Just when I think I have a “plan” for next year, God seems to loosen my grip and lead my heart in a completely different direction. I ended up meeting with the new director of a brand new Classical Conversations campus that is very close to home. After speaking with her several times, researching every possible pro and con I could find on the world wide web, and praying with Mike about the future of our homeschool, we have decided to join CC for the coming year.
Instead of feeling completely overwhelmed by new material and the unknowns that lie ahead, I feel quite a sense of relief. I am excited because this campus is literally starting at the ground level: new director, new campus, and new families forming a new community. I can’t even begin to describe how stoked the boys are to start this Fall. I love that I will be in class with them and that we will be learning alongside some of our dearest friends. I am really hoping that CC ends up being a great long term fit for our family! I am also glad that the boys will be in separate classes so that they have the opportunity to develop their own personality and form friendships outside of their brotherhood. I love how close they are but I think it will be good to have a few hours one day a week where they can be stretched within themselves and develop an identity.
I am spending the next few days at a CC practicum and I already feel right at home! I am not necessarily a stickler for any one type of “method” (as evidenced by my miss mash eclectic mix of previous curriculums) but there are several things about the Classical approach that do appeal to our learning styles. Today I worked alongside other CC moms learning about the topic of Math and how God’s design is so apparent in this sometimes overwhelming subject. I have to admit I had to blow dust off of old brain cells that haven’t been used in quite some time as I worked through Algebraic equations and struggled to convert numbers into decimals, fractions, scientific notation, etc. I am 30 years old and still have a hard time appreciating the fact that someone decided to mix the alphabet with numbers. Ha!
But as much as my brain was pushed today, I also found quite a bit of enjoyment in the process of studying Math outside the environment of being tested and stressed by the typical classroom setting. In fact, I called Mike during my lunch break to ask him what he would think about purchasing a curriculum so that I could work through upper level math all over again to gain a better understanding of principles I never fully learned or appreciated in high school and college. Dead serious, y’all!
Trust me when I say I am just as shocked as you.
All that being said, if a program can motivate *ME* to want to re-take any form of math, then I am definitely motivated about how it can cultivate a passion for learning in my own children.
Thankfully, we will still be able to incorporate many of the other curriculum items I picked up at the homeschool book fair back in May. However, CC will save me a LOT of time and energy involved in lesson planning. Through CC, we will be studying History/Timeline, Geography, Science, Latin, Bible, Art, Music, Math facts, and basic English/Grammar rules alongside other families on our campus. We will practice our memory work the other days of the week and add in our own Math, Language Arts, and supplemental materials as needed. The best part? We get to learn most every subject together as a family unit!
I never would have assumed we would be doing anything like this, but I am excited to give it a try. Here’s to praying that the 2013-2014 school year is filled with new friendships, rich learning, and quality time spent as a family!
Watch out, Foundations! Here we come!