Draw Write Now! Matchups for Classical Conversations Cycle 2

Draw Write Now! Cycle 3 Matchups - 17th Street BlessingsIf you are a part of Classical Conversations, here is a fun add-on you can do at home with your kids!

This is no required, but my kids enjoy the books, so here we go! Cycle 2 has been hard, there are really no matching up the history sentences, but some of the science does correlate. I did my best, I put something for each week, of course feel free to mix it up, or let your student choose!

First you need to buy the books (or borrow them from your library if available).  The books do NOT build on each other (so you can do any book in any order) and they are only printing (no cursive) so I think they will be best for younger learners, probably 3rd grade and down.

 This is book one.

 This is book two.

This is book three.

This is book four.

This is book five.

This is book six.

This is book seven.

This is book eight.

These are the Amazon links for the books, you do not have to buy them from Amazon, I picked mine up at a convention. Also, these are my affiliate links, so if you purchase through them, 17th Street Blessings receives a small commission, thank you!

To open the match ups in Adobe click here:

Draw Write Now Cycle 2

And here it is in a list:

Week/Book #/Page #/Page Title

1           6                12              Woodlands

2          8               28             Africa

3          8               42             Australia

4         8               46             Europe & Asia

5          8               60             North & South America

6          6                14              Butterfly (the migrate)

7          4               12              Auroras

8         8               46-60      Mountain and Dessert

9          8               32-42      Grasslands

10        7                30-48     Northern Forests (Deciduous and Coniferous Forests)

11          5                56             Space Travel

12        7                10-26       Tropical Rain Forests

13        6                14              Grasslands

14        6                16              Shrub Lands (Scrublands)

15        6               18              Deserts

16        8               10              Giraffe

17         8               20             Cheetah

18        8               24             Ostrich

18        8               32             Horse

20       8               36             Armadillo

21        8               40             Pronghorn

22       8              50             Golden Eagle

23       8               55             Camel

24       8               58             Coyote

Draw Write Now! Cycle 3 Matchups - 17th Street Blessings

CC Connected Cycle 2

I have had several people ask me what I am using on CC Connected this year. I am going to keep a running list here of usernames and file names, with a brief description.

If you would like your own “Download Log” here is a *FREE* printable: CCC Download Log

To see what math songs I am using, check out this post.

Maps Lapbook
Username: tara504
File: Cycle 2 Geography Lapbook for All Weeks

Maps Notebooking
Username: tara504
File name: Cycle 2 Wks 1-24 Blackline Maps with Labels to Locate & Color

Geography Review Game:
Username: ReneeH
File names:
Geography Game weeks 1-6
Geography Game weeks 7-12 CORRECTED
Geography Game weeks 13-18
Geography Game weeks 19-24

Math Multiplication Songs:
Username: lbbcyouthpastor
File name: math w1- 2’s multiplication tables (then the number changes for each)

Geography “Stories”
Username: lmcgreger
File names:
C2 Wk 1-24 Geography Stories
C2 Wk 1-24 Clipart for Geography Stories

Weeekly Review Sheets:
Username: aaphotography
Filename: At-A-Glance Review Sheets All Weeks

History Copywork:
Username: aaphotography
Filename: Cycle 2 History Notebook A

Other Notebooking Pages:
Username: sheriellis
Filename: Link for Notebooking

Draw and Write Through History – Cycle 2 Matchups

Draw and Write Through History - 17th Street Blessings - Cycle 2 Matchup

Recently, my second grader started cursive, and he loves to draw. This series is a great way to encourage both, with a fun connection to our memory work with Classical Conversations! Draw and Write Through History is a book filled with lots of instructions to draw, and several copywork pages (the books are primarily drawing exercises with cursive handwriting thrown in at the end of each section, sneaky!).

This is the “Mach Up” for the Classical Conversations Cycle 2. You can also check out the Timeline matchup, to fill in any weeks that do not have a history sentence match.


To open the files in a printable version click here:

Draw and Write Through History Cycle 2

I will also upload to CC Connected, Username: allie8302.

Here are the six books in the series:

 Book 1 Creation through Jonah.

