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Top Four Things You Can Learn from the Science Fair

Imagine this: an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” The main character: a parent who did a horrible job on her junior high science fair project. Fast-forward to the present day. The plot: the parent is now trapped in an endless cycle of producing science fair projects until she finally gets it right.

In all seriousness, I must confess that I approached the Challenge B science fair project with a mixture of fear and dread. By the time I reached my son’s age, it had already been decided that I was a literature and languages person, not a science person. Even though I found science texts interesting and I made good grades, by age 13, I already wholeheartedly believed in the airtight categories of science people, math people, English people, art people, and so on. Therefore, I did not try very hard to come up with a great project; after all, no one expected me to—not even me.

Join CC‘s Fellowship of the King

There is a scene in The Fellowship of the Ring that totally redefined the word “fellowship” for me. Fellowship is a word that has become so common among church members that it has been watered down to mean almost nothing. If teens are talking outside, but doing nothing, we say, “Well at least they’re fellowshipping.” We have a large empty room called the “fellowship hall” that you can rent for graduation parties. What fellowship meant in The Fellowship of the Ring, however, is something much more profound.

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Why Churches Should Host a CC Community

Why should churches partner with Classical Conversations?

Are you a pastor thinking of hosting a Classical Conversations community at your church? Are you curious about whether a partnership would be a good fit?

Well, to hear why hosting a Classical Conversations community could be a great idea for your church, check out this personal testimony from Brad Steele, a pastor in Alachua, Florida:

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National School Choice Week

Today begins National School Choice Week, Jan. 24-30, the world’s largest education-related public awareness effort. Sponsored by Homeschool Now USA, National School Choice Week has grown from 150 events in 2011 to over 53,000 in 2020, according to Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. Because of COVID-19, Campanella asked participants to plan activities and projects to celebrate National School Choice Week 2021, not plan in-person events.

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Essentials 5th Edition—Coming Soon!

Essentials just keeps getting better! In Spring 2021, we’ll release our first update to the Essentials Guide in over a decade—the Essentials of the English Language Curriculum, Fifth Edition.

We’ve listened and applied extensive feedback from our tutors and parents to create this new edition, which preserves the familiar structure of Essentials with a more approachable design.

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The Secret to Time Management

Have you noticed how hard it is to teach something you do not really know yourself? Many of us struggle with time management ourselves, so how can we hope to teach our children to “do as we say, not as we do?” The good news is, we can learn along with them!

How to Learn a New Language

Perhaps you are familiar with the book Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham.

If you need a refresher, Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is the story of an early American merchant who spends quite a bit of his time at sea. As Bowditch sails around the world selling his wares, he teaches himself various languages. He begins with Latin. After Latin, he teaches himself Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

How does he do it?

6 Tips for Doing Foundations with Your Littles

I am part of a couple of Facebook groups for Classical Conversations families where we share many good ideas, but there are also frustrations vented by those beginning their homeschool journey. I have seen everything from parents saying they were giving it x-number of weeks and then putting their children in public school, to moms of 4-year-olds frustrated that their children won’t sit still for three hours to do memory work for Foundations. Take a deep breath, parents. It will not always go according to plan, but I can assure you, it is all worth it…if you keep pressing on!

Here is some advice from me, a mom who has been there. Please take it cum grano salis—with a grain of salt—and remember that every child and family is a little different. What worked for us can be tweaked to fit your family’s unique needs.

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