It's that time in the school year - summer break. It's the time when mom looks at dad (and dad squints back) and asks: "Is this school working for our kids?"
For some parents, the answer is a slow exhale leading to a soft "no". There are a lot of reasons why, but it is at that very moment that the mind shifts and parents begin to ponder options.
Here's one you may not have considered. Consider joining a Classical Conversations (CC) community and homeschooling your kids.
If you've ever considered homeschooling using a classical, Christian philosophy, but didn't want to go it alone, come see CC in action this summer. There are currently 3 communities in the New Kent, Toano/Norge & Williamsburg areas. The New Kent community will meet on Tuesdays from 9AM-3PM at Providence Church (4001 New Kent Highway, Quinton) starting August 23. Director, Myra Hayes CCofQuinton@gmail.com. The Toano/Norge community will meet at Smith Memorial Baptist (6515 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg) starting September 6. Director, Donna Walls firstname.lastname@example.org. The Williamsburg community will meet at Living Proof Baptist Church starting August 24. Director, Jodi Swan email@example.com
Classical Conversations communities meet once a week for 24-32 weeks during the school year. Parents attend the weekly sessions, glutes in the chairs, and learn the classical curriculum right alongside their children. Over the course of the year, your children will learn hundreds of facts, often memorized by singing, and regain their love of learning. But, be prepared for new kinds of questions on the home-front, such as:
· Did Genghis Khan really rule the Mongols? Or was he just grumpy?
· Bach wrote so many compositions that it would take 1 person 40 years to copy them all. Did you know that he had 20 kids? How much do you think they all got in allowances?
· Did you know that Albert Einstein died five years after the start of the Korean War? Did you, Mom? Did you?
Every year a free 3 day practicum is open to individuals who are considering homeschooling as well as those who currently dohomeschool. There is even a camp available for your kids to attend while you sip coffee and put up your feet. The practicum is free for adults and a small fee for kids attending camp. To register, go to www.classicalconversations.com and search for Events.
To learn more, email Classical Conversations's Support Manager, Melissa St.Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org
For general questions about the Classical Conversations model of education, go online to www.classicalconversations.com. Or enter the words "Classical Conversations" on YouTube and prepare to be astonished at what your kids can learn
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