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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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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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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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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. In this short interview, this homeschool mom points out that because Classical Conversations teaches children to love learning, it is enough.

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What did you learn from homeschooling?

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 mom from Illinois, shares the experience of her son going off to college, leaving the rest of the family in “almost a period of mourning.”

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…

How Can I Customize the 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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