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Frequently-asked Questions

How do I become a member? Click on the "Become a Member" link on the left side of this page and complete the membership form. You will be contacted by our membership director to review your information and answer any questions you may have.

How much does membership cost? Membership is free.

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If I don't live in Connecticut, can I still become a member? Classical Kids is a local and virtual group. Although the majority of our members are in Connecticut, we have members in surrounding states. The public area of the site contains a lot of useful information any homeschooler anywhere might find useful, such as the curriculum recommendations in the Library. The Members-only area, however, contains predominately information our local members find useful, such as local events and area resources.

If I am not homeschooling, can I become a member? In addition to parents who are currently homeschooling, Classical Kids welcomes parents thinking about homeschooling, interested in learning about homeschooling, or looking for ways to enhance their children's education.

Where can I find more information about homeschooling? There are many national and state organizations providing information about homeschooling. Simply use the Internet and search for Homeschooling or Home Schooling. Or visit the CK Library on this website to view Web links, books, and articles related to homeschooling.

How can I get more help regarding homeschooling? Every homeschooling parent in our group appreciates what a daunting step it can be to decide to homeschool - whether pulling a child out of school or starting with Kindergarten. If you wish for someone to contact you to help you sort through the information and help you to make the best decision for yourself and your child, please contact us at membership@classicalkids.net. Be sure you include your contact information, the kinds of questions you have, and the best time to get in touch with you. Our membership director is available to help answer your questions.

What is a classical homeschool curriculum? A book that pioneered classical homeschooling is The Well-Trained Mind by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise-Bauer. This book lays out detailed suggestions for building a classical curriculum for all twelve years of schooling. The teaching philosophy includes many of Charlotte Mason's principles and it follows the trivium philosophy in the course of study over 12 years. www.welltrainedmind.com.

Many curricula vendors provide materials that fall into the category of classical education, such as Veritas www.veritaspress.com , and Sonlight www.sonlight.com, and a combination of other resources.

Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum: A Guide to Catholic Home Education, by Laura Berquist explains the classical approach and outlines a curriculum for each grade. (For more information about the classical homeschooling, visit the CK Library, Tools for Parents-Classical Education.)

What is the trivium philosophy? A guideline of classical education, called the trivium, can be used to design a classical homeschool curriculum. The trivium breaks the twelve years of education into three stages: grammar, logic or dialectic, and rhetoric. The three stages coincide with a child's cognitive development as he or she matures. During each stage, the curriculum gives the child tools for learning while teaching to the child's natural strengths. (For more information about the trivium, visit the CK Library, Tools for Parents-Classical Education.)

Is homeschooling legal? Homeschooling is legal in every state in the United States. The laws affecting parental rights regarding homeschooling vary by state. Be sure you check your state's laws to learn more about your rights and the regulations you must obey to be within the law. You may also contact a national homeschool legal defense organization, such as HSLDA or NHELD to learn more. (For more information about the laws concerning homeschooling, visit the CK Library, Legal.)

How do I pull my child out of school? The process of withdrawing a child from school varies by state. Be sure you contact your state organization or a national homeschool legal defense organization, such as HSLDA or NHELD to learn more. (For more information about the laws concerning homeschooling, visit the CK Library, Legal.)