I read this article on Classical Conversations today, and wanted to post a 1st time Challenge A Mom's perspective:
The article rang true here! As the article states, Challenge A is like Foundations on steroids:) I'm trying to be the best, most supportive Challenge A mom I can be, all while tackling hard subjects (Latin, ugh!) and balancing Essentials charts with my 12 year old, and kindergarten stuff with my 5 year old. Phew!
Last year, I bemoaned that fact that so few Challenge moms were actually blogging about their lives. Now, I get it. It's another case of - "just when life got so interesting that it became material to blog about, the blogger just doesn't have time to write it".
However, I thought I'd grab a few moments to expound upon Dropping Off, Not Dropping Out for this Challenge A mom. The article seems to be a Challenge B (?) perspective, and I'm not there yet (goodness, you mean next year we do Logic, too?) Some things I DO drop out of, because I cannot do it all. And some things get done, even if laundry suffers and we all have to re-wear yesterday's underwear (I'm just being dramatic. I'd never!)
I keep up on my daughter's math lesson, just to say that I did. It's actually a huge confidence booster, because I was lousy at math in high school. I'm wondering if I can put Algebra I on my resume someday and impress the socks off my future employer. I definitely feel impressive. But seriously, math builds upon itself, and the best way I can help my daughter is to be able to do the math myself. I am also modeling this life-long learning thing. Also, it gives me fuel to say "you have to do it because I did it".
I'm entering the world of Adjectives, and ugh! Let me tell you, if ever there was a moment that I could drop out of my daughter's schoolwork, it would be now. (I said this about 3rd Declension Nouns, and I'm sure I'll say this again when we begin conjugating verbs...)
I try to read the new novel that gets assigned every 3 weeks, unless I've already read it before (Narnia was my freebie, the rest I've had to read). I also have kept up on the Lost Tools of Writing videos to know what skills are being taught. I had a brief falling short, and after some mild confusion, watched the videos and caught back up. Now, the second semester, has a lot of review/practice of learned concepts, so the writing portion should be easier.
What I don't do
As I mentioned above, I have "dropped out" of some subjects. I do not learn the Geography or practice drawing maps (I DO practice map drawing for my Foundations students, but that's a much easier pace than Challenge A map drawing). I praise my daughter's efforts and engage in her map drawing. I quiz her at her request when she's memorizing features or capitals.
I have not followed Fallacy Detective or It Couldn't Just Happen. I'm hoping to read these over summer break and be better prepared for my next up-coming Challenge A student. I DO chat with my daughter on these subjects, ask her questions, and learn more about the fallacies as she explains them to me. I quiz her on the catechism questions.
I do not research my own animals for science:) I DO proofread my daughter's papers, or help her find sources, or help her with the Bibliography.
As you can tell, I try to keep up with the hardest subjects. I check in with my daughter on her other subjects to make sure she is giving it her best and managing her time. I check in with her tutor on occasion to see how she is doing in the classroom setting. As difficult as it sounds, it is fantastic when all the connections get made and my daughter and I can share in some neat new revelation.