We’ve had a bit of craziness going on around here, so it’s little late this month, but here is our February Meal Plan. I hope it’s helpful! I’ve attached two copies. One is a PDF version, and the other is an Excel version if you’d like to use the template to create your own meal plan. Happy Planning! PDF – February Meal Plan Excel – February Meal Plan If you like this post, don’t forget to share it! Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and subscribe via email or RSS feed. ...

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If you’re a part of a Classical Conversations community, you know one of the best ways to review the information our Foundations kiddos are learning is through games. During the past six years, I have tried several different review games, some wildly popular with the kids, others…not so much. Occasionally I will be sharing these various games for tutors and parents who need a few fresh ideas to keep it exciting. This time, I want to share a few simple yet favorite games both in our home and in the classrooms. Sometimes you...

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As many of you know, we have been involved with Classical Conversations for the past six years. First I was a parent, then I was a tutor for a few years, and now I’m a Director. In order to help me stay organized, I’ve created some Weekly Planning Pages. New or Veteran Directors – these pages will help you in planning your year! Includes: Weekly Planning Pages with places for announcements, to do list, etc. Tutor Planning Meeting Pages Supply & Shopping Lists Important Contact Information Pages Foundations Class Lists Essentials...

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If you are unfamiliar with Classical Education, please be sure to click here before reading this.   If you missed What is Classical Conversations Part One: Overview and Foundations, click here.    Welcome back! Today we’re going to talk about the next level of the Classical Conversations program: Essentials. While Foundations focuses primarily on the grammar stage of Classical education, Essentials is the bridge between the grammar stage and the dialectic stage of learning. After participating in the Foundations program in...

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UPDATE: Thanks to everyone for entering. Congratulations to the winner, Rebecca K! Even if you didn’t win this time, consider adding We Choose Virtues to your family’s day. We’ve been very glad we did. As some of you may have noticed in Our Curriculum Choices, we use We Choose Virtues as a part of our character building. We love these and have used them for several years. Homeschooler or not, We Choose Virtues is a great tool for character development with your kids. I don’t know about you, but in our house I often...

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I love to read. That being said, I typically haven’t made much time for reading lately. Either I spend so much time reading to my kids I don’t get around to it myself, or I’m too wiped out by the time I get to bed. I do believe, however, that reading good books challenges us, grows us, and refreshes us. A good fiction book is my favorite. I happen to agree with author J.K. Rowling who said, “I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” I have several fiction books on my wish...

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As we approach the New Year, inevitably our mind turns to New Year’s Resolutions. Many of us make them, most of us don’t keep them. For 2016, consider committing to a different kind of New Year’s Resolution. These past few years, I have done just that, and have grown quite a bit in the process. Instead of asking, “What am I going to accomplish?” I’ve asked, “What does God want me to learn this year?” After all, as Christians, we don’t ever arrive in our spiritual walk. Instead, it’s more of a journey, or as Paul refers...

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It’s almost 2016…how is that even possible? My goal for January is to use up whatever I can find in my cupboards, and only purchase what I absolutely have to. Allow me to challenge you to do the same! Take a look at your pantry and freezer and make a list of everything that’s in there. Find recipes that use as many of the ingredients that you have on hand as possible. Make a grocery list for only what you need. Make it a game. See how little you can spend on groceries this month. I’ve attached two copies of our...

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The holiday festivities started and this didn’t get posted, but here you go! We made our annual Christmas cookies using this AWESOME cookie recipe from my grandma: Grandma’s Butter Cookies Ingredients 3 cups flour ½ tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. salt ½ cup sugar 1 egg, unbeaten 2 tsp. vanilla 1 cup butter Instructions Sift together the first three ingredients. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and egg and mix well. Mix the flour ingredients into the creamed.  Roll out, cut and bake at...

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Read the Nativity Story as a family… Luke 2 “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was...

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