 Book 2 Greece and Rome.

 Book 3 The Vikings, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance.

 Book 4 Pilgrims, Pirates, and Patriots.

 Book 5 Napoleon to Lady Liberty.

 Book 6 The 20th Century.

You need Vikings, The Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Napoleon to Lady Liberty, and Invention, Exploration and War for Cycle 2, though all six books are used for the Timeline Matchup. These are the Amazon links for the books, you do not have to buy them from Amazon, I picked mine up at a convention. Also, these are my affiliate links, so if you purchase through them, 17th Street Blessings receives a small commission, thank you!

And here is the list:

Week/Book Title/Page Number/Section

1           —

2          —

3          The Vikings, the Middle     43               Feudalism

Ages and the Renaissance

4          —

5          —

6          The Vikings, the Middle     63               The Renaissance

Ages and the Renaissance

7          —

8          The Vikings, the Middle     10                Columbus (another explorer)

Ages and the Renaissance

9          —

10        —

11          —

12         Napoleon to Lady Liberty               6                  Napoleon

13        Napoleon to Lady Liberty              24               Steamboat

50               Steam Engine Train

14        Invention, Exploration and War      20               World War I

15        Invention, Exploration and War      20               World War I

16        Invention, Exploration and War      38               World War II

17         Invention, Exploration and War      38               World War II

18        —

19         —

20       —

21         —

22        —

23       —



BOOK IT! – For Homeschoolers! – 2016-17

tumblr_me7wh2BqUr1qzqphmo1_1280Did you get a fun pin as a child with Book-It? I remember ordering my very own pizza, and receiving a ‘star’ sticker for my pin.

Enrollment for homeschoolers is open for the 2016-17 school year.

They didn’t offer pins last year, but did offer a little booklet, that my kids could add stickers as they earned the free pizza certificates.

Even more fun, our local location (and this may vary) allowed us to substitute a kid’s lunch buffet. This was a fun treat after a group science class, or swimming lessons.

Sign up your homeschool here.

Helping and Linking Verb Printables – CC Cycle 1

Hello! Long time no post!! Life has been very busy around here.

17th Street Blessings - Helping & Linking Verb Printable - Free - Cycle 1

But I came up with this little helper for the English New Grammar for Cycle 1 of Classical Conversations. It is all the words printed on one sheet, with the CC definition at the top. I laminated mine and will tape them on my dry erase board during those weeks (be careful with tape on your dry erase board, mine is fine, but I’ve heard some will peel the finish off). I have this set of Expo Highlighter type markers, that I will highlight the words for that current week. They are really bright!

You can download these on CC Connected, username allie8302.

Or just click

17th Street Blessings – Helping Verbs Free Printable

17th Street Blessings – Linking Verbs Free Printable.


This post is featured over at Running With Team Hogan’s CC Blog Carnival

Pat Catan’s – A+ Education Savings Program

Last night I was at Pat Catan’s shopping for some art supplies for my kiddos. I saw a sign for a teacher educator card, and I was pleased to see homeschoolers included with classroom teachers, college professors and administrators on the list!

To qualify, you need an ID (driver’s licence), pay stub or letter from the school district.

The young cashier said, “You are a homeschool mom?”


“Do you have a pay stub?”

Ahhh, no, I don’t get paid (to which she seemed very surprised!). I wanted to ask her who she thought paid me, but she was being very nice, and I didn’t want to appear rude (but seriously, who would pay me??).

But I did have my teacher library card, my Classical Conversations Office Max card, and an unofficial ID made available for our CC community by Drobny Studio. She called the manager and he said that was fine, so I filled out the application and I used the card on that transaction.

Now, Ohio Superintendents do issue a letter of excusal for homeschool families each year when we notify, but not all states have this law. Many states require nothing from parents (oh to be in a green state, alas Ohio is orange) so I’m not sure what ‘proof’ the store would require. I’m sure showing up at Pat Catan’s with your kiddos at 10 AM on a Wednesday would do the trick. I would wager a guess that most store managers are uninformed of homeschol laws, so if you are in a ‘green’ state, or your children are below the age of compulsory attendance, you might have to do some explaining. The ladies at my store were very nice.

