Miranda, a name derived from Latin, means wonderful or worthy to be admired. Miranda Scholé Community aims to cultivate wonder in our students by presenting before them that which is worthy to be admired. We wish to create an atmosphere that is conducive to a lifestyle of curiosity and learning, both amongst our students and parents. We meet just east of Cincinnati in Batavia, Ohio. Our group is small, composed of 5 families and 14 students, with our youngest students in kindergarten and our oldest beginning high school. We operate as a co-op, with each parent teaching at least one class per week.
Our group was formed a little over three years ago, after hearing Dr. Christopher Perrin speak about Scholé Groups at our local homeschool convention. That first year, our scope was limited. In the fall, we met every other week at a local park for nature study. As the weather turned to winter, we moved indoors and began reading and performing scenes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Since that time, our studies together have expanded. Each year we added a bit more. We have typically chosen to add classes that are either better suited to group study, such as art or a discussion-based class, or may be intimidating to teach at home, such as Latin. Some of our classes fall in both categories! Now in our fourth year, Miranda Scholé Community meets weekly for a full day, offering classes in Latin, literature, logic, science, and art. This year, we will meet for 30 weeks, and have recently moved from a home to a church building, with the anticipation of growth in the future.
Our meeting days begin as a whole group, with composer study, Bible verse recitation, and prayer. Following this, our students move to classrooms that are more specific to their ages. For most classes, we have lower elementary, upper elementary and middle/high school levels. We meet again as a whole group for lunch. One new Scholé practice we have incorporated this year is our lunch presentation time. Each week, while our moms prepare lunch plates for their children, our students listen to one of their own give a short presentation. The students learn both speaking and listening skills, and this time provides a bit more restfulness to our lunch routine. Following the presentation, the students walk into our lunch area as a group and stand behind their chairs for prayer. Lunch and recess follow. After recess, we meet in classes again, ending our day together with a group benediction.
Over these four years, our scope has expanded organically with the needs of our students and the comfort level of our teachers. This year, as our oldest students begin their high school years, we are fashioning our group to meet core class requirements at this level, as well. That means we must learn what it means to tackle demanding classes in a restful way. It is our hope in the future to offer a fixed set of classes at different age levels that will allow students to progress naturally from one level to another as they get older. We also hope to make Miranda Scholé Community available to other like-minded families in our community.
Missy Kennedy is the Director of Miranda Scholé Community, which meets just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. She began homeschooling eight years ago, and pursuing classical education shortly thereafter. She loves learning alongside her children, and recently began her second year in Circe Institute’s ApprenticeshipProgram. She enjoys encouraging students to seek truth, delight in beauty, and live in awe of God and the world that He has made.She strives to support other homeschooling families in their journeys, as well.