Our Foundations Programs provide a Classical Christian community for homeschool families with students in grades K4-6th. These power-packed programs meet once a week for twelve weeks in the fall and twelve weeks in the winter/spring months.
Based on the classical model of education, families meet weekly to introduce new memory work (or grammar of a subject) and review old memory work using Classical Conversations' Foundations Guide as the heart of the curriculum. A trained tutor creatively introduces the memory work and leads the classroom time. The memory work is divided into 6 subjects: timeline/history, geography, math, science, Latin, and English grammar. In addition to the memory work, students also participate in a fine arts project/lesson, a science project, and an opportunity to practice oral presentation skills each week.
This two-hour afternoon tutorial is designed to prepare fourth- through sixth grade students for the Challenge program. This power-packed course is the perfect complement for our Foundations students, but any family may participate. English grammar, writing and arithmetic speed and accuracy are the essential components of this popular 24-week program.
The language arts portion (45 minutes) employs Classical Conversations own The Essentials of the English Language (EEL) Guide which includes lessons that provide a mixture of grammar and dialectic learning tools used to establish language structure understanding. In addition to improving their writing, students who study English grammar in Essentials are better prepared to study Latin and understand original source documents in later history classes.
The writing portion (45 minutes) is based on the method of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) by Andrew Pudewa utilizing IEW's signature method of structure and style. This method teaches students how to organize their writing through different writing structures, while also providing stylist techniques that make a student's writing more engaging. Students often practice writing skills on the same subjects that are being studied in their current Foundations cycle.
The math portion (30 minutes) focuses on reinforcing the 'essential' elements of arithmetic through challenging math games and problems. This program is designed to complement your home math program by drilling speed and accuracy with basic operations of arithmetic.
Our Challenge programs provide classical, Christian community for homeschool families with students in 7th-12th grades. The Challenge programs meet once a week for fifteen weeks in the fall and fifteen weeks in the winter/spring months.
Based on the classical model of education, students at this age move into the dialectic and rhetoric phases of learning. Students utilize our academically challenging curriculum, which is appropriately named the Challenge Curriculum. This curriculum involves Saxon math, Apologia sciences, classic literature, writing, debate, and much more. Students develop and strengthen the life-long learning skills of grammar, exposition, debate, logic, rhetoric, and research. This curriculum is supplemented by weekly classroom time with a trained Challenge Director/Tutor.
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