Week 4!

Wow!  Two more weeks and we’ll be done with our 1st quarter!  Time flies when you’re having fun 🙂  This week I sat in on my son’s class.  He was so eager to do his presentation – he was chomping at the bit to show off his SPAM Mobile and tell his class about his Papa’s beloved Minnesota 🙂  It just tickles me to see my kiddos excited about CC.  We’ve always had fun homeschooling, but this has brought even more enjoyment for us all.  We have a blast in class and we also have lots of fun at home – the best of both worlds!

When I purchased our materials a few weeks before starting CC, I was genuinely concerned about all the memory work.  I couldn’t imagine how in the world we could learn seven subjects’ worth of material every week.  But, we’re doing it!  I’m amazed at my kiddos’ retention.  Each week we work on new memory work, but we also review the previous weeks’ work – and they still remember it!!  They’re like little sponges!  We are building a strong foundation during this grammar stage, so they will be ahead of the game when it’s time to dive deep into each of those subjects.  And, I’m learning right along with them 🙂

If you want to learn more about classical education, here’s a link for you: https://www.classicalconversations.com/classical/what-is-classical-education

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Week 3 :)

We now have 3 weeks of CC under our belts and it continues to be such a blessing!  I am thankful for the new friendships that are blossoming, especially for my kiddos.  And, they both just proceeded to tell me that they no longer want me to sit in on their classes, because they don’t “need” me there anymore – I guess they’re all grown up now :/  When I told my hubby what they said, he encouraged me to find out where the nearest Starbucks was and possibly take an extended “potty break” while the kids were in their classes 😉  I can just hear a grande iced White Chocolate Mocha (no whip) calling my name!!  Ahhh… as tempting as that sounds, I informed my babies that not only am I required to be in class with them, I actually really enjoy being there!  I’m there to learn the material right along with them.  But, the best part for me is to watch them get excited about learning!  My daughter was Miss Participation in her class yesterday – her CC t-shirt was plastered with a ton of stickers she earned in class!  What fun to watch them fully engaged in their learning and confident in the hard work they’ve put into memorizing the material!  Now, off to learn our Latin, Geography, Science, History, Timeline, Math, and English… whew, maybe I’ll stop by Starbucks first 😉

So thankful…

Well, yesterday was our 2nd day of CC and it continues to be confirmed in my heart that we are exactly where we’re supposed to be 🙂  On Tuesday, I attended a great homeschool group meeting at a church in the area and there were so many mamas from our CC group.  They were so sweet to reach out to my anti-social, introverted self 😉  And, yesterday I met a mom, who is a former foster parent with the foster care ministry I worked at 6 years ago.  Small world!  So thankful for the precious families the Lord has placed in our path!

Yesterday, I sat in on my son’s class – the apprentices.  He was the first one to give his presentation and he did great!  His tutor did an excellent job of keeping the kids engaged.  These tutors are amazing – they are so patient and kind and understanding of the individual children’s needs.  It’s a new environment for many of the kiddos and the tutors are wonderful about helping them adjust.  For me, it’s been very special to witness how well my kiddos are adjusting and really enjoying this new season.  I was just telling my hubby that with CC we get the benefits of class presentations and activities, such as art projects and science experiments (like you do in a school setting), but I still have the privilege of being able to fully enjoy this time with my kiddos by homeschooling them 🙂  So thankful…

What is Classical Conversations?

For those who may not be familiar with Classical Conversations (CC), here’s some info from their website (https://www.classicalconversations.com/what-classical-conversations):

“Classical Conversations supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families. We believe there are three keys to a great education: classical, Christian, and Community.

CLASSICAL
The first key to a great education is that it is “classical.” By that we mean the classical model of education which has proven effective over time. This model has cultivated great leaders in the arts of freedom. Aristotle, Newton, C.S. Lewis and Thomas Jefferson are just a few examples of great thinkers who were educated classically.

A classical education is ideally suited to children’s natural learning style. The classical model divides the learning process into three stages: grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric. In the grammar stage, children devour facts. In the dialectic stage, children ask many questions as they sort and evaluate these facts. In the rhetoric stage, teenagers synthesize their knowledge and apply it.

CHRISTIAN
From beginning to end, the Classical Conversations curriculum is founded on the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. Classical Conversations teaches that all subjects are not only interconnected but that God is the author and creator of each subject. Each subject informs us more about the true nature of God, and a better understanding of God informs us about each subject that is taught.

COMMUNITY
Classical Conversations plants and supports local communities who meet once a week across the United States and in several other countries. Being part of a like-minded and committed community provides parents and students encouragement, fellowship, and accountability.”

If you’re considering homeschooling, or if you’re looking for something to enhance your current curriculum, be sure to check out the CC website… tons of great info!

 

Here we go…

Another school year is upon us and I thought it might be fun to share this journey with others, especially as we go in a completely different direction this year in regards to curriculum.  After researching Classical Conversations (CC) initially about a year and a half ago, and deciding it wasn’t for us, we have now jumped in and are eager to share our experiences with you.  I’m really excited about belonging to a community of homeschoolers and how that will enrich our homeschool… new friendships, support, accountability, and of course, the wealth of knowledge that awaits!

Last week was our 1st CC class and we all had a blast!  My hubby was off from work, so he got to share in all the fun 😉  I sat in on our daughter’s Abecedarians class and my hubby sat in on our son’s Apprentices class.  I was actually more concerned about myself than about the kids – I have a hard time sitting still – very fidgety!  But, I did fine 😉 and so did the kids!  There was a bit of adjustment required for all of us – new environment, new people, new everything – but everyone adjusted well and was eager to participate.  It was so cute to watch my daughter get excited about her new class time!  They started out with presentations – every class starts out this way.  What a great gift they are giving our kids by training them in public speaking at such a young age.  Wish I had that training… I’m already sweating bullets about the family presentation we have to give sometime in March :/  I’m hoping my hubby will have another “day off” so he can do the speaking for me, since he’s so good at it!!  Since it was our 1st class, the presentations were more like interviews.  Our awesome tutor did a great job with the kiddos, especially with those who weren’t as comfortable with it.  My daughter was a bit hesitant, so I offered to stand with her, but she wouldn’t have it – she wanted to do it herself and she did great!!  After presentations, we moved on to this week’s memory work.  The tutor did a wonderful job of keeping the kids involved and engaged.  We then broke for a short snack/break time.  After break, we went back to class for art and science experiments, which were also enjoyed by all.  Sitting there, watching the kiddos have fun while learning and being surrounded by like-minded mamas, just confirmed in my heart that we had made the right decision for our family.  We’ve had lots of fun reviewing our memory work at home, and I see the sense of accomplishment in my babies, as they learn all this great material.  I’m so thankful for CC and look forward to where this journey takes us…