I have mentioned before that we plan to school all year. I must say it doesn't feel like we have been "doing school" the past several weeks, but we have! We have mainly set aside any book learning (besides my regular reading to the kids) and instead have moved mostly to outside learning. We are all spending a lot of time in the garden, playing with the chickens, learning about weeds that are good, and those that we want to get rid of. And an awful lot about squash bugs. This more relaxed approach has given me some time to do more research into the direction we would like to head in the fall.
I have read a lot about Classical Conversations the past couple of years, and I have always been interested. There has never been a group in my area, which actually is ok because Emma has just turned 4 in May, and that is when they can start this program. However, this fall there will be a group in my area, and we decided to jump on board.
Classical Conversations follows the classical approach to homeschooling, which in essence is following the Trivium; grammar stage, logic stage, rhetoric stage. The reasons this program appealed to me? Well, it is only one morning each week. During that class time, the parent is involved in the class, the kids complete various exercises in all the major subject areas - history/geography, timeline, science, art, music, english, latin, math, and Bible memory. They also participate in presentations each week (a total weakness of mine), and do extensive memorization. This year they will be completing Cycle I, which will tie in nicely with the same history we are covering in Emma's core program from Sonlight.
I'm not going to lie, a major reason we are enrolling in this class is to get to know other homeschooling families in the area.
We are just starting our homeschooling journey. And as of now, we don't know anyone else that homeschools in the area. I know some other homeschooling families, but they are of people that are around my age...certainly not Emma's age...or Jack for that matter. I am hoping that this helps to get me into a group of like minded people. We shall see! I have some very unique views on life :-) And I figure a little memorization is good for everyone. The fact that I can keep Jack in the class with me while Emma learns, that is a huge plus!
Do your kids take any outside classes? Are you enrolled in Classical Conversations? Do you like it? Do you have a core group of homeschoolers in your area, or are you going it alone?
I am linking up at the hip homeschool hop today!