It’s that time again! It is when we say goodbye to summer and welcome a new school year. Our days become scheduled and we buckle down for two semesters of learning! Say hello to new pencils, new notebooks, and a new grade.
For the past three years, I have been a part of a program called Classical Conversations for school (also called “CC”). So far, I have only been in Foundations and Essentials. Foundations is for 4-11-year-olds. Although the kids are young they learn a lot. Overflowing with bright students, the Foundations classes memorize facts from different subjects, learn the timeline, discover music basics and more! In addition to Foundations, 9-11-year-olds take part in an English class called Essentials. Both classes meet once a week. Foundations meet before lunch and Essentials after lunch. During the week, the students’ moms still continue to teach them and work with them to continue their school.
At last, I am old enough for a higher and harder level of CC. I will be in Challenge A! This is how it works: students go once a week to learn and discuss different topics and also turn in some of their school. During the four other weekdays, they complete their assignments at home. For example, the students will go to class for Week 1 and then go home and complete Week 2 to prepare for class. Remarkably, these students are still homeschooled, and their moms are still their teachers. With so much ahead of me, I am very excited to see what I will discover, who I will meet, and what exciting things will happen! I will be trying my best to post once a week about what I am doing in Challenge A! For now, I will tell you what I did to get ready for the first day and then how my first day was!
To prepare for class, Challenge A students are required to do a couple of things before the first day of CC. Some of the assignments were to read “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, start some of our Latin, and complete a couple other simple tasks. Because of the book assignment, I read “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” and I have found that it is an exciting masterpiece that pulls readers into a wonderful story. I felt as if the author, C.S. Lewis, was telling me the story the way a grandparent tells their grandchild a story. During the next few weeks, I will be writing a paper about this book. Using a pattern called an ANI chart, I come up with ideas and support for my thesis. “ANI” stands for:
Maybe one of my future posts will be about my experience using this pattern!
The First Day:
For many kids, the first day of school is a big day. Today was my first day of CC and it was an important, exciting, and nerve-wracking day for me. Because I’m the “new girl” here, that added additional stress. But it turned out I was not the only new person. I met really nice girls, was taught by a wonderful teacher, and had a great day. Thankfully, we did the difficult, more challenging subjects in the morning when we were energized. The easier subjects were presented after lunch. I love the way my teacher set it up! At the beginning of class, I began to get nervous and overwhelmed while looking at everything I was about to do for school, but I remembered the devotion my teacher had just done. Perfect for the event, she had read a verse to us that was very familiar but helpful. It was Proverbs 3:5-6:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
This is so important to remember! Trust in God to help you! I can’t wait to see what great things will happen this upcoming school year!