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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 15, 2021

Think studying Latin doesn’t sound much like a celebration of summer?  Think again!  Listen to these inviting suggestions for incorporating a little Latin learning into your summer celebrating and discover how to strengthen the skills that will make learning languages easier as your kids grow.  Playing games, solving puzzles, dressing up, reading stories-even some Latin ideas to incorporate into vacation travel!  Guest Denise Moore is a fountain of enthusiasm and good ideas!

Jun 8, 2021

You have what seem to be competing goals:  extend and build on the math skills your kids acquired during the year AND have a restful, fun-filled summer break; is there a resolution?  Of course!  On this week’s Everyday Educator podcast, Kelli Wilt and Lisa Bailey brainstorm some easy ways to incorporate math skills into the fun you have with your family:  building projects, cooking experiments, small business opportunities, and other “as you go” suggestions for creating memories as you play with numbers together.

Jun 1, 2021

Did you know that ants have cows?  Really! I learned all about it from listening to Stephanie Meter talk about our new Copper Lodge Library selection Exploring Insects with Uncle Paul! If you want to discover more about this read-aloud resource, listen to this week’s Everyday Educator podcast; you’ll be reminded about using read alouds to start your morning off well, and how easy it is to explore creation when you pique the curiosity of your kids.  Stephanie introduces both Uncle Paul and the new Kings of Rome volume, and helps us see why stories of all kinds fuel our imaginations, build family relationships and encourage wonder.  Find new material for your morning baskets and prepare for Cycle 1 at the same time!

May 25, 2021

Are you looking for fun, creative ways to bring more reading into your summer?  Or maybe you’re pondering ways to bring the words you read to life, to do something with what your family is reading?  Listen in this week as guest Chelly Barnard offers up some awesome ideas for building activity into reading, and for building relationships as you read together this summer.

May 18, 2021

As you and your family ease into summer, keep in mind that these long days offer lots of opportunities to “play with intention” and enjoy family fun while preparing for lifelong learning.  Listen in this week as Jennifer Courtney and Lisa Bailey reminisce about play that promotes important pre-reading skills, the fun and utility of phonics, and the possibility that summer is made for simple self-education for us parents.

May 11, 2021

Are you looking for a new way to “celebrate summer” as a family?  Have you ever considered…camping?  Listen in as Heatherly Sylvia shares her family’s love of camping, and gives us all some ideas of how traveling around as a family builds bonds that last.  Even if you can’t get out and go this summer, Heatherly will bless you with some ideas that will generate excitement and draw your family together.

May 4, 2021

Summer gives us time to enjoy family traditions as well as embrace summer surprises!  If you are looking for ways to make every day a celebration, tune in to this episode of the Everyday Educator and grab one some suggestions from Amy Jones.  Amy shares practical ways to pray, play, read, explore, and serve with your family, building a family culture that will make this summer truly special.

Apr 27, 2021

Summer is almost here, and your family is likely ready to celebrate!  On this edition of the Everyday Educator Podcast, Delise Germond and Chelly Barnard regale our host with ideas that draw families together, celebrate simple pleasures, and build lasting memories.  Listen in for some new ideas that will make doing life together feel fresh and celebratory this summer.

Apr 20, 2021

Looking for a way to “celebrate summer” with your family this year?  Become Explorers!  On this episode of the Everyday Educator Podcast,  Jeremiah Wentz and Delise Germond introduce us to CC’s Explorers Camp, and help us see how exploring is really about learning to love the world around you as you find your place in it.  You’ll hear about what to expect, how to prepare, where to register, and when to get started.  (hint:  go to classicalconversations/explorers and enter code EE10 to get 10% off!)  Join us this summer:  there is so much “new” still to be discovered!

Apr 15, 2021

In this episode, Daniel Shirley, homeschool graduate and Challenge IV tutor, talks with long-time homeschooling moms and CC leaders: Amanda Butler, Academic Director, and Heather Shirley, Academic Officer, about new training opportunities for licensed directors and tutors. If you liked what you heard about how CC trains homeschooling parents, consider becoming a CC tutor. Visit classicalconversations.com and click on “contact a local leader” to learn more about starting a CC homeschool community in your area.

Apr 13, 2021

Everybody loves a good story, and we have a new collection to tell you about.  Join the Everyday Educator podcast this week as Jennifer Courtney tells us why these “ancient stories” are so timely for your family!  You’ll also discover some ways to use these wonderful read alouds to start great conversations, and maybe encourage a budding storyteller in your midst.

