CC Founder Leigh Bortins

Homeschooling Questions Answered by Founder Leigh Bortins

After years of homeschooling, Leigh Bortins founded Classical Conversations in 1997 to achieve her mission to know God and to make Him known by providing the resources and training for parents to successfully homeschool. What began as a passion for her own children and family quickly resonated with other parents, eventually growing Classical Conversations into the global leader in homeschooling that it is today. Now, with all her own children out of the house and leadership of the company passed to her son Robert, Leigh travels around the world encouraging parents to begin and persevere through the homeschool journey.

In this video, recorded for the 2020 HEAV Homeschooling Conference in Virginia Beach, Leigh addresses several questions about homeschooling and offers advice for parents who want to homeschool but can’t figure out how to start.

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Are you afraid of not doing enough to homeschool?

Most homeschooling parents wonder whether they are doing enough to educate their children. If you have a similar concern, it might help to know that you’re not the only one! Listen to this homeschool mom’s perspective on the often-overwhelming feeling that she is not doing enough to homeschool.

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Why did you choose to homeschool in a group?

Despite the stereotype of the socially awkward homeschooler, homeschooling does not have to take place just at home, with family and pets providing the only opportunities for socialization. Homeschooling in a group not only provides social opportunities, it also provides a structure for accountability, assistance, and encouragement. Hear why this homeschool mom decided to join Classical Conversations and homeschool in a community.

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How do you schedule your day as a homeschool parent?

One of the more stressful responsibilities of a homeschool parent, especially for those with more than one child, is creating a schedule that works for the children while still allowing mom and dad to accomplish their own tasks. This homeschool mom offers a solution to scheduling her days—the older Challenge students can handle themselves.

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How do I know if my kids are on grade level?

What homeschooling parent hasn’t second-guessed their child’s academic placement? Without a standardized system, it can be overwhelming to decide whether to hold your child back a year or promote him or her to the next grade level. This homeschooling mom provides some encouragement for parents who find themselves in this situation.

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Becoming a Great Teacher

One of the obvious, but often overlooked, fundamentals of homeschooling is that once you decide to homeschool, you become a teacher. Most of us begin by thinking that in order to give our children the best education we need to buy the best curricula. However, in all your years of education, did you ever think to yourself, “I love biology because of that great curriculum!” or “I love writing because of that great writing guide!” Chances are, we were never even aware of a curriculum. We loved a subject because of a teacher who inspired us. Chances are, it was a teacher who really loved the subject, brought it to life, and included you in his or her excitement. Also, the teacher may have really liked you, but that part is easy to replicate at home—we already like our students. One might say we love them enough to give our lives for them. In deciding to homeschool you’ve already done that part.

Today, I want to challenge you to change your thinking slightly. Choosing a good curriculum is important, but it’s only a small step.* The big step is to become the very best teacher you can be.

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How do you get it all done in a day? (Part 3)

Ema Lopez, like so many other homeschooling parents, can never quite get it all done on her daily to-do list. That’s understandable! There’s so much to balance, especially for those who have several children each at a different academic level. But Ema realizes that there are far more important things than checking off each task every day. See what she has to say in this short video:

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4 Tips for a Great Homeschool Year 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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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 mom offers for parents who are considering homeschooling as an option for their special needs child.

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