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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.

Apr 14, 2020

Eager to know about the NEW Story Craft Camp for Practicum 2020? Check out this conversation between developers Stephanie Meter and Lisa Bailey; they’ll share their own excitement about stories, as well as how this camp will introduce your campers to some pivotal aspects of good storytelling.  Find out what your campers will see, do, learn, and bring home from this newest CC Practicum Camp.

Mar 31, 2020

In this episode of the “Moving On Up” series, join Lisa Bailey, Holly Morales, and Sarah Pederson as they talk about the Essentials program. Discover how this English grammar, writing, and math practice program provides encouragement, support, and fun for students AND parents within community each week.  Covered ideas:  parents as learners, scalability of material, and foundations for future language learning.

Mar 24, 2020

Looking into the Foundations Program for your children 12 years old and younger?  Join Lisa Bailey, Jennifer Courtney, and Holly Morales as they discuss the beauty of the Foundations Program as a fun way to build a foundation for knowledge, as a community for parents eager to reclaim their own educations, and as a delightful way for children to have some hands-on fun while learning to better love their neighbors!  This is a community-based program that truly resonates with the way your children love to learn; find out how to get started today!

Mar 17, 2020

Catch this new series, “Moving On Up!”, designed to highlight Classical Conversations’ offerings for the whole family.  In this first episode, join host Lisa Bailey and guests Holly Morales and Jennifer Courtney as they uncover the gems in the Scribblers At-Home Collection, designed for your little treasures ages 3-8.   Listen in as these homeschooling veterans discuss the gentle ways to begin learning as a family.

Mar 10, 2020

In this final episode Marc Hays and Daniel Shirley reflect on C.S. Lewis’s total argument and explore whether or not our future is a hopeful one.

Mar 3, 2020

Join Marc Hays and Daniel Shirley as they review the second essay and begin the third essay of The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis.

Feb 25, 2020

Marc Hays and Daniel Shirley continue their conversation about The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis. Covering the first half of the second essay "The Way", Marc and Daniel discuss Lewis's "Innovators" and the "Tao".

Feb 18, 2020

In this first episode of a four-part series, Marc Hays and Daniel Shirley delve into the first Essay of C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man discussing ideas like the head, heart, and appetites and what it means to inculcate proper sentiment in students.

Feb 11, 2020

Join Daniel Shirley and Heather Shirley as they discuss the Parent Resources on pages 68-69 of the 2020 Classical Conversations Catalog. Learn how each of these well-chosen books can inform and enrich parents’ homeschool journey across each Classical Conversations program from Scribblers through Challenge IV and beyond.

Feb 4, 2020

Just how important is the canon of Delivery?  What are the elements that will help us move an audience?  How can we help our students overcome a possible reluctance to present?  If you’ve wondered about these questions, or even if you just want to finish out the Five Canons podcast, join Lisa Bailey, Jennifer Courtney, and Brittany Lewis as they talk about  sharpening the skills of Delivery with all our children.

Jan 28, 2020

Is the Canon of Memory more than just memorizing a speech?  Join podcasters Lisa Bailey, Jennifer Courtney, and Brittany Lewis as they probe this canon more deeply!  You’ll discover that Memory blesses as it allow students to focus on their audience, distill their message, and revive their confidence.  Find out how the canon of Memory can be practiced by students of every age, and enjoyed by families as they read together, share stories, learn hymns, and memorize scripture.

Jan 21, 2020

If you are ready to explore ways to be memorable and moving with your communication, join Lisa Bailey, Jennifer Courtney, and Brittany Lewis as they think about the canon of Elocution.  Discover how the style of our communication should be governed by both the subject material and our audience, and get some practical ideas for incorporating elocution into all your lessons with all your students.

Jan 14, 2020

In the second of our podcasts on the Five Canons of Rhetoric, our team discusses “Arrangement” and how this canon leads us to organize our thoughts, to love our neighbor, and to become clearer thinkers.  With insights gleaned from years of leading students and children, Jennifer Courtney, Brittany Lewis, and Lisa Bailey examine how to use Arrangement across all subject strands to grow our understanding.  Listen, and learn how Arrangement helps us communicate effectively and think deeply.

Jan 6, 2020

As classical, Christian educators, we are interested in finding the truth and communicating that truth well!  An ancient tool can help us achieve that goal; join Lisa Bailey, Brittany Lewis, and Jennifer Courtney as they begin to explore the 5 Canons of Rhetoric in this podcast on the canon of Invention.  You’ll be encouraged as these veteran homeschoolers share how Invention can help your student overcome the “tyranny of the blank page” when thinking and writing about a new idea, and how Invention can help us all become more gracious communicators.

