Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Where to go from here.....

As I stated previously, Friday is it... the last day... the finish of our third year of homeschool. While I've purchased some items all ready, the question still begs to be answered... where will we go from here?!!! And the answer... I just don't know... yet!

I have thought about enrolling Michael into a Classical Conversations group here... however, I'm just now sure that this is "him". I fear that it might just be more than he can deal with.

I have tried to get information on the local homeschool co-op... twice. I've called, and I've emailed... and so far, no one is talking! I understand that this next year is to be focused on drama and the "arts". Not sure that this would a good fit him either. He is about as outgoing as a turtle stuck in its shell!!!

I feel that it would benefit him to be in a group activity, to be around other children, to be taught by someone other than me. Yet, I'm not sure that he would do more than totally shut down.

Decisions, decisions, decisions! I've been doing some reading on all the different types of homeschooling that are out there. Pretty sure that we fit directly into what is called the "eclectic style". I pick and choose what I think will fit him and his style of learning. I also throw in unit study and lapbook work. With that said, I'm not sure that this style works well with Classical Conversations... and I don't want to confuse the issue now that we are starting to get somewhere!!!

So, if you're a homeschool family, what has been your take on Classical Conversations? Do you have a child who is pretty "backwards" when it comes to being around people they just don't know, and if so, how did they do in a group situation?  I really like to hear how others may have handled a situation similar to this!

Have a Blessed Day!
Lynn

1 comment:

Jackie P said...

My daughter sounds a bit like your son. We used to attend co-op classes, but later she felt she had outgrown them, and she really didn't like the larger crowds. I think if I had found something a bit smaller, mostly her age group, and classes she was more interested in, it would have been better.

Sounds like the local co-op might not be very active if they still haven't gotten back to you. Maybe there is a local homeschool support group. We have them in our area and they have activities for the kids on holidays, a yearbook, sports, play dates, meetings for the parents, science and history fairs, and such. We participated in some of the activities for a few yeas.

I looked at classical conversations once, but realized it wasn't going to fit my daughter's learning style at all. She is a right-brained visual learner and really needs to learn at her own pace. I knew the classes would squash her emotionally. We ended up using Time4Learning so she would have access to 3 grade levels for all her subjects and could progress at her own pace. She has dyslexia and ADHD. It worked for us. She wouldn't have been able to keep up in the classical conversations classes and would have felt way too much pressure. All kids are different though.

Best wishes to you and your son. I hope you find some local support soon. :)

Joyfully,
Jackie