Apr 6, 2021

As you approach graduation with your student—or imagine what it will be like in the “sweet by and by”—are you filled with gratitude, excitement, or trepidation?  This Everyday Educator podcast will remind you of the causes for celebration in this milestone, and perhaps reframe your thinking as you look toward a new beginning with your child!  Join Brittany Lewis and Lisa Bailey as they celebrate the “end” of this journey:  rich conversations, solid learning habits, preparation for God’s next steps, and confidence that the best is yet to be!

Mar 30, 2021

Why should we pay attention to art education with our children, or be intentional about reclaiming our own educations in the arts?  What does art have to do with Truth?  Does art make us more human?  If these questions intrigue you, or if you just want to know what the Five Canons of Rhetoric have to do with fine arts, this latest Everyday Educator podcast is for you!  Join Chelly Barnard and Lisa Bailey as they think out loud about the language of art, and how we can all become fluent.

Mar 23, 2021

Looking for good reasons to study Latin alongside your student?  Join Latin students and tutors Denise Moore and Stephanie Bailey as they show us some unexpected benefits from studying Latin and other foreign languages.  Find out how the arts of grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric are sharpened, and how the Five Canons of Rhetoric can equip us to study with intention and success.

Mar 16, 2021

Parents, do you yearn to have lively and enlightening conversations with your high-schoolers about history—and everything else?  Join Lisa Bailey, Kelli Wilt, and Marc Hays as they talk about the real reasons we should study history.  Listen as they explore some great ways to start conversations about history, and reveal the real lesson that history should teach us all.

Mar 9, 2021

Are you a “discuss-er”?  Do you wish you were, or that your family had the habit of wrestling with big ideas together?  This week, Leslie Hubbard, Stephanie Meter, and Lisa Bailey talk about what entices family members to pursue truth together through conversations.  Listen and learn to ask good questions, find the value in timely examples, and see the usefulness of the Five Canons of Rhetoric in family discussions.

Mar 2, 2021

What’s the easiest way to bring math into the conversations you’re having with your family?  Get outside your math book and feast on the beauty and wonder in creation!  Guests Jennifer Courtney and Marc Hays help host Lisa Bailey discover the relationship between numbers, patterns, creation, and math conversations.  Listen in as these long-time lead learners discuss how the Five Canons of Rhetoric and a playful spirit will improve the math sense of your whole family.

Feb 23, 2021

If you are missing the delight your children took in science explorations as little kids, take a listen to how we can keep the wonder and delight in this study, even as our students head into high school.  Join Leslie Hubbard and Amy Jones as they help host Lisa Bailey see that the best tools for studying science are wonder, imagination, our senses, and the ability and expectation to know God!  They’ll show us all how to use the Five Canons of Rhetoric to connect science to the everyday pursuits of family life.

Feb 16, 2021

Do you or your student dread writing or do you embrace it excitedly? Join Jennifer Courtney and Stephanie Meter as they discuss writing across the curriculum—in literature, history, and science. Together, they explore how the five canons of rhetoric can help you write about any topic in an organized, interesting, and persuasive way to capture the minds and hearts of your audience.

Feb 9, 2021

Hoping to guide your student to towards gracious communication, sound judgment, and contemplation of virtue?  Teach them speech and debate skills, really!  Listen as Melisa Weaver, Leslie Hubbard, and Lisa Bailey talk about how the Five Canons of Rhetoric and the practice of political speech, forensic speech, and ceremonial speech lead our students toward the art of compassionate conversation.

Feb 2, 2021

Do we really need to work on reading with our high schoolers?  Isn’t it enough that they can read and know what to read and do read?  Listen in as Jennifer Courtney, Stephanie Meter, and Lisa Bailey discuss the spiritual aspect of “why read?” as well as offer some insights for weaving the Five Canons of Rhetoric into reading, into experiencing books, and into family conversations.

Jan 26, 2021

For parents looking toward the high school years, the Everyday Educator Podcast offers “Defining Rhetoric” The Conversation Ch 2, a look at how moving into the arts of Rhetoric can bind your hearts together at home and make those high school years exhilarating and satisfying and full of conversation.  Join Marc Hays, Karin Carpenter, and Lisa Bailey as they talk about the canons of Rhetoric and why we all need to be rhetoricians.

Jan 19, 2021

Do you yearn to develop or strengthen your confidence as a homeschooler? Are you determined to redeem the Art of Rhetoric, and become an accomplished conversationalist who leads discussion on meaningful ideas?  Whether you’re looking for a little encouragement as you continue the homeschool journey into high school or you’re just testing the waters to see if you want to jump in, this first podcast in a new series is for you!  Join Brittany Lewis and Lisa Bailey as they discuss Chapter 1 of The Conversation, and share thoughts on three aspects parents really contribute to their children’s educations.

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