Looking for a way to “celebrate summer” with your family this year? Become Explorers! On this episode of the Everyday Educator Podcast, Jeremiah Wentz and Delise Germond introduce us to CC’s Explorers Camp, and help us see how exploring is really about learning to love the world around you as you find your place in it. You’ll hear about what to expect, how to prepare, where to register, and when to get started. (hint: go to classicalconversations/explorers and enter code EE10 to get 10% off!) Join us this summer: there is so much “new” still to be discovered!
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.
Everybody loves a good story, and we have a new collection to tell you about. Join the Everyday Educator podcast this week as Jennifer Courtney tells us why these “ancient stories” are so timely for your family! You’ll also discover some ways to use these wonderful read alouds to start great conversations, and maybe encourage a budding storyteller in your midst.
As you approach graduation with your student—or imagine what it will be like in the “sweet by and by”—are you filled with gratitude, excitement, or trepidation? This Everyday Educator podcast will remind you of the causes for celebration in this milestone, and perhaps reframe your thinking as you look toward a new beginning with your child! Join Brittany Lewis and Lisa Bailey as they celebrate the “end” of this journey: rich conversations, solid learning habits, preparation for God’s next steps, and confidence that the best is yet to be!
Why should we pay attention to art education with our children, or be intentional about reclaiming our own educations in the arts? What does art have to do with Truth? Does art make us more human? If these questions intrigue you, or if you just want to know what the Five Canons of Rhetoric have to do with fine arts, this latest Everyday Educator podcast is for you! Join Chelly Barnard and Lisa Bailey as they think out loud about the language of art, and how we can all become fluent.
Looking for good reasons to study Latin alongside your student? Join Latin students and tutors Denise Moore and Stephanie Bailey as they show us some unexpected benefits from studying Latin and other foreign languages. Find out how the arts of grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric are sharpened, and how the Five Canons of Rhetoric can equip us to study with intention and success.
Parents, do you yearn to have lively and enlightening conversations with your high-schoolers about history—and everything else? Join Lisa Bailey, Kelli Wilt, and Marc Hays as they talk about the real reasons we should study history. Listen as they explore some great ways to start conversations about history, and reveal the real lesson that history should teach us all.
Are you a “discuss-er”? Do you wish you were, or that your family had the habit of wrestling with big ideas together? This week, Leslie Hubbard, Stephanie Meter, and Lisa Bailey talk about what entices family members to pursue truth together through conversations. Listen and learn to ask good questions, find the value in timely examples, and see the usefulness of the Five Canons of Rhetoric in family discussions.
What’s the easiest way to bring math into the conversations you’re having with your family? Get outside your math book and feast on the beauty and wonder in creation! Guests Jennifer Courtney and Marc Hays help host Lisa Bailey discover the relationship between numbers, patterns, creation, and math conversations. Listen in as these long-time lead learners discuss how the Five Canons of Rhetoric and a playful spirit will improve the math sense of your whole family.
If you are missing the delight your children took in science explorations as little kids, take a listen to how we can keep the wonder and delight in this study, even as our students head into high school. Join Leslie Hubbard and Amy Jones as they help host Lisa Bailey see that the best tools for studying science are wonder, imagination, our senses, and the ability and expectation to know God! They’ll show us all how to use the Five Canons of Rhetoric to connect science to the everyday pursuits of family life.
Do you or your student dread writing or do you embrace it excitedly? Join Jennifer Courtney and Stephanie Meter as they discuss writing across the curriculum—in literature, history, and science. Together, they explore how the five canons of rhetoric can help you write about any topic in an organized, interesting, and persuasive way to capture the minds and hearts of your audience.
Hoping to guide your student to towards gracious communication, sound judgment, and contemplation of virtue? Teach them speech and debate skills, really! Listen as Melisa Weaver, Leslie Hubbard, and Lisa Bailey talk about how the Five Canons of Rhetoric and the practice of political speech, forensic speech, and ceremonial speech lead our students toward the art of compassionate conversation.
Do we really need to work on reading with our high schoolers? Isn’t it enough that they can read and know what to read and do read? Listen in as Jennifer Courtney, Stephanie Meter, and Lisa Bailey discuss the spiritual aspect of “why read?” as well as offer some insights for weaving the Five Canons of Rhetoric into reading, into experiencing books, and into family conversations.
