Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Classical Conversations

I have heard of Classical Conversations a few times over the last couple of years, but never really caught what it was about.  Finally this past spring, I went to an information meeting.  I was hooked within the first 10 minutes.  What hooked me?  The presenter hit on two of my primary reasons for choosing to educate my children at home.
1. Classical Conversations (CC) helps to nurture children's innate love of learning.
2. CC wants to nuture thinkers, not sheep.

Over the next couple of months, I researched and found that I really liked everything about CC.  It is well organized, they use quality literature, real-life resources and they recognize the parent as the child's primary teacher. 

Cost?  Yes, it's a little more expensive than a regular co-op.  However, I believe you are getting what you pay for.  In my opinion, it is worth every penny.

My daughters are at Challenge level.  I was a little nervous about placing them there since we had never done a curriculum like this before.  We went to our first CC meeting last week and I am truly amazed at how well my girls have stepped up to the plate.  Of course, I had to set a standard and explain that if school work for the day wasn't finished, we wouldn't leave the house for horse stables, ballet, 4-H or anything.  Somehow that motivated them to get up at about 7:30 every morning over the last week to get their assignments for the day finished.

I hope to be able to continue posting out CC journey as we walk this new path over the next year.