Last Thursday through Saturday, the girls and I took a little trip to a Classical Conversations practicum. I have been dying to do CC with my kiddos ever since I heard Mandi rave about it, but CC was not in my area until very recently.
What is CC, you ask?
Classical Conversations is a mission to know God and make Him known. It is a model to combine a biblical world view and classical tools. It is a method to equip parents and encourage students. In local communities, parents and students meet once a week. During Foundations, tutors model grammar-stage tools of learning, loading facts from a variety of interesting subjects. In addition, students practice public speaking, do a science project, and complete an art or music project each week.
One thing I learned at this practicum is how much I already leaned toward the Classical Christan model of education.
So, this fall, the girls and I will spend two-and-a-half hours one day a week doing Foundations with other families in the community. This means I will be revamping our homeschool curriculum, which I will share with you soon.
I will also be sharing exactly why our family has chosen to homeschool over public school (contrary to popular belief, we don’t hate public schools or public school teachers). Believe it or not, my teaching classes in college are what turned me to homeschooling! I have never truly voiced why we do what we do, and I think that post is overdue.
One of the things I am most excited about concerning CC is the community. I have realized that I am more introverted than I used to be, and am content to stay home, rather than talk to people. CC comes with a community, and pushes me to actually get out and interact with other homeschool moms. I love that the girls will be able to spend time with other homeschooled children. Since homeschooling is nowhere near the norm around here, they never get the opportunity to interact with kids who school in a similar way. CC changes that.
While at the practicum, the older girls participated in Geo Camp, and Meleah in Play Camp. On Saturday, they had a little performance for us.