God is wooing us to Himself with the wonder and beauty in His world. When we chase the wonder in creation, we draw near to the creator and find what He is waiting for us to discover. Listen this week as guest Amy Jones describes how a classical, Christian community can help your family promote more wonder in your homeschool. And, hear how one of the activities from Scribblers At Home: Recipes from Lifelong Learners can open your family’s eyes to wonder in your own backyard.
Classical Conversations believes that classical education prepares us to accept the responsibilities of Christian freedom. What ARE those responsibilities, and how do we as parents prepare our children to accept them? Listen in this week as homeschool mom Charity Brown shares with Lisa some heady thoughts AND some practical tips on raising Godly kids who are ready to be ambassadors for Christ in the world.
Searching for the right schedule to regulate your homeschool days this year? You probably suspect that finding the perfect schedule might be impossible…but finding the right rhythm is exactly what Lisa’s guest Jennifer Courtney is ready to discuss! On this week’s podcast you’ll hear some great suggestions for crafting your family’s learning plan, hear a few “non-negotiables” mentioned, and even learn the “Leigh Bortins way” of schooling with multiple kids of different ages and abilities.
It’s time to start Foundations; are you ready? Listen in as Courtney Bradshaw, CC Academic Advisor, gives us some tips for getting ready for a fantastic year with our Foundations students. From seeing the big picture to getting your home ready, Courtney has the news that will help you and your children start the Foundations year off right. (She also gives you the insider info on where to go for great downloadable helps and a place to get your questions answered.)
To paraphrase C.S. Lewis, wonder is when Divinity makes its presence known. How can we learn to be better “wonder-ers”? Join host Lisa Bailey as her guest Amy Jones leads us to think about the connection between time, space, questions, and wonder. Here’s the good news: Wonder is a skill you can build! Listen, and commit to finding wonder as you go this fall.
What do you want to teach your children while you homeschool—besides reading, writing, and arithmetic? What “life skills” are you determined to pass on—and how compatible is teaching those skills with your classical, Christian education plan? On this episode of the Everyday Educator, guest Stephanie Meter talks to her mom Lisa about what skills she took from homeschooling into adulting. It’s an entertaining and eye-opening episode!
What’s the best way to ready yourself and your student for the upper Challenge program? How can you position your family to make the most of this amazing learning opportunity? Listen as guest Brittany Lewis shares insights and encouragements that make Challenges II-IV super appetizing; you’ll appreciate Brittany’s thoughtful tips on how best to prepare and on the skills you and your child will gain.
It’s almost time to begin the Challenge year! Want some help to get ready? Listen in as Lanelle Lowe, experienced mom, tutor, and curriculum developer, gives us some preparation tips for Ch A, B, and I. Find out what the uniques are for each level, and what your family has to look forward to as you learn together this year. You’ll get the scoop on all the “learning curves” for both students and parents and learn how to meet the challenges.
Looking for something fun to read (or listen to) and something fun to do after reading? Listen as Lisa shares some reasons to read stories of all kinds with your kids; this week’s read alouds include a poem, a fable, and 2 nature stories. Lisa also offers ideas on how to continue the conversation after the story is over, as well as some inspired ideas that will bring life to your storytime.
How do you savor a story? In today’s podcast, Lisa shares some ways to appreciate and enjoy stories with your family, extending the fun and making the read-aloud experience even more memorable. Listen as she shares a poem (celebrating the vigor dads bring to story time) as well as two American Tall Tales that might inspire your family to spin a yarn or two of your own!
Read Aloud time is not just for fiction; try some biographies, some poetry, a travel log, a bird watching guide…Reading starts conversations, and conversations lead to explorations and explorations create family memories! This week we say, “Happy Birthday, America!” Join Lisa for this All-American Read Aloud, and enjoy bringing stories to life with your family this holiday.
Ready for another story? Listen in as Lisa shares tips on making stories come alive and why you should read and listen with your children this summer. This week, listen to some tall tales of Paul Bunyan, and get some insights on his inventions and some encouragements to make some inventions of your own this summer!
What’s so special about reading aloud? Whether you’re looking for reasons to read aloud this summer, or just someone else to read aloud for you, this episode of the Everyday Educator podcast will deliver! Join Lisa as she shares tips on making read alouds come to life, and enjoy a read aloud of “The Frogs and the Crane” and “Over in the Meadow”—plus some great ideas to take this selections to the next level.
What makes Scribblers At Home: Recipes From Lifelong Learners such a “must-have” resource? Who might want it? Who might benefit the most? Why are we so excited?? Listen in as Lisa and Shelly Stockton reminisce about their early days of homeschooling and how Scribblers provides so much of what they wish they had known then. How can this one book meet so many families where they live?
