Happy Mother's Day from CC!

To all the homeschool moms out there, we at Classical Conversations wish you a Happy Mother’s Day! We hope it’s filled with much-deserved rest and, of course, with loved-ones and family.

You have spent the past year teaching your children to recognize truth, beauty, and goodness. You have encouraged them to love learning and follow their interests. And you have set for them an example for what it means to know Him and to make Him known.

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An Easter Message From CEO Robert Bortins

Think back a year to last Easter. To say these 12 months have been difficult is an understatement. People have experienced tragedy like never before. Depression, anxiety, and loneliness are the norm for many worldwide, causing some to seek any sort of escape just to make the days bearable. Even the most faithful of Christians can understandably have moments of doubt during these times, moments of questioning.

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The Power of Community - Not What You Think

Someone recently asked me to weigh in on their “be part of a local community” or “do Classical Conversations at home” dilemma. As I began to gather my thoughts, identify my best examples, and marshal my arguments, I realized that for me, the jury is not still out. I am wholly sold to the power of community! But, as I continued to think about the subject, I realized that the primary power of community is not what I once thought.

How to Learn a New Language

Perhaps you are familiar with the book Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham.

If you need a refresher, Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is the story of an early American merchant who spends quite a bit of his time at sea. As Bowditch sails around the world selling his wares, he teaches himself various languages. He begins with Latin. After Latin, he teaches himself Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

How does he do it?

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.

Some Advice for a New School Year

You are the best teacher for your child!

The new school year brings many new things. Among these are new families and new students who have joined Classical Conversations communities around the world. For many of these new families, homeschooling moms and dads are experiencing new emotions: fear, excitement, being overwhelmed, or perhaps feeling under-appreciated. The truth is you are not alone. Many of us (homeschooling fathers like me, homeschooling mothers, veteran homeschoolers, newbie homeschoolers, and tutors) experience these emotions at one time or another. For many of us, they drive us to fall back on one singular tactic: imitation.

Things to do With Your Foundations Student

As my daughter approaches the transition from Foundations/Essentials to Challenge A, I often find myself reflecting on the time we spent together throughout her younger years. Like every parent, I smile remembering the things we did well, but also have a few things I know we could have done better. My goal is not to throw a pity party, but rather to inspire you to try the things in your homeschool that I didn’t do with her.

Can a Homeschool Graduate Find Success?

 

A concern parents often have when considering homeschooling is whether their children will achieve success later in life. The answer—yes, homeschoolers are typically very successful. Just search “are homeschoolers successful” online and you’ll find accounts of homeschooled students scoring above average on standardized test scores and achieving a college graduation rate higher than that of their peers. Homeschool mom Leah Bromen reassures that homeschoolers do indeed find success, recalling her own children and their peers pursuing academic, professional, and personal interests.

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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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