Though Classical Conversations has ended for us this year, we are looking forward to next year and beginning Cycle 1, with a focus on Creation through Pre-Reformation time period and a Biology focus in science. As we begin planning next year’s school, I have begun my planning for Classical Conversations Cycle 1.
We did quite a few lapbooks this year to coincide with CC Cycle 3. Some of the lapbooks were found at Homeschool Share, one of our favorite sites to find free lapbooks, as well as various CC moms who shared their lapbooking ideas (See our post Latin Lapbook Cycle 3). We are looking forward to continuing our lapbooking in Cycle 1.
How happy we were to learn that Classical Conversations was pairing up with A Journey Through Learning (AJTL) to get some official Cycle 1 lapbooks for next year. We have done quite a few AJTL in past (pre-blogging days) and have really enjoyed them. We are certainly looking forward to next year and what AJTL will have to offer to add some lapbooks to our Classical Conversations Cycle 1 studies.
If you have never tried lapbooks, this is an excellent opportunity to try one and delve into something in the CC cycle that you and your child want to learn more about. AJTL lapbooks come with study guides and full explanations, including pictures and templates, to make lapbooking easy, even for a first timer.
Take a look at the sample pages and you will see that there are step-by-step instructions. In addition, these lapbooks with study guides are meant to be a stand-alone learning experience as well so you do not have to go to the library and hunt for additional reading. However, if you do want to go deeper into the study, you will find that their products typically include a books list, games, additional research projects, crafts, poetry and even recipes. They are an excellent way to go deeper into a subject and have fun learning about a subject.
Check out A Journey Through Learning’s website to see their plans are for next year’s Classical Conversations lapbooks. As we have begun our planning for next year, we are looking for to adding some great lapbooks made specifically to coincide with Foundations Cycle 1 work. We have already decided on a lapbook on Ancient Egypt and Plants. I am considering the lapbook the Old Testament lapbook. I am looking forward to seeing what else they have ready for Cycle 1. We are very excited about A Journey Through Learning (AJTL) and their collaboration with Classical Conversations.
Are you planning any lapbooks for next year?
Linsey K says
Thanks for this great article! I had not heard of Homeschool Share. This will be a great addition to our frugal toolkit!
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Yes, Homeschool Share is a great resource. We have enjoyed a lot of the resources we have gotten from there. There is a lot of information there. Hope its a good resource for you. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by.
Michelle G says
We are starting CC this year! I’m super excited and a bit overwhelmed after the Parent Practicum, but was so encouraged by the Mom’s who have been doing it for awhile! I will definitely check out the Homeschool Coop for free lapbooks. And I knew about AJTL’s CC Lapbooks…what would you suggest for Kindergarteners?
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That is so great that you are getting started with CC. As far as Kindergarten, you will have so much fun your first year. In my opinion, let the year soak in for you, don’t get too overwhelmed.
The pace of CC is fast, with new things each week. So what we did is that we picked certain areas we were interested in and delved into them. Didn’t make it too overwhelming. For instance, for us, we were in Cycle 3 so my kids really thought that Davey Crockett was interesting so we took some time with that as well as the Mayflower, Industrial Revolution, Indian settlements, etc. We didn’t concentrate too hard on anything more than the memory work in other areas.
So, this year it will be Cycle 1. Creation to pre-reformation. Maybe go to the library and read some books about the topics (your Foundations guide will have some suggestions) and maybe pick a few things of interest and concentrate on those and just touch on the rest. For a younger child, maybe concentrate on the 10 Commandments, the Pyramids, make a mummy, do some fun things to learn about the history areas and then pick some science areas to focus on. Maybe animal classifications or plants or something like that. We are doing those 2 from A Journey Through Lapbooking, those are K-2 lapbooks and then we will see from there. The lapbooks are great and have a lot of fun activities to go with them and additional readings if you want more. Anyway, I’m still in the planning stage and will be sharing more. Good luck on your first year. Glad you got to go to Practicum.
Great post. We haven’t done a lot of lapbooking, but I think I am going to try it for a geology unit for my son.
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I absolutely love lapbooks. They’re so much fun and I always learn A TON.
Planning Next Years Lapbooking for Classical Conversations Cycle 1