I was a skeptic about the classical approach to homeschooling. I like creativity and exploratory learning, and thought the classical method would smother any excitement about learning. The only reason I even ventured a gamble on Classical Conversations is because of the recommendation of another highly creative homeschool friend. It was a gamble I am glad I took. Classical Conversations does involve a great deal of memorization; however, this information is learned through games, songs, chants, and pictures that captivate most kids. Even my most reluctant child loved the learning that took place this year. And I loved learning alongside my kids. The history is particularly fabulous, and we all have a great framework for talking about world events. Additionally, wonderful, creative tutors and the regular interaction with a peer group blessed us. Ironically, I found myself really loving the structure provided by Classical Conversation. Weekly goals and assignments were already planned out. I have spent less time creating lesson plans and more time getting to plan the fun, enrichment activities that I really love. After four years of homeschooling, this is the first year I have completed without feeling completely exhausted. I have moved from skeptic to whole-hearted advocate for Classical Conversations!
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