Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Classical Education in Our Home part 2: the Call


Part two has been a long time coming! My only excuse is that our family life has been in huge upheaval over the past year...but we are finally re-employed, re-located, re-establishing and ready to start again. If you've read my blog post from December 2009 - we are living out that post once again :)

So, today's question is: what led us to a Classical Education in our home?

Just before we started full time homeschooling - after one year of homeschooling our oldest, a move, another baby, and a few more years of public school - I was a children’s leader in Bible Study Fellowship, which meant a trip to Indianapolis for a retreat. The retreat was wonderful, but the most life-changing event wasn't in the teaching, or the discussion sessions, or in my personal Bible study - it was one little phrase, just two words, that BSF Director Rosemary Jensen used as she shared her personal story: "classical education."

It was one of those experiences that I can only describe as a door opening into a new world. A door I had been searching for without knowing what I had been looking for.

All through my own years in school I had always felt that there was something more than what I was seeing. Elusive bits and pieces floated just beyond the edge of my field of vision – details that would connect the disjointed bits and pieces that I was picking up in my education. I had a niggling feeling that there was a story behind the story, but it was like waking up and only being able to remember the feeling left by a dream without remembering anything else about the dream. I couldn't describe it to anyone, couldn't identify it…I wasn't even convinced it was real.

Until Rosemary Jensen said those two words.

God got my attention that day. Once I turned my face toward Classical Education, I never looked back. THIS is how we were to educate our children.