Classical Homeschool Plan for Summer Term 2015 – Simply Convivial

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I always want to kick off the new year in full gear, full speed, full throttle. Turns out that approach drives the whole venture straight off the cliff, and fast. It was two years ago my friend pretty much forced me to ease into my schedule by saying we shouldn’t start our lesson-trading mini-co-op until September, even if our year-round schedule begins in July. I went along with that suggestion, but it hadn’t been my idea – if we’re going to do it, we should just start! But when we started up in July with only half our plan rather than full blast, I didn’t crash and burn the first week! We solidified the backbone of our school day: Morning Time and math. We even got to Latin most days! With a little extra breathing room in the week, we were able to focus on getting a good morning rhythm going and I didn’t end up feeling like I was riding herd all day long, making everyone conform to my idea of our Perfect Homeschool Day.

So, I was sold. We now plan to start slow. Elementary Group Lessons & our little Language & Logic group begins in the second term, and our focus in the summer term is getting into a good morning groove and being consistent with Morning Time, math, and Latin.


Convocation (Morning Time)

Our Morning Time content changes each term. Here’s what’s new this term!

About two-thirds of our morning memory work time is spent in review work, but this is our new content we’ll sing or recite every day all six weeks:

New Memory Work Content

  • Psalm: Psalm 33
  • Passage: Matthew 5:2-16
  • Proverb: Proverbs 4:7-8

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. – Proverbs 4:7-8

New Poems

You now have learned enough to see
That Cats are much like you and me
And other people whom we find
Possessed of various types of mind.
For some are sane and some are mad
And some are good and some are bad
And some are better, some are worse —
But all may be described in verse. (from T.S. Eliot’s “Proper Addressing of Cats”)

Review Memory Work

After singing one hymn from the hymn tab that contains all the hymns we’ve learned to date, and then the next Psalm in the tab that holds all the Psalms we’ve learned to date, we’ll move on to review these pieces this term:


  • Proverbs: Proverbs 6:6-11
  • Motto: “Obey right away, all the way, with a good attitude every day.”
  • Micah 6:6-8
  • Romans 8:1-4, 26-39
  • Motto: “Hustle to help out!”
  • Latin Motto: “Ad maiorem Dei gloriam” (To the greater glory of God) this is actually new content
  • 10 Commandments section: Exodus 20
  • Closing Hymn: A Mighty Fortress
  • Benediction: Hebrews 13:20-21

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. – Hebrews 13:20-21

And all the people said: Amen!


  • Proverbs 10:9
  • Motto: “Leave it better than you found it”
  • Romans 10:9-11
  • Colossians 3:1-4, 12-17
  • Motto: “If you fall down, get back up, smile, and keep playing.”
  • Latin Motto: “Usus est magister optimus” (Practice is the best teacher) this is actually new content
  • 10 Commandments section: Catechism Q&As on #1 & 2
  • Closing Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy
  • Benediction: 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out. – Proverbs 10:9

And all the people said: Amen!


  • Proverbs 10:23
  • Motto: “Hand Shake! Firm and cheerful, eyes on eyes!”
  • Philippians 4:4-9
  • 2 Timothy 2:20-26
  • Motto: “Have more than you show, speak less than you know. – Shakespeare” this is new content
  • Latin Motto: “Age quod agis” (Do what you are doing) this is new content
  • 10 Commandments section: Catechism Q&As on #3 & 4
  • Closing Hymn: That Man Is Blest (Psalm 1)
  • Benediction: 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:4-7

And all the people said: Amen!


  • Proverbs 12:1
  • Motto: “Clean room count: 1) Floors cleared; 2) Beds made; 3) Drawers closed; 4) Books tidy; 5) Lights off.”
  • 2 Timothy 3:14-17
  • Hebrews 4:12-16
  • Motto: “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. –Shakespeare” new
  • Latin Motto: “Audi, Vide, Tace” (Hear, See, Be Silent) new
  • 10 Commandments section: Catechism Q&As on #5, 6, & 7
  • Closing Hymn: For All the Saints
  • Benediction: Romans 16:25-27

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. – Proverbs 12:1

And all the people said: Amen!


  • Proverbs 15:1
  • Motto: “When we have work to do, we do it without complaining.”
  • 1 John 1:5-9
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15
  • Proverbs 20:11
  • Latin Motto: “Animum debes mutare non caelum” (Change your disposition, not the sky) new
  • 10 Commandments section: Catechism Q&As on #8, 9, & 10
  • Closing Hymn: O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
  • Benediction: Jude 1:24-25

To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter. – 2 Thessalonians 2:14-15

And all the people said: Amen!

And after the Amen, we close our binders, get up and put them away while listening to and chanting with the playlist of Latin, Bible, and random chants we want to learn. I’m still working on creating an index page with our audio memory.

Find out all the material we’ve covered in our seven years of morning time here: Memory Work Index



7th Grade Extra Reading

Things we’re changing up this term

I’ll be writing next week about how we do composer and art study and how I’ve planned that out, but for now, I’ll just let you know we choose one composer and one artist per term.

Nature journalling is on the kids’ checklists this term, but I plan to also do additional family outings, with and without friends. But I think we’ll wait until the weather isn’t in triple digits.


9 Responses

  1. dawn
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    We are God’s People will never be on our hymn list because I so dislike that hymn. It is one we sing in our church regularly and have sung in other churches when traveling (it follows me around), but I still dislike it. Other people really like it, I know, it just seems so trite to me.

  2. Mystie Winckler
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    Our church sings it rarely, but it was a special request from one of the children. I don’t care much for it, but I had asked for their input on what to pick, so I felt I had to oblige. :)

    My own hymn distaste is for This is My Father’s World. I can hardly stand it, but my kids love it. :)

    • dawn
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      I hear that one in the LOTR movie music, and I must say I really like it.

      We want to add ‘It Is Well’ soon now that Nboy can do the men’s line.

  3. Pam
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    I would love to know where you come up with great ideas for mottos! I saw Allison did one on her MT video too, and thought it was such a neat way to incorporate new habit training.

    • Mystie Winckler
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      I think I got the idea years ago from the “Family Ways” sayings of Gregg Harris and also an ACCS talk from the 90s I heard had Matt Whitling’s (Logos’ School’s headmaster) class mottos. I dropped them last year, but picked them back up after reading Gretchen Rubin’s new book because she has distilled the lessons she’s learned about herself into personal statements that she has ready on her tongue so she doesn’t have to think through many decisions anymore. So I brought back mottos and picked up some new ones from lists of Latin mottos and Shakespeare pithiness. :)

  4. knmkendall
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    Another jewel of a post that enriches our homeschool! Thank you very much! I think I asked this yesterday so apologize for the repeat question, but I can’t find where I commented…do you have available a template for the bubble checklists you use for your individual students? I didn’t see it when I looked through your site, but I may have missed it. Thank you for your wisdom and help! God bless you.

    • Mystie Winckler
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      I don’t yet have a template, but I have a plan for a post with one coming up. :)

  5. Julia
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    Thank you,Misty, for sharing your plans. They are helpful to me as we attempt to incorporate more memorization into our Morning Time. I have a question, though; do you just have your kids recite the poems or do you discuss the poem and it’s meaning?

    • Mystie Winckler
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      We don’t generally discuss during MT. If there is something there I think we could discuss, I’m more likely to bring it up at dinner as a topic of general conversation. It feels more like conversation over dinner and not like teacher-talk. :)

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