WOW! That’s all I can say. This is one proud Essentials Tutor for sure. This past Friday, our Essentials class held our Faces of History night. Let me explain what this is for those who don’t know.
In the Classical Conversations Essentials class, students are taught the “essentials” of the grammar and writing, but it really goes much deeper than just the essentials. The class is best utilized as a three year program, but students can start anytime (between the ages of 9-12). The students work very hard at learning grammar, diagramming, parts of speech, etc. By the end of the year, the grammar is very advanced! I just taught this week on infinitive verbals, and next week is gerunds, if that tells you anything!
The writing portion is taught using Institute for Excellence in Writing’s History-Based Writing Lessons books. This year is Medieval years. Towards the end of the year the students have learned enough skills to write a 5 paragraph research report about a famous person in history. To kinda celebrate, we also learn how to take our research and turn it into an oral report (in first person) and give the report in full costume! We call this “Faces of History.” At our CC Community, we do Faces of History on a Friday night and invite the friends and family (and any other CC family that might want to come see). After their presentations we have a small reception with snacks and drinks.
It’s so much fun. This year we had a large class and it was so much fun to see all the kids costumes and listen to their amazing reports!