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The Education of Washington and Lincoln

President George Washington was born on Feb. 22, 1732. President Abraham Lincoln was also a February baby, born Feb. 12, 1809. We now celebrate their lives—and those of our other presidents—on Presidents Day, the third Monday each February.

Ask any American the names of the two greatest U.S. presidents, and more than likely you will receive the same answer: Washington and Lincoln.

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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:

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.

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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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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Lessons on Classical Learning from Google

Many parents in America and throughout the rest of the world believe that the key to career success for their children is a steady focus on the hard sciences: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—STEM. Now, research coming from one of the world’s most STEM-centric corporations—Google—is indicating that “soft”’ skills may be every bit as important to the success of an employee.

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Classical Homeschool Curriculum

Subjects deemed classical are worthy of more time, more study, more engagement and more consideration. This is especially true regarding classical education. A classical homeschool curriculum teaches grammar, dialectic and rhetoric through a Christian worldview—and uses an educational approach ideally suited to a child’s natural learning style.

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