We began a whole new homeschool journey this past year. Well, it was mostly Ellie who began a whole new journey, but it affected all of us. Last summer, we knew we wanted to do something different with Ellie for the upcoming school year. She was entering 7th grade and we just weren’t satisfied with how our homeschool high school was going. We felt we were missing something, and we knew Ellie was capable of much more than she was doing.
Paul received an email in the middle of the summer
about a new school starting up in Macon. The students would attend one day a
week, and then work from home the rest of the week. We attended the meeting and
were impressed. It seemed like it would work for Ellie. We decided to think
and pray and even fast before we made our decision.
God confirmed in both of our hearts and in early August, Ellie began
attending Classical conversations. She took a very rigorous courseload, much
harder and much more work than she had ever done before. It was hard and very
challenging, for all of us. But she stuck with it and completed the year, doing
very well. These pictures show one of her finals. She had to draw the entire
world by memory, labeling over 200 countries/capitals and geographical
I think she has surprised herself with what she is capable of. And this is
just the beginning. I know she is going to do leaps and bounds more than what
she did this year. Classical education just makes sense. They begin by
drilling young children and filling their minds full of facts, in all different
subject areas. They, as their minds mature, they take that knowledge and learn
how to use it.
I am so excited for this upcoming school year. I feel our homeschool has a
vision and a goal- we know where we’re going and how we are getting there. Sam
and Ben will also be attending Classical Conversations one morning a week. Paul
will be teaching Ellie’s class and I will be teaching Ben’s class. It will be a
family affair this Fall! We are all looking forward to it.
(These pictures are of Ellie's maps in progress.)