’s that time of the year again: time to go to your favorite superstore of choice and load up on notebooks, binders, pens, pencils…basically all the things! I’m headed out to do that very thing later today, but I started thinking about the things that I don’t have to buy and wanted to share my list with you. These are, quite simply, the workhorses of my homeschool and I would be lost without them. They don’t really fall under the supply list, but rather I would call them my favorite homeschool tools.

Using the Book Patch for Challenge B Anthologies

So you’ve decided to publish your anthology through The Book Patch. Where to start?!

First off, take a look at some of your own books and figure out the general size that you want your self-published book to be. Trade paperback? Letter sized? Something eye-catching and unusual like a square? The Book Patch has an extensive list of sizes to choose from so once you’ve figured out that part, go here and download the appropriate template.

Board game review: Istanbul

You are a merchant, scurrying to and fro with your assistants through the bustling bazaar district of Istanbul. Your assistants load their wheelbarrows with warehouse treasures, then scurry away to sell them at a premium with rubies being the ultimate reward for their efforts. This is the basic storyline of Istanbul, a fun, family game for 2-5 players that plays easily within an hour.

Awards certificates and flash cards update

I have a brand-new free download for you this week: awards certificates that you can use for your Classical Conversations’ End of Year program! This package include cycle-specific PDFs as well as sample Word .docx files that have already been set up and are ready for you to customize.

Playing with Pigments

There are great games, and then there are games with mechanics so smooth and flawless that they border on near perfection. In my home, this near perfect experience would be known as Fresco, a game that is jam-packed with rich theme and simply stunning components. Fresco is a European strategy board game where players are transported back in time to the Renaissance as they become master painters, who are restoring a ceiling fresco in a local cathedral.

Bible art journaling

This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure policy. I recently alluded to a new undertaking for 2016 for me and thought I'd share what I've learned about this new hobby of Bible art journaling so far. In the same way that I accidentally...

Board to Death

I'm happy to welcome a guest writer to the blog today. In late November of last year, when I shared this blog post to the CC Official Facebook page, I connected with another fan of Eurogames, Renée Harris. A kindred spirit, Renée and I discussed favorite board games...

More Minecraft!

As promised, the final set of Minecraft™sentences that correspond with Classical Conversations' Essentials of the English Language (EEL) guide have now been uploaded to the Essentials tier of CC Connected. Subscribers should search for the...

The gift of a new year

Happy 2016, friends! As we embark on this new trip around the sun, I wanted to share this desktop wallpaper that I designed, which features a prayer attributed to Saint Agnes Cathedral: “O God of new beginnings and wonderful surprises, thank you for the gift of a new...

CC Connected treasures

If you are a member of a Classical Conversations (CC) community, then you are probably aware of the subscription service CC Connected (C3), an online membership that gives you access to a rich variety of resources through CC’s website. Today I want to tell you a little about some features of a C3 subscription that you may not have yet discovered. As you’ll soon see, a C3 subscription is worth significantly more than its price tag.

Stocking stuffer games

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about my family’s favorite board games for Christmas gift-giving. I thought I’d follow that up with a second post, this time giving you a few ideas for smaller, more affordable options that have the added bonuses of also being easy to transport and educational! These would make great stocking stuffers or presents if you need something in the $15 range for a gift exchange.

Celebrating Advent

As Anglicans who are trying to honor the season of Advent, I thought I’d share a few of the things that we’re doing this season in lieu of putting up our tree on Thanksgiving day—not that there’s anything wrong with that! In fact, my kids have asked if we can put the tree up *this* weekend and since they’ll be on a camping trip *next* weekend—which is when I had planned to put it up—we’ll probably do just that. But my early December decorating

Board games recommendations for Christmas

When my husband and I first started dating, we discovered a mutual appreciation for board games. Over the years, we’ve amassed quite a collection, most of which would fall into the genre of “Eurogames.” While this type of game is not new, it seems to be enjoying a wider and wider appeal in the United States.

Commonplace No. 2

“If you need anything,” said the monk, “let us know and we’ll teach you how to live without it.”

Minecraft meets Essentials

My boys are crazy for Minecraft™. They are not so crazy for their Essentials analytical task sheets. In a flash of inspiration yesterday, I decided to allow them to forego the task sheets if they would help me create a new set of sentences for their Essentials sentences that were Minecraft-themed.

Latin flash cards 101

If you have a Classical Conversations Challenge student in your homeschool, then you’re well aware of the importance of flash cards to the program. Students are encouraged to make their own, as a way to reinforce learning while they make them and then to continue working on fluency as they quiz with them.

Commonplace No. 1

“Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.” — Winston Churchill

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