My Journey as a Challenge A Director Pre-Week 1
My degree is in Secondary Education with English. This gives me a marginal degree of confidence being a Challenge A Director and tutor for Classical Conversations this year.
Except that everything I learned in college related to learning and education hasn’t helped me one iota when it comes to “classical” homeschooling, like most strangers think after I placate them with that fact.
Don’t get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed college and learned many valuable lessons. My training helped me when I taught in the public and private sectors. I am forever grateful my parents sent me to a really good school.
However, I modeled at home what I learned in college my first few years of homeschooling — I gave my children copious worksheets and made them do school very traditionally. I had no idea tea parties, baking cookies, snuggling on the couch, and errands could be factored in to create fun and educational days.
Pairing rich memories with touch, smell, and love are powerful learning tools.
Why Am I Tutoring Challenge A?
But this whole Challenge A tutor thing has me shaking in my knees. I’ve never even seen a Challenge A day in action. Yet, I feel strongly called to walk this unknown path with my eldest son, Asher. Much of my summer has been spent listening to or reading books for Challenge A. The week leading up to our Seminar has been filled with hustle and cramming, like every good procrastinator does.
I recently had someone ask me, “Why are you tutoring Challenge A? You don’t have the time.” My reply — I know that the Lord has called me to such a time as this. He has called me to invest in my five Challenge A students., in addition to my own. I plan on doing that well. The time I have left with my eldest son really is short. I plan on being engaged in the whole journey leading to adulthood.
I wish I had known about Classical Academic Press’s online Latin for Children course sooner. Like at the beginning of the summer sooner. And no this is NOT a paid post or an advertisement for the company. I’m honestly telling you that day 1 of this course, explained so much to me.
Classical Conversations relies on Henle to learn Latin. It is an immersion based approach to learning the language that has this visual gal totally lost.
Thankfully, I forgot to purchase the DVD for my Ezra’s Latin and in my quest to purchase it for him yesterday, I discovered this beautiful course that provided several missing links for me.
Hallelujah. I think I’m going to love learning a new language at the young age of 40.
I finally understand declensions and that they already contain the pronoun. Why didn’t anyone tell me?????
I was so excited I had to take a picture with my buddy, Ezra, who will be entering his 5th tour of Foundations and 2nd tour of Essentials. It was because of him that I was looking to purchase a Latin DVD.
Stay tuned as I share the box I created to take to Challenge each week that contains my tutor supplies!