Resources for Classical Conversation Cycle 3 Foundations
Cycle 3 of Classical Conversations is up next, and I'm excited to revisit the memory work. I really enjoy American history, and there are so many fun resources out there to fill my bookshelves. 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.
CYCLE 3 RESOURCES –
Cycle 3 can be dangerous because there are so many excellent resources! I'm trying to share only the best, but even that is hard to limit. Oh well...forgive me. This is going to be long!
A History of US - I love Joy Hakim's resource for American history. I purchased the whole series used, but my local library also has the whole set. Warning - she begins with an evolutionary world view.
Beautiful Feet Books - I love these books for myself. While I don't own all of these, they have so many great options for Cycle 3 that are on my wish list, I wanted to share these fantastic resources:
Heros of History - YWAM Publishing: These are excellent chapter books that are simple to read aloud. They are also great readers to assign to kids who are reading independently. My mom still loves to read these biographies. We have so many of them! I love buying these at homeschool conventions. They usually have them for $5 each if you purchase 10 or more. They are so worth it.
This is more exciting to me than the non-fiction options. I love getting lost in a good book with my kids. We learn so much from historical fiction.
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch - This is my favorite book we read in Challenge A. I cry every time I read it. It's such a wonderful and inspiring story based on the life of Nathaniel Bowditch, a mathematical and nautical genius.
Little Britches Series- Students read Little Britches in Challenge B, but this entire series is worth reading! It is based on the life of Ralph Moody, and his life was fascinating.
The Little House Series - Life on the frontier makes for good stories which have captured audiences for decades. There are tons of extra resources to frame your history studies around this series.
Justin Morgan Had a Horse - For your horse lovers, this book is the beginning of a fantastic series by Marguerite Henry which chronicles the arrival of the Arabian breed in America.
Johnny Tremain - This Challenge I reader is a great read aloud for Cycle 3 because it brings the revolutionary war period to life. There's also an old movie made based on the book that is fun to watch after you read.
Sign of the Beaver - Anyone who enjoys a good adventure book will love this story about a young boy who is left alone to guard the new family home while his father goes back to retrieve the rest of his family. It's hard to imagine surviving on your own at such a young age!
Bud, Not Buddy - Bud is a 10 year old orphan boy during the great depression who sets out to find his father. It's always great to read stories from the perspective of a child.
Amos Fortune, Free Man - Another Challenge A reader, this story of a young African prince who is captured and sold into slavery will inspire you as he works to honor the Lord in all that he does.
Geography - USA
I feel like we have a little home field advantage with the geography in Cycle 3, but my first time around I was amazed at how richly diverse our country is. There are really some fantastic resources learning to recognize and draw the USA:
Draw the USA - I love these drawing resources. This one really breaks down the overwhelming task of drawing the United States.
The Little Man In The Map - My first round of Cycle 3, I used this book to learn and draw the USA. I still love the visual images that it uses to help you remember which states go where. I will never look at the US map the same again!
Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America - This beautifully illustrated children's book follows the journey of a family on my dream road trip. As they encounter each of the 50 states, you learn a little bit about each one. It's a fun read.
Paddle-to-the-Sea - These next three books are the absolute best living books about geography. They effortlessly weave geography into a fascinating story. I love reading these with my kids. Paddle-to-the-Sea travels with a little carved Indian in a canoe through the great lakes and out to the Atlantic ocean.
Tree in the Trail - takes readers on a journey down the Santa Fe Trail from the perspective of a cottonwood tree over the course of 200 years.
Ticket to Ride - is our family's favorite board game. The US map is beautiful and it's a fun way to get familiar with American geography.
Geopuzzle USA - We love these puzzles because they're quick and easy to put together, and all of the pieces are shaped as the individual states.
Spin USA - This fast paced game is a great way to practice state location and capital identification. It's a quick game to pull out in a pinch to review states and capitals.
Science - Anatomy/Chemistry/Origins
The Cycle 3 science memory work is so helpful for Challenge A and Challenge Bstudents. In the spring semester of CHA, students learn to draw 10 body systems and label them from memory. In Challenge B, students do a small intro to Chemistry in which they learn the first 18 elements of the periodic table and research one of the elements to create a fictional commercial to inform their classmates about the benefits of the element. When students have the Cycle 3 memory work stored away, these assignments become effortless. Here are some of my favorite other resources:
The Elements is a beautiful book with full color vivid pictures of each element.
A book on my list for this next year is The Mystery of the Periodic Table which is a living history book about tracing the discovery of each element in the periodic table. It came highly recommended from a docent at a museum. She was very persuasive!
Another series that is on my wish list are the science books by Institution for Creation Research. Guide to Creationlooks like a typical science text book, but is written with a Biblical worldview. Rare, I know.
Latin - John 1:1-7
I really love the vocabulary we learn in Cycle 3. Many of these words come up in the Henle 1 text, and students will enjoy seeing familiar friends. If you have an older foundations student, you'll want to make sure they keep reviewing their declensions and conjugations if they've memorized them in previous cycles.
Whew! That's a lot of books. Every year I am more and more convinced that filling my family's lives with a copious amount of books will develop lifelong learners. If they fall in love with reading, doors will open for them in ways I can't even imagine.
So what did I miss? What are some of your favorite resources for Cycle 3?