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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.
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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 27, 2022

Families, are you up for a Challenge?  Many parents and students wrestle with the idea of homeschooling through high school, wondering if they are up to it, wondering if it is a good fit for their family, wondering if the Challenge years really prepare students for the world to come.  Join Lisa Bailey and Heatherly Sylvia for a rousing discussion of CC’s Challenge program; these seasoned moms and Challenge tutors offer a view of Challenge that will truly expand your understanding!

Apr 19, 2022

What in the world is “Protocol”?  Is it really worth all the time and money?  In this episode of the Everyday Educator Podcast, guest Sonya Lindsey invites us to see Protocol as a way to love our neighbor well—whoever he might be, and wherever we might encounter him.  Seeing Protocol events as more than good manners prepares families for the true benefit:  being prepared to serve God, no matter where we are.  Tune in for details on what, when and how; stay for so much more!

Apr 12, 2022

How does your family celebrate the Holy season of Easter?  Are you looking for some fresh ways to approach the reality of Easter with your children?  Listen in as host Lisa Bailey and her husband, David, talk about connecting with the heart of the Father as you and your family find ways to share the hope of Easter with your community. 

Apr 5, 2022

Join Shelly Stockton and guests as they discuss 5 more benefits of classical education. Shelly interviews four International homeschooling moms and leaders from Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom and Chile as they reflect on the role of character, the power of questions, and the value of consistent relationships in home-education. 

Mar 29, 2022
The Challenge program is designed to keep students stretching and growing as thinkers…but when springtime comes, finishing the semester strong seems like the greatest challenge of all! Join Lisa and guest Chelly Barnard for some practical tips and some gentle reminders of how to strengthen the skills of learning that will build not just a great transcript, but a model for living well.
Mar 22, 2022
Once your Foundations community stops meeting, is all the fun gone from family learning??  How can families keep the learning going after Foundations is finished for the year?  Join Lisa Bailey as she picks the brain of Jennifer Courtney, discovering lots of practical ideas on what to do and how to do it as we continue learning as a family all spring long. 
Mar 15, 2022

Join Shelly Stockton as she talks with International CC moms to reflect on the relationships between classical education and virtue, parents as educators, and foundational knowledge. 

Mar 8, 2022
As we head into the final weeks of our CC year, our minds turn to celebrating the past year together.  “What’s the purpose of celebrating?”, Courtney Bradshaw was asked.  Join Lisa Bailey as she picks the brain of our Foundations/Essentials Academic Advisor, and discover not only why we celebrate, but what, who, how, and when to celebrate!  Director, tutors, and parents:  you will be inspired and refreshed!
Mar 1, 2022

What’s so great about “outside”?  Listen in as Lisa Bailey and Amy Jones answer that question, offering lots of practical suggestions for celebrating God’s creation as we learn together.  It’s not complicated!   Discover how to enjoy time outside with the whole family, no matter the season, no matter the weather, no matter the neighborhood.  So.  Many.  Ideas!!

Feb 22, 2022

For many homeschooling families, testing is at best a “necessary evil”; but, what if we thought of it as a tool of diagnostic assessment, a means of determining how to proceed next?  What if testing gave us more to talk about, presented us with encouragement to try things a different way, or provided us with insights about skills that need more practice?  Join Alec Bianco and Kimberly Farley of Classic Learning Testing as they share the best reasons to test and acquaint us with some testing options that will resonate with classical, Christian homeschoolers.  Special discount code for CLT tests offered!

Feb 15, 2022
If you have experienced the blessings of community, how do you then share those blessings with others?  Listen in as Heather Mangum articulates what is lovely about CC community; then be inspired as she gives insights on how to become a CC ambassador, inviting others into community.  Truth:  We share what we love; think about what you love about CC, and commit to sharing it with someone else!
Feb 8, 2022
If you’ve been wondering how to survive the Science Fair, this episode of the Everyday Educator Podcast is for you!  Join host Lisa Bailey and guest Veronica Boulden as they talk about how to thrive during this project, discovering how to choose a topic, work together successfully, and appreciate the skills that research and presentation grow. 
Feb 1, 2022
Join Shelly Stockton and special mother/daughter guests Lisa Bailey and Stephanie Meter, Susannah and Emma Cox, and Shelly's daughter Kaitlyn Foster. Part 2 covers five more benefits of Classical, Christian education by discussing themes of freedom, the trivium, and life-long learning.
Jan 25, 2022

What’s the big deal about National Memory Master?  Why might someone want to participate?  What will our family gain from participation?  How do we even get started??  Answers to these and all your other questions are uncovered on this episode of the Everyday Educator podcast.  Guests Olivia Walsh and Kelli Wilt give listeners all the intel on this “next level Memory Master” quest, and help families see this commemoration of Foundations as a commencing of the Challenge years. 