For parents looking toward the high school years, the Everyday Educator Podcast offers “Defining Rhetoric” The Conversation Ch 2, a look at how moving into the arts of Rhetoric can bind your hearts together at home and make those high school years exhilarating and satisfying and full of conversation. Join Marc Hays, Karin Carpenter, and Lisa Bailey as they talk about the canons of Rhetoric and why we all need to be rhetoricians.
Do you yearn to develop or strengthen your confidence as a homeschooler? Are you determined to redeem the Art of Rhetoric, and become an accomplished conversationalist who leads discussion on meaningful ideas? Whether you’re looking for a little encouragement as you continue the homeschool journey into high school or you’re just testing the waters to see if you want to jump in, this first podcast in a new series is for you! Join Brittany Lewis and Lisa Bailey as they discuss Chapter 1 of The Conversation, and share thoughts on three aspects parents really contribute to their children’s educations.
In this final Advent episode, join Lisa Bailey in re-examining the journey of the Wise Men; consider the gift of Celebration, and how and why we are called to celebrate this season. Find encouragement to slow down and allow God’s wonder to move you!
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What makes you wonder? What leaves you speechless? Has wonder ever moved you to change? Join Lisa Bailey on this Advent podcast considering the Gift of Wonder; learn from the shepherds’ response how to make room for wonder in your Christmas celebration this year! (Perfect for a personal reflection or a family devotional!)
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Listen in on this second episode of our Advent series as Lisa Bailey and her husband David explore the gift of listening. How did the gift of listening position Joseph for blessing? How can listening deepen your celebration of Christmas this year? Whether you listen devotionally, or as a family activity, we hope this podcast blesses your family this season.
Merry Christmas! All December the Everyday Educator podcasts will center on Advent, with devotional thoughts suitable for the whole family, and some ideas you can use for deeper reflections. This month we’ll focus on the gifts of attending, listening, wondering, and celebrating as embodied in the Christmas story; this week, we’ll look at how Mary’s gift of attending allowed her to hear God’s heart, and adjust her expectations for a blessing. Join us as we think about unexpected gifts and how our responses to them help or hinder our celebrations!
I know that we all are determined to be “the best teachers” for our kids, and we eagerly (at least usually!) join them in learning/re-learning literature, math, science, history…all the “main subjects” we’ve come to think of as vital. But, what about the subjects many DON”T see as “vital”? How are we to find the time or the talent for teaching the fine arts?! Is it possible that anything we’ve already learned can help us with the arts?! Join guests Jennifer Courtney and Marc Hays on this Everyday Educator Podcast and hear how the Five Common Topics make discussing, appreciating, and participating in art fun for the whole family.
Do you feel adequate for the task to teaching science to your kids?! If you are trying to prepare your child for a STEM career, you might already feel overwhelmed…but…is that what you should be doing?! Our podcast guests Leslie Hubbard and Marc Hays offer some perspective and encouragement for parents in this episode; listen as they tell us how to get started and how to use the Five Common Topics to lead our students to ask “troubling questions” in pursuit of science!
Are you worried about “studying history” with your students as they get older—especially if youdon’t know all the history details that they know?! The good news is, studying history doesn’t have to be complicated! Join Marc Hays, Karin Carpenter, and Lisa Bailey as they reveal how to use some simple questions to “connect the dots” of your history study, building a context for your knowledge that truly leads to deeper understanding. Our experienced parents will offer specifics on using the Five Common Topics to frame some great conversation-starters, and suggest some bigger reasons to study history as a family.
Have you noticed how argumentative your middle schooler can be? Wondering how to harness and channel this proclivity for good? We suggest logic studies! Join Lisa Bailey and Stephanie Meter as they advocate for studying logic with your middle schooler; as Stephanie says, teaching logic to your teens may just help them argue their way out of their own crazy ideas! You’ll also see how logic finds its way into all other studies, from Latin to math to Mock Trial. Listen in and discover how asking the right questions positions us all to find the right answers, logically speaking.
What IS the value of a “mental map of the world”? Does “where” really matter to our students? Whether you’re searching for the reason to study geography or looking for new ways to learn cartography, you’ll find fresh ideas on this Everyday Educator podcast. Marc Hays, Stephanie Meter and Lisa Bailey look at how to layer the learning from Foundations through Challenge as they talk about geography and current events, pointing out ways to use the Five Common Topics to jump start the learning.
What if teaching math could bring your family closer? Would you like to know how to “play with numbers” instead of only “solving problems”? Listen in as Lisa Bailey, Marc Hays, and Leslie Hubbard talk about math explorations at home and in community. Discover ways to ask good questions that model good thinking for your students, and begin the journey toward loving math—really!