Dec 16, 2019

We hope you enjoy the final episode of a three-part series on the topic of "Advent." We hope you enjoy Part 3 as we discuss a variety of topics surrounding advent and anticipation. 

Dec 9, 2019

We hope you enjoy episode 2 of part of a three-part series on the topic of "Advent." We hope you enjoy Part 2 as we discuss a variety of topics surrounding advent and memory. 

Dec 2, 2019

This is the first part of a three-part series on the topic of "Assessment." We hope you enjoy Part 1 "Advent Assessment" as we discuss a variety of topics surrounding assessment during the current season. 

 

Nov 19, 2019

In this final episode of the series “The Five Common Topics”, Lisa Bailey, Leslie Hubbard, and Stephanie Meter share how a consideration of Testimony helps seekers pursue Truth.  They show that Testimony (including authorities, testimonials, statistics, maxims, laws, and precepts!) helps us wrestle with ideas, stimulate conversations, and gain wisdom.  Join these friends and discover how to wield this tool well with your own learners!

Nov 12, 2019

Are you looking for a tool to help you dig a little deeper in literature, history, or science?  Maybe you want to guide your student to understand others more compassionately, or perhaps you are trying to encourage your students to keep thinking when they believe they’re done!  The Common Topic of Circumstance can help you with that! Join Lisa Bailey,  Leslie Hubbard and Stephanie Meter as they continue to think about the Five Common Topics, and how these ancient tools help us pursue understanding with our students today.  Find out how to use simple questions to “connect the dots” and learn to think more deeply.

Nov 5, 2019

This episode of The Everyday Educator Podcast examines the topic of Relationship, and proves just how exciting the Five Common Topics can be! Join guests Leslie Hubbard and Stephanie Meter as they explore how this topic can be used from Foundations through Challenge, in math, Latin, timeline, history, science, and Bible study.  Host Lisa Bailey guides the discussion on how valuable it is to make connections, build relationships, and wrestle with big ideas, and helps us see how connecting actions and consequences through a consideration of relationship blesses our children for life.

Oct 29, 2019

On this episode of the Everyday Educator Podcast, host Lisa Bailey asks guests Leslie Hubbard and Stephanie Meter to consider the topic of Comparison.  Listen as they reveal Comparison as an “all-purpose tool”, one useful for integrating new ideas with familiar information, for starting absorbing conversations, and even for getting acquainted with new people!  You’ll discover how natural this classical tool is, and how it easy it is to use with all ages, and in practically all situations.  As Leslie says, “When in doubt, compare!” 

Oct 22, 2019

Join host Lisa Bailey and guests Leslie Hubbard and Stephanie Meter for this Everyday Educator podcast exploring the tool of Definition. Discover just how “common” a topic definition truly IS, and how it can lead to deeper, richer explorations and conversations with your family.  These ladies give great examples of how defining a term begins the learning process, and how the student actively participates in the learning when the right questions are posed.  This first in a series on the Five Common Topics gives Everyday Educators encouragement and ideas on how to use the tool of Definition. Definitely DO try this at home!

Oct 15, 2019

Join Lisa Bailey, Jennifer Courtney, and Kelli Wilt as they finish the series on the Five Core Habits by waxing eloquent on the Habit of Storytelling! Listen as they discuss the ways to encourage beginning storytelling, and how to coax reluctant story tellers to join the fun.  These experienced moms will even help you see how storytelling sharpens skills your older kids will need to thrive and grow.  You’ll gain some great insights, and pick up some tips you can use to make storytelling a more everyday part of your homeschool.

Oct 9, 2019

Join host Lisa Bailey and guests Jennifer Courtney and Kelli Wilt as they consider the habit of Expressing.  You’ll be encouraged to see expressing as worship, to celebrate expressing as communication of joy in learning, and to be brave in expressing your own thoughts about what you are learning.  The testimony of these experienced moms will hearten you as you ponder all the ways children express their learning in their own time.

Oct 8, 2019

In the latest installment in “The Tools” series, join Lisa Bailey, Jennifer Courtney, and Kelli Wilt as they discuss the habit of Memorizing. Everyday Educators will be encouraged to practice this tool with our littles without stressing out!  The beauty of this habit is found in enjoying the time spent memorizing alongside our children, building a shared body of knowledge that we can take out and discuss at will in our families—and in our communities!  In fact, one of the best things about memorizing is that it can draw us together.  Your podcast buddies will think about laying a foundation for later thinking, allowing children to choose their mode of memorizing, and creating a “library of the mind” as they share a conversation about the habit of memorizing.

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