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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.

Nov 29, 2022

Join us all month for this series of Advent thoughts, perfect for provoking thoughts that turn our Christmas preparations to Jesus.  In this first episode, discover an interesting connection between forest fires, birds, and the hope of Christmas.

Nov 22, 2022

Families, if you’re looking for a way to pass the time “on the way to Grandmother’s house” this year, give a listen to this Thanksgiving episode of The Everyday Educator!  You’ll enjoy poems, Scripture, a few jokes, and the audio version of an oldie but goodie:  “The Truth About Thanksgiving”. It’s our family’s gift to yours!

Nov 15, 2022

Is assessing ever a blessing??  According to guest Kelli Wilt, that depends on your perspective!  Join host Lisa Bailey as Kelli shares how Blue Book exams can be a celebration of what we know, and an opportunity to indulge in some deep conversations.  Parents, you’ll hear some helpful tips for preparing for Blue Books all semester long;  directors, Kelli gives some great practical ideas for making Blue Books fun!

Nov 8, 2022

Join host Lisa Bailey this week and discover how the seeds of classical Christian education are blooming all over the world!  Guests Koreen Mazurek and Dawna Ferguson share how families in Chile and Canada are “knowing God and making Him known” through their participation in CC programs in their homelands.  Their powerful testimonies will bless you; their prayer requests will inspire you.  We are drawn together by our mission and our method; just listen!

Nov 1, 2022

What comes to mind when you ponder “family learning?”  Most of us wonder what we should be learning and how to make learning all together doable.  Maybe the most important question, though, is why is learning together so pivotal?  On this episode of the Everyday Educator Podcast, Tim Knotts helps us answer all the questions, and it begins with ….conversations!  Listen in and find out how the 5 Canons of Rhetoric really do help you have the conversations that make learning family-style a joy and a blessing.

Oct 25, 2022

What can our family learn together?  How do we bring everyone into the conversation?  Can we stay connected as the children study different things?  Family learning sounds great…but sometimes feels hard!  On this episode of The Everyday Educator, Lisa talks with Andrew and Laura Brafford about how their family is using the 5 Common Topics as conversation guides for some deeply satisfying family learning experiences!

Oct 18, 2022

Building an atmosphere of learning sounds great, but how do you do it?  What makes it easier for a family to learn together, especially if the kids are different ages?  Everyday Educator has some answers for you!  Listen in as Olivia Walsh and Lisa Bailey offer some simple steps and easy ideas for learning all together, using the 5 Core Habits you’ve heard so much about!

Oct 11, 2022

Are you looking for ways to extend your family learning?  Want some practical ways to integrate what all your students are studying?  Listen in as Lisa talks this week to Angela Oxford (mom, Challenge director, Training and Support leader) ; you’ll hear simple yet effective ways to write your family’s learning story, making learning a team effort.  Find out how projects such as the Science Fair can bring your family together, keeping hearts and minds connected

Oct 4, 2022

Building a family learning culture is one of the most satisfying aspects of homeschooling.  When your family learns together, you are making memories, and binding your hearts together!  On this episode of the Everyday Educator, Lisa talks with Jennifer Courtney about habits we can cultivate early on that will help us build that family learning culture.  Listen as these homeschool veterans share specific ways everyone in your family can participate in conversations about what you’re all learning.   BONUS:  learn how to use the new Scribblers At Home material (now in Limited Digital Release on CC Connected) as a catalyst for learning as a family.

Sep 27, 2022

What do you love about your CC community?  What blessings have you discovered?  Join host Lisa Bailey and Foundations/Essentials director Kim Lawson as they share the impact that community makes on learning and on growing in Christ. Get some ideas for Open House season, and some reminders of why we share what we love with others.

Sep 20, 2022

At Classical Conversations we’re always looking for ways to know God; is your community looking for a way “to make Him known”?  Join Lisa Bailey and guest Julie Melendez as they share how Excellence in Education events provide just such an opportunity.  Julie offers great ideas you can replicate, as well as inspiration on how these events have already impacted local communities, and helped our students practice the skills we’re eager to pass on.

Sep 13, 2022

As the reality of a new homeschool year settles in, parents everywhere are thinking about how to get it all done with all the people they have to shepherd.  Looking for some words of wisdom here?  Listen as guest Kamilah Carter, veteran mom of 5 CCers from Foundations to Challenge III, shares practical suggestions and wise insights.  A delightfully real mom, Kamilah just might reframe your thinking about schedules!

