From May to August, Classical Conversations runs Parent Practicums across the United States. These are free for parents and have paid camps for children if you bring your children as well. A few weeks ago, I spent three days at a Practicum in Langhorne, PA and want to share the two-fold encouragement found at a CC Practicum.
The two-fold encouragement is found in the content and the circumstance of a practicum.
The content of practicum always teaches about the trivium, classical education, and also re-emphasizes what we are doing in homeschooling in general. Taking 3 days to study the grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric stages of the trivium each year has helped me to embrace the classical model better as well as encouraged me in what is coming in my own learning as well as my children’s. This year, in particular, was a year of encouraging content. Besides the theme of “Drawing Out The Art of Inquiry”, I also got to hear the founder of CC share her heart and knowledge with us for the three days. This was my first time hearing Leigh Bortins speak in person. We love using Classical Conversations in this family, but hearing her share her vision and heart for her own children as well as mine was an inspirational time.
To attend a 3-day all day event, it means we all have to get up early and get out of the house. Whether I bring the kids with me or (like this year) find someone else to watch them, our days are long, tiring, and not together as a family. I’m a stay-at-home homeschooling mom because I love to be around my children and help them to learn and grow in Christ. Spending 3 days basically apart and being so tired in the evening I could barely get a simple supper to the table really helped me remember why we choose the life we have. While much of our country and our world involves families going their separate ways each day, that isn’t what we want for our family or what we choose to do on a day-to-day basis. I am a blessed mom to have the privilege of teaching my children.
Did you attend a CC Practicum this year? What did you find encouraging?