6 Tips for Doing Foundations with Your Littles

I am part of a couple of Facebook groups for Classical Conversations families where we share many good ideas, but there are also frustrations vented by those beginning their homeschool journey. I have seen everything from parents saying they were giving it x-number of weeks and then putting their children in public school, to moms of 4-year-olds frustrated that their children won’t sit still for three hours to do memory work for Foundations. Take a deep breath, parents. It will not always go according to plan, but I can assure you, it is all worth it…if you keep pressing on!

Here is some advice from me, a mom who has been there. Please take it cum grano salis—with a grain of salt—and remember that every child and family is a little different. What worked for us can be tweaked to fit your family’s unique needs.

Things Homeschooling is Good At: Benefits of Homeschooling

Lessons on Love of Knowledge and Home

I was homeschooled until college. As some of my friends reached high school, their parents put them into the State establishment but not mine. My high-school years were everything I needed, and I even took the luxury of an extra year before leaving for college.

Many parents feel a pressure to place children in State schools when they approach high-school age. I think it has something to do with the accessibility of sports, programs, or even socialization. I can’t speak to this decision or to the pressures that drive it because I’m not a parent of high-school age children. I can say that I turned out fine.

Here are some of the homeschooling benefits that twelve years provided me with.

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A Director’s Testimony of Successful Homeschool Students

What do our Directors love about their jobs? Most of all, they enjoy watching their students grow into successful, Christian adults who are capable of handling mature responsibilities and defending what they believe. In her time directing, Michelle experienced many such moments of her students going above and beyond her expectations. One of her best memories is of taking her students to defend homeschooling in a forum hosted by the Washington, D.C. government. Check out her incredible story in this video:

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How do you homeschool your high school student?

Teaching kindergarten? Fine. Teaching elementary and middle school? Not easy, but doable. But teaching high school? Let’s be real. You probably think you’ve basically forgotten everything from your own high school years, right? How could you ever teach this level to your own children?

If these questions are swirling around in your head, this homeschool mom has good news for you—the job of a homeschool parent is not so much about providing your high-school students with information; it’s about teaching them how to learn.

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What’s one concern you had going into homeschooling?

Homeschooling scares a lot of newcomers, and understandably so. There is a lot to be concerned about, from wondering how your children will fare in social activities to how they will get their PE credits to whether they will stir up too much trouble from being home all the time.

When they first started homeschooling, this homeschool dad and his wife worried about whether or not their children would develop the ability to thinking critically.

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How do you know you’re doing enough in homeschooling?

“Am I’m doing enough to homeschool my children?” This is a common question, no doubt. Despite the effort invested in their child’s home education, parents often still feel anxious and inadequate. To alleviate the anxiety, this homeschooling mom recommends asking yourself a simple question: does my child love learning for the sake of learning?

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How does Classical Conversations prepare students for bigger challenges?

If you have been familiar with Classical Conversations for even a short while, you’ve likely heard a phrase something along the lines of “equipping students with the tools to learn.” Throughout their education, CC students develop perhaps the most valuable skill anyone can learn—that of learning how to learn. Hear this homeschool dad describe CC preparing his children to undertake seemingly impossible challenges with this acquired skill.

CC Founder Leigh Bortins

Homeschooling Questions Answered by Founder Leigh Bortins

After years of homeschooling, Leigh Bortins founded Classical Conversations in 1997 to achieve her mission to know God and to make Him known by providing the resources and training for parents to successfully homeschool. What began as a passion for her own children and family quickly resonated with other parents, eventually growing Classical Conversations into the global leader in homeschooling that it is today. Now, with all her own children out of the house and leadership of the company passed to her son Robert, Leigh travels around the world encouraging parents to begin and persevere through the homeschool journey.

In this video, recorded for the 2020 HEAV Homeschooling Conference in Virginia Beach, Leigh addresses several questions about homeschooling and offers advice for parents who want to homeschool but can’t figure out how to start.

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Are you afraid of not doing enough to homeschool?

Most homeschooling parents wonder whether they are doing enough to educate their children. If you have a similar concern, it might help to know that you’re not the only one! Listen to this homeschool mom’s perspective on the often-overwhelming feeling that she is not doing enough to homeschool.

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Why did you choose to homeschool in a group?

Despite the stereotype of the socially awkward homeschooler, homeschooling does not have to take place just at home, with family and pets providing the only opportunities for socialization. Homeschooling in a group not only provides social opportunities, it also provides a structure for accountability, assistance, and encouragement. Hear why this homeschool mom decided to join Classical Conversations and homeschool in a community.

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