Here is the info for the card, it is similar to the regular Pat Catan’s card, except it doesn’t cost $20 and it does not require any renewals.

Pat Catan's A+ Education Savings Program - 17th Street Blessings

I’m still chuckling… a pay stub… hahaha….

This post is featured on Running With Team Hogan’s October 2015 Classical Conversations Blog Carnival

Marking Up My Guide – Cycle 1

17th Street Blessings - Marking Up My Guide - Cycle 1Summer is coming to a close, and I’m starting to really gear up to start Cycle 1. The first step for me is putting notes in my Foundations Guide. I have the 4th Edition, so I am not updating any of the New Grammar, just putting cross references in for the science and fine art portions. These are two of the 30 minute portions of each community day. As a substitute tutor, I find these notes very helpful!

Note: If you have a 3rd edition Guide, and want to update it, here is a pdf.

First thing I did was go through weeks 1-6 and 13-18 and put a post it with the week # on that page in the VanCleave’s Science Experiments book. Just as an FYI, the Guide lists Experiment numbers, not page numbers. So the experiment for week 1, #45, is on page 26 in the VanCleave’s book.

These notes are going under “Activities” on each week where the new grammar is listed. This starts at page 45 for Cycle 1.

You can also print a list- Guide Additons C1.

Week 1-
Science- VanCleave’s page 26
Fine Art- page 153

Week 2-
Science- VanCleave’s page 30 & 31
Fine Art- page 153

Week 3-
Science- VanCleave’s page 32
Fine Art- page 153

Week 4-
Science- VanCleave’s page 34
Fine Art- page 154

Week 5-
Science- VanCleave’s page 35
Fine Art- page 154

Week 6-
Science- VanCleave’s page 36
Fine Art- page 154

Week 7-
Science Project- page 139
Tin Whistle- page 158

Week 8-
Science Project- page 139
Tin Whistle- page 161

Week 9-
Science Project- page 139-140
Tin Whistle- page 164

Week 10-
Science Project- page 139
Tin Whistle- page 168

Week 11-
Science Project- page 139-140
Tin Whistle- page 171

Week 12-
Science Project- page 139
Tin Whistle- page 173

Week 13-
Science Experiment- VanCleave’s page 68 & 69
Great Artists- page 183 (Great Artist’s page  12)

Week 14-
Science Experiment- VanCleave’s page 70
Great Artists- page 183 (Great Artist’s page 14)

Week 15-
Science Experiment- VanCleave’s page 71
Great Artists- page 183 (Great Artist’s page  16)

Week 16-
Science Experiment- VanCleave’s page 72 & 73
Great Artists- page 183 (Great Artist’s page  22)

Week 17-
Science Experiment- VanCleave’s page 76
Great Artists- page 183 (Great Artist’s page  24-25)

Week 18-
Science Experiment- VanCleave’s page 77
Great Artists- page 183 (Great Artist’s page 26)

Week 19-
Science Project – page 141
Orchestra- page 186

Week 20-
Science Project – page 141
Orchestra- page 186

Week 21-
Science Project – page 141
Orchestra- page 186

Week 22-
Science Project – page 141
Orchestra- page 186

Week 23-
Science Project – page 141
Orchestra- page 187

Week 24-
Science Project – page 141
Orchestra- page 187

Other notes:

Page 133 has optional scripture memory for Cycle 1, Exodus 20:1-17

Page 138 has a Scientific Experiment Lab Sheet.

Starting on page 175 are tips for the Tin Whistle.

Pages 199-200 have a matchup for the weekly history sentences to the Acts & Facts Timeline Cards for Cycle 1.

Memory Master proof sheets for Cycle 1 are on pages 205-208.

Maps for Cycle 1 (for new grammar each week) are on pages 216-217 blackline and 222-225 color.

*If you find any errors, please leave me a note! All these numbers, my fingers are bound to get mixed up somewhere.

Featured on the September CC Blog Carnival at Running With Team Hogan.