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14 Reasons New Homeschoolers (even “for-one-year”) will want to Choose Classical Conversations

There is a lot of uncertainty across the country right now regarding what this next school year will look like, and over these last few months we have fielded a record number of inquiries about Classical Conversations and best homeschooling practices.

Parents across the world are facing the realization that they are uncomfortable sending their child back to the public or private school system and asking the question, “In light of this new world, what is the best option for educating my child at home?” And, “Even if the current shutdown only lasts a few months to a year, is the Classical Conversations model still the best way to prepare my child for success in their future education?”

To that question, we would answer a resounding, “Yes!” Here are 14 reasons new homeschoolers will want to choose Classical Conversations, as well as one reason current homeschoolers should help these new ones be successful.

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What will Classical Conversations Look Like in the Fall?

In roughly two-months’ time, schools will reopen. The big question on every parents’ mind is, “What in the world will that look like, and will it be what is best for my child?”

Depending on your state or city or school, there will be various regulations regarding the enforcement of sanitation, masks, temperature checks, hand-washing, and social distancing. Some schools are implementing rotating schedules, in which, on a single day, half of students come into the classroom while the other half participates online from home, switching roles the following day. Indeed, some schools will remain online entirely. With all these local regulations differing from one another, there is a good deal of confusion and uncertainty floating around.

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4 Tips for a Great Homeschool Kickoff

As this fall approaches, the world is seeing record-breaking interest levels in homeschooling. Many of you are doing this for the first time ever (or know someone who is). Whether you are new to homeschooling and trying to learn how to begin or are a veteran homeschooler who wishes to help a friend, I hope this list of first-day-of-homeschooling inspiration will be just the spark you need!

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Hacks for Homeschooling Elementary-Aged Kids

Over the years, many families have asked us what to do at home with their children ages 3-8. I have two answers to this question. The first is that this is a rich time for parents to restore parts of their own education in preparing to teach their children at home. It’s a good time to dive into the parent resources at classicalconversationsbooks.com. The second answer is to establish the family atmosphere.

Make sure to have a rhythm

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Homeschoolers Running for Elected Office

It is important that we pray for all our elected officials, that we cast informed votes, and that we encourage others to do their civic duty. In one of our recent C12 gatherings of Christian businessmen, we were told that research shows less than 20% of voters show up for state and municipal elections, and only 56% show up for federal elections. Homeschoolers make up roughly 5% of the population, so if all homeschoolers voted in local elections, we would make up an amazing 25% of the voting populace.

We have compiled a list of formerly homeschooled candidates or candidates that are currently homeschooling that are running for office

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How can I homeschool my child with special needs?

One of the greatest parts about homeschooling is that parents, who know their children better than schoolteachers, are able to create a customized educational experience that best suits their child. In particular, for children with special needs, Classical Conversations offers parents the rare opportunity to be incredibly flexible with their children’s education. Hear what advice this experienced homeschool mother offers for parents who are considering homeschooling as an option for their special needs child.

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Is Classical Conversations enough for my child’s education?

According to this homeschool mom, just about. Of course, there are some things that Classical Conversations can’t offer, like a P.E. credit for instance, but overall the curriculum is certainly comprehensive enough for your child to gain an excellent classical education from a Christ-centered worldview. This homeschool mom points out in this short interview that because Classical Conversations teaches children to love learning, it is enough.

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What’s something you learned from homeschooling that you never thought you would?

Homeschooling is rewarding, but the ups and downs of the homeschool journey can provide many hard-earned lessons along the way for both children and parents. The learning is constant. We learn when we ask questions and seek out the answers: from “how do I begin homeschooling?” to “how do I find a support community?” to “how do I gather P.E. credits?” Though the journey offers many valuable lessons along the way, one of the most difficult comes at its end.

In this video, Michele, an experienced homeschool mother from Illinois, shares the experience of her son going off to college, leaving the rest of the family in “almost a period of mourning.”

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How Can I Customize My Family’s Homeschool Education to Fit My Child’s Needs?

Have you ever felt overwhelmed at the idea of checking off every box on your homeschool to-do list? There is hope! As a home educator, you are the teacher, and with that comes the freedom of tailoring your student’s education to be exactly what fits them and your family at any given season of life…

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How Can I Customize Classical Conversations’ Essentials Program?

 Tailoring Classical Conversations Essentials
 Quick Tips:

 Try working through charts verbally, in a conversational manner.

Incorporate physical playtime into the review process.
Ask your student questions about the connections between the charts.
Have your student experiment by giving verbal examples of the grammar concepts that they cover.
Engage in wordplay with your student by joining them in coming up with silly example sentences that use the grammar they are learning.
My experience…

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