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I Survived Mock Trial

For several years, I regarded the coming of Challenge B with fear and trembling because of one thing: Mock Trial. I had never participated in any form of debate during my school years, so it was a vast unknown. (Well, not entirely unknown, but I am not sure my fascination with courtroom dramas on television counts as courtroom experience.) I was not sure I could help my son with Mock Trial in any constructive way. Yet I concealed my fears from him, took a deep breath, and took the plunge.

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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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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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Homeschooling Questions Answered by Founder Leigh Bortins

After years of homeschooling, Leigh Bortins founded Classical Conversations in 1997 to achieve her mission to know God and to make Him known by providing the resources and training for parents to successfully homeschool. What began as a passion for her own children and family quickly resonated with other parents, eventually growing Classical Conversations into the global leader in homeschooling that it is today. Now, with all her own children out of the house and leadership of the company passed to her son Robert, Leigh travels around the world encouraging parents to begin and persevere through the homeschool journey.

In this video, recorded for the 2020 HEAV Homeschooling Conference in Virginia Beach, Leigh addresses several questions about homeschooling and offers advice for parents who want to homeschool but can’t figure out how to start.

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How do I know if my kids are on grade level?

What homeschooling parent hasn’t second-guessed their child’s academic placement? Without a standardized system, it can be overwhelming to decide whether to hold your child back a year or promote him or her to the next grade level. This homeschooling mom provides some encouragement for parents who find themselves in this situation.

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Is Classical Conversations enough for my child’s education?

According to this homeschool mom, just about. Of course, there are some things that Classical Conversations can’t offer, like a P.E. credit for instance. But overall, the curriculum is certainly comprehensive enough for your child to gain an excellent classical education from a Christ-centered worldview. In this short interview, this homeschool mom points out that because Classical Conversations teaches children to love learning, it is enough.

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What did you learn from homeschooling?

Homeschooling is rewarding, but the ups and downs of the homeschool journey can provide many hard-earned lessons along the way for both children and parents. The learning is constant. We learn when we ask questions and seek out the answers: from “how do I begin homeschooling?” to “how do I find a support community?” to “how do I gather P.E. credits?” Though the journey offers many valuable lessons along the way, one of the most difficult comes at its end.

In this video, Michele, an experienced homeschool mom from Illinois, shares the experience of her son going off to college, leaving the rest of the family in “almost a period of mourning.”

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How do you get it all done in a day? (Part 2)

One of the top questions homeschooling parents have is, “How many hours each day should I homeschool my child?” In this post, we want to encourage you that regardless of how many hours you plan to homeschool, failing to actively meet that goal doesn’t mean you’ve failed to educate your child properly.

We recently released a blog with a response to the question, “How do you get it all done in a day?” This is a companion to that post, offering another homeschooling parent’s response to the question. Unsurprisingly, her answer is not much different—that is, you can’t get it all done in a day!

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