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Essentials Week by Week, Tour 1, Week 1

This entry is part 18 of 18 in the series Classsical Conversations

“I am I doing too much?” “Is this enough?” “How long should this take?” “I feel like this is taking all day!”

I have heard these questions asked on social media, in community, in my own head, sometimes. And I have never really had an answer.

There seems to be a veil between the Essentials and Foundations years of Classical Conversations which obfuscates any attempts to prepare. We are often admonished, “trust the process…it will all come together someday.” For those of us who are standing on the other side of the veil, craning our necks to see the mysterious Essentials years, it is small comfort. So, we push on with memory work that makes some connections, while longing to see the bigger picture.

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Growing Up

Essentials Spelling as a Review for All About Spelling

We are embarking on our first tour of Essentials through Classical Conversations. And I have been spending much of the summer thinking about and creating resources to help my first time student with the work. I try to create everything beforehand and get everything lined up, so we can have breathing room during the year.

One of the things I came across when perusing the massive Essentials of the English Language guide, tucked in the very back, were spelling lists for each week, divided by tour. At first glance I didn’t think I would utilize these spelling lists. They seemed too easy for my first tour Essentials student.

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