Classical Conversations believes that the goal of education is to know God and make Him Known.
From the website: Our purpose is to lead the home-centered education movement by equipping parents and students with the classical tools of learning needed to discover the order and beauty of God’s creation and to inspire others to do the same. Read the full CC101 page here.
Anya will be starting in the Foundations program, which corresponds to the traditional first step of the Trivium known as the Grammar stage.
In a nutshell, here’s what she will be doing:
Based on the classical model of education, families meet weekly to introduce new memory work (or grammar of a subject) and review old memory work using Classical Conversations’ Foundations Guide as the heart of the curriculum. A trained tutor creatively introduces the memory work and leads the classroom time. The memory work is divided into 6 subjects: timeline/history, geography, math, science, Latin, and English grammar. In addition to the memory work, students also participate in a fine arts project/lesson, a science project, and an opportunity to practice oral presentation skills each week. You can read the full description of all the fun and learning here!
I’m not sure yet if we will try for Memory Masters at this age.
At the Foundations level, CC is not a complete curriculum. We will be adding on Singapore Math and Spell to Write and Read. We will also be reading lots of “living books” to teach character, history and literature. Charlotte Mason, a highly-respected British educator of the 19th century, defined these types of books as follows:
“For the children? They must grow up upon the best . . . There is never a time when they are unequal to worthy thoughts, well put; inspiring tales, well told. Let Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ represent their standard in poetry DeFoe and Stevenson, in prose; and we shall train a race of readers who will demand literature–that is, the fit and beautiful expression of inspiring ideas and pictures of life.”
I am working on collecting books written by people who are passionate about their subject and who tell true and beautiful stories of heroes of Godly character.
According to Proverbs 24:3-4, the stages of learning are knowledge, understanding and wisdom. We are excited to start the first step!