Hi friends! I'm still on vacation but want to introduce you to my dear friend, Beth Sanborn of Far From Camelot. Today she's sharing about a homeschool option that is working really well for her. Perhaps it will be an answer to prayer for you as well.
Long before my son was even a blip on my mommy radar, I knew I never wanted any of my children to attend public schools.
As far back as I can remember about my own educational journey, I hated school. Yes, HATED it. History and gym class were my saving graces of each day. None of the kids in my classes behaved well or paid attention, so that took away the teacher’s time.
As I got into high school, coming from a Christian family, I realized that much of what we were being taught was contradicting what I knew to be true as a child of God.
And don’t even get me started on college! I received my Associate in Arts degree at my local community college by repeating what I already learned four years prior. What a waste of time! The kids enrolled still didn’t behave any better, either!
As I became a knowledgeable adult in politics, the federally-run, unionized, and liberal indoctrinations were not going to happen to my children. My husband and I both felt that sending our son to public school would be akin to a death sentence.
There had to be something better out there. Private school was unaffordable. Montessori school was not even close to being an option. Homeschooling all by myself was a daunting prospect with the type of child we have – social, stubborn, and extremely intelligent.
Then I found the answer to our prayers.
The Mission of classical education is to know God and to make Him known. Classical Conversations, or CC, believes parents are their children’s primary teachers because a parent knows best how to motivate and help their child succeed.
The Model of CC combines classical learning and a biblical worldview. It empowers parents to educate their children so that they might impact the world for God’s glory. The three stages of classical learning, based on Proverbs 24: 3-4, are grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric. The early years of CC revolves around mastery of facts and repetition to start a foundation to build upon as students mature.
The Method of CC is in the Communities, parents equip parents. This is not a do-it-all-by-yourself-homeschooling course. This is a Community that supports, educates, and connects you with other CC parents and students. Once a week, students and parents meet for classroom instruction and the rest of the week is done independently at home. Trained parent-tutors lead the classes and model the classical tools of learning. Parents must attend their children’s classes and learn the material as well, so they can effectively teach the same at home.
Please read Dorothy Sayers’ essay, “The Lost Tools of Learning” for more information regarding classical education. It is an amazing read!
To show you how CC is the right fit for my family, I must first tell you about Riley.
He is 4 years old and quite close to being hell on wheels! He has yet to sit still for more than a minute or fall asleep before 9pm. He is not just stubborn like a toddler; thick-headedness has been his strongest attribute since birth. He is so stubborn that most times, no amount of distraction or discipline will soothe his one-way tunnel thinking.
But Riley is smart and extremely logical. He is fearless and brave. He is determined and a perfectionist. Sometimes he even lets me cuddle with him. All of these reasons are why he would never make it in a regular school setting.
CC gives him just the right amount of socialization that he needs as an only child. The classes are in a constant motion of memorization, repetition, and hands-on learning. CC Communities keep their membership small in order to keep quality teaching high. Each child can receive one on one attention from their teacher.
By the way, Riley’s tuition for the year was only $325 and his $80 textbook will last him three years!
If you are in need of alternative education for your children or just feel you might not be in the right place, I urge you to check out Classical Conversations for yourself. My husband and I have already spoken to a handful of current homeschooling moms who never knew this type of academia existed.
We all want to give our children the best possible education and advantages for them to succeed in their adult lives. My family believes that classical teachings of a biblical nature can accomplish just that and I am so grateful to be able to take this homeschooling journey, with the Lord in step with us every inch of the way!
Are you a homeschooling mama? Have you heard of or tried out Classical Conversations? I'd love for you to share your thoughts in the comments!
Hey ya'll! My name is Beth and welcome to my corner of The South! Far From Camelot is a place where you can find humor in daily life, faith in God for happiness, rants and raves, and a bit of my classic movie passion! I am a wife and stay at home mom to our only child, 4 year old Riley Benjamin. We live in the South Carolina Lowcountry, full of Southern grace and charm; however a piece of my heart does lie across the Pond! Our life is far from the perfection of King Arthur's Camelot but with a lot of help from the Lord and some Atlanta Braves baseball, it will be an exciting onesie journey!
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