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Community, Belonging, and Ministry with CC

A potential and difficult challenge any homeschool mom may face is isolation. I am tempted to personify that term—Isolation, written like a name or proper noun. Make it a character as in John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, like Obstinate, Prudence, Faithful, or Talkative. Their name messages their impact, character, and role with a clear signal if the companion helps or harms Christian on his journey to the Celestial City. Isolation isn't necessarily that forthcoming.

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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.

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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Why did you choose to homeschool in a group?

Despite the stereotype of the socially awkward homeschooler, homeschooling does not have to take place just at home, with family and pets providing the only opportunities for socialization. Homeschooling in a group not only provides social opportunities, it also provides a structure for accountability, assistance, and encouragement. Hear why this homeschool mom decided to join Classical Conversations and homeschool in a community.

Coronavirus and Moving Forward this Fall

In roughly two-months’ time, schools will reopen. The big questions on every parents’ mind are, “What in the world will that look like?" Will it be safe with the coronavirus?"

Depending on your state or city or school, there will be various regulations regarding the enforcement of sanitation, masks, temperature checks, hand-washing, and social distancing. Some schools are implementing rotating schedules, in which, on a single day, half of students come into the classroom while the other half participates online from home, switching roles the following day. Indeed, some schools will remain online entirely. With all these local regulations differing from one another, there is a good deal of confusion and uncertainty floating around.

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.
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