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  1. So in our process to figure out what would be the best thing for our dd13 for high school next year, we have again come back to a strong "maybe" on Classical Conversations. We think very highly of the program, but have not been able to afford it. I have attended some of their free training practicums, and have a pretty good "outsiders" understanding of what it entails and have several friends with their kids in it constantly telling me about what they are doing. We use many of the same materials for school at home, I even use their memory cd's and a few other tools. So, I know it is traditional to start at Challenge A, regardless of age, but I think that Challenge A and most of Challenge B would be redundant to her. I think for the map drawing skills, she would have to learn that quickly, but she is capable of that and to some extent has done some of that at home. She has done the same IEW, is farther along in Science, and the History would not be a problem for her. No, we haven't done any Latin. This is probably the biggest hurdle, but maybe not the end of the world. Am I completely off my rocker by thinking she could be ok starting in Challenge 1, or in the very least Challenge B? I would prefer Challenge 1, but maybe that is just not done without previous CC experience. In addition to being redundant, I am concerned with the material in Challenge B not lining up with what she needs for a high school transcript and our goal is for her to move to the local dual enrollment program when she is 16. So at most she would probably only get through Challenge II before she went on to a full schedule at the community college. What do you think?
  2. It's likely that my oldest will be in Classical Conversations, Challenge 1 next year. I know it'll be a lot of work, so I'm not wanting to add a lot of work on top of it. However.... I do want to add more history. With all the writing and literature in CC, I do NOT want something like Sonlight, MFW, TOG or other lit and writing based history program. Ideally I just want her reading from a book and narrating. Possibly keeping a notebook of sorts if she has the time/inclination. She's gone through all of SOTW and is currently reading Story of the Greeks and will continue into Story of the Romans by Nothing New Press. Technically next year this would put her in year 2 of a 4 year history cycle - Middle Ages. 3 full years of history in high school would be ideal. I'm thinking that, given these parameters, a more textbook curriculum would fit best...and ideally one that reads more like a living book. Do those exist? Suggestions? Thank you!
  3. I read an article today that came out in the CC newsletter about a family's first semester of Challenge A. In the article the Mom lists the weekly work load she laid out for her child. I really appreciated reading this b/c I have often wondered what exactly it looked like at home during the week. I have heard the homework takes anywhere from 3-10 hours a day from various families. But when I read her outline it doesn't seem like that much. Here is basically what it would look like according to her: Day 1- 1 Saxon lesson, pages from LNST (I know this will change next year), outline one source for Science research paper, create an IEW outline, trace a map and study the countries and capitals orally, read one chapter from Don't Check Your Brains at the Door Day 2- 1 Saxon lesson, pages from LNST, outline second source for Science paper, write a rough draft (Bible-based IEW), draw a map freehand and study the countries and capitals, read one chapter from It Couldn't Just Happen Day 3- 1 Saxon lesson, declensions and conjugations for new vocab in Latin, fuse two outlines and write rough draft of Science paper, add dress-ups and openers to IEW paper and meet w/ Mom to edit, draw map and study again, outline chapter from It Couldn't Just Happen Day 4- 1 Saxon lesson, Latin readings with Mom (this was supplemental), type final draft of Science paper and draw a picture, type final draft of IEW paper, draw map and study it, study catechism questions Weekend or on CC day- take a Saxon test There is no mention of the Lit readings but I'm sure they're scheduled in too. Now unless something major happens I am definitely planning to put my kids in Challenge and I think it sounds like an incredible program. But I have always wanted to supplement with some other things and have often read where people think there is no way that is possible b/c there is way too much work in Challenge to add to it. But when I look at this it doesn't seem like it would take more than 4 hours if a student was focused, in which case there should definitely be time to add in other classes and such......Am I wrong? Or do you add more to Challenge A? What I would like to add: English Grammar....possibly Shurley 7 or ALL to keep it fresh Vocab...Word Roots software or Vocab from Classical Roots or something from MP Composition....only on weeks when there is not a written paper due (several programs I'm interested in) Greek (not sure which program or online class yet) possibly a modern language (slowly) Logic (The Fallacy Detective, Building Thinking Skills 3) General Science from Apologia Omnibus 1, 2, or 3 (probably secondary books in Summer) Art and Music I would do as much as possible in the Summer and on breaks when Challenge was out. I would have put in things like Math Detective and Latin Alive to keep their Math and Latin skills up in the Summer. I just wondered what other people were adding or thought they were adding and then didn't, etc. I'm still a few years off from this but I'm always a long term planner by nature.... stm4him
  4. Please share experiences, if you have any: good, bad, ugly. PM me if you prefer not to post on the public forum. :-) x-posted on High School Board
  5. Classical Conversations very much appeals to me, but the class is a 2 hour drive roundtrip so if I could do the Challenge program myself, at home, I would greatly prefer this. They don't sell the curriculum for Challenge but is there something I could implement that would be comparable? My son is incredibly intelligent and I really want him to have the best education possible. I am not sure what to do! I would appreciate any guidance.
  6. I just spent a couple of hours reading all of the threads about the CC Challenge program hoping that someone somewhere had asked the same questions I have and I did get some answers but, I still have some questions. I'd be so very grateful for anyone who would take the time to set me straight. #1. How do the students complete one year of Saxon math in 30 weeks? or do they not complete it, just hit the highlights? #2. Since there's no formal writing instruction after Challenge A, no history in A & B and the science is seen as being "iffy", is there actually time during the rest of the week to supplement these programs at home? I know families who have done Foundations and Essentials and they were having trouble getting their IEW work done from week to week. So I was wondering if it will even be humanly possible to make time for the programs that the CC Challenge program doesn't provide. #3. Some posters commented that the credits being given for the work done is inflated. How do you reconcile the difference? #4. Most posters recommended knowing/seeing the tutor. I was not classicaly educated so how do I know what to look for in a good tutor? I feel totally inadequate to teach logic, the rhetoric and dialectic stages so what I think is o.k. may indeed be sub-standard. This is a learning process for me too!:tongue_smilie: My kids are in Foundations right now but, I am looking toward planning for the future and I'd like to get the skinny on this program so I have some time to contemplate if this is the direction we want to go. Currently, our campus only has the Foundations program but, the director is planning to begin a Challenge program in 2011 because her son will be ready to begin Challenge A at that point. Thanks for the help!
  7. Hi, Has anyone here who participates in CC chosen to bypass Challenge A & B and have their child begin with Challenge I? I've heard A & B are beneficial but I'm really thinking of heading straight to Challenge I. Can anyone share their overwhelming support for A & B? The Challenge Program (I, II, III, and IV) corresponds with an on-line program's 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th. We are leaning with having the classes coincide so our child has the benefits of the group learning yet covers the same info. as the on-line class. The materials in Challenge A and B have either already been covered, are being done at home this year, or will be covered over the summer. - so, technically, we are'nt "skipping" anything. Do you think the transition to Challenge I w/o having (formally) gone through A & B would be problematic? This child is proficient at writing but does not enjoy it and I've heard Challenge A & B are writing intensive. Thanx
  8. Hi Everyone, I wanted to see if we could get a Classical Conversations group going on here, so here's the group address: tell me if there's a better way to let people know. http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forum...php?groupid=83 Carrie:-)
  9. There is a new CC starting near us. I was wondering if anyone had experience with them and could give me their opinion of the higher programs.
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