Some Advice for a New School Year

You are the best teacher for your child!

The new school year brings many new things. Among these are new families and new students who have joined Classical Conversations communities around the world. For many of these new families, homeschooling moms and dads are experiencing new emotions: fear, excitement, being overwhelmed, or perhaps feeling under-appreciated. The truth is you are not alone. Many of us (homeschooling fathers like me, homeschooling mothers, veteran homeschoolers, newbie homeschoolers, and tutors) experience these emotions at one time or another. For many of us, they drive us to fall back on one singular tactic: imitation.

Will I Mess Up my Children by Homeschooling Them?

 

Whether you are just considering homeschooling or have been homeschooling for several years, wondering whether you will mess up your child has likely crossed your mind at some point. It’s a reasonable concern. Assuming the responsibility for your child’s education is undoubtedly overwhelming, with worries that your mistakes might damage your child’s development. But despite the stress that comes with taking on this responsibility, there are upsides to it as well. Leah Bromen, a homeschool mom, offers some encouragement for those with these and similar worries.

Things to do With Your Foundations Student

As my daughter approaches the transition from Foundations/Essentials to Challenge A, I often find myself reflecting on the time we spent together throughout her younger years. Like every parent, I smile remembering the things we did well, but also have a few things I know we could have done better. My goal is not to throw a pity party, but rather to inspire you to try the things in your homeschool that I didn’t do with her.

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Homeschool Christmas Wish List

Homeschoolers are a unique breed, there’s no doubt. We look like everyone else, and we look like no one else. In many ways, the homeschool family already has it all… we have each other. Nevertheless, we still enjoy Christmas and gift-giving as much as or more than everyone else. Particularly when we know the reason for the season.

For all the homeschoolers out there, here is a suggested Christmas Wish List with retail prices and outlets. Most of these are intended to be humorous, so don’t take them too seriously.

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CC Christmas Shopping List

It’s December, which means nearly everyone is counting down the days until Christmas. Have you finished Christmas shopping for your favorite homeschool student or mom? How about a grandparent? Are you looking for a unique gift for someone who isn’t involved in Classical Conversations or even homeschooling? Well, here is a Christmas list of a dozen gift ideas you probably haven’t thought of.

Can a Homeschool Graduate Find Success?

 

A concern parents often have when considering homeschooling is whether their children will achieve success later in life. The answer—yes, homeschoolers are typically very successful. Just search “are homeschoolers successful” online and you’ll find accounts of homeschooled students scoring above average on standardized test scores and achieving a college graduation rate higher than that of their peers. Homeschool mom Leah Bromen reassures that homeschoolers do indeed find success, recalling her own children and their peers pursuing academic, professional, and personal interests.

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Is Protocol “Starched, Stuffy, and Stiff?”

Classical Conversations’ Challenge communities organize chaperoned Spring Protocol events each year for their Challenge I-IV students. Students choose dressy attire, eat together in an upscale setting, and may attend a cultural event (such as the theatre, opera, or symphony). Many communities have individualized Protocol training using Sandra Boswell’s book, Protocol Matters.

How do I Homeschool Through High School?

Perhaps you have successfully taught your children through elementary and middle school, but now the time you have been dreading has finally come—high school. Leah Bromen, who had many doubts about whether she would be able to homeschool her children through high school, offers some encouragement for those feeling similarly.

Should I become a Director?

Perhaps you are considering becoming a community Director, yet the prospect of doing so scares you. While you might not think that you have the necessary experience or knowledge to direct a community, you might be surprised. Amanda Butler, a homeschool mom and Classical Conversations Director, believes that Directing is really not all that different from parenting your own children.

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