Today was our last Classical Conversations campus meeting for the 2015-2016 school year. It seems very, very early – and at the same time we were very ready for the year to be over. If you aren’t familiar with how CC runs yearly, we meet for a total of 24 weeks – 12 weeks from Sept to Dec, and then 12 weeks from Jan to April.
Every year we seem to run into a little snag, and this year was no exception (of course!) but we made it through to the end without any tears. Well….we only had a few towards the very end. Sophie was SO ready to be done and Bella could have gone for a few more weeks. CC became a family affair for us this year when Ken stepped in to Tutor the 4-6th grade class.
How we use Classical Conversations
Even with a somewhat rocky year, I still really think Classical Conversations is a good fit for our family, and we are looking forward to starting Cycle 2 in the fall. We actually started on Cycle 2 our first year in CC, and to be totally honest I can’t remember any of it. I vaguely remember some of the history memory work and that’s about it. I’ve already started shopping for some supplements to flesh out our studies next year – so stay tuned for those!
I get asked a lot why we do Classical Conversations since we generally focus on interest led homeschooling. CC provides us with a solid base that we work off of. The core material of CC has weekly math, grammar, Latin, history, geography and science; as well as a 6 week rotation of fine arts which covers the tin whistle, orchestra, drawing and music theory.
We use the base material for the week and then dig deeper into what we want to study. For Cycle 3 we did a LOT of history, since it was US History and the girls were excited about it. For Cycle 1 we did a ton of science, which was biology and earth science. We also do the math and grammar memory work – and this next cycle Sophie is going to study Latin a bit more.
Here’s what I love about Classical Conversations:
- I like having 24 weeks of school laid out for me. I know the basics of what we will be studying and can lay everything out accordingly
- I like that every week the students do science experiments! I am horrible at doing them, and this way the girls are getting hands on science every week.
- I like the community of CC, although this year we weren’t that connected to our campus. Between Baby I’s schedule and the smaller location we didn’t stay for lunches which didn’t allow us to really connect with any of the other families.
- I like the fine arts portion. I have a good background in music, but I know next to nothing about painting and art. It’s been wonderful to know the girls are being introduced to that while in class.
- I like that some of the memory work includes songs. The girls break into songs about math facts, or history or Latin pretty much all day. It’s really fun to watch other people’s reactions when the girls start singing about Columbus or Latin 3rd declensions.
I realize that no program is perfect 100% of the time, and while this year didn’t go as smoothly as I would have liked, when I look back at the year as a whole the girls did some great work. We are going to review a bit as we head into the summer months and then be ready for Cycle 2 in the fall!