Jul 16, 2013

Classical Notebook and Music Game Freebie

I'm a copycat. A big one.

So, when I was checking out last week's Trivium Tuesday over at Living and Learning at Home (which really is awesome, by the way. I get so much inspiration from this link-up! Thanks, Amy!), I ran across Brandy's post at Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood about the notebook.

I loved Brandy's idea of turning her breakfast notebook into a 'classical' notebook, which now has memory work review things added to the obligatory calendar stuff. I liked it so much that I made one for each of my girls:

(What you can't see in this picture is the bright pink sparkly binder cover. Sheesh!)

I have a divider for 
  • Calendar - this has days of the week, days in school, a traceable calendar
  • Handwriting - beginning handwriting sheets (from Staples), and plain lined paper
  • Geography - maps of the world and Europe, labeled and non-labeled, and a continent blob tracing map from Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood
  • History - Cycle 2, Week 1's history sentence to trace (from C3)
  • Fine Arts - my classical music game (see below), and plain staff paper to practice drawing notes (both girls take piano)
  • Presidents - one page with all the presidents' pictures (from C3)
  • Latin - review stuff from Cycles 1 and 2
  • Math - skip counting mazes
If you want to know exactly where I got everything, check out Brandy's post at Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood, because I totally just copied her, which is pretty standard for me. ;)

I love how so much great stuff is in one binder. I anticipate Mary and I doing school on-the-go sometimes this coming year as we take Anna different places. Now I can just say, "Mary, bring your binder," and we can practice handwriting, review math, and lots of other fun stuff wherever we happen to be. Pretty neat!

Now, onto the freebie!

We're big music fans here. I really want my girls to know the five time periods of Classical music. It may sound nerdy, but hey, I'm cool with that. So, I created a little matching game to keep in Mary's binder:

We learned this last year in Week 19 of Classical Conversations to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. I've included the lyrics we use in the game download. This could easily be made into a file folder game, if you're so inclined. For the composers, I included all the ones we study in each cycle of CC.

Click here to download the 5 Time Periods of Classical Music match-up game!

What about you? Have you made a Calendar Notebook or a Classical Notebook (or anything similar)? How did it work out? Any tips for a first-timer?


  1. This is awesome. You are educating me. I have wondered about the periods of classical music, as we have listened to composers recommended by Ambleside On-line, and haven't looked them up. This year we are still listening to music, but I plan to deviate and follow my own schedule. This helps me organize.

    I'm currently hosting a lesson planning link-up series and the topic for August 8th is music. I hope you join in with the music week and any other weeks you would like.


    1. Thanks for stopping by, friend! I'd love to link up soon; thanks for the invite! Heading over to check out your blog now! :)

  2. I love notebooks!! I saw this on Brandy's blog, but haven't put it together yet.
    You are so great at putting all of this together, when do you start Cycle 2?


    1. Hey there, Yvana! We start Cycle 2 on August 20, so I still have lots of time to get ready. I'll be tutoring this year, though, so I have a little more to actually get ready for. ha! When do y'all start back?

  3. Thanks for the shout-out! I have loved all that you have contributed to Trivium Tuesdays these past weeks. Thanks for this great fine arts printable today!

  4. This is so awesome! We're in our 2nd year of CC and I'm feeling SO unorganized. I've tutored both years and announced I will NOT be tutoring next year because I need to take next year to get fully organized and prepared for the school year.
    Where do you get all your print outs for your notebook? I would love to make these for my kids.
    Thank you!


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