If you’ve got questions about the CC Masters Program, you will find answers on this week’s podcast with Lynn Doto. Maybe you’ve wondered how anyone could find time for extra studying; perhaps you question why you “need” a degree to validate your time spent homeschooling. Lynn and Lisa explore the CC Masters Program with Southeastern University, answering practical “how” questions as well as bigger “why” questions. You will come away understanding the Masters of Arts degree as a way to “love a life of learning” as well as training in loving your neighbor well.
Join guest host Kelli Wilt as she chats with National Memory Master winner Lousana and her mother Renée Guichard. Discover the wonderful world of memory mastery and gain insights into Lousana's study techniques and her triumphs and challenges along the way. We hope this episode inspires your family to take on the challenge by shedding some light on the incredible abilities and aspirations of these exceptional students.
Have you ever wished someone would come alongside you and show you some ways to make homeschooling more fun? Ways you could intentionally encourage play with a purpose? This month on the Global Homeschool Minute, we welcome Lisa Bailey to the podcast. A homeschooling veteran, Lisa shares her excitement about Classical Conversations’ newest curriculum, Scribblers @Home, which will be released this spring. This relaxed, enjoyable, at home curriculum is designed by experienced parents with a desire to share what they wish they had known when they started out. Scribblers, packed with “recipes” for parents to enrich their homeschooling, will help you create a family culture of learning.
Whether you are new to homeschooling or already a seasoned Classical Conversations parent, come catch the excitement for this new curriculum!
Lisa Bailey is the host of Everyday Educator, a long-running Classical Conversations podcast, and is also the Lead Curriculum Developer for the Global Curriculum team of our publishing company, Classical Conversations MultiMedia (CCMM). Since joining the Classical Conversations family in 2004 as a Challenge B Director, Lisa has graduated two daughters out of the Challenge program and has served in various roles within the company. In this episode, Robert and Lisa discuss her homeschooling journey from why she first chose to homeschool to the importance of committing long-term to the homeschool process.
It’s the ultimate crossover episode . . . Delise and Ginny are joined by CC legend and host of the Everyday Educator podcast Lisa Bailey! Lisa recently became a grandmother, so in this conversation, she chats about parenting versus grandparenting. As a parent, she was often so focused on doing everything right that she missed out on opportunities to enjoy the small, simple moments of her children just growing up. But now, as she is blessed with the chance to relive those moments with her grandson, she can be more present and treasure every minute. Of course, with the much-anticipated release of Scribblers at Home: Recipes from Lifelong Learning, Lisa also talks about her involvement in creating this new Classical Conversations® resource and what it really means to play intentionally with our children. Finally, she shares some practical tips for setting boundaries as a parent and emphasizes the importance of asking our children questions instead of rushing in to give them the answers. As you listen, we hope Lisa’s wisdom and joy shines through this conversation and leaves you inspired and uplifted!
“The best part of community is_______.” How would you fill in that blank? (Is it the accountability? The comradery? The encouragement?). For many CC families, community is what keeps us moving forward! Listen in as long-time CC mommas Jennifer Courtney and Amanda Butler share insights on the value of community for students and families; their thoughts might surprise you; they will inspire you.
What’s the big deal about Practicum? What’s it all about? How will it help me and my family? If you’re wondering about Practicum, and trying to decide whether to go, and what you’ll find once you get there, this week’s podcast is for you! Join Lisa as she talks to Krystal Cano about the best reasons to attend Practicum this year; you’ll discover how first-time attenders and seasoned Practicum lovers alike will delight in the layered learning and the sweet community to be found.
Springtime brings flowers, birds, and …eagerness to be DONE with school! Are students in your family having a hard time staying focused? Listen in as Kathy Donegia joins Lisa to talk about how the partnership between student, parent, and community helps us all finish well. Kathy shares how her Challenge IV students find blessings in learning together in community and making memories through family discussions as well.
What’s the big deal about Rhetorical events? How important are they? How can I help my student do something I’ve never done?? If thoughts like this have ever crossed your mind, here is a podcast for you! Join host Lisa Bailey and guest Brittany Lewis for an enlightening look at CC’s Rhetorical events, from science fair to senior thesis. You’ll see just what your students are gaining as they practice the skills they’ve honed for years, and how those skills are lived out within a community of friends.
Community days are ending for the year….but that doesn’t mean the learning is done! Join veteran homeschool mom Denise McLain for some tips on how to keep the family learning together! Denise and Lisa share some ideas for learning some new things, practicing some “old” skills, and taking our families into the community as we learn to love our neighbors well.
Have you ever questioned the usefulness of our classical tools outside of academic pursuits? How, for instance, could they help a plumber, or a missionary, or an army captain? Answer: they prepare us for LIFE! Listen in as guests Angela and Emma Oxford share about the classical tools of learning and how they help us have conversations that lead to sharing Jesus, no matter where we are.