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Parent/Student Meetings

Prior to the start of a new homeschool year or reset in your school, I find it beneficial to have a parent/student meeting.

I remember the parent/teacher meetings growing up. My teachers would explain to my mother what expectations they had for me in the classroom, not knowing she didn’t speak any English.

Today with homeschooling we can cut the middle man out. Children do appreciate still, being told exactly what is expected of them. There is an excitement at the beginning of the school year and showing your enthusiasm as well for the new books or materials will go a long way.

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Go over academic expectations. In our school children know they will be writing one page a day, either an essay, short story, or copy work I they are young. They know they will need to read 1-2 hours a day. They also know they will complete one lesson of Saxon Math first thing in the morning before they can move on to anything else.

I like to go over their fresh new binders and where I expect everything to go and how to check their work once completed.

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We go over the routine or schedule. This is where I take some feedback as to how they want to structure their day. Do they want to get dressed first or after they have breakfast? I only have little children at this time who wake up at the crack of dawn, but I have heard the great advice of older children using an alarm clock to wake up to instead of mom. That way they are not dependent on mom and teaches personal responsibility.

This is also a good time to talk about chores and what their responsibilities are.

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This is a great opportunity to discuss what their personal goals are. Do they want to learn how to knit? Do they want to play an instrument? This is where you can go over cost of materials, instruments and realize that making a commitment is not something to take lightly no matter the project. They need to count the cost, if it truly is worth the parents time and money. Brainstorm ways together to make their goal affordable, are there free online classes, can they do extra chores to “pay” parents back for registration fees on a sports activity. This can sound harsh, but then again we have a generation demanding free college. Nothing is free, someone Is paying for it and better to start early teaching personal responsibility. People also tend to value experiences and material things they had to work hard for, over given for free.

Perhaps your child would like to write a book, this would be a great time to discuss a goal of writing so many pages a day and having you as the accountability partner.

 

Parent/Student conferences are one of my favorite activities in resetting a new school year. You can make it as special as you want with maybe a special meal. I have seen people online make “Back to School Feast” for public and homeschoolers. Rituals and celebrations can have their place in creating a wonderful home and excitement for the new school year. It can be as simple as going to the dollar store and letting them pick our their new binder.

Do you have parent/student conferences? Let me know in the comments below!

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Classical Conversation Cycles and G.A Henty Historical Books

G.A Henty/ CC Cycle 1-3 Mash Up

Cycle 1

ANCIENT HISTORY
1250 BC The Cat of Bubastes: A Story of Ancient Egypt
220 BC The Young Carthaginian: A Story of the Times of Hannibal
A.D 61 Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion
A.D.70 For the Temple: A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem

 

THE MIDDLE AGES
870 The Dragon and the Raven: Or, the Days of King Alfred
1066 Wulf the Saxon: A Story of the Norman Conquest
1190 Winning His Spurs: A Tale of the Crusades
1314 In Freedom’s Cause: A Story of Wallace and Bruce
1340 St. George for England: A Tale of Cressy and Poiters
1380 The Lion of St. Mark: A Tale of Venice in the Fourteenth Century
1381 A March on London: A Story of Wat Tyler’s Rising
1400 Both Sides of the Border: A Tale of Hotspur and Glendower
1415 At Agincourt: A Tale of the White Hoods of Paris
1480 A Knight of the White Cross: A Tale of the Siege of Rhodes

 

            REFORMATION AND EXPLORATION
1579 By Pike and Dyke: A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic
1580 St. Bartholomew’s Eve: A Tale of the Huguenot Wars
1580 Under Drake’s Flag: A Tale of the Spanish Main
1588 By England’s Aid: Or, The Freeing of the Netherlands
1595 By Right of Conquest: Or, With Cortez in Mexico


WARS OF RELIGION AND SUCCESSION
1630 The Lion of the North: A Tale of Gustavus Adolphus and the Wars of Religion
1640 Won by the Sword: A Tale of the Thirty Years’ War
1650 Friends Though Divided: A Tale of the English Civil War
1666 When London Burned: A Story of the Plague and the Fire
1685 John Hawke’s Fortune: A Story of Monmouth’s Rebellion
1690 Orange and Green: A Tale of the Boyne and Limerick
1695 A Jacobite Exile: Being the Adventures of a Young Englishman in the Service of Charles XII of Sweden
1703 The Cornet of Horse: A Tale of Marlborough’s Wars
1705 The Bravest of the Brave: Or, With Peterborough in Spain
1710 In the Irish Brigade: A Tale of the War in Flanders and Spain
1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie: A Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden


