while the hart family homeschool year has not yet officially started (remember we just moved 10 days ago), yesterday began our first week of classical conversations here in albuquerque. we will wait on adding in the rest of our studies for another week or two, but this mama-teacher was eager to meet the other families in our community.
in a world of everything new, this is something familiar.
for background, we have been part of cc for the past two years back in illinois. it is an amazing classical christian homeschool curriculum all on its own that seeks to know God and make Him known. but much of the beauty of the program lies in the local community groups. they provide encouragement and accountability throughout the homeschool year. the children are offered the best parts of being a classroom - science experiments, a fine arts project, oral presentations, making friends - but they also come away knowing that there are other kids learning the same stuff. there are other families singing timeline songs and memorizing the classification of living things. people - even little people - like to belong.
classical conversations helps our family feel part of something larger.
last year i had the honor of directing my local classical conversations community group. before the unexpected relocation to new mexico, i was planning on returning to that role this fall. as i packed lunches and backpacks sunday night, my heart felt 1200+ miles away. the folks back in champaign are so greatly missed by our family. that is the price you pay for being in true community. and i wouldn't have it any other way.
so here is to a new city and a new group and a new year. i'm praying that the relationships here rival those left.
although i still plan on taking proper first day photos we had a brief session yesterday morning before class. sweet, silly, and spunky - pretty much sums up our little harts.