Leaving, and Beginning



So, we are leaving CC.

That statement is so big and so unexpected. I thought I had our whole homeschool career planned. I thought I knew what I was doing for the whole of their education. I thought I knew what I was going to teach them in high school.

You know what else though? That statement is freeing.

And it makes me really excited.

There are several reasons we are leaving, but I don't want to go into those. And we aren't abandoning and completely changing our plans. I'm still going to use the CC Foundations Guide for our memory work. But now I'm free to change some of the methods and models of CC. And I've got a group of moms with me.

Because this has been in the works for almost six months, I've left this blog alone. I didn't know what the plan was, so I couldn't share it. But now we have a plan in place and a way forward. And we are really excited.

Our new group of classically-minded, scholé intending, homeschooling families will continue to use the Foundations Guide for our memory work. (We will not be charging tuition, per the copyright. One of the big reasons for our break from CC anyway.) Our rules are pretty simple. Each Mom must have an active and vital role in our group. It's kind of a co-op, but we like to think of it more as a village or community coming together to use each other's strengths for the betterment of our children.

We still haven't come up with a name, but I like the word village. Hmm.

Anyway, so the Mom who's really good at science and all that jazz? (Did you guess it isn't me?) She's going to be in charge of our science projects. And the Mom who loves art? (Again...not me. Although I do love looking at it, and doing the kind that isn't messy.) She's going to give the kids the gift of expression. And the Mom who is so organized and always has resources on hand to answer any of your questions? We're making giving her the job of organizing all of us. (And yes, again...not me.)

This model leaves so much room for vital jobs. There is always going to be another job we can come up with. Hospitality. Field-tripping. Math. Adult Education. Tutoring. High-school will need several Moms. This is what is so exciting for us! We have talents or preferred methods of expression or even just things we happen to be really good at. And we get to do them.

Our rules will also hopefully help prevent us from becoming a drop-off program. We aren't promising a tied-up-with-a-pretty-bow, finished and complete curriculum for your grammar students to your high school students. Instead, we're offering the chance to join a group of homeschool Moms who want to educate our kids classically together. We have a strict application and interview set up to try to keep the group as close as possible. We aren't advertising, except by word of mouth. There is not one leader, we all have an equal voice in our community. (Or village. I really like that word.)

We are changing a few other things in CC's model too. We are starting earlier, at 9, and beginning with Morning Meeting which each family will take turns hosting. I like Family Presentations, but I always felt like they were made for the family that could sing together. Morning Meetings will give us non-singers more of a direction.

We still will have our new grammar work, science, presentions, and art/music. But different Moms will take care of the different subjects. And then, another requirement for our group, lunch. We do a simple lunch usually of frozen pizza (not the healthiest thing, but we don't have to plan or pack it) and eat together. This is an important time for us. The kids get to relax and hang out. And the Moms get to chat and lean on each other. We truly desire a strong, close-knit community. We all want to know each other and what's going on in our lives. Does this mean we won't be able to grow infinitely? Probably. We'll figure out when we've reached our limit.

And then after lunch, we'll do an afternoon session with the older children. Much like Essentials, I know, but not Essentials. Eowyn and I did Essentials this past year, and it really did not work that well for us. I know Grammar, I've studied it and taught it. And it doesn't have to be so hard. Essentials is a solid grammar program, but it's not the only one. Or the end-all, be-all of grammar study.

I get the afternoon sessions. I can't wait! The grammar studies will cover Language, not just English. So after studying grammar with me, kids will be equipped to study any language because they will know how language works. We'll be incorporating Latin, Greek, and English. Yes, it is going to be awesome!

We'll also have Math Grammar to work on, and Writing Grammar. Math Grammar will be very much similar to Essentials math. We'll want them to have the multiplication tables down pat before the end of the year, and also, we'll be studying strategy and thinking outside-the-box. Writing Grammar will be studying how to write. Writing a phrase, a sentence, a paragraph, and a paper. And we'll write in a number of styles, including poetry, prose, research, and critique. Again, it's going to be fun!

Anyway, that's where I've been. That's how the plans are changing, and that's how I feel about it. CC did good things for my family, but it also put a burden on us that was getting harder to fulfill. So here we go! Off on a new adventure that will hopefully take the good things, but leave the not-so-good things behind.

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  1. I'm so glad you are back!
    A classical co-op of any sort sounds wonderful to me -- I'm sure yours is going to be awesome :)

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    1. I'm glad I'm back too! It's been a little scary not knowing the path ahead, but I really am excited now.

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  2. I just saw your link on the Scholé Sisters forum and hopped over to say hi. Your village in formation sounds wonderful!!! (I like that word too *grin*) It sounds like you have an exciting summer of ideas and growth ahead of you, and a wonderful new school year to look forward to you.

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    1. Yay! I'm so thrilled to be apart of that new Forum!

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  3. We are doing a very similar thing in our part of the world. After spending 3 years in CC we decided to go a different route. We actually aren't doing the same memory work because we prefer poetry, Bible and Spanish. Our group is leaning more CM. We plan a similar thing - moms taking a subject and we are adding in nature study after lunch. Blessings as you strike out into new territory. We aren't sure about affiliating with schole yet - but we might. We are calling our theCommonPlace. It is great to know that others are thinking in new directions.

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    1. That is wonderful! We are leaning toward CM too, but trying to find the right balance. I absolutely love your name! It's exciting to be so fee, isn't it? Just in case you'd like to know about it, Jennifer Dow at Expanding Wisdom is doing an online class in July about starting a classical co-op. She hasn't started the registration yet, but it's only $25 for one day. I'm going to sign up, it sounds like it's going to be really good.

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