This year was the beginning of our Classical Conversations journey. If you have a chapter near you, and it's quite possible you do, maybe you're thinking of checking it out. If so, head on over to the Classical Conversations website and check out why we love it so much, and can't imagine life without it.
So I'll share with you a bit of what we've learned about Classical Conversations....a bit of what it looks like in our weeks and days.
First off, my boys are younger (4, 6 & 8) so we aren't yet doing Essentials or Challenge, just Foundations.
Foundations is a curriculum, but it's different than anything I've ever done. Each week we memorize a fact or statement for Math, Bible, English, Latin, History, Geography, Science, and 8 points on the time line. We also get in on hands on science experiments and art projects/music. Each child also gets to present something each week to their own class. This is one of my favorite parts of CC, my kids are so comfortable speaking to a group now. Then we go home and practice all of this memorization in addition to the Language Arts and Math curriculum that you do independently, as well as any other subjects you care to do. The following week the kids come back and learn new memory work & review what they've learned.
In the Essentials program (4th-8th grade, I think) the kids stay later in the afternoon and learn more about writing, breaking down parts of speech and the English Language. Now that sounds pretty simple but it's seems to be very, very challenging for the kids who are doing that class. We'll be learning more about this in a year or two. I can't yet tell you about how the Challenge program works. We're too far from that to have seen it in action.
So I guess you could say it's supplemental to the basics (math and reading) that you already do. Some moms piggyback lessons on what we're learning at CC....if in science we're studying volcanoes you can study them at home or online, etc. Our family follows History and our time line with The Story of the World.''
Some links to some other bloggin' mamas descriptions to Classical Conversations;
The Ten O'clock Scholar
Pages of Our Life
Home is Where You Start From
If you're thinking of a homeschool program, looking for some curriculum, excellent Christian education, an irreplacable support group, let me encourage you to check out Classical Conversations.
*I'll be posting soon on "Why Memorization?"