COLONIAL DISRUPTIONS AND COMPETITION
1759 With Wolfe in Canada: or, the Winning of a Continent
1760 With Frederick the Great: A Tale of the Seven Year’s War
1780 True to the Old Flag: A Story of the American War of Independence
1780 Held Fast for England: A Tale of the Siege of Gibraltar (1779-83)
1786 With Clive in India: Or, The Beginnings of an Empire


THE NAPOLEONIC ERA
1793 In the Reign of Terror: The Adventures of a Westminister Boy in the French Revolution
1795 No Surrender! A Story of the Revolt in La Vendee
1795 A Roving Commission: Or, Through the Black Insurrection of Hayti
1795 The Tiger of Mysore: A Story of the War with Tippoo Sahib
1795 By Conduct and Courage: A Story of Nelson’s Days
1798 At Aboukir and Acre: A Story of Napoleon’s Invasion of Egypt
1800 At the Point of the Bayonet: A Tale of the Mahratta War
1808 With Moore at Corunna: A Story of the Penisular War
1810 The Young Buglers: A Story of the Penisular War
1811 Through the Fray: A Story of the Luddite Riots
1810 Under Wellington’s Command: A Story of the Penisular War
1812 Through Russian Snows: A Story of Napoleon’s Retreat from Moscow
1815 One of the 28th: A Tale of Waterloo

 

INDIAN TROUBLES AND NEIGHBORS’ WARS
1820 With Cochrane the Dauntless: The Exploits of Lord Cochrane in South American Water.

Cycle 2

          THE MIDDLE AGES
870 The Dragon and the Raven: Or, the Days of King Alfred
1066 Wulf the Saxon: A Story of the Norman Conquest

1190 Winning His Spurs: A Tale of the Crusades

1314 In Freedom’s Cause: A Story of Wallace and Bruce

1340 St. George for England: A Tale of Cressy and Poiters

1380 The Lion of St. Mark: A Tale of Venice in the Fourteenth Century

 

REFORMATION AND EXPLORATION
1579 By Pike and Dyke: A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic
1580 St. Bartholomew’s Eve: A Tale of the Huguenot Wars
1580 Under Drake’s Flag: A Tale of the Spanish Main
1588 By England’s Aid: Or, The Freeing of the Netherlands
1595 By Right of Conquest: Or, With Cortez in Mexico

 

COLONIAL DISRUPTIONS AND COMPETITION
1759 With Wolfe in Canada: or, the Winning of a Continent
1760 With Frederick the Great: A Tale of the Seven Year’s War

 

Cycle 3

1780 True to the Old Flag: A Story of the American War of Independence

1800 At the Point of the Bayonet: A Tale of the Mahratta War

 

1856                Captain Bayley’s Heir: A Tale of the Gold Fields of California

Facing Death: Or, the Hero of the Vaughan Pit, A Tale of the Coal Mines
Sturdy and Strong: Or, How George Andrews made his Way
Gabriel Allen M.P. Or, Frank Allen’s Search for His Identity

 

1860 In the Heart of the Rockies: A Story of Adventure in Colorado
1861 With Lee in Virginia: A Story of the American Civil War
1865 Out With Garibaldi: A Story of the Liberation of Italy

 

1867 The March to Magdala: A Chronicle of the Abyssnian Campaign
Out on the Pampas: The Young Settlers
Redskin and Cowboy: A Tale of the Western Plains
A Hidden Foe: A Romantic Adventure of Inheritance
Dorothy’s Double: The Story of a Great Deception
The Queen’s Cup: A Novel
The Lost Heir: A Tale of Intrigue in India and England
The Curse of Carne’s Hold: A Tale of Mystery in England and a Kaffir War
In the Hands of the Cave Dwellers: A Tale of the American West

 

1887 The Sovereign Reader: Scenes from the Life and Reign of Queen Victoria