Excellent resource to compliment your Classical Conversations Foundation guide. You must have one to use this book, but if you are a CC Family, then you already have a Foundations Guide most likely and this is a GREAT way for your students to work on their memory work each day.
The Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Activity Book is suggested for grades 3-6 but is great for students with a solid reading and writing foundation. If you have a beginning reader/writer, you will want to check out their Junior Learning Activity Book (you can read our review of this and the difference between the 2 activity books here).
The Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Activity Books are an excellent resource for working through the weekly memory work. Each week’s worth of memory has a place for writing out the memory work. There is also a place to fill in the memory work for Science, Latin, and English. Then there is a full notebooking page for History and Science. The activity book also provides you a dedicated page to fine arts – this is a place to practice the fine arts drawing skills learned in class, work on something related to the tin whistle like vocabulary or draw notes or fill in finger codes, or notebooking pages for famous composers. Then there is a page to practice drawing your weekly map for geography, and finally, a page to do copywork of your history sentence. Check out some sample pages here.
A great way to use this resource effectively is to print out the pages for the year and have them spiral bound. However, you can simply print out the pages you need for each week ahead of time. You can print out new pages for each day you use them or you can put them in page protectors and use dry erase markers to work on them all week. On the last day, remove the page protector and write on the actual pages in the spiral bound book or put them into a 3 ring binder or folder and then you can keep them for review.
HOW WE USED OUT BOOK
The great thing about the Learning Activity Book is that you can use it however works best for your CC memory review at home. It is important to note that the memory work is NOT included in the Learning Activity books, you will need the Foundations guide to use these books.
My 3rd grade son used the book to work on his CC Memory work. My daughter used a few of the notebooking pages to compliment what she was working on as well. On the last day of review we use it to fill out as much as possible without needing to look at the board or in the Foundations guide. You can use as much of the books or as little as is helpful to you. I like the notebooking pages for the famous artists and composers because it gives us someplace to write something as we study them as well as note our favorite art or musical piece.
I loved that the fine arts pages were easy to use. Especially the drawing and tin whistle. This gave me something guided to work on during the week. We usually one do art one day each week during review so we use this page without the page protector when we do the work.
What We Thought Overall
Overall, we really like using the Learning Activity Book. It is a great way to mix up our memory work with something different other than singing, chanting or repeating. We still do all these things but the Learning Activity Book gives us one more way to go over the memory work. We all know that it is important to go over it different ways, especially for those that need to write it out sometimes and see it on paper.
If you use Classical Conversations as your primary curriculum (because it is all you need in the Foundations years), then this Learning Activity book is an excellent resource. It allows you to not miss what you are reviewing and also it gives you a wonderful place for your Junior learners to practice their handwriting. You wouldn’t need another handwriting books with these.
In the end, this is a valuable addition to our homeschool and one we love using. If you are in Classical Conversations and looking for something to help your students in their memory work, you will want to check out these great Classical Conversations Cycle 3 Activity Books.
Check out this video on how this great resource works:
You can see how we used the Memory Work books in my previous post as well when we were working on Cycle 1.
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