I was a bit apprehensive at first. I wondered how it would “work” with my daughter being a first time CC student (no Foundations/Essentials background). Knowing what I know now, it would be IDEAL to come into Challenge A after Foundations/Essentials was under our belts, but she has done just fine. Our Challenge A group is split 50/50 — with half having been in CC before and half being new. The biggest advice I can impart is that it is just a complete change in thinking from homeschooling on your own – be open to change and let the Challenge program work (because it does!).
How has your year changed from the beginning? (How has your perspective changed?)
I am much less fearful and much more hands-off now that we are mid year. My daughter is learning to self manage, fail (in a safe environment), and also have great successes, too.
What do you wish you had known before entering the Challenge program?
I wish we would have studied grammar formally. The Latin in Challenge A (Henle Latin) is rigorous and it is imperative the children have a firm grip on English grammar.
What is your best piece of advice (or encouragement) for parents who still have children in Foundations?
Enjoy this time! There will be plenty of time to be SERIOUS in the Challenge program. I have also learned that the memory work is ENOUGH. Truly.
What has impressed you the most about Challenge?
I would have to say the discussions that are happening in my home have been the most impressive. My daughter’s ability to debate and to defend her faith are light years ahead of where they were just a year ago.
What has been the most challenging thing about Challenge?
LATIN! I think this is because it is very hard and we didn’t have any Latin background before this. If we are talking in general terms I also think it has been hard to LET GO of my daughter’s education. Challenge students are learning to be independent and it is important to step back and let them self manage and (sometimes) fail.
What kind of advice or encouragement would you have for parents who enter Challenge without having a child previously in Foundations?
Just jump in with both feet and be prepared to WORK HARD for the first several weeks. Also, be prepared to memorize a lot of material. Stock up on dry erase markers, note cards, notebooks, and get familiar with Quizlet!