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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.

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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Finding Meaningful Work as a CC Director

Fresh out of college, brimming with life purpose and dogged by student loans, I took a job. My student loans, although modest by any standard, were a responsibility I carried seriously. Their weight meant I was hungry for a paycheck. Meaningful work was the last thing on my mind—I just needed a job. With the full support of my college’s career services department, I started pounding the pavement, sending out resumes, optimistically expecting a “good” job would materialize. 

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An Easter Message From CEO Robert Bortins

Think back a year to last Easter. To say these 12 months have been difficult is an understatement. People have experienced tragedy like never before. Depression, anxiety, and loneliness are the norm for many worldwide, causing some to seek any sort of escape just to make the days bearable. Even the most faithful of Christians can understandably have moments of doubt during these times, moments of questioning.

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.

Some Advice for a New School Year

You are the best teacher for your child!

The new school year brings many new things. Among these are new families and new students who have joined Classical Conversations communities around the world. For many of these new families, homeschooling moms and dads are experiencing new emotions: fear, excitement, being overwhelmed, or perhaps feeling under-appreciated. The truth is you are not alone. Many of us (homeschooling fathers like me, homeschooling mothers, veteran homeschoolers, newbie homeschoolers, and tutors) experience these emotions at one time or another. For many of us, they drive us to fall back on one singular tactic: imitation.

Will I Mess Up my Children by Homeschooling Them?

 

Whether you are just considering homeschooling or have been homeschooling for several years, wondering whether you will mess up your child has likely crossed your mind at some point. It’s a reasonable concern. Assuming the responsibility for your child’s education is undoubtedly overwhelming, with worries that your mistakes might damage your child’s development. But despite the stress that comes with taking on this responsibility, there are upsides to it as well. Leah Bromen, a homeschool mom, offers some encouragement for those with these and similar worries.

Things to do With Your Foundations Student

As my daughter approaches the transition from Foundations/Essentials to Challenge A, I often find myself reflecting on the time we spent together throughout her younger years. Like every parent, I smile remembering the things we did well, but also have a few things I know we could have done better. My goal is not to throw a pity party, but rather to inspire you to try the things in your homeschool that I didn’t do with her.

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