Monday, July 27, 2015

Gear Up for Year 1

Are you looking for ideas for tutoring or building out the memory work for Cycle1?  Wondering how to approach Essentials this year, or prepare you student ahead of time?  Then here are some of my best posts for you to gear up for Cycle 1...


If you are looking for a way to build out your memory work in a fun and memorable way, then you won't want to miss these resources:

Making Memory Work Memorable - this FREE E-Book is packed full of information and ideas for helping your kids memorize in a fun and memorable way.   There are also lots of ideas for games, tutoring tips and more!

FREE E-Book DownloadMaking Memory Work Memorable

The Enrichment Teaching Plan is a great way to sit back and relax for the rest of your summer because I've done all the planning for you!  The Teaching Plan provides links to projects, games, crafts, videos and more for each subject, for 24 weeks of memory work!
Wonderful Wednesday is day to set aside each week for doing projects and spending time with other like minded families from your Community.  It's an intentional day to spend enjoying the grammar stage of memory work with your kids and further build community!
Cycle 1 Wonderful Wednesdays!
Mastering Your Multiplication Tables is a series of videos using familiar tunes for skip counting, but in multiplication table format.   It's taking something familiar and building on it further.
Timeline Board is an easy way to play review games at home or in your Community, while students work on getting the correct order of the timeline.
Timeline Board for Review

Map Drawing is easy to work on if you follow these simple steps.


Here are some of my best posts for helping you Tutor based on my five years of experience!

Wondering how you will manage your class, if you can get all that memory work done in just 30 minutes and how to keep things simple?  Then you won't want to miss this post for tutors.
Don't Miss This!

Stop by and learn how to make an Orchestra Board to make teaching the Orchestra simple!
Make an Orchestra Board for the last 6 weeks!

Many new tutors dread teaching the tin whistle.  If you're one of them, then you will want to read this post to see how to make it easy for yourself.  See how Tin Whistle can become a fun part of your year.
How to teach tin whistle!
Looking for a fun game that the kids can get into and you can get through all the memory work easily playing?  Then this is the game for you!  Works great with or without a board.
FREE Review Game download!

Plan a Review Party for your Community this year!


If you're like me, then you need to know the big picture in order to tackle the details.  Come find out how I personally see the big picture of Essentials® based on my experience and reading the materials provided on Classical Conversations® webpage and Foundations Guide® - like why a three year program works best and how you can keep from panicking your first year.  
My perspective on how to view Essentials® from Foundations® to Challenge®.

Not at the Essentials® stage yet, but looking at the horizon?  Wondering if there are things you can be doing that are a natural preparation for the jump into grammar?  Then check out these great ways to ease into that stage.

How to prepare ahead of time for Essentials®.


Did you know Solagratiamom has an Amazon store where her some of her favorite books that coincide with memory work can be found?

I love to support good companies that make curriculum and products that enrich the lives of homeschooling families.  Don't miss these ones...

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Here are some of our favorite books of summer and beyond...

Happy Planning!  


  1. You've got so many great resources, Colleen!

  2. I'm looking forward to implementing more review games this year. Thanks for the ideas!