Every week, CC begins with announcements and then a family presentation. The family presentation is a short introduction of the family, and most people just say who they are and what they like best about CC. Every family so far, mine included, has kept this nice and simple. This is my fabulous friend Marcie and her kiddos leading our group in saying our Bible memory verse after their presentation. Her older daughter is dressed as a Renaissance princess. Love it!
But what I love most about this picture is that it captures real life.
Some homeschooling families may shy away from CC because it sounds so intimidating (at least, it did to me). Memorizing a timeline, Latin conjugations, the names of the leaders of the countries involved in WWI and II, and so much more. It's challenging, yes, but it's doable (and please click here to find out why it's a perfect fit for our family). And, as you can see above, it's real. No pocket-protectors and Windsor-knot ties (although that might be a fun theme day! ;) ).
Real life is having a baby on your hip while you read a Bible verse in front of 15 or so families. Real life is knowing that your youngest son is making faces at the crowd while you're doing it. Real life. And we're in these beautiful 'trenches' together.
But community doesn't just happen. Just because you go to the same building and learn the same memory work doesn't mean you're going to have a strong support group of like-minded families. In fact, community takes work!
Planning field trips, monthly moms' night outs, service projects, a Christmas parents' night out together, and even theme days take work. But I can personally tell you. . .
it's worth it.
Click here to read about other ideas you could use to help build more 'community' in your community.