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mock trial {home schooling adventures}

this year, our (gasp!) 11th year of “official” home educating,  marked our second year of home schooling classically with classical conversations.  perhaps one of my favorite years for my girl, it was a year of huge growth, deep peer-connections, wonderful role-modeling from a tutor she deeply respects, and one of the most in-depth curriculum selections we’ve yet enjoyed.  although i have reservations about some aspects of the program, our experience has overall been a blessing i am thankful for.


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one of the greatest challenges, and most rewarding, for our a-girl, was mock trial.  she and her peers worked on their trial case for a full semester, studying the legal system through the eyes of legal professional, defendant, and witness.  they presented their trial twice, first playing various roles for the prosecution, then playing the defense.


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it was powerful, hearing the kids and parents pray that this experience would be used to grow them in strength of character, skills and traits to be used in their future calling.

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a-girl acted as lead attorney for the prosecution, giving the opening statement and examining a key witness.  then she played the role of a psychologist for the defense, an expert in battered spouse syndrome.  i was amazed not just in her diligence, but in the depth of understanding required of her and the rest of the class, to play out a murder trial in a real courtroom, with a real judge, with real legal professionals serving as jury.

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watching a witness take the stand.

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swearing in to take the stand as a witness herself.

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a light-hearted moment in between trials.

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we aren’t proud parents or anything.  🙂

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the “home team.”

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little brothers there to give support, and maybe learn a thing or two.

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the trial is over; the crew can breathe… and laugh!

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sweet friend jordi, there to support a-girl on the big day.  she’s a mock trial “graduate” from her own schooling, so she had great feedback to share.

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i think these tutors are relieved it’s over.

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do you have a favorite moment from your school year?  please share!


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little one…

i neither need, nor want, you to become a rock-star-idol photographer, nor speaker, nor any other kind of idol.  i want you to be in relationship to those in your life.

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be present.  be kind to the people who live with you.  teach them well.  feed them well.  laugh with them!  love them.  love me more.

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i may call you to speak to larger groups through the gifts i’ve blessed you with.  but always, it’s for the heart.  dance and sing, laugh and play!  enjoy the food, the books, the art, the music.  i’ve made it all.  and it is for my Glory that i share it with you.

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if i call you out, it will be for faithfulness in the quiet moments.  love them well.  serve them joyfully.  and then enjoy the frosting on top!

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do not fret, nor strategize, on how you will achieve.  plan quietly, humbly, and work hard.  but do not forget to rest.  and do not forget that i already have you cared for.  and it is good.

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(images from our day.  we studied abstract art.  ate gazpacho.  did latin and pre-algebra and writing and so-on and so-on.  we laughed and we got ugly and we said “i’m sorry” and we prayed.  it was a good day.)

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