What’s on My Bookshelf: Resources for Cycle 2 Foundations

I can't believe we're heading into our third round of Cycle 2 of Classical Conversations.  Sadly it will be our last, as my youngest only has two years of foundations left! I've loved gathering Cycle 2 resources in my home library to supplement our study throughout the year. None of these books are required to complete a successful year studying with Classical Conversations, and many of them you can find at your local library. I just love collecting books as we find great resources along the way, and we loving having the resources at our fingertips when curiosity arises.

Cycle 2 Resources

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Cycle 2 Resources -

Cycle 2 may be my favorite cycle because it was my first exposure to CC memory work. I love the world history, the European geography, and the medieval writing. It is such a rich year of study, and I can't wait to dive back into some of these books again!


In Cycle 2, the focus is on world history - Pre-Reformation to Modern.



The focus for Science in Cycle 2 is Ecology, Astronomy, and Physical Science.

Chalk Pastels: Art in Space


Cycle 2's focus in Latin is on Conjugation Endings.

  • Check out my Present Stem worksheets, and Perfect Stem worksheets for your foundations student. I'll print a bunch of sheets and spiral them so that we can have weeks of conjugating fun!
  • If you want more, check out my Verb Charts...but these are targeted more for the Challenge age students, but would be awesome if moms wanted to dig deeper.
  • We still love the First Thousand Words in Latin:

  • Fairy Tales in Latin: Fabulae Mirabiles (I love this one...it's really a fun way to play with reading Latin)

  • 501 Latin Verbs (this is a fun resource to find the endings your memorizing, and to realize that there is much more to Verbs than what we learn in Foundations!)


The focus for the English memory work is pronouns, adverbs, and conjunctions.




Ephesians 6 (KJV)




So there's my crazy list of what Cycle 2 resources are on my bookshelf.

What are some of your favorite Cycle 2 resources?


  1. Amanda Beyerlein on April 27, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Thank you so much for the timely post! We finished our last bit of the year today, so I’m ready to gather Cycle 2 books as well. A bookstore yep was on our to-do list while the older kids take Blue Book exams, and now I have a list to search from 🙂

    • Betsy on April 27, 2016 at 11:29 am

      You’re welcome! The book hunts are fun for me, and I always love having options to look for. Congrats on finishing!

  2. Danielle on June 11, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Thank you for your list. We will be starting our first year of CC this fall I will have 3 in foundations and one in essentials. Can you tell me, with the books you have listed would you recommend me reading them to my kids or are these books ment for the older ones to read by themselves. Does that make sense? Thanks

    • Betsy on June 12, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Danielle! Congrats on starting CC in the fall. Most of the books on my list are there as resources for us when we’re curious about something we’re memorizing. My kids do read some of the easier biographies by themselves like the “Who Was” series, but most of the time we read things together. Any of the books that I have listed as Challenge A readers would make great read alouds for the whole family. It won’t ruin their Challenge A experience if they’re already familiar with the stories, it will actually only make for better conversations when they get there. I also think it depends on the type of readers your children are. I have one that loves to read and one that doesn’t. For my veracious reader, I might encourage her to read some of the other books on this list, but I won’t expect it from my struggling reader. I do, however, make sure I have plenty of great books on audible for her to listen to so that she is soaked in literature. I hope you have a wonderful year, and I hope this helps!

  3. Stacy on July 29, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Did you go out and buy these are slowly accumulate them? This will be my youngest child’s last time through Cycle 2 also. sniff, sniff….

    • Betsy on July 29, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      I’ve slowly accumulated them over time. It’s crazy to move on past foundations, but we’ve used many of these same resources in the Challenge years. Enjoy your last pass through Cycle 2!

  4. DeAnna VanZee on May 23, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    I would love to add grammarland by Nesbit. It’s an oldie and free on Livrivox. So much charm 😉 Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Betsy on May 26, 2019 at 4:44 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll check it out!

  5. Makiko Reslier on August 17, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Thank you for the great list! Is there a PDF for printing?

    • Betsy on August 18, 2019 at 8:37 am

      No! That’s a great idea though. I’ll have to make one!

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