Jan 18, 2022

If you are looking for ways to bring life to your family devotions, have we got a podcast for you!  Join Lisa Bailey and guest Kelli Wilt as they talk about how to use the Five Core Habits to re-energize your devotion time while exploring God’s word and building deeper relationships with your children.  Kelli offers some great examples for us as we seek to Know God, and Lisa encourages families to take our devotion into the community, leading others to Make Him Known.

Jan 11, 2022

Here comes January; are you ready??  Homeschooling in the wintertime can be a challenge, especially after the busy fun of the holidays.  What’s a parent to do when no one seems motivated to “work the plan” anymore?  Join Lisa Bailey as she offers a new idea from a surprising source!

Dec 28, 2021

Join Shelly Stockton and special guests, Chelly Barnard, Kathy Donegia, and Rebecca Seo in a new series Twenty-five Reasons to Homeschool Classically. Listen in on Part 1 as these homeschool veterans discuss general principles, best practices, and lessons learned during their homeschool journeys. 

Dec 21, 2021

Why read aloud with your family, especially if your children are older?  Listen in this week as Heatherly Sylvia shares three solid benefits of reading aloud as a family, and offers some tips for what makes a book or story a great read aloud choice.  As an Advent choice, you can hardly miss with The Best Christmas Pageant Ever; if you’ve never read it, or if it’s been a long time, you’ll want to pick up a copy to share with your family this season.  You’ll be blessed as you listen to Heatherly’s insights, and moved to experience the Christmas story like someone who is hearing it for the first time.

Dec 14, 2021

Sometimes, the best homeschool memories revolve around reading aloud as a family!  Christmas is the perfect time to begin this habit, or continue it, at your house.  Join host Lisa Bailey on this episode of the Everyday Educator podcast  as she and Jennifer Courtney share stories of the blessings of reading aloud.  Jennifer offers some of her family read aloud favorites, and reminds us to check out the stories in CC’s very own Echoes books when looking for the next great family read.

Dec 7, 2021

Does you enjoy reading aloud as a family?  Do you wish you did??  Well, Christmas time offers the perfect opportunity to try something new, and perhaps begin a new tradition.  Today’s Everyday Educator guests are the perfect advocates for reading aloud as a family, and they have some rich Christmas experiences to share with us all.   Join host Lisa Bailey and guests Whit and Amy Jones as they explore ways to start reading stories as a family this Christmas.

Nov 30, 2021

For many families, Advent is full of traditions and memory-making opportunities; some of my favorite Christmas times involve reading aloud as a family.  Reading aloud allows us to build family culture, to get to know the same characters, and to develop “inside jokes” and literary references that draw us together.  Reading aloud is also just plain fun!  This year’s Everyday Educator Advent series introduces listeners to some new friends from all across the country; listen this week as the Knotts from Connecticut share what they love to read together, and why reading as a family is so powerful.  Your family may find a new read aloud to share tonight!

Nov 23, 2021

Excellence in our homeschooling is a worthy goal, but is that different from “mastery”?  Can mastery actually be a limiting goal??  On this episode of the Everyday Educator, Lisa Bailey talks to Marc Hays, veteran homeschool dad, about what we gain when we pursue mastery and what we might miss.  Perhaps what we need is a different definition of “mastery”…

Nov 16, 2021

What will your children remember about homeschooling in twenty years?  The math problem sets?  The Latin translations?  The timeline?!  We think not.  Join Amanda Butler as she shares with host Lisa Bailey what she has learned about the really memorable moments of the homeschool journey.  Discover ways to seek a spirit of joy in your home, and uncover the beauty of your child’s soul. 

Nov 9, 2021

Do you sometimes feel that you have so much to cover as a home educator that you can’t afford to repeat anything?  Join Lisa Bailey and her guest, Lanelle Lowe, as they talk about this common myth and how a thorough understanding of the classical model can reveal the value of repetition.  We believe you’ll end up relishing the repeating for practical as well as relational reasons.

Nov 2, 2021

Have you ever bought into a myth because “everybody says so”?  Lots of misguided folks believe that classical education is just for smart kids; or even that classical education makes kids smart.  Join Lisa and her guest Chelly Barnard as they bust that myth wide open!  Chelly will help you remember to consider both the purpose of education and the mission of CC; and you’ll discover the tools that might make you “smart” but will lead you and yours to realize the potential the Lord intended you to fulfill all along.

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