We love being a part of a Classical Conversations (CC) community. Because we carpooled today, we saw yet another benefit of CC .
This afternoon, I gave four boys a ride to a parkour class. Three different families (including my own) were represented. While we were riding, I started quizzing them on memory work. I shouted out an English word, and the boys raced to answer back the Latin.
As shouts of “principio”, “nihil”, and “fuit” filled the van, I was struck by the beauty of the moment.
These were rough and tough boys on their way to do parkour of all things. Yet, they didn’t look at me like I was crazy for asking them memory work questions. They even enjoyed racing each other and were laughing and having a good time. Having a shared core of knowledge meant that all four boys could participate and were on equal footing even though the boys were 10, 9, 8, and 6 and in four different classes at CC.
What a blessing it is to learn together with CC. If we didn’t all use CC, there is no way we could have had this same experience.
Our children are fortunate to have friends who learn just like they do and study the same memory facts. These kids must be used to quizzing memory work in random places in their families as well.
These active boys were more than willing to compete with each other quizzing Latin vocabulary (and History sentences) while trapped in a van and respect another mom to make it a learning experience.
There may also have been a bit of water bottle sword fighting while quizzing as well. After all, they are boys.