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About the Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Activity Book
The product we have been using is actually more of an activity book akin to notebooking, which is a lot like journaling and note-taking with fun graphics and little twists throughout, to make things a bit more interesting instead of simply using a blank page. The Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Activity Book is designed for use by children in grades 3-6 who are participating in the Classical Conversations Cycle 3 program. This is an independently created supplement and does not include any official materials from Classical Conversations, so you'd still need the Foundations guide.
The activity book comes in two forms: an "instant download" and a "printed and bound" option. It consists of 124 pages that have space to practice the memory work for all 24 weeks. (Remember, it doesn't actually include the memory work, but is, rather, a place to write it and take notes about it.) Each week has pages for each area of memorization for the week - including history sentence, science, arts, geography, latin, etc. I didn't notice a place for math, other than the open-ended lined sections. It was recommended by the author that students use a page protector over the pages and write with dry erase markers to practice throughout the week. Then, a final draft of the memory work is to be written into the activity book at the end of the week.
We received the digital product in the form of a downloadable PDF, so I printed it up and used a three-hole-punch to prepare it for use in a 1/2" three-ring binder. I added a few sheet protectors to the front as well. It worked great this way because it was easy to remove the week's pages and slip them into the sheet protectors for repeated use with dry erase markers, then take them back out to write in pencil at the end of the week.
We've only gone through two weeks of CC (Classical Conversations) so far this school year, but between using this activity book for a couple of weeks and looking over the rest of it, I feel that I have a good grasp of what it's all about.
My daughter liked that the pages have shapes, designs, or creatively chosen "boxes" or other artwork in which to write her notes. I think she could have easily done her own "decorating" of the pages of a blank/plain notebook of our own instead, but it was nice to have each subject and week already laid out for us. Plus, doing it this way saved time and kept the focus to the notes instead of on doodling and design. Since my daughter is easily distracted, this is a big plus for me... it keeps her from veering off and helps her stay on task better.
Big Sis, who has been enjoying writing and note-taking these days, liked filling the pages out with her memory work. She also liked doing additional research on the science topic of the week, which was great for her to learn more and better understand the material covered.
I liked how using this activity book is creating a record of what we've been working on and is yet another way for my daughter to practice her memory work at the same time.
Though we liked certain aspects of the product, my family felt largely indifferent about the Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Activity Book, but I can see that it could be a nice addition to some families' homeschool days. For those who do a lot of notebooking, this activity book provides a good framework to include Classical Conversations memory work in that written format. Plus, for those that require or desire to have a written record or portfolio of what they've been working on throughout the year, this could be the ideal supplement to fill that role.
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Upcoming Community Event...
The Kahumana Farm Festival is an annual FREE event that brings the community together to celebrate and promote local agriculture, crafts, education, artists, and music." It is FREE community event, open to the public, and family-friendly!
It will be held at Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe in Waianae (86-660 Lualualei Hmstd Rd, Waianae, Hawaii 96792) on October 7th, 2017, from 11am-6pm.
Last year they had lots of educational workshops, music, vendors, a keiki zone, and a plant/seed exchange (they gave away 4000 seeds & plants)! They aim to make it even bigger and better this year. They have free roadside parking. No alcohol. You can bring your own chair/mat
They are looking for volunteers, vendors, and sponsors as well. "If you are interested in sponsoring, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information."
It looks like they are still in the planning and preparation stages. Visit their event page on Facebook or their website for the latest information and details available.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
- Contact Christian or Shauntel at 808.696.2655
While we have not attended their Farm Festival, I've heard good things about it. My family has, however, been to Kahumana Farms on a number of occasions now and we think they are great! The cafe has always had yummy food, the farm is doing a lot for the community, and we've had the privilege to participate in a couple of homeschool group field trips. The following pictures are not from the festival, but they are from the farm during our visits there (these happen to be from years ago though).
Even if you don't attend the festival event, I highly recommend stopping by their farm and/or cafe if you are ever in Waianae and have the opportunity. Be sure to check their hours ahead of time, though!
NOTE: As is the case with many of my posts, I am NOT affiliated or associated with Kahumana Farms or this event. This is NOT a paid ad or sponsored post. I'm simply sharing in case it might be of interest to others. Please direct any questions to the farm or event organizer. Enjoy!
Visit their Facebook event page for details & more information.
TWO kids can get FREE admission to Sea Life Park on Keiki Fun Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017!
Activities include thematic arts & crafts, mermaid appearances, educational presentations about Hawaiian monk seals, an obstacle course, entertainment, and more!
"Families can learn more about one of Hawaii’s most revered animals and ongoing conservation efforts through a host of engaging games, presentations and activities."
