When I first learned of Classical Conversations, the aspect of the program that really excited me was the vision for homeschooling through high school. By the time I made it to an info meeting, I had felt the immense burden of planning a course through a wilderness that I had never explored. It was a great blessing to find a community of homeschoolers who had blazed a trail for me to follow. Another great blessing is that once you reach the Challenge program, the curriculum is complete. You don’t need to supplement anything.
That being said, here’s a list of other books I have that have been helpful in implementing the program. Again, they are simply resources, not supplements. Everything in the program can be implemented without any of these options. I’m not listing the required materials…for that list, click here.
- First Year Henle Latin Study Guide by Memoria Press (I love the answer key in the back)
- Cassell’s Latin Dictionary
- 501 Latin Verbs
- Henle First Year Latin Companion Volume 1 (connects the grammar to the exercises…helpful for the mom who’s trying to teach Latin when she’s never studied it before…like me!)
- English Grammar for Students of Latin
- The Book of Roots (for help in identifying derivatives)
- Via by Dwane Thomas (e-book with great ideas about learning Latin)
- The Little Man in the Map – clever way to help memorize the 50 states…and a helpful tool for learning to draw it as well.
- Draw USA – Oh I wish I had this book…it may not take long to make it to my bookshelf. Kristin Draeger does an amazing job breaking down the United States into manageable bits to draw. Brilliant.
- Draw Africa – I do have this one and I love how simple she makes drawing the continent of Africa!
- Draw Europe – Starting with the Ural Mountains (which divide the European and Asian sections of Russia), this book works it’s way west drawing Europe. I wish I had this one my first time through Challenge A!
- Mapping the World with Art – this book doesn’t take a continental approach to drawing the world, but it is filled with pages and pages of great tips for learning to see the shapes of the countries and clever ways to remember them.
- Window on the World: When we Pray God Works – One of the ways I was blessed by map drawing, was praying for the countries as I drew them. This book enlightens readers with the spiritual condition of the countries around the world.
- The Usborne Geography Encyclopedia for defining those geo terms
- Everything You Need to Know about Geography Homework
- Mastering Algebra John Saxon’s Way – I love these DVDs…or better yet, my son loves them. Art Reed has been teaching Saxon Math for years, and it shows.
- Using John Saxon’s Math – Written by Art Reed, this little book is a great resource for tips and tricks in utilizing Saxon Math.
- Everything you need to know about Math homework
- Understanding Math
- Classical Conversations Math Trivium Table
- Christian Liberty Nature Readers – These little books are easy reads, but great sources for research.
- The Kingfisher Nature Encyclopedia
- Micro Mania
- What’s Smaller than a Pygmy Shrew?
- Insect Museum
- How Do Flies Walk Upside Down?
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Wildflowers and Flora of North America
- 101 Animal Secrets
- Usborne Complete Book of the Microscope
- Unusual Creatures: A Mostly Accurate Account of Some of Earth’s Strangest Animals – my kids always liked piking the “deadliest” or “weirdest” or “ugliest” thing you could find within the topic they were researching. This book was golden.
- More Than Meets the Eye – an incredible read about the intricate design of the human body. This book will fill your study of anatomy with awe and wonder of the Great Designer.
- The Way We Work for looking up definitions of body systems
- The Human Body
- The Usborne Complete Book of the Human Body
- The Thomas Jefferson Education – specifically Chapter 5 about reading Classics. Excellent.
- The Office of Assertion – A quick read giving the big picture behind the Lost Tools of Writing’s persuasive essay. If you’ve ever doubted the persuasive essay, read this! Very persuasive.
- The rest of the Narnia books…for when they want to finish the series they started.
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe movie, for after we read.
- Crispin: At the Edge of the World and Crispin: The End of Time when they’re curious to see what happens next after Crispin: The Cross of Lead.
- God’s Not Dead – A great example of the defense of faith in a science class.
- The Mysterious Islands – Watch this one after you’ve finished reading It Couldn’t Just Happen. This is a tour of Darwin’s Galapagos Islands from a Biblical worldview. So many of the terms from the catechisms show up in this documentary…it could be a fun way to review!
- The Question by Leigh Bortins – This book is about the dialectic stage and discusses many of the books and topics studied in Challenge A.
- Total Truth by Nancy Pearcy – Do you want to have the hard conversations with your kids about the world we live in and their faith? This book really helps give insight into the way our world thinks and how to combat the lies with Truth from God’s Word. Excellent resource…but read with friends!
Going over these books makes me excited for my next daughter to journey back through Challenge A. I think I have the best deal as the parent, because I get three passes at each of the Challenge levels with each of my kids…they only see it once!