For those who have followed my blog for a while - you know that my children have been enrolled for the last 2 years in the Ohio Virtual Academy. I have been using a computer based curriculum titled K12 - which came highly recommended by Dr. James Dobson (Bringing Up Boys pg. 194). We have thoroughly enjoyed K12 and have nothing but good things to say about the school and the curriculum but we decided to send back our free computers and curriculum (which are paid for by tax dollars) and purchase a Classical Curriculum.
It’s a VERY long story as to how we ended up at this decision so I’ll give you the short version. But let me honestly say – I’ve been wrestling with this for months but couldn’t share it. This is one of the down sides of blogging…I knew if I made changes everyone would ask why? And I want to be transparent - because I want to write with integrity. But I must admit, this is not a fun story for me to share. So here is what has been happening “behind the scenes”. Please remember, I am on this journey with you – trying to make the right decisions each year for our children as I let my husband take the lead with his vision for our family.
So the story begins…My husband decided it was time to send our son to public schools (this is the part where some of you gasp). I cried. We fought - a pretty ugly fight (this is the part where I *blush*). I then submitted. We visited the school – which is very close to our home – just 2 minutes away and enrolled my son. It was very nice and has high academic awards. We all began preparing mentally for the change our family was about to face. My daughter would remain homeschooled while my son attended public school. I was sad but wanted to honor my husband’s decision so I covered it with a cheerful smile for my son who was a bit anxious about the new change.
Then some minor things happened that brought the conversation of homeschooling back up again. I did not want to cry and manipulate my husband to get what I wanted but I was open in our conversation about my feelings that had not changed. He said “homeschool him if that’s what you really want.” I said “no, we have him enrolled in public school – and I respect your decision – so let’s give it a try.” Another month passed, and I was invited to speak at a rather large homeschool convention (*blush again*) - a bit ironic since my son was about to go to public school! I turned the opportunity down but this invitation turned out to be a Godsend! It opened up the conversation between my husband and I once again….but this time was different. I was at peace about submitting to my husband but my husband had come to a place where he actually believed it was better to keep my son home! And he convinced me that this was his decision – not something I had manipulated. We told our son and he was on cloud 9! He loves being homeschooled!
So the search for a new curriculum began (since we had mailed back the other stuff and I had been reading so many amazing reviews of other homeschool curriculum on-line). A good friend of mine is a director of a local Classical Conversations Class and after learning more about it (and talking to this friend on-line and this friend from on-line – on the phone) we enrolled.
Classical Conversations is a nation-wide program where children meet weekly for classes taught by tutors. I will be attending the 3 hour class along side my children for 24 weeks. During the class time my children will work on public speaking skills, and memory work in history, science, geography, grammar, math, Latin and Bible. At the end of class time, our group meets for recess at indoor slides and then lunch together in a cafeteria. I love that my children will be able to connect weekly with other likeminded children!
Our CC Curriculum will be supplemented with Saxon Math and The Rod and The Staff Reading, Writing, Phonics and Grammar.
Leigh Bortin’s (the founder of Classical Conversations) book The Core really helped me to understand Classical Homeschooling. I highly recommend it if you are interested in learning more about Classical Homeschooling.
So this is what we will be up to this fall!!! CC class begins THIS Tuesday, August 23rd! We are all very excited to get started!
I really can’t believe the journey our family has taken to get to this place…it has been a bumpy ride but I must testify that God’s word and principles are true – we must let our husbands take the lead! And it has been a total blessing watching God change my husband’s heart. What peace I have knowing that God changed his mind – not his nagging wife! I have NO idea what we will do next year for schooling (it will be up to my husband once again ) - we are taking this one year at a time and as I have said in the past “School decisions are not permanent decisions.” I’ll be sharing my weekly and daily schedule and 1st day of school photos next week!
If you are a public school mom – I was almost one too just 2 months ago! I respect everyone’s choices for their own families as I understand that there are so many factors in this decision. From finances, to husband’s leadership, to the type of schools available in your area – there are no cookie cutter situations. I am praying that all of our children will “live by the Spirit and keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25 May God Bless our children!
Are you a homeschooler? What curriculum are you using this fall? And if you are a Classical Conversations mom – I’d love to hear about your experience!
Walk with the King!