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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.

Jul 7, 2020

How does what you believe impact what you do? At Classical Conversations, we understand that what we believe drives what we do, educationally!  Join us for this first episode of a new series, “We Believe…So We…”, and think with us about the purpose of education.    Listen in as homeschooling parents Kristi Dye and Tim Knotts share how their beliefs about the purposes of education directs both their choices of what and how to teach at home and their motivations to be lifelong learners.  What do classical educators DO because of their beliefs?

Jun 30, 2020

Looking for some more “organic” ways to seize the teachable moments with your children?  In this second episode on “as-you-go-discipleship”, guest Jill Philbrick shares some key principles and some practical examples for parents seeking winsome ways to talk about spiritual matters with our kids.  Be sure you stick around for the blessing at the end!  And, don’t miss the “As You Go-Discipleship for Families” devotional offerings on CC Connected later this summer.

Jun 23, 2020

Wondering why your efforts at family devotion time fall flat?  Maybe you need a new perspective!  In Part 1 of this series, veteran homeschool mom Jill Philbrick shares her struggles with “devotions” and how she has discovered a more winsome way to share Biblical truth with her children.    

Jun 16, 2020

Practicum-at-home:  cause for mourning or reason to celebrate?  The answer might surprise you!  While we all miss our community and the exhilaration of being together, Cultivating the Conversation:  The Art of Exposition is surprisingly adaptable to our “new normal”.  Listen in as four Practicum Speakers share how the content of this year’s Practicum (teaching reading!) meets the needs of all families, while the On Demand format means more folks than ever can be part of the conversation!  Discover conversational tools to excavate truth and find inviting ways to engage with others about hope and life!

Jun 9, 2020

You’ve come to the last stop on the educational journey, senior year of high school!  Is Challenge IV right for your family?  Listen in as Brittany Lewis and Lisa Bailey, veteran homeschoolers and CC directors, describe this crown jewel of the Challenge program.  They’ll discuss the skills sharpened and the subjects used in the sharpening!  You will find discover how Challenge IV prepares students for life not just academics, developing the moral imagination needed to identify virtue and live it out.  You’ll hear about leadership education and how the pace of this last year of high school is designed as a “gift of contemplation” for students, encouraging them to become deeper thinkers, truer friends, and better citizens.   Parents will find their role as mentors and cheerleaders as the homeschool journey draws to a satisfying end.

Jun 2, 2020

As your student moves into the latter years of high school, you might have some questions about the Challenge program.  Listen in as Karin Carpenter and Lisa Bailey reveal the gems to be mined in the Challenge III year!  You will hear how the study of Latin, algebra, American history and Shakespeare are winsomely pursued, and how community day provides chances for each student to help and be helped as they stretch the learning muscles.   You’ll discover how community day conversations give students the chance to love their neighbors more naturally, as they practice sharing ideas together.

May 26, 2020

What have you heard about Challenge II?  If you want the real scoop, listen in as Tonya Rozelle and Lisa Bailey describe this transformational year of high school.  You’ll hear how the theme of choices is realized in each strand of study, and how this intentional focus helps you raise deep thinkers who revel in changing their world.  Parents, find out how to balance your involvement with your student’s independence, and be encouraged by what your student will gain through this year of discussion.

May 21, 2020

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.

May 19, 2020

Wondering what’s so great about Challenge I as your child enters the high school years?  Listen in as Lisa Bailey and Julie Dickens reveal the blessings of this program for students and families.  Get the answers to key questions such as “Is Challenge enough to prepare my student?” and “How involved should parents expect to be?”  You’ll be excited to hear what students learn, and how that changes them!

May 12, 2020

Those of you looking toward Challenge B for the fall will want to listen in as Stephanie Meter and Lisa Bailey discuss the details of this program. You will hear how the “Ownership” theme of Challenge A naturally leads to the “Discipline” of Challenge B.  You will get a practical sense of how students continue to hone the skills of learning they’ve been cultivating.  And, you’ll discover the biggest surpriseof Challenge B!  Listen in and discover the richness…

May 5, 2020

Wondering what to expect as you and your student move into the Challenge years?  Join Lisa Bailey and Angela Oxford as they discuss the beauties and benefits of Challenge A.  You’ll gain some great insights on this “year of firsts” and hear from experienced parents how to navigate this new part of your journey, both academically and relationally.

