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Classical Conversations Podcast

Classical Conversations supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families. We believe there are three keys to a great education: classical, Christian, and Community.
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Classical Conversations supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families. We believe there are three keys to a great education: classical, Christian, and Community.

Jun 26, 2019

In this episode, we move away from the aims of classical education to the method of classical education. Panelists Lisa Bailey, Jennifer Courtney, and Marc Hays explore questions like “What is dialectic?” “What is the relationship between dialectic and conscience?” and “What can we learn from Socratic dialogue?”

Jun 18, 2019

This podcast covers chapter 5, section 5 to the end of the chapter. In this episode, Lisa, Jennifer, and Marc ask and attempt to answer the questions: “Why did modern educators walk away from the classical education tradition?” and “What were the consequences of that decision?” They conclude by thinking about how we can teach science in a classical, normative way.

May 28, 2019

Join your Norms and Nobility fellow-readers as they discuss the question of why the ancients seemed to mistrust scientific inquiry. We'll explore the idea that the ancients were wary of giving the "answers" science provided too much power; instead, they wanted ideology to first provide the unifying vision for discoveries and technology, so that students might be saved from "chaos" and moved to just courses of action.

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May 22, 2019

Join your Norms & Nobility friends as they discuss part 3 of chapter 5! The crew explores the idea that mathematics bridges the gap between ancients' focus on the ideal types and the moderns' focus on the utility of harnessing nature for man's own ends. The ancients found that math could explain the immanent forms of matter (the "perfect forms" undergirding reality), and that helped them make peace with their observations of the "irrational" concrete universe.

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May 17, 2019

Join Jennifer Courtney, Marc Hays, Daniel Shirley, and Lisa Bailey as they discuss the results of modern science's emphasis on things that can be empirically measured in the material world while discounting and ignoring the immaterial world.

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May 14, 2019

Join Jennifer Courtney and Lisa Bailey as they discuss the reasons for starting the valuable practice of reading aloud to your children.
Also, get a brief glimpse of Old World Echoes, a hand-picked collection old classic tales of awe and wonder from around the world.

Perfect for Cycle 2 read aloud time!

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May 7, 2019

Join Lisa Bailey, Jennifer Courtney, Marc Hays and Daniel Shirley as they explore Chapter 5 of Norms and Nobility. It’s all about science. In this episode, our panelists discuss the differences between how ancient, classical thinkers approach science and how modern thinkers approach science. Along the way, they examine questions like “What about technology?” and “Does the study of science help my students think more about the Ideal Type?

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Apr 30, 2019

In this episode Jennifer Courtney, Marc Hays, Lisa Bailey, and Daniel Shirley wrap up Chapter 4 of Norms and Nobility with a discussion about the efficiency in education.

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Apr 23, 2019

In this episode Jennifer Courtney, Marc Hays, and Daniel Shirley discuss and define the "tyrannizing image" encountering questions like, "What is the use of poetry?" "How do we teach without boring our students?"

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Apr 16, 2019

In this episode Marc Hays and Daniel Shirley discuss the final section of Norms and Nobility Chapter 3. They discuss questions like, "How can we learn without encountering what we don't know?" and "What does friendship between parents as teachers and their children as students look like?

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Apr 8, 2019

Daniel Shirley and Marc Hays continue the conversation about Norms and Nobility delving into the question, "How do we keep healthy tension between having all the answers and being curious about the world around us?

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Apr 3, 2019

In this episode Daniel Shirley and Marc Hays discuss David Hicks’ Norms and Nobility Chapter 2 on the necessity of story and of messy friendship within classical Christian education.


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Mar 27, 2019

Join Jennifer Courtney, Marc Hays, and Daniel Shirley for this ongoing discussion of David Hicks’ book Norms & Nobility. In this episode, they look at HOW to teach virtue and define some key terms in the book like “logos” and “mythos.” They discuss questions like “what’s the relationship between words and meaning in the universe?” big questions like “What is virtue?” and “Can virtue be taught?” Along the way, gather some tips for reading and highlighting well and for teaching virtues in your own homeschool.

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Mar 18, 2019

Join Jennifer Courtney, Marc Hays, and Daniel Shirley for this ongoing discussion of David Hicks’ book Norms & Nobility. In this episode, they discuss big questions like “What is virtue?” and “Can virtue be taught?” This is the perfect episode for families and directors of Challenge II-IV students. Along the way, gather some tips for reading and highlighting well and for teaching virtues in your own homeschool.

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Mar 11, 2019

Join Jennifer Courtney, Marc Hays, and Daniel Shirley for a discussion of David Hicks’ Norms & Nobility. In this episode, the panelists tackle questions like “What is classical education? What is the purpose of education? and What is the theoretic life?” Get tips on reading and marking up your copy of the book as well as ways to apply these ideas in your own homeschool.

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Mar 6, 2019

Join Jennifer Courtney, Lisa Bailey, and Jamie Hays as they discuss the valuable topic of the why and how of schedules, specifically what works and what does not.

Feb 21, 2019

Jennifer Courtney, Lisa Bailey, and Marc Hays share their experiences as first time parents. They discuss their expectations, anticipations and assumptions, as well as how realizing that though reality often failed to meet expectations, maturing alongside their firstborn didn't mean they had failed as parents, but meant accepting that His mercies are new everyday.

Feb 13, 2019

Jennifer Courtney, Lisa Bailey, and Jamie Hays share some of their journey as homeschooling mothers through classical education, remembering the enjoyable moments and the tough times. 

Jan 29, 2019

Leigh Bortins and Jennifer Courtney discuss the development of a child's ability to read beginning with pre-reading skills, the phonics stage, middle school, high school, and beyond Challenge IV. 

Jan 25, 2019

In this Episode of the Leigh Bortins Show, Leigh speaks with Chris, Tobin, Jeremiah and William, about movies, and the Christian entertainment industry. From, horror to fantasy – they dissect the goals of cinema, as both an art form and a rhetorical device. Listen to them model tools of conversations, this week – On Movies and Films.

Jan 23, 2019

Do you want to incorporate fine arts into your home education but don't know how? Join veteran home educators Lisa Bailey, Jennifer Courtney, and Jamie Hays as they discuss painting, poetry, music, dance, sports, and even home economics. Gather some fresh ideas for enjoying these arts with your family.

Jan 9, 2019

In this series, we are discussing the book The Core by Leigh Bortins a chapter at a time. This episode features on the three big ideas you need to know as you learn to love math and as you teach math to your children. 

Jan 8, 2019

Listen in on this discussion of science for students ages 4-12. Learn how to inspire wonder in your children and how to teach them to use their five senses while observing God's world. Science helps us to know God through His world. As we marvel at the beauty and order, we will worship Him.

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