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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.

Jul 9, 2024

Reading can magically transport us to faraway places, introduce us to new people, and teach us new skills.  Reading is also a gateway to great conversations and exciting explorations.  In this week’s episode, Lisa shares three stories from Exploring Insects with Uncle Paul and provides some great conversation starters and ideas for further family explorations.  Don’t miss it!  (It’s also a great read aloud moment for your kids!)

 

New to the Copper Lodge Library this year is English Epic Poetry, a collection with Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and selections from Canterbury Tales and Paradise Lost.

Build a family culture by reading these stories together and have meaningful conversations about wisdom and virtue. Even in the less overtly religious poems of Sir Gawain and Canterbury Tales, readers find Christian themes like courage, forgiveness, and right use of power.

Learn more about the Copper Lodge Library at https://copperlodgelibrary.com/

 

Jul 2, 2024

Do you need some suggestions for helping busy kids slow down long enough to enjoy read aloud time?  Here’s an idea:  stay active!  There are lots of ways to enjoy a good story while you move.  Listen in this week as Lisa shows you how as she reads 3 more stories from Kings of Rome.

Learn more about the Copper Lodge Library at copperlodgelibrary.com.

Jun 25, 2024

Settle back and spend some time chasing your imagination this summer-pick up a book!  Reading as a family draws us together and gives us something to savor.  Listen in this week as Lisa shares some stories from the Cycle 1 resource Ancient World Echoes.  She’ll also offer some great tips on how to make the stories stay alive after the reading ends.

 

Jun 18, 2024

How do you feel about…spiders??  In Week 2 of our Summer Book Club, Lisa shares more tips on reading as a family, and offers more ideas for generating conversation and activity after you read.  Exploring Insects with Uncle Paul is our focus, and you’ll love this introduction to the Copper Lodge Library selection that has a distinct Cycle 1 connection.

 

Learn more about the Copper Lodge Library at copperlodgelibrary.com.

Jun 11, 2024

Looking for some refreshment this summer?  Spend a little time reading aloud together as a family!  Listen in this week as Lisa shares three big benefits of reading as a family. Bonus?  Lisa reads aloud three stories from the Copper Lodge Library’s Kings of Rome series (a perfect lead in to Cycle 1!!), AND offers some conversation tips for diving deeper into the story.

 

Jun 4, 2024

Want to raise readers?  Surround your family with books!  This week’s guest, Jennifer Courtney, offers simple ideas on how to whet your family’s appetite for reading.  Listen for suggestions on how to build a family library as well as ideas on Cycle 1 “resources” to collect for next year.

 

CC parents, tutors, and Directors – are you looking to level up your skills in guiding and assessing your student’s learning at home or in community? Join this Spring semester’s Classical Learning Cohort! https://classicalconversations.com/cohort/

 

May 28, 2024

Everybody enjoys knowing the “inside story” of familiar things; listen in this week and discover the behind-the-scenes workings of CC’s Copper Lodge Library.  You’ll meet the editor, find out how those footnotes were created, and get a glimpse into what’s available for your family.  Listen in as Lisa and Stephanie Meter discuss libraries (public and personal) and why reading as a family brings us together.

 

Learn more about the Copper Lodge Library at copperlodgelibrary.com.

May 21, 2024

Are you amazed by what your Foundations students memorize every year?  Do you wonder if you could “do it too??”  On this episode of Everyday Educator Kelli Wilt and Elise DeYoung offer tips and tricks for memorizing, gleaned from rubbing shoulders with National Memory Masters.  Not ready for a “competition”?  Listen for tips on making memory work a joy from mommas with years of learning-as-a-family experience!

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May 14, 2024

Join guest host Kelli Wilt as she welcomes and celebrates CC’s 2024 National Memory Master, Ewan Fisher.  Ewan and his mom, Kim, join Kelli and share their family’s story of life in CC, the pursuit of the Memory Master title, and how the family has been blessed by Ewan’s goal.  You’ll get plenty of inspiration to learn as a family as you listen.

May 7, 2024

If you’ve ever wondered about the “Plus” of CC Plus, this week’s episode of the Everyday Educator will answer your questions.  Listen in as Daniel Shirley, Undergraduate Program Manager for CC Plus, shares from experience the beauty and benefit of this fine program.  And, you might be as surprised as Lisa was to find that CC Plus isn’t just for Challenge students anymore!

Learn more about the Copper Lodge Library at copperlodgelibrary.com.

 

 

Apr 30, 2024

Guess what?  Scribblers At Home won the Illuminations Gold Award!  Maybe you haven’t heard much about Scribblers, or maybe you thought it wasn’t really for your family.  Listen in as Amy Jones helps us see that Scribblers isn’t just an “on ramp” for young homeschoolers, it’s an “ongoing ramp” for all of us!  You’ll be interested to hear how families of all ages are using this resource, and how your family might find it’s just what you’re looking for also.

You’re invited to our 2024 National Events Weekend in sunny Southern Pines, North Carolina! Register at https://classicalconversationsfoundation.org/.

 

Apr 23, 2024

Foundations parents, are you interested in knowing more about Memory Masters and National Memory Masters?  Listen in as Kelli Wilt and Elise DeYoung give Lisa all the information. You’ll find out more than how to, though…You will hear how these “competitions” are actually about celebrating students and families.  I think you’ll be inspired to see memorizing in a new way…

 

Make April 26 a Family Day at theater! #UnsungHeroMovie opens everywhere beginning April 26. From the creators of Jesus Revolution comes Unsung Hero. Tickets on sale now. Visit https://tickets.unsunghero.movie/

 

Apr 16, 2024

If you want all the information on Practicum 2024, listen to Part 2 of the conversation between Jill Philbrick and Lisa Bailey.  You’ll discover  how to discover God in math, how to model the skills of learning math for your kids, how to become part of the “greater conversation”, and how to redeem your own education in ways you might not imagine.  Exploring The Math Map in community will be an investment that pays dividends!