Apr 28, 2020

Marc Hays and Timothy Knotts discuss homeschooling from a dad’s perspective about why is music important, how they incorporate music in their homes, and how the unified diversity of music itself provides for the differences between family practices and children’s gifts and desires. Timothy currently serves as the president of The Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers in Connecticut and as an area representative for Classical Conversations.

Apr 21, 2020

Marc Hays and Timothy Knotts discuss homeschooling from a dad’s perspective and continue the conversation about activities we enjoy with our children where no books are involved whether inside, outside, near our homes or far away. Timothy currently serves as the president of The Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers in Connecticut and as an area representative for Classical Conversations. 

Apr 16, 2020

Marc Hays and Timothy Knotts discuss homeschooling from a dad’s perspective and begin the conversation about books we are reading aloud, have read aloud, and want to read aloud with our children. Timothy currently serves as the president of The Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers in Connecticut and as an area representative for Classical Conversations. 

Apr 6, 2020

Good news ALERT!  A welcome addition to the Copper Lodge Series is hot off the press, ready to delight readers everywhere.  Join host Lisa Bailey as she interviews Jennifer Courtney, compiler of our newest story collection, New World Echoes!  Discover why these tales stand the test of time and why they resonate with us today as much as they did with the settlers of the “New World.”

Mar 31, 2020

In this episode of the “Moving On Up” series, join Lisa Bailey, Holly Morales, and Sarah Pederson as they talk about the Essentials program. Discover how this English grammar, writing, and math practice program provides encouragement, support, and fun for students AND parents within community each week.  Covered ideas:  parents as learners, scalability of material, and foundations for future language learning.

Mar 24, 2020

Looking into the Foundations Program for your children 12 years old and younger?  Join Lisa Bailey, Jennifer Courtney, and Holly Morales as they discuss the beauty of the Foundations Program as a fun way to build a foundation for knowledge, as a community for parents eager to reclaim their own educations, and as a delightful way for children to have some hands-on fun while learning to better love their neighbors!  This is a community-based program that truly resonates with the way your children love to learn; find out how to get started today!

Mar 17, 2020

Catch this new series, “Moving On Up!”, designed to highlight Classical Conversations’ offerings for the whole family.  In this first episode, join host Lisa Bailey and guests Holly Morales and Jennifer Courtney as they uncover the gems in the Scribblers At-Home Collection, designed for your little treasures ages 3-8.   Listen in as these homeschooling veterans discuss the gentle ways to begin learning as a family.

Mar 10, 2020

In this final episode Marc Hays and Daniel Shirley reflect on C.S. Lewis’s total argument and explore whether or not our future is a hopeful one.

Mar 3, 2020

Join Marc Hays and Daniel Shirley as they review the second essay and begin the third essay of The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis.

Feb 25, 2020

Marc Hays and Daniel Shirley continue their conversation about The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis. Covering the first half of the second essay "The Way", Marc and Daniel discuss Lewis's "Innovators" and the "Tao".

Feb 18, 2020

In this first episode of a four-part series, Marc Hays and Daniel Shirley delve into the first Essay of C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man discussing ideas like the head, heart, and appetites and what it means to inculcate proper sentiment in students.

Feb 11, 2020

Join Daniel Shirley and Heather Shirley as they discuss the Parent Resources on pages 68-69 of the 2020 Classical Conversations Catalog. Learn how each of these well-chosen books can inform and enrich parents’ homeschool journey across each Classical Conversations program from Scribblers through Challenge IV and beyond.

Feb 4, 2020

Just how important is the canon of Delivery?  What are the elements that will help us move an audience?  How can we help our students overcome a possible reluctance to present?  If you’ve wondered about these questions, or even if you just want to finish out the Five Canons podcast, join Lisa Bailey, Jennifer Courtney, and Brittany Lewis as they talk about  sharpening the skills of Delivery with all our children.

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.

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