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My Classical Conversations Story – Robert Bortins

It was a beautiful, sunny day at Clemson University. I was in my sophomore year and had just dropped off my tuition check at the registrar’s office when I got a phone call from my mom, Leigh Bortins. We all have those moments in life that we remember so vividly. Typically, it’s something really life changing. My mom said, “Robert, your dad is thinking about getting you a car for college. He changed his mind, though, and quit his job. He is going to homeschool your younger brothers, and I am going to try to make Classical Conversations a real business. You’ll have to pay for the rest of college, yourself.” So, I went to the co-op office and asked what jobs they had available for the next semester.

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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:

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.

How do I Homeschool Through High School?

Perhaps you have successfully taught your children through elementary and middle school, but now the time you have been dreading has finally come—high school. Leah Bromen, who had many doubts about whether she would be able to homeschool her children through high school, offers some encouragement for those feeling similarly.

Should I become a Director?

Perhaps you are considering becoming a community Director, yet the prospect of doing so scares you. While you might not think that you have the necessary experience or knowledge to direct a community, you might be surprised. Amanda Butler, a homeschool mom and Classical Conversations Director, believes that Directing is really not all that different from parenting your own children.

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A Director’s Testimony of Successful Homeschool Students

What do our Directors love about their jobs? Most of all, they enjoy watching their students grow into successful, Christian adults who are capable of handling mature responsibilities and defending what they believe. In her time directing, Michelle experienced many such moments of her students going above and beyond her expectations. One of her best memories is of taking her students to defend homeschooling in a forum hosted by the Washington, D.C. government. Check out her incredible story in this video:

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How do you homeschool your high school student?

Teaching kindergarten? Fine. Teaching elementary and middle school? Not easy, but doable. But teaching high school? Let’s be real. You probably think you’ve basically forgotten everything from your own high school years, right? How could you ever teach this level to your own children?

If these questions are swirling around in your head, this homeschool mom has good news for you—the job of a homeschool parent is not so much about providing your high-school students with information; it’s about teaching them how to learn.

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What’s one concern you had going into homeschooling?

Homeschooling scares a lot of newcomers, and understandably so. There is a lot to be concerned about, from wondering how your children will fare in social activities to how they will get their PE credits to whether they will stir up too much trouble from being home all the time.

When they first started homeschooling, this homeschool dad and his wife worried about whether or not their children would develop the ability to thinking critically.

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How do you know you’re doing enough in homeschooling?

“Am I’m doing enough to homeschool my children?” This is a common question, no doubt. Despite the effort invested in their child’s home education, parents often still feel anxious and inadequate. To alleviate the anxiety, this homeschooling mom recommends asking yourself a simple question: does my child love learning for the sake of learning?

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How does Classical Conversations prepare students for bigger challenges?

If you have been familiar with Classical Conversations for even a short while, you’ve likely heard a phrase something along the lines of “equipping students with the tools to learn.” Throughout their education, CC students develop perhaps the most valuable skill anyone can learn—that of learning how to learn. Hear this homeschool dad describe CC preparing his children to undertake seemingly impossible challenges with this acquired skill.

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