"Informative vendor booths from Division of Aquatic Resources, Dolphin Quest, NOAA Fisheries, The Waikiki Aquarium and more will be on site."
"Two children under 12 will enjoy free admission when accompanied by a paying adult to any of the Park’s Keiki Sunday events... (Restrictions: Only two free keiki per paying adult. Transportation not included.)"
Note: I am not affiliated or associated with Sea Life Park or this event. This is NOT a sponsored post or paid advertisement. I'm simply sharing for informational purposes only, in case some of you might be interested. Please direct any questions to the business or event organizer. Enjoy!
TeenPact is a leadership training experience with Christian influence and roots. It involves learning about state government and our responsibility as citizens.
The next TeenPact Hawaii event has been scheduled for March 19-23, 2018.
Registration will be available on September 1st!
TeenPact Hawaii will be offering:
* A Four Day Class (ages 13-19) on March 19-22, 2018. $260 first time students & $220 alumni,
* A Political Communication Workshop (ages 13-19) on March 23, 2018. $50 standalone rate or $40 with the four day class, and
* A One Day Class (ages 8-12) on March 23, 2018. $40 first child & $35 sibling rate.
During the four day class, students might meet public officials, examine and/or discuss things like our legislature, judicial system, and political campaigns, learn about the process of writing and debating bills, principles of Christian leadership, praying for elected officials, interviewing lobbyists, and more. The one day class is a condensed version of the four day experience, designed for the preteen set, and intended for parents and children to attend together (no extra charge for the parent, but a chaperone/adult/parent is required to attend).
NOTE: I am NOT affiliated or associated with TeenPact or this event. This is NOT a paid ad or sponsored post. I'm simply sharing in case it might be of interest to others. Please direct any questions to the organization or event organizer. Enjoy!
Museum Day Live! is an annual opportunity, hosted by Smithsonian magazine, to visit a participating museums or cultural institutions throughout the country FREE of charge, via a Museum Day Live! ticket good for free admission for two people. Tickets are available at the Smithsonian magazine website beginning August 25th, 2017.
Participating locations on Oahu include:
The Pacific Aviation Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is hosting Living History Day 2017 on Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 9am-4:30pm, in affiliation with Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! Visitors must present a "Museum Day Live!" ticket in order to get free admission.
This years event will highlight the role of photography and film during WWII. Activities will include a scavenger hunt, tours, open cockpits, student exhibits, combat camera display, reading corner, swing dance demos, and more! There will also be a special screening of "Finding KUKAN".
NOTE: I am not affiliated or associated with the Pacific Aviation Museum, Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian, or this event. I am simply sharing the information in case it might be of interest to others. Please direct any questions to the museum or event organizers.
* NOTE: I have not yet confirmed if this is available to homeschool parents, but we have been invited to similar past events. Please comment below if you contact the museum and find out for sure. Thank you! *
In partnership with the U.S. Naval Academy STEM Center, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor presents an event featuring practical & engaging methods for STEM instruction through Project-Based Learning.
Friday, August 25, 2017, 4 pm — 7 pm
Saturday, August 26, 2017, 8 am — 3:30 pm
• What About Water: Hands-on activities and engineering applications to investigate chemical and physical properties of water.
• Circuits, Sensors, and Coding: Fundamentals of physical sensors to explore the environment.
• Rockets and Flight: Investigate the principles and balance of forces.
• Corrosion in Action: Understand real world applications in corrosion and electrochemistry.
• Wave Engineering: Dive into sound and light wave concepts:
• Engineering Design Challenge: Test your skills.
STEM instructors will include:
Professor Angela Leimkuhler Moran (the director of the USNA STEM Center for Education & Outreach, and a faculty member of the Mechanical Engineering Department), Sarah S. Durkin (Associate Director of the STEM Center for Education and Outreach at USNA), Rachel Fees (an instructor with the United States Naval Academy STEM Center for Education and Outreach), and Professor Patrick Moran (a faculty member and former chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department at USNA). Please visit the museum's website for more details about these instructors!
This event is offered at no cost to teachers and educators. Curriculum materials and supplies are provided. Attendance is expected for both days. Participants receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.
NOTE: As is the case with many of my posts, I am NOT affiliated or associated with Pacific Aviation Museum or this event. This is NOT a paid ad or sponsored post. I'm simply sharing in case it might be of interest to others. Please direct any questions to the museum or event organizer. Enjoy!
I'm a homeschooling mom of three, enjoying our time in Hawaii and hoping to share some of that experience with you, including ideas, reviews, resources, and information.