Sep 6, 2022

Looking for ways to make getting out the door for community day less stressful?   Join host Lisa Bailey and guest Lia Gerkin for practical ideas for arriving at community with all your resources and brain cells intact.  Hear how one mom of 6 is training her kids to develop habits of responsibility and service. How will God equip you to have a great year this year?

Aug 30, 2022

As you begin the new academic year, do you feel like one smart mama?  Join Lisa Bailey this week as she picks the brains of two smart mamas:  Delise Germond and Ginny Tran.  Discover what smart mamas know, and where they look for support. 

Aug 23, 2022

Are you excited about reading?  About reading with your family?  About reading Challenge A literature?  Well, you will be after you listen to this episode of the Everyday Educator Podcast!  Find out what distinguishes a good book from the other kind, as well the reasons behind the Challenge A literature choices.

Aug 16, 2022

Why is Essentials so important?  Listen in as Lanelle Lowe and Lisa Bailey discuss how the program is both a foundation and a bridge.  Discover what you’ll study, what materials you need to get started, and how to make it enjoyable as you go.

Bonus:  These veterans will reveal how Essentials will become the gift that keeps on giving!

Aug 9, 2022

Are you ready for Foundations?  Join this week’s Everyday Educator and discover how a spirit of rest will make this fall a wonder-full new season with your children.  Tune in to discover the logistical details that will ensure a happy start to your community days; stay as Kelli Wilt helps us recognize the habits that will get us all off on the right foot.

Aug 2, 2022

Parents, are YOU ready for the Challenge program this fall?  Find out how to best prepare for a successful fall with your student in the Challenge years by listening in as Chelly Barnard shares with Lisa Bailey encouraging words and practical tips.  Your student will thank you, and you will find confidence and rest in a season of family learning.

Jul 26, 2022

Are your thoughts turning to the fall semester already?  Are you and your student getting ready for Challenge, and do you wonder how best to prepare?  Join veterans of the CC Challenge program Emma Oxford and Anthony Clendenin on this week’s Everyday Educator podcast.  Discover how students can prepare for Challenge success by hearing what students need to know, need to do, and need to gather for the coming year.

Jul 19, 2022

Does studying logic sound like fun?  It will after you listen to this episode of the Everyday Educator Podcast!  Guest Kathy Gibbens shows us why studying logic is so important today, and gives us great ideas for promoting clear thinking with our families.

Jul 12, 2022

In this last episode of our Summer Book Club on The Peacemaker, join Lisa Bailey, Leslie Hubbard, and Tim Knott as they ponder the ultimate goal of peacemaking:  demonstrating the forgiveness of God and encouraging a reasonable solution to conflict.  Discussion surrounds forgiveness, cooperative negotiation, and the divine weapons of peacemaking.

Jul 5, 2022

In this 4th installment of our Summer Book Club on The Peacemaker, join Lisa Bailey, Kelli Wilt, and Heatherly Sylvia as they discover practical ways to restore peace gently, using words wisely and well.  Bonus:  find some of our favorite tools of learning (spoiler alert:  The Five Core Habits of Grammar) used to speak the truth in love.

Jun 28, 2022

In this installment of our EE Summer Book Club on The Peacemaker, join Leslie Hubbard, Stephanie Meter and host Lisa Bailey as they ponder the roles of confession and restoration in peacemaking.  Listen for some common ways we are apt to sin when we’re in conflict with one another and receive practical suggestions for confessing.  You’ll also be encouraged and equipped to become an instrument of peace in your communities by pursuing restoration instead of just confrontation.

 

Jun 21, 2022

In this second episode of the Summer Book Club series on The Peacemaker, Lisa Bailey, Kristi Dye, and Kelli Wilt share some transparent testimony about their own parts in conflicts within families and communities.  Join these ladies as they discuss chapters 4 and 5, exploring how “getting the log out of our own eyes” first makes dealing with conflict a stewardship of God’s peace.

Jun 14, 2022

Are you a peace faker?  Peace breaker? Peacemaker?  In a world full of turmoil and conflict on every hand, we are called by God to be peacemakers.  How can we become people who view conflicts as opportunities, not accidents?  The Peacemaker, by Ken Sande offers us some keen insights on these questions.  This summer, join the EE Book Club as we read and discuss this book, wrestling with the big ideas and discussing how we can be stewards of peace.  This week, Stephanie Meter and Heatherly Sylvia join Lisa as we kick off this new series.

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