I have CC MNO on on my calendar once a month, and I really look forward to it! Classical Conversations Moms' Night Out is a wonderful chance to relax, get to know the other mamas in our community, learn new ideas, and just have some fun! Our March MNO was so awesome that I just have to share some things we discussed. So, here we go!
Random Ideas For Next Year
Renaissance Fair - possibly after Week 6 or at the end of the first semester. This would be very similar to the Geography Fair shared by Walking By The Way, just with History Sentences.
Geography Fair - end of the year? Here's what one looks like.
Review Parties - these are just really awesome, and what a great way to bond as a community! Sola Gratia Mom shares what this looks like.
Summer Planning Session - because planning for CC is so easy, right? Ha! Why not get our mamas together, get to know each other better, and share ideas for Cycle 2!
CC seems to be exploding in our area right now, with new campuses sprouting up all over the place. Most of these new ideas for next year could be regional things, getting all of the CCers in North Alabama involved! Now, am I the Regional Director? Nope. Everything I'm mentioning here are just ideas that we mamas came up with over dinner one night.
Okay, back to the good stuff. . .
One mama mentioned how she enjoyed a very popular virtues program, but that she wished it was a little 'meatier.' That got me thinking about a curriculum my friend showed me a while back called Character Sketches from IBLP (Marion, I called this Character First at dinner, sorry for the mix-up). She enjoyed it, but I'm looking for something a little more budget-friendly right now. So, I did some digging, and I found the perfect character 'program' for next year:
This has 27 character traits, Bible memory verses and stories to go along with each, and it's free! We're going to do one a week and see how it goes. I'll keep you updated!
Then, during our MNO, we started talking about reading curriculum. One mama brought up Reading Eggs, something I've never heard of before.
They have a 14-day free trial, so Mary started it the next day, and it is AWESOME! This is her first computer-related activity, and I'm glad that she's learning some new skills, such as how to work the mouse. The games in each lesson are fun, and Mary likes to earn the little critters at the end of each lesson. For us, this doesn't take the place of reading instruction, but it's definitely great enrichment! And, for my non-homeschooling friends, this is something you and your kiddos can do, too! ;)
Other Fun Stuff
Remember the Child Training Bible from my last post? Well, all of the mamas at the dinner wanted to do it! So, one of them graciously offered to organize a Make Your CTB get-together this Summer! So excited!
Friends, I'm sitting here racking my brain; there were so many great things discussed at the last MNO, and now I can't remember them all. Bummer! If you can't tell, I've been blogging less since the marriage retreat a few weekends ago. I love sharing on here, but it does take time, sometimes lots of time. And right now, God is putting my desire elsewhere. I'm not going anywhere, though, and I'm sure when things start rollin' for Cycle 2 I'll be posting like crazy. But right now I'm enjoying spending my extra time at night (the time when I can do some serious blogging) with the hubs. He's my man, and I want to show him that by spending more time with him and less time looking at a screen.
So, that's all I've got for now, and nap time is over (my new preferred time to blog)!
Have a great weekend, and I'll be seeing you again really soon.