I’ve been a huge fan of classical education since reading The Well-Trained Mind in 2011. I used the classical model to homeschool Vernon and Brooklyn until this spring, and I think it’s a fantastic way to educate children. However, the time has come to LET IT GO…at least for now. The classical model requires a lot of hands-on effort from the parent/teacher AND kids who are moderately invested in their own education. That’s not us right now! After crashing and burning in February prior to the move, I tried to re-start our curriculum in April when we were settled. Yikes.
The plans for online school that I had for this fall got moved up and put into place immediately. We’re now using Alpha Omega Publication’s Monarch program, and it is a perfect fit for us right now. The curriculum covers subjects in the traditional manner, learning a little bit about a lot of subjects while repeating and building on the topics year after year. This is different from the classical model of learning topics on a four year cycle, but it works better for my kids with short attention spans. I cannot say enough good things about this program! (No, they’re not paying me!) Now that we are all adjusted to the program, the kids are fully capable of using the program independently. Combined with other online activities through Quizlet, XtraMath, and Seterra, the kids are exposed to quality learning opportunities with minimal hands-on involvement from me. I think it is a wonderful option for families who want to homeschool but are pressed for time to teach multiple children.
However, I still favor the classical model, and we are still committed to homeschooling unless there is a compelling reason not to. We are looking into public school for Vernon, as he will most likely benefit from a variety of services that are only available in the public school setting (possibly including special education). We plan for Brooklyn to continue at home with the online program, as it seems to be a good fit for her needs and personality. Emma will be entering kindergarten(!), and I will be teaching her at home along the lines of the classical model, although that really doesn’t kick in until first grade. Really, schooling choices are a year-by-year decision for each kid based on their needs and the needs of the whole family.
For now though, King Academy has needed to let go of a commitment to classical education and pursue different options that are a better fit for our family.