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We are nearing the end of our second year in the Classical Conversations Foundations program! I know many homeschooling families are making plans for next school year, so I wanted to share my thoughts in case anyone was interested. 😉
A is 6.5 years old and in the first grade. Some families choose classical education (and/or CC specifically) based on principle, but we ended up on this path because it suits our daughter’s personality and learning style. (I feel like that’s an important distinction. If CC was not a good fit for our daughter, we’d be seeking out another approach.)
- She is an auditory learner and memorizes nearly everything she hears.
- She is a perfectionist.
- She is NOT shy.
- She is comfortable around adults and eager to please.
The auditory nature of Classical Conversations works well for both of our children. It’s simple to turn on the CD while they play or when we’re in the car–they both absorb the memory work without a lot of effort. (I am a visual learner and much older than 6, so I don’t remember half of what they do!) We’ve also made a memory work box and spend about 10-15 minutes reviewing our flashcards a few days a week.
I love that the content cycles every three years, so we don’t feel the pressure to memorize EVERYTHING this year. Even with our fairly relaxed approach at home, I’m impressed by the amount of content that our girls seem to be retaining–AND how frequently we stumble across mentions of our memory work in other areas of learning. (Most recent example: our listening to the tall tale of Paul Bunyan included several mentions of our geography terms, which elicited excited gasps from the backseat.)
I truly believe that the Classical Conversations memory work is giving our girls a strong foundation in both history and geography, two subjects that our family is passionate about. They’re also learning important math facts, Latin, science, and English grammar. We enjoy the science and fine arts components of our day, plus A is benefiting from weekly presentations and social time with other children. Best of all, we are part of a wonderful community of local families!