Never make your homeschool plans until AFTER you go to the conference.
I actually didn’t think I was going to be able to go to the Memoria Press conference until the last minute.
I went to a meeting about starting a classical co-op where a shockingly rude woman told me that my ideas were “really extreme” and “no one around here will want to do that” so then I decided I really, really needed to make it to the conference and spend some time with other extremists. 😉
The conference was wonderful and encouraging. And of course I left there with new plans for our school year.
My biggest take-away was STAY THE COURSE. Quit trying to change/add/substitute/tweak. Follow the plans. They are beautiful and good and well-thought-out and purposeful.
Also, if my ideas about education are extreme, I’m in good company.
For anyone who might be interested (Hi, Mom!), here are my new and improved staying-the-course plans (initial plans here):
Abby, 8th grade
Classical – The Book of the Ancient Romans / The Aeneid
Bible – The Story of Christianity
Math – Saxon Algebra 1/2
Writing – IEW at co-op
History – Story of the World 4
Literature – MP 8A set (Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Henry V, Canterbury Tales)
French – with a French tutor
Grammar – Rod and Staff 8
Science – Apologia Physical Science at co-op
Changes: jumping into the 8A Classical, Christian, and Literature sets. Dialing back SOTW history; we’ll still read SOTW 4 to cover the time period, but do less outside reading than I initially planned.
Emma, 6th grade
Classical – Famous Men of the Middle Ages
Bible – MP Christian Studies III
Math – Rod and Staff 6
Writing – IEW at co-op
History – SOTW 2
Literature – MP American history set
Geography – MP Geography II
Latin – Second Form Latin
Spelling – Spelling Workout G
Grammar – English Grammar Recitation 3 / Core Skills Language Arts 6
Science – MP Trees/Biology
Changes: This is very nearly the 6th grade core. We’ll do Math and Grammar as scheduled in the lesson plans. MP Science. SOTW 2 will still be read but, like Abby, less outside reading than originally planned. Way less. Maybe none. 🙂 MP sells optional American history literature sets, so we’ll use that for literature this year, since I still think it’s best for Emma to wait on the 7th grade literature.
Ben, 3rd grade
Bible – MP Christian Studies I
Classical – MP Greek Myths
Math – Rod and Staff 3
Writing – IEW All Things Fun and Fascinating
Grammar – English Grammar Recitation 1 / Core Skills Language Arts 3
Latin – Latina Christiana
Geography – MP States and Capitals; co-op U.S. geography
Handwriting – Zaner-Bloser
Spelling – Spelling Workout D
Science – MP Astronomy
Lit – MP 4M literature set
Changes: Math, Writing, Grammar, Science, Literature. I changed everything (except handwriting) to align with the 3A core.
Stay the course.