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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How do you get it all done in a day?

See if this sounds familiar: You create extensive to-do lists for yourself and your children of what needs to get done in the day, ensuring sufficient doses of Henle Latin and The Story of the World, only to discover that somehow you miscalculated the inevitable daily distractions. Now, it’s somehow mid-afternoon and your children haven’t done any science or math yet.

If you’re like any other homeschool parent out there, you have likely found yourself in a similar situation. Or, maybe you consistently find yourself in this situation. Don’t worry! You’re not at all alone. In this video, hear a homeschool mom in Tennessee, who is one of many who repeatedly falls short of what she thinks needs to get done in a day, recount her experience.

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How do you get it all done in a day? (Part 2)

One of the top questions homeschooling parents have is, “How many hours each day should I homeschool my child?” In this post, we want to encourage you that regardless of how many hours you plan to homeschool, failing to actively meet that goal doesn’t mean you’ve failed to educate your child properly.

We recently released a blog with a response to the question, “How do you get it all done in a day?” This is a companion to that post, offering another homeschooling parent’s response to the question. Unsurprisingly, her answer is not much different—that is, you can’t get it all done in a day!


A Dad’s Guide to Classical Education – Free PDF

Are you confused about classical education? Are you confused about homeschooling? Are you a current or future homeschool dad who doesn’t want to read lengthy books your wife is asking you to read about home education? We’ve got you covered.

Robert Bortins, CEO of Classical Conversations, has written an easy-to-read summary on everything you need to know about both classical education and homeschooling. Spending 15 minutes reading this booklet may not make you an expert, but it will certainly give you confidence when having a conversation with your wife about the best way to educate your children. Or, at least it will give you the framework for what questions to ask.

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A Message on Recent Events from CC CEO, Robert Bortins

Just as we are emerging from the coronavirus pandemic and have opportunities to come together, we are being torn apart by racial strife and my heart is broken. My prayers go out to all Americans who have experienced marginalization and disenfranchisement because of the color of their skin. This should not be so. We need to move forward together and ensure all Americans, regardless of the color of their skin, are able to fully access the blessings of liberty and all their God-given rights.

Classical education, which Classical Conversations embraces, is based on the idea of finding, teaching, and recognizing truth, goodness, and beauty, which are foundational for justice and grace. A Christian education looks through the lens of these ideas knowing we live in a fallen world and that Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). Community is where we choose to have these conversations, lifting each other up when we fall and “iron sharpening iron” as Proverbs 27:17 tells us. Jesus came to Earth in the flesh and walked among us. In our fallen attempt to model His life, we look at how He lived and now lives and feebly attempt to follow.

As I look at the hurting world around us, I see injustice, pain in my brothers’ and sisters’ eyes, and division, even among believers. Ultimately, this is a sin problem, one that sentences us all to death, one that helped hold our Lord upon the cross, and one He defeated when He rose again from the grave that beautiful Easter morning. Christ defeated sin and death, but that doesn’t mean we no longer have to deal with them. Only with His return, which we eagerly await, will we be forever free. So, even as we await His return, we continue to cry out in anguish at the sin and pain around us.

Imago Dei: God created man in His image (Genesis 1:26). We believe that God created the Heavens and the Earth and created all men in his image. We believe that we are all descended from Adam and Eve—regardless of the color of your skin, we share the same grandmother and grandfather.

The inerrant Word of God says that the Lord flooded the whole Earth, only sparing Noah’s family, so we also share a more recent ancestor. Acts 17:26 confirms, “He made from one man every nation of mankind,” and so we know that racism is not Christian. As Christians, we reject any form of racism because we believe that we are all image bearers and loved by the God who created us. Malachi 2:10 says, “Do we not all have one Father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously each against his brother so as to profane the covenant of our fathers?”

We are committed to loving our neighbor as ourselves, loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and changing the world through a classical, Christian education that brings people together in community and enables us to do hard things together. I mourn with those who mourn—and there are a lot of people mourning now in this world. I urge you to continue to fight for families and for the world to recognize truth, goodness, and beauty as we wait upon the Lord’s return.

Peace be with you,

Robert Bortins
CEO, Classical Conversations

To view Robert’s Facebook Live address from June 1, 2020, where he addresses these topics, CLICK HERE.



As a child, I loved visiting my cousins in the Virginia countryside, especially in the winter months. Our visits included long rambles in the fields and woods surrounding their farmhouse. We waded through tall grasses up to our waists, clearing new paths like Lewis and Clark or the Ingalls family of Little House on the Prairie.


The Gratefulness Campaign

The coronavirus pandemic has caused the entire world to slow to a grinding halt. Sickness, sadness, and loneliness are running rampant in our communities. Schools across the nation have shut their doors; healthcare workers are overwhelmed, and unemployment claims are off the charts. This is a difficult time on so many levels and one that we hope is never repeated, but there has never been a better opportunity to slow down and be grateful for the many blessings in our lives. Let’s spread some positivity by sharing our gratefulness stories!



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