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Cultivating Classical Parents

Conversations and resources designed to help you grow as a Christian, classical educator.

Classical Conversations believes that parents are the best educators of their children. Because of this core belief, we work hard to equip parents to home educate their children through high school. For over a decade, we have offered free three-day parent practicums in the summer to prepare parents for the upcoming school year. Now, we are pleased to launch Cultivating Classical Parents. Each week, Cultivating Classical Parents will provide daily articles to inspire and encourage you on your homeschooling journey. Each month, we will offer FREE webinars to help you further the journey. Some will offer practical tips for Latin and middle school math while others will help to refresh your mission and help you dig deeper into the ideas of Christian, classical education.

Upcoming Webinar:

Retiring from the Table: Assessing the Feast
Monday, May 8, 2017 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST

At the end of each day of Creation, God assessed His work and called it good. Each year, as we retire from our learning tables, we too need to assess our work. Since we are not perfect, we will not just call it good. Neither will we call it all bad. Instead, we should honestly assess our work as a family. We should celebrate those things that went well. We should identify a few things that need to be improved for next time. Join us for this session to be encouraged about what you did well, to be equipped to address the areas that need improvement, and to be inspired about the next learning feast that you will set out before your children.


Spring 2017 Cultivating Classical Parents webinars:


8:00-9:00 p.m.  EST

Teaching and Evaluating Writing

4:30-5:30 p.m. EST
Recharging for Spring
8:00-9:00 p.m. EST
Intermediate Logic
4:30-5:30 p.m. EST
Faces of History
4:30-5:30 p.m. EST
The One-Room Schoolhouse
4:30-5:30 p.m. EST
Foundations to Challenge
4:30-5:30 p.m. EST
2017 Practicum Preview
5:00-6:00 p.m. EST
Engaging the Disengaged Learner
8:00-9:00 p.m. EST
Retiring from the Table:
Assessing the Feast
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3:00-4:00 p.m. EST
Create Your Own Parent Learning Plan
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Fall 2016 Cultivating Classical Parents webinars:


4:30-5:30 EDT

Reading Together as a Family

4:30-5:30 EDT

Getting Organized for a Great Year: Setting Up Your Schoolroom
4:30-5:30 EDT
Getting Organized for a Great Year: Setting Up Your Schedule
8:00-9:00 EDT
By Heart: The Goodness of Memory
8:00-9:00 EDT
Jim Nance: Why Logic?
5:00-6:00 EDT
How to Use the Five Common Topics with All Ages
4:30-5:30 EDT
How Can You Tailor the Challenge Program for Your Unique Family
4:30-5:30 EDT
How to Use the Essentials Guide to the Fullest


Summer 2016 Cultivating Classical Parents Book Club:
(recordings available on CC Connected)



Challenge I - Johnny Tremain

Challenge IV - Oedipus Rex
Challenge II - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  Challenge A - Gathering of Days
  Foundations - The Core
August Challenge III - Much Ado About Nothing
  Challenge B - Celestial Railroad

2015-16 Webinars
(recordings available on CC Connected)

September Getting Organized for a Great Year Jennifer Courtney
  Soul of Science Part 1 Lisa Bailey
  The Consequences of Ideas Marc Hays
October Soul of Science Part 2 Lisa Bailey
  Five Canons of Rhetoric Part 1 - Invention Amanda Butler
November Five Canons of Rhetoric Part 2 - Arrangement Jennifer Courtney
  The History of Number Amanda Butler
December Five Canons of Rhetoric Part 3 - Elocution Jennifer Courtney
January Recharging for the Spring Jennifer Courtney
  Classical Education and Special Needs Dana Wilson
February Book Club: The Abolition of Man Marc Hays
  Latin Adjectives Denise Moore
March Latin Pronouns Denise Moore
  Five Canons of Rhetoric Part 4 -
Memoria and Presentation
Jennifer Courtney
April Challenge Scope and Sequence
Jennifer Courtney
  2016 Practicum Preview Lisa Bailey
May The Conversation Book Club Wrap Up Cara McLauchlan

2014-15 Webinars
(recordings available on CC Connected)

September Cultivating Leisure: Setting Schedules That Allow for Contemplation and Conversation Jennifer Courtney
  Cultivating Language: Nouns Denise Moore
October Cultivating Numbers: Middle School Math Amanda Butler
  Cultivating Language: Assessing Student Writing Matt Bianco
November Cultivating Language: The Office of Assertion Lisa Bailey
January Cultivating Language: Latin Verbs Denise Moore
  Cultivating Love of Learning: Having Fun with Classical Education Courtney Sanford
February Cultivating Numbers: Using Examples to Teach Math Kate Deddens
  Cultivating Wisdom: What Does Your Student Know? Matt Bianco
March Cultivating Language: How Essentials Prepares Students for Latin Jennifer Courtney
  Cultivating Numbers: Using the Five Common Topics in Math Amanda Butler
April Cultivating Love of Learning: Delighting in Science Courtney Sanford
  Cultivating Wisdom: Can Virtue Be Taught? Matt Bianco
May Cultivating Wisdom: A Summer Learning Plan for Parents
Jennifer Courtney

Did you know about our book clubs? Download the FREE guide!


About Your Hosts

Lisa Bailey is a homeschooling mom of two: one CC graduate and one Challenge IV student. Lisa currently serves as the Practicum speaker-trainer, training speaker-trainers and filming vignettes for the amusement of Practicum audiences. Lisa loves reading, debating, and decorating projects.


Amanda Butler is a homeschool mom, a Challenge A tutor, and academic advisor for Challenge A. You can hear her voice on many of our CC Connected math tutorials. In her spare time, she loves to eat sushi, read about Church history, and garden in her backyard.


Jennifer Courtney and her high school sweetheart have been married for 20 years and have always home educated their children in the lovely pioneer state of Oklahoma. Jennifer currently serves as communications director of MultiMedia and as a Challenge II tutor in her local community. In her free time, she enjoys reading, reading and more reading, and biking and traveling with her family. Her secret guilty pleasures are Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and British mystery novels.

Marc Hays and his wife have been married for 15 years and have six children.  They have been home deucating since 1999 and a part of Classical Conversations since 2010.  Marc is a Classical Conversations Academic Advisor.  He enjoys his morning rituals of drinking coffee, reading books, and peeking in on the kids while they sleep.  His favorite coffee is Costa Rican; his favorite author is G. K. Chesterton.

Denise Moore is a homeschool mom of two daughters (CC graduates), a Ch IV director, and serves as product support director for MultiMedia. Denise coordinated the development of Classical Acts & Facts History cards and the complementary Timeline song. Denise enjoys Latin, Duke basketball, reading, and pizza.