I hate the idea of sending kids to a school setting in anyway. I am a homeschooling purist. I guess after 19 years of homeschooling I wanted to try something different. I found a co-op option that can only do minimal damage as the kids are in school for only 2 hours every 2 weeks (and I am teaching them 30 minutes of that time.) A few years ago we tried a program called Classically Catholic Memory in which different material is presented to be memorized over a 2 week period for the school year. This is from the website for the program.
What is Classically Catholic Memory?
Classically Catholic Memory is a memory work program that is both Catholic and classical in nature.
What is memory work?
Memory work is simply the mastery of core facts in a given subject, or the mastery of a certain body of work (poetry or Scripture, for example) using the tool of one’s memory.
We didn't stay on track that year because I got pregnant, then sick, then had twins. We did a little of the work but got distracted by the history topics and couldn't stay on track. I loved the program but forgot about it with the twins and the chaos that followed. This year I was asked to join a new/old group that were using this program and meeting every other week in a co-op format for one morning to keep each other on track. I had not joined the group before because it was kind of far away and I didn't think my kids could handle the set up at the time. That group fell apart and new one immerged starting with year 4 of the program. This group was meeting at my parish - so very close- and was less structured and demanding that any I had ever scene. On a whim I asked the kiddos if they wanted to try. I like the program already but had not decided to use it. After a summer of mom working them hard on reading, writing and math they wanted to give this a go.
So we planned to go to the welcome meeting for the Divine Mercy Co-op using the CCM delta year.