Father's Day Blog

Happy Father's Day, Men!

Happy Father’s Day, men! Today is the day you get to kick back and relax, maybe enjoy a steak with family and watch some golf. Whatever your favorite pastime may be, I hope you’re to rest, recreate, and celebrate. I realize reading an email from the CEO of Classical Conversations probably wasn’t high on your list of things to do this weekend, so let me get right to the point.

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Top Four Things You Can Learn from the Science Fair

Imagine this: an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” The main character: a parent who did a horrible job on her junior high science fair project. Fast-forward to the present day. The plot: the parent is now trapped in an endless cycle of producing science fair projects until she finally gets it right.

In all seriousness, I must confess that I approached the Challenge B science fair project with a mixture of fear and dread. By the time I reached my son’s age, it had already been decided that I was a literature and languages person, not a science person. Even though I found science texts interesting and I made good grades, by age 13, I already wholeheartedly believed in the airtight categories of science people, math people, English people, art people, and so on. Therefore, I did not try very hard to come up with a great project; after all, no one expected me to—not even me.

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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:

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National School Choice Week

Today begins National School Choice Week, Jan. 24-30, the world’s largest education-related public awareness effort. Sponsored by Homeschool Now USA, National School Choice Week has grown from 150 events in 2011 to over 53,000 in 2020, according to Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. Because of COVID-19, Campanella asked participants to plan activities and projects to celebrate National School Choice Week 2021, not plan in-person events.

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.

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Homeschool Christmas Wish List

Homeschoolers are a unique breed, there’s no doubt. We look like everyone else, and we look like no one else. In many ways, the homeschool family already has it all… we have each other. Nevertheless, we still enjoy Christmas and gift-giving as much as or more than everyone else. Particularly when we know the reason for the season.

For all the homeschoolers out there, here is a suggested Christmas Wish List with retail prices and outlets. Most of these are intended to be humorous, so don’t take them too seriously.

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CC Christmas Shopping List

It’s December, which means nearly everyone is counting down the days until Christmas. Have you finished Christmas shopping for your favorite homeschool student or mom? How about a grandparent? Are you looking for a unique gift for someone who isn’t involved in Classical Conversations or even homeschooling? Well, here is a Christmas list of a dozen gift ideas you probably haven’t thought of.

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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