 

Learn more about the Copper Lodge Library at copperlodgelibrary.com.

Apr 9, 2024

Why go to Practicum?  Will you really learn anything “practical”?  Listen as Lisa and Jill Philbrick answer this question and give you some enticing reasons to register for the 2024 Practicum.  You’ll be encouraged by Jill’s testimony and intrigued by our 2024 topic as well!

 

You’re invited to our 2024 National Events Weekend in sunny Southern Pines, North Carolina! Register at https://classicalconversationsfoundation.org/.

 

 

Apr 2, 2024

So, what does homeschooling look like when Community Days are done for the year?  Do you wonder what you should/could/will do?  Listen in as Amy Jones and Lisa talk about what God has for us as we move into a slower-paced season.  This episode offers encouragement for your heart and practical suggestions for your days! 

 

Classical Conversations® is constantly striving to build relationships with like-minded organizations to assist families in their homeschooling journey and in furthering our mission to know God and to make Him known. 

Visit https://classicalconversations.com/relationships/ for more information.

 

Mar 26, 2024

Have you struggled with end of the year assessments in the past, wondering what good they do and how to go about them?  Have you wondered what assessment and celebration have in common??  Listen in as Lisa and guest Jill Philbrick discuss the importance of celebration (It’s biblical!) and share some great ways to celebrate as a family and community all that the Lord has done in the year past.

 

Learn more about the IAC at https://associationforcreation.org/. To find your exclusive CC Discount code go to CC Connected> Learning Center> CC Members Beneftis.

Mar 19, 2024

As we enter this season of finishing and ending (Faces of History, Mock Trial, Graduation!) your family is likely looking for ways to celebrate the accomplishments of the year.  This week, guest Kelli Wilt and host Lisa Bailey encourage you to celebrate “classically” as your festivities begin.  How can you nurture a spirit of joyful remembrance?  How might this season of celebration prepare you for heaven?? 

 

Learn more about the Copper Lodge Library at https://copperlodgelibrary.com/

 

 

Mar 12, 2024

You may have heard about The Math Map, but do you “get it”?  Do you know what’s so different, why you should use it, and how it could change math experiences for your family?  If you’d like to find these answers and more, listen to Leigh Bortins cast her vision for The Math Map on this week’s episode.  Included are personal stories, practical tips, and plenty of encouragement.

 

Are you looking to become a better “everyday educator”? Join other homeschool parents in your area at a 2024 Practicum event! https://ccpracticum.com/

Mar 5, 2024

For families living the last days of their homeschool journey, and families contemplating moving on before finishing that last challenge, this one’s for you!  Listen in as Brittany Lewis, long-time Challenge director and lover of students, shares how vital and beautiful that “last leg of the climb” can be.  You’ll hear insights on the benefits of Challenge IV and some details about the Senior Thesis as well.

 

·       CC parents, tutors, and Directors – are you looking to level up your skills in guiding and assessing your student’s learning at home or in community? Join this Spring semester’s Classical Learning Cohort! https://classicalconversations.com/cohort/

 

Feb 27, 2024

Some families love it, some worry about it…Mock Trial is always discussion worthy!  How can parents help their students make the most of the Mock Trial experience?  What can parents do to help?  Listen in as Stephanie Meter, long-time Mock Trial-lover and Challenge B tutor, outlines how students benefit from their participation, and how Mock Trial is very much the synthesis of Challenge B learning.  You will be inspired!

Feb 20, 2024

Are you looking for a good family movie that will encourage deep conversation with your family?  Sam Sorbo’s latest movie “Miracle in East Texas” will fit the bill!  A “tall tale based on an absolutely true story”, the movie is full of rich characters, wrestlings with truth, and a redeeming end. You’ll love hearing the behind the scenes reasons to love it, too.  Listen in, then go stream the movie with your family.

Download the free discussion guides now at https://www.sorbostudios.com/miracle-in-east-texas/downloads/homeschool-packet

 

Feb 13, 2024

“Children know, need, and love the truth”, so says film star, writer, and lecturer Sam Sorbo.  Listen in as Sam shares her reasons for “emancipating” her children from the modern education system.  In Part 1 of this 2-part podcast, Lisa and Sam discuss the whys and hows of homeschooling.  You’ll love hearing her heart for her family, and her heart for helping you love your family in the best ways!

 

Download the free discussion guides now at https://www.sorbostudios.com/miracle-in-east-texas/downloads/homeschool-packet

 

 

Feb 6, 2024

Homeschooling parents:  you homeschool to give your children a most excellent education, right?  But what does teaching children—your own and others—teach YOU?  Listen as guest Cynthia Knotts, veteran CC mom and tutor, shares the surprising benefits of tutoring on her family.  If you’ve ever considered becoming a tutor, Cynthia’s insights may just tip the scale.

The Copper Lodge Library series from Classical Conversations® preserves history's best stories for future generations. View the library on ClassicalConversationsBooks.com.

Jan 30, 2024

Have you started your Faces of History project yet?  Are you excited?  Worried?  Confused?  Listen in as today’s guest, Courtney Bradshaw, gives a great synopsis of this project.  You’ll discover the why, the how, and the what else of FOH and be encouraged while you make notes!

 

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Jan 23, 2024

Are the doldrums of January getting you down?  Jazz up January by instituting a “January Term” in your homeschool!  Listen in this week as Lisa and guest Amy Jones talk about the refreshment that comes when you take a week or two to learn something new together.  Full of super-practical suggestions, this episode is one of my favorites because it reminds us to be real about our struggles and to enjoy the journey we’re on.

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