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A Dad's Definition of Classical Education

Your wife has maybe thrown around some concepts and terms that you don’t understand. You have a different set of what classical educators call “grammar.” It might feel like explaining the intricacies of the 3-4 defense vs. the 4-3 defense to someone who’s never watched football before, and this is perfectly natural. However, you are in it together, so let me explain the definition of 'classical education' in plain English.

Homeschool and Earn Your Master's Degree

In my early twenties, I was a very career-focused woman. Working for a large corporation, my days consisted of tackling new projects and consuming copious amounts of Diet Coke.

Then three children came in four years. The world changed. My husband and I started a new kind of project: our homeschooling journey began. I directed my time and attention away from my career and toward chanting Latin declensions during dinner.

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A Parent's Homeschool Journey

When I began my homeschool journey, I wanted some up-front guarantees. I had my list of things that I was rather adamant that I needed, never mind the list of things I didn’t know that I was going to need. So with my list of things that I thought I needed and a list of things that I didn’t know I needed, the journey began. Our family set out to homeschool using this thing called a classical, Christian model.

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Can You Homeschool Your Special Needs Child?

“If you are willing, I will be there.”

Thus, the gracious, tender voice of the Holy Spirit came. It was May 2013, and I was at a homeschool convention. I went for one reason: to research math curricula. However, twenty-four hours later, I found myself on the threshold of the most significant parenting decision I had ever made: should I take my five-year-old daughter with Down syndrome out of public school to homeschool her?

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The Persuasive Essay

When you start teaching The Lost Tools of Writing, you notice early that almost all of level one is devoted to teaching the persuasive essay. You might think this rather odd—even boring. After all, aren’t students much more interested in writing stories and exploring their own ideas than they are in writing about irrelevant things, like whether the Roman Senate should have assassinated Julius Caesar, or whether Scout should have crawled under her neighbor’s fence?

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National Commencement: Celebrate Your Grad!

Is your student graduating next spring? Then mark your calendar for the Classical Conversations® National Commencement on April 29, 2022!

Located at Grace Church, near our home office in Southern Pines, North Carolina, National Commencement is held in conjunction with our annual National Conference, which takes place April 28–30. The 2022 National Commencement and National Conference are sure to be exceptional next year, as both events coincide with the celebration of Classical Conversations 25th anniversary!

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