CC Cycle 1/Week 4 – Seven Wonders, Plant & Animal Cells – Books, Games, Lots of Free Resources, and a Podcast!


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Amoeba Sisters

Guys…I found the COOLEST podcast! It is called The Amoeba Sisters and they have multiple episodes on everything cells. (There are 28 episodes that all relate to cells and how they function!) We have been listening to them during our car rides and we are loving them. There is enough information that my high school biology nut is learning new things, but they are accessible to my fourth grader as well. These podcasts are a bit unique in that they include video as well. They are perfectly understandable with just the audio, but my nine-year-old loves watching the video in the back seat while we drive.
CLICK HERE to Visit The Amoeba Sisters Podcasts (Totally Free)

Last week, I recommended that if you only purchase one supplemental resource for the week, you should get the book “Animal Cells.” Well, “Plant Cells” is the next in the same series and it is just as good…great illustrations, informative but easy to understand text, and a price point under $7 including free delivery if you have Amazon Prime. I recommend reading this and Animal Cells aloud as a family before you listen the The Amoeba Sisters podcast.

CLICK HERE to Add “Plant Cells” to Your Amazon Wish List


This week I get to feature my favorite family game of all time…Seven Wonders. There are several things that make this game amazing, most notably: it can be played in under an hour, a wide range of ages can play and enjoy the game (from about 8 – adult), and it is genuinely a blast to play. Of course, the fact that the game features the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is a bonus. For families who enjoy board games, I can’t recommend this game enough:

CLICK HERE to Add 7 Wonders to Your Amazon Wish List

For a more complete, historical review of the Seven Wonders, I recommend the book “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” by Lynn Curlee. It has beautiful illustrations of what the wonders must have looked like when they still stood. My favorite part is at the end of the book where the illustrator compares the dimensions of each of the structures with one another and also with the Statue of Liberty and the U.S. Capitol.

CLICK HERE to Add “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” to Your Amazon Wish List

This is a cool activity book that offers 20 projects for kids to complete based on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as well as the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. This is a nifty little combo book. It includes explanatory text, some great illustrations, trivia, and projects.

CLICK HERE to Add Seven Wonders Activity Book to Your Amazon Wish List

I get a kick out of finding independent readers for my kids that correlate with our CC studies. This is the first installment in a series that follows Jack McKinley, an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die—unless he finds seven magic Loculi that have been hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, offers high praise, “A high-octane mix of modern adventure and ancient secrets. Young readers will love this story.”

CLICK HERE to Add Seven Wonders: the Colossus Rises to Your Amazon Wish List


Why do children refuse to complete math facts until you give them a dry erase marker? I can’t understand this phenomenon, but I can 100% testify that it exists. Getting my nine-year-old to drill her math facts using pencil and paper was LIKE PULLING TEETH! I was seriously beginning to consider just letting it slide. Not really. But almost. Then along comes the old “slip the fact sheet into a page protector and give her a dry erase marker” trick and VOILA she loves it. And, added bonus, less paper waste!

There are several websites online that allow you to print various multiplication fact worksheets for free. I have already recommended my favorite, which is Worksheet Genius. Here is a link to the multiplication worksheet generator at Worksheet Genius. As for dry erase markers, a fellow mom at our Classical Conversations community recently came to class with these little beauties. They are a bit pricey for a pack of four, but she says that hers have already lasted over a year. They are ultra fine tip…like writing with a normal ball point pen…which makes them perfect for individual dry erase work. I ordered mine yesterday. Make sure to order the specific ones on this link. There are several varieties of the same pens and the “wet erase” ones are apparently very runny and not at all what you want. Here are the right ones:

CLICK HERE to Add the Staedtler Lumocolor Markers to Your Amazon Wish List


We have been using the free Latin worksheets from Family Style Schooling and they are amazing. They allow my daughter to practice her noun declensions while also learning some basic Latin words. Plus, I feel that learning the noun endings this way provides some helpful context. For the younger kids (under 8), this probably isn’t necessary. But once the kids are moving towards Challenge, it is good for them to understand a little bit about what they are doing and why they are doing it. I used one of the Latin roots from the worksheets to illustrate noun endings for the Masters class. There was a collective “Ahhh…oh that’s what they’re for” that rose up from the kids when I showed them. It helped them to understand why they are memorizing those strings of sounds. Anyway, here is a link to the Latin worksheets:

Latin Noun Declensions Worksheets
CLICK HERE to Visit Family Style Schooling and Download Their Latin Noun Worksheets


My Geography worksheets for Cycle 1 are still available for free download.
A few weeks ago, I completed them and my daughter uses them every week (we put them in sheet protectors so she can practice and erase over and over.)Below is the link if you would like to download them for yourself:
Geography Cycle 1 Graphic
CLICK HERE to Download the Cycle 1 Geography Worksheets


I already recommended several books featuring Prepositions in my post for Week 1. You can CLICK HERE if you want to view that list. But I just recently ran across a really cute Preposition Coloring Book. Because my kids are older, I don’t always get the chance to recommend a lot of resources for the under 8 set. This book is super cute. It has coloring pages for 21 Prepositions and is under $5 with Free Shipping.

CLICK HERE to Add Prepositions Coloring Book to Your Amazon Wish List

This week was so fun. I had a great time putting this list together and it was awesome adding our first podcast to the list of recommendations. Until next week…Happy Learning!


  1. I love your website and the resource recommendations you give every week! You have really helped me in making our CC year fun! Thank you so much!


  2. I am loving your blog. Just wondering if you’ll ever work ahead a little? I feel like I need to get some things f your suggestions ordered and printed ahead of time.


    • Yes, we’ve actually worked ahead several weeks, but then getting the blog posts together and making the links takes time and I get caught up with the day-to-day of life. I’m setting a goal to get a few weeks up in the next 10 days so I can get a bit ahead. Worst case, we have the attitude that if we “fall behind” in our supplemental materials, we don’t stress it because this review provides reinforcement and helps the information to “stick.” Anyway, thanks for the suggestion…it will motivate me to get going!


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