Our plan for a long time was to just see how it went. We are blessed to have a good, Christian private school nearby and figured that if our kids really expressed interest and could make a very good case for going AND if we felt peace about the idea, it was something we might pursue for high school.
Fast forward a number of years and we found ourselves in a different place. Homeschooling into middle school and beyond didn't seem so intimidating because each year, we were doing it- taking on the higher subjects and enjoying them. While it is still nice to know there is a private school option available, their tuition is impressive and we didn't want to be that financially stretched. Also, our oldest was not asking (ever) to go to "big" school.
There is a thriving homeschool community in our area with many options for co-ops and activities. We participate in some but mostly center our days around life at home. I knew that as our kids got older, there were different resources out there for them but time snuck up on me and I kept thinking I had time to look into them. Enter in the providence of God. At a birthday party, I enjoyed catching up with a friend whose older children participated in the Classical Conversations Challenge Program- a supplement to homeschooling middle and high schoolers. If Sam was going to join the program, he should start the very next fall- talk about timing!
Excited about the possibility, I went home, scoured the website, discussed it with Sam and my husband, visited a community day (with Sam) and filled out the application. Sam was excited. I was excited. It seemed like the perfect fit/transition/supplement to our middle school homeschool experience. Knowing it carries a child through high school was an added bonus.
In a nutshell, the program goes like this:
~ The parent is still the teacher- the one responsible for the child's education, for grading and setting assignment expectations.
~ One day a week, the student attends community day in which they are taught six subjects by a trained tutor in a class of up to 12 students at a similar grade/age level.
~ At community day, they receive their assignments for the week to complete at home.
~ The cost was slightly higher than what we were already spending on curriculum through Sonlight.
We were all a little nervous about starting even though we felt good about the decision. For those of you who are interested, I'll share more on this and how it's going so far in my next post on the topic.Pin It