Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Seven Weeks of CC (Classical Conversations)

To say that these past seven weeks of CC has been an adventure is an understatement.  I have discovered that I LOVE tutoring.  I get to tutor Foundations to the Journeymen/Masters class (ages 9-12).  They are all intelligent and fun to be around.  They are all outgoing and friendly, and are just a great bunch of youth.

Our community has had a few difficulties, though.  Right before week 4, the Essentials tutor's son was diagnosed with leukemia, which was a major blow.  They are continually in our prayers.

This also left us without a tutor for Essentials.  The substitute did not feel adequate enough to take on the class indefinitely, I volunteered to take over until our Essentials tutor came back.  I don't know when or if that will happen, so I have tried to prepare for whatever she decides.

These past two weeks I have been training and preparing like crazy and I am so glad that I did the training.  I have learned so much.  I feel more prepared to teach my daughter as well.  The vision of Essentials is much clearer to me, and I hope that I can help the other mothers to understand the vision of this amazing class.

One of the first things I did to help our tutors was to make newsletters for every week.  All the information we need to teach EEL and IEW is in the materials we are required to purchase.  The problem I was having was that I couldn't remember where to find the current week's information, as well as all the references in the student writing notebook (free download when you purchase the IEW history curriculum--year 3 we are doing USHBW) and other materials,  so I made a newsletter with the page numbers of the various resources so that we could utilize them more efficiently.  I printed off each week's newsletter (so far I have only made newsletters for weeks 6-12), and laminated them.  I use them as dividers in my EEL binder.  Because I wish to share them with my parents, I didn't want to post them to the CC Connected website (paid subscription on Classicalconversations.com for parents and tutors to find resources), so I am sharing them here instead.  Feel free to use them for your class, but PLEASE DO NOT UPLOAD THEM TO CC CONNECTED.  Thanks.

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