No regrets…

Wow, am I bad at this blogging thing!  I must have forgotten about this site, since I haven’t posted since January :/ Well, it’s been a very busy 4 months… birthdays, playdates, parties, field trips, Saints, CC Cycle 3 completion, curriculum research, convention trip planning, blah, blah, blah… lots of stuff going on around here!  Yes, it’s been busy, but it’s been wonderful!  Wouldn’t trade having my babies home for the world!!  When things get crazy and I feel like I’m losing my mind (yep, every other day), I remember something I read a while back, “You’ll never regret the time you spent with your children.”  So powerful and so true!  I can’t imagine not having this time with them. They grow so fast, and I’m thankful that I get to be a part of all of it!

Our last semester of Classical Conversations flew by!  We wrapped it up with an awards ceremony, where our kiddos were presented with a certificate of completion for all their hard work.  We also received our gorgeous yearbooks – what a treasure!!  After the awards, we headed outside for a really fun field day.  Our community’s director and tutors did an amazing job!  We had a blast 🙂  And, after that we went to our favorite ice cream place (for more sugar!) with our friends.  A great ending to a great CC school year ❤

This semester, the kiddos also participated in the Saints P.E. program.  My word, what a blessing that has been!! They have learned several different sports, made lots of new friends, and received tons of love and encouragement from the awesome coaches. Coach Rick and his team are the best!!

As many are wrapping up their school year, we will continue plugging along (albeit at a slower pace) over the summer, since we take time off during our beautiful Florida “winters”.  Ah… the beauty of homeschooling – we get to enjoy the best weather and take time off whenever we want 😉

Soon, we’ll be starting our 3rd official year of homeschooling… what a ride it has been! I am so thankful for the privilege of being Mama and teacher to the most amazing kiddos around ❤

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Half-way? Say what?!?!

Wow!  It’s been a loooong time since I posted here.  Never said I was very good at following through with things :/  If I was, I’d have washboard abs by now!  Anywho, after a wonderful holiday break, we’ll be starting the 2nd half of our CC school year in just 2 days.  I can’t believe our break is over, and much of that break was spent fighting germs!  Whatever is “going around” must have enjoyed the accommodations here, because it decided to stay for about 3 weeks :/  Thankfully, we are all in good health now and ready to get back to our homeschool busyness – and I love it!  I’m amazed by how much my kiddos have learned in CC and I’m excited to learn more right along with them.  In early December, our community hosted a special parent night, where the students were able to show off what they’ve been learning.  My parents attended and had a wonderful time learning more about CC and the homeschool community.  The kiddos have also celebrated their new friends’ birthdays at a couple of really fun parties, which has been so sweet to be a part of… love new friendships ❤

In addition to CC and ballet, we will begin participating in Saints physical education program for homechoolers.  I am especially excited about Saints, as it is something we’ve been hoping to be involved in for a while.  It is an amazing program that teaches teamwork, respect, sportsmanship, etc.  However, what has most impressed me about Saints is the way they minister to the individual child – meeting them where they’re at and encouraging them for who they are and the gifts that God has given them.  Their love for children is evident in everything they do!

I am so thankful for this homeschool journey!  Here we go 🙂

On to the 2nd quarter!

Last week we wrapped up our 1st quarter!  I can’t believe we began our CC journey 7 weeks ago!!  It’s been so much fun 🙂  I’m so grateful that this is our week off from CC because germs have taken over our home and I would hate for us to miss any class time :/

I’m still amazed at how much we’ve learned and how much the kids are enjoying learning their memory work.  When I first researched CC almost 2 years ago, my biggest hesitation was all the memory work… I didn’t understand classical education and its methods.  I thought it would be drudgery for us to get through it all.  The last thing I wanted for our homeschool was for it to be boring and difficult.  However, it’s been the opposite – we really are enjoying it!  Very often, the kids are asking to review their memory work – at home, in the car, wherever!  They love learning all of this wonderful material, and they take great pride in their hard work!

On to the 2nd quarter and learning how to play the tin whistle – I’ve heard it might be a good time to invest in some earplugs… bring it on!!

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

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…

Welcome!

Welcome!  Glad you’re here 🙂  I hope this little blog serves to encourage you in your homeschool journey, or simply in your journey of motherhood.   However, I will warn you… if you’re here to be entertained, you’re in the wrong place – I just took a survey on Facebook and apparently I’m only 40% funny… “pretty amusing” they said.  What do they know??!!  Did you see my last Bitstrip??  Anyway, if you’re a fellow homeschool mama, I hope that we can encourage and inspire each other as we travel along this amazing, and oftentimes, bumpy road we call homeschooling.  What a privilege to share our lives, and attempt to savor even the small, mundane moments with our babies – because as they say, “the days go slow, but the years go fast”.

“…may He equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. All glory to Him forever and ever! Amen.”  -Hebrews 13:21

P. S. – I apologize in advance for all the “…”, commas, and smiley faces… it’s how I roll 😉