This year we are trying something new for homeschooling. We decided to enroll our children in Classical Conversations. If I had to explain this program to someone that had never heard of it before, I would say: "Classical Conversations is a program that uses the classical method of learning. Much of it is done via rote memory. At the elementary level, students are memorizing facts about math, history, Latin, science, and grammar. Many of the things that they are learning are meaningless to the students now, but as they progress through the program, it comes together."
Another great feature of this program is the time spent on the Arts. We are currently finishing up a segment on drawing. Students have learned about abstract art and perspective. In a few weeks, we will move on to learning the tin whistle for 6 weeks. Then, we will spend 6 weeks on each of learning about artists and composers.
This program is wonderful for my son who just who has a talent for memorizing everything!!! My daughter, who is about to turn 5, likes that she gets to see the same kids each week. My daughter is still trying to figure out how to stay in her seat, raise her hand, and be patient in class. The other amazing part of this community is the encouragement from the other moms. I am so blessed to be a part of a community that has is so willing to give me grace.
Classical Conversations communities can be found all over. If you visit their website, you can find a community near to you or learn how to start your own.
We are coming up on starting the tin whistle, so of course I had to find a way to save a couple extra bucks! Amazon has the tin whistles for almost half of the price as the Classical Conversations website. I am ordering them today after having done some research to find that the whistles that are used are in the key of D.