When I first started this site, I did not intend to blog but then Covid-19 changed everything. The activities I have previously shared really don't seem to be relevant for homeschool parents at the moment so I thought maybe I could share some words of encouragement. This is my humble attempt at that.
I decided to begin today because we started our official 3rd year of homeschool today. That means I use an August-May school year for my son for the purpose of submitting my portfolio review to the Home Education Department of the Palm Beach County School System.
Technically, I educate year-round but today was special because we started the third cycle of Classical Conversations (CC) with three other families today. Before I go on, I must confess that our group is not an official CC Community, we are simply four Moms who love the model and decided to press on without the extra "drama" of creating community in a pandemic. We created an experience that meets the needs of our ten children as a whole while also fostering critical thinking about their faith.
Today was a smashing success. Everything we planned went smooth and best of all our children were learning, laughing and playing together. It is definitely something they will look forward to each week. When I asked my son about his thoughts, he shared the following: "It was different but fun. It feels like we got so much more done. The science did not feel so rushed. The Essentials was more interesting than I thought it would be. I like the questions because they make you think about sentences. The presentations were more organized and focused. The math game was an interesting way of making something that is work into a game. The bible discussion was good especially the questions that were asked, you don't want nasty pizza."
We were part of an official CC community for 2 years prior, so he was initially unsure about the change but his feedback confirmed that it was the right decision for us this year.
As for me, my favorite part of the day was the bible discussion. I don't think we focused on it enough in community the first 2 years. I decided to take the lead in this area and I selected the Shema (Deuteronomy 6: 4-9) to get the children to share their thoughts about Our Father, Yahweh and his commands. They shared so much more than I could have imagined. No question was a bad question and no question was unacceptable. It was a blessing to me to be part of it, after all we are called to pursue our faith in a child-like manner (Matthew 18:3-4). Even more fascinating is the fact that we only discussed the first three words: "Hear O Israel."
Can't wait for next week!!