Our local Classical Conversations community started back up three weeks ago, and we were not there. I may have already alluded to our decision not to participate in CC this year, but I thought the decision warranted a separate blog entry.
As I’ve mentioned in our previous posts about our Classical Conversations experiences (Why Classical Conversations Works for Us, Classical Conversations & Kindergarten, Classical Conversations Review Game), the program was a great fit for Addie during her Kinder and 1st grade school years. She has a quick mind, a gift for memorization, and a personal drive that are all well-suited for classical education. We also adored the families in our CC community, so choosing not to return this school year was a difficult decision for all of us.
But, even when all the signs were pointing to YES, there was a small, quiet voice inside my heart saying no.
No to “one more” activity.
No to being away from home for one whole day every week.
No to the hustle and bustle of getting up and out the door early each and every Monday. (There’s a reason we homeschool, after all.)
As an introvert mama looking for margin, I realized how important it is to our family culture to carve out pockets of time when we just stay home. (I just love this post from Meghann at Practically Hippie.)
Our girls have group activities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays–so I’m not worried about socialization issues. We get a big chunk of our weekly work out of the way before the fun playdate invitations start rolling in, which ensures that we stay on-track with our lesson plans. Staying home on Mondays means that the rest of our week is more organized and much less rushed.