Thursday, July 30, 2015

my top 5 tutor tips for classical conversations

Three years ago I stepped out of my comfort zone and into the role of tutoring. It was our first year as a CC family and only my second year homeschooling. To say I felt ill prepared was an understatement! But by God's grace, I jumped in with both feet and came out of that first year with a firmer grasp on the classical model and a deeper understanding of what Classical Conversations is all about. And boy did I have fun!

I laughed this past year when a long time friend of mine joined our community and I had the privilege of tutoring her son. I told her to be warned. She was going to see a different side of "me" as an Apprentice tutor. I am a fairly introverted person but in the tutor role I embrace a silly, over animated side of myself that makes tutoring the youngers a fun, and more memorable experience. My first tip --that isn't even a tip-- don't be afraid to be silly and a little over-the-top with your students. They will love it and your class time will be fun and enjoyable because of it. I've also noticed over the years that it also helps with keeping the students engages and therefore helps tremendously with maintaining control of the class. 

So as a new year is just around the corner, I thought I'd share some tips that have been extremely helpful for me in the role of tutor. You know, those things that you figure out along the way that make CC days run so much smoother for you, and for your family as well because you are not only serving as a tutor but are a CC mama yourself. Not only are you prepping to lead your class but you are also busy making lunches, gathering presentations and getting your own children ready to enjoy the day in Foundations!

So here are my top 5 tutor tips...

Sunday, July 26, 2015

a summer of rest

There has been one thing that I've needed perhaps more than anything else this
A deep, soul refreshing rest. Time to completely unplug and recharge my batteries.

Have you been there?

I'm sure many homeschooling mamas would whole-heartedly agree with that statement. And maybe you are like me and sometimes have a hard time admitting limitations and the need to simply take a break. I normally keep plugging along and just move on to the next item on the list, finishing one school year and moving right along to planning for the next.

The problem with that is simple. When we fail to allow ourselves the soul rest we need we are in serious danger of starting a new school year still burnt out from the previous one.

And this was the slippery slope I found myself on.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

black bean corn salsa

I don't know about you but I love a good salsa recipe. This one ranks high on my list without a doubt! My mom shared this recipe with me early in my homemaking years and it continues to be one of our favorites. It's flavors are simple and fresh making it a great side dish to add to your next Tex-Mex night.