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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.

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.

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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.

Jan 16, 2024

Could it really be THAT easy?  Is the key to success…small habits?  Listen in this week as veteran homeschoolers Lisa Bailey and Kelli Wilt ponder the power of routine to activate productivity and achieve success.  What small habits can you begin now that will strengthen your family and position you all for a more peaceful life?

Jan 9, 2024

As we all prepare for the new semester, it is natural to look back on the fall and determine:  What didn’t go so well?  What should I change?  How can we “do better”?  These frank questions have value, but only alongside another assessment:  What went WELL?  How did we grow in non-academic ways?  Listen as guest Brittany Lewis shares some wonderful insights and encouragements!

Jan 2, 2024

The holidays—thrilling, frantic, moving, and full—have come and gone…and maybe they’ve left you strangely unmotivated to begin the school routine again.  What’s up with that, and how do we all keep going?  Listen in as Lisa and guest Jennifer Courtney acknowledge the January blahs AND offer insights to ease you into and through the transition back to your “real life”!

Dec 26, 2023

The final installment of the Simplify Advent series shares some easy ways to serve as a family; listen in as Jamie Hays and Lisa reminisce about serving opportunities when they were children and as they give some inspired suggestions for serving as a family now.  How can your family bless others this Christmas?

Dec 19, 2023

Looking for some fresh ideas for celebrating in simply ways this Advent season?  Amy Jones and Lisa discuss how to explore together as a family, chasing your child’s curiosity and finding deeper meaning in the Christmas story.  You’ll gain some good ideas for family fun, and hear some personal memories from the Jones and Bailey families!

Dec 12, 2023

This week’s Simplify Advent podcast centers around reading together.  Listen as veteran homeschool dad and ardent reader Tim Knotts shares some great ideas for Advent family reading.  Tim and Lisa offer some great hows and whys of family reading, as well as some specific ideas on the what!

Dec 5, 2023

Families searching for ways to celebrate Advent without becoming crazy or crazy busy:  Everyday Educator has some suggestions!  Listen each Tuesday for ideas on using the Scribblers verbs of Pray, Play, Read, Explore, and Serve as encouragements to celebrate simply and celebrate together.  This episode features Kelli Wilt and Lisa sharing ideas on Playing Together as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Nov 28, 2023

Looking for some ways to simplify your Christmas celebrations this year?  Listen every Tuesday in December to Everyday Educator’s Simplify Advent podcasts; we’ll be discussing ways to deepen our celebration of Jesus’s birth as families.  You’ll hear some great ideas and enjoy some sweet fellowship and encouragement.  This week is about how praying together can lead us to profound celebration of God’s greatest gift.

Nov 21, 2023

What’s Thanksgiving about for your family?  How to you celebrate?  WHAT do you celebrate?  This episode of The Everyday Educator might give you some new ideas…  Listen with the whole family, as you travel or as you prepare the feast and maybe give thanks in a new way this year.

Nov 14, 2023

Wish you could talk to an experienced homeschooler, just to ask a few questions?  Wondering if your thoughts, reactions, and questions are “normal”?  Join Lisa and her guest Melissa Ellison for this week’s episode and you’ll hear the truth from a couple of veterans. Answers for your mind, encouragement for your heart!

Nov 7, 2023

Wish you could talk to an experienced homeschooler, just to ask a few questions?  Wondering if your thoughts, reactions, and questions are “normal”?  Join Lisa and her guest Melissa Ellison for this week’s episode and you’ll hear the truth from a couple of veterans. Answers for your mind, encouragement for your heart!

Oct 31, 2023

Why would families with OLDER students want Scribblers?  Just ask some who have tried it out!  Scribblers helps families chart the course for homeschooling, but it also helps create a family culture of learning that lasts.  Parents are discovering that the charts make explaining ideas (even to Challenge students) easier, and the activities draw families together in play with has intention.  Listen as KatieBeth and Lisa finish their conversation about learning as a family.

Oct 24, 2023

Whether you’re considering the possibility of homeschooling or wondering how to add some zest to what you’re already doing, this episode of the Everyday Educator is for you.  Join Lisa and guest KatieBeth Pierson as they discuss lessons learned along their way and give some very practical ideas on resources and ideas that will transform your family learning.

Oct 17, 2023

Whether your family reads together already, or you’re looking for good ideas on how to develop that habit, this episode of the Everyday Educator podcast is for you.  Listen as guest Brittany Lewis gives us some great insights on why to read together, what material to try, and how to get started.  Best of all, there is hope for turning reluctant readers into family readers.  You’ll be blessed by the listening!

Oct 10, 2023

What happens when homeschooling is over?  How does your relationship with your kids change?  How are YOU changed by homeschooling?  Listen in as David Bailey, a dad to two “grown-up girls” who were homeschooled all the way through, shares his thoughts on homeschooling…and beyond!

Oct 3, 2023

If you’ve been considering writing out your family’s mission statement—or wondering if you need one—this week’s Everyday Educator episode is for you.  Host Lisa and guest Kelli Wilt come clean about their lack of such a statement in the early years but share some excellent reasons to have one now!  Full of wise counsel, practical tips, and honest reflections these ladies will bless your day!

Sep 26, 2023

Homeschooling...it’s not just for your kids!  Have you ever thought about homeschooling as the beginning of educating yourself?  If you have questions about “educating yourself”, this episode of EE is for you.  Guest Heatherly Sylvia, a passionate lifelong learner, will inspire you to stay curious, to keep learning, and to see the life of a learner as one that pleases the Lord.  Come for practical tips, stay for the encouragement!

Sep 19, 2023

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.

Sep 12, 2023

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.

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