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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.

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.

Sep 24, 2019

In this final episode of our series, Marc Hays, Lisa Bailey, and Jennifer Courtney discuss the last parts of Chapter 8 and the Epilogue. They discuss how a classical, Christian education depends upon divine assistance for understanding and how it leads us to the person of Truth with a capital T. Together, they celebrate a deeper understanding of students as image-bearers and the truth that all of us will be changed through classical, Christian paideia—students and parents!

Sep 24, 2019

Join Jennifer Courtney, Kelli Wilt, and Lisa Bailey as they continue to discuss the value of Core Habits for our families.  Today they will delve into the beauty of the habit of Attending! Learn how to cultivate this natural habit with your children of all ages, attending with joy to the world God has created and celebrating both God’s goodness and our relationships.

Sep 17, 2019

In this episode, join Lisa Bailey, Kelli Wilt and Jennifer Courtney as they discuss the core habit of naming. They will define naming and discuss how naming is a tool of learning for everyone from preschoolers to parents. Learn how naming allows us to communicate more and more complex ideas and truths to others so that we can truly be a community of learners. Get practical tips for how to foster this core habit at home. Learn how naming encourages conversations that allow us to wrestle with big ideas. 

Sep 5, 2019

Join Lisa Bailey and Marc Hays as they discuss analogies, curriculum development, frog dissection, and epic sonnets. Marc is the author of the new resource, Analogies For All of Us, which is being used in the Reasoning Strand of Challenge A this semester.

Aug 21, 2019

 Join thinkers and readers Jennifer Courtney....as they continue to discuss David Hick's Norms and Nobility, Chapter 8 Part 3. In section IV, they wrestle with the modern outcome of "values free education", one that Hicks declares to be both false and dangerous.  Follow our lively bunch as they ponder the beauty and necessity of teaching responsibility along with information.

Aug 13, 2019

Have you ever pondered the benefits of Foundations and Essentials, both the obvious and the not-so-obvious?  Join Foundations parent Marc Hays, parent and Director Jaime Hays, and former student/current Challenge Director Stephanie Meter as they discuss what makes these programs winners in the short AND long run!!

Aug 6, 2019

Are classical education and Christian education opposed to one another? Join Lisa Bailey, Jennifer Courtney, Marc Hays, and Daniel Shirley as they explore how Christianity actually fulfills the classical quest to unite knowledge and responsibility. They visit the age-old question “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” Listen in as they compare Greek tragedy and sin. Learn how Christianity allowed optimism about education.

Jul 30, 2019

In Chapter 8, David Hicks looks at “The Promise of Christian Paideia.” In this chapter, his discussion of classical education shifts from the ancient Greeks to the era of Christian education. In this episode, our panelists consider sections 1 and 2 in which Hicks outlines the problems of classical pagan education and looks at how Christ provides the answer to those problems.

Jul 23, 2019

Why does anyone in a democracy need a classical education anyway? In this episode, Marc Hays, Lisa Bailey, and Jennifer Courtney finish up their discussion of Chapter 7. They consider four objectives of a classical education in a democracy and apply those ideas to our efforts to reclaim classical, Christian home education.

Jul 16, 2019

In this episode, our panelists ask some really important questions about classical education. Is classical education elitist or is it for everyone? Is classical education a good form of education for a modern, technologically advanced society? Is classical education a good form of education for democracy? Listen in as they explore these questions and be inspired to give your children a royal education with plenty of truth, goodness, and beauty as they seek to become more like Christ.

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