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My Classical Conversations Story – Robert Bortins

It was a beautiful, sunny day at Clemson University. I was in my sophomore year and had just dropped off my tuition check at the registrar’s office when I got a phone call from my mom, Leigh Bortins. We all have those moments in life that we remember so vividly. Typically, it’s something really life changing. My mom said, “Robert, your dad is thinking about getting you a car for college. He changed his mind, though, and quit his job. He is going to homeschool your younger brothers, and I am going to try to make Classical Conversations a real business. You’ll have to pay for the rest of college, yourself.” So, I went to the co-op office and asked what jobs they had available for the next semester.

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How Challenge Challenged Me as a Student

The Challenge program is so named because it makes students accomplish difficult things. It is not easy. If you’re wondering whether or not the Challenge program is right for you or your student, perhaps this personal testimony from one of our very own Challenge students might clarify your decision.

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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Trace, Draw, Copy—Becoming a Math Person the Naturals Way!

Earlier this spring, a small group of CC tutors gathered with Leigh Bortins, CC’s founder and developer of The Math Map, and Kirsty Gilpin, the lead mathematician for this K-12 math curriculum currently under development. For several days, this group made personal connections, shared table fellowship, laughed, worked, and engaged in math conversations with one another. Their struggles, enjoyment, and study highlighted four ideas, and CC is responding with an invitation.

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Happy Father’s Day, Men!

Happy Father’s Day, men! Today is the day you get to kick back and relax, maybe enjoy a steak with family and watch some golf. Whatever your favorite pastime may be, I hope you’re to rest, recreate, and celebrate. I realize reading an email from the CEO of Classical Conversations probably wasn’t high on your list of things to do this weekend, so let me get right to the point.

Explorers Digital Camp 2021: Save 10%!

Last year, we released our first Explorers Digital Camp, a series of engaging online videos and fun activities families could enjoy together while sheltering in place from the pandemic. This year, thanks to more time available for planning, we produced a brand-new series of Explorers Digital Camp videos and resource packets to release beginning June 2.

Happy Mother’s Day from CC!

To all the homeschool moms out there, we at Classical Conversations wish you a Happy Mother’s Day! We hope it’s filled with much-deserved rest and, of course, with loved-ones and family.

You have spent the past year teaching your children to recognize truth, beauty, and goodness. You have encouraged them to love learning and follow their interests. And you have set for them an example for what it means to know Him and to make Him known.

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