Classical Conversations’ Purpose:
Every child is uniquely and wonderfully made and their education should be uniquely and wonderfully made, too. We believe that parents can create a unique and wonderful education for their child because they know and love the child better than anyone. Classical Conversations exists to assist parents in educating their children. We believe there are three keys to a great education: the classical model of learning, taught within the framework of a Christ-centered worldview, in a supportive community. Homeschooling is a journey. We’re with you every step of the way from little scribblers to the middle school years all the way through to graduation. We would love to have you join us as we cultivate a love of learning among students and parents.
First: Classical Model of Learning
Classical Conversations guides parents in using the classical model of education, which teaches students how to learn. This method has proven effective over time; it has cultivated great thinkers and leaders from Aristotle to Thomas Jefferson. Classical schools vary in their definition of "classical." Some educators believe that classical education simply means adding Latin to a modern education; others define it as the study of classical works of literature. Classical Conversations includes both Latin and classical literature, but when we use the term "classical," we are referring to the three stages of learning: grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric. Our programs use traditional subjects, such as math, geography, economics, and history, etc., to teach the skills of each stage of learning in coordination with a child’s natural development. This unique coordination cultivates the love of learning
Second: Christ-centered Worldview*
In every subject, God has hidden His truth and beauty. It is our pleasure as students and teachers to discover Him as we learn. Our studies should also prepare us to reason clearly, speak eloquently, calculate accurately, and write persuasively so that we have the ability to make God known to others. A Christian model of education puts God in the center and presents every subject in its proper context: every subject was created by God. Every law of science, every detail of biology, every man in history was created by God. We also show students that every created thing has a purpose—to glorify God. Psalm 19:1 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands."
*It is not a requirement that a family be Christian to attend. Our leadership holds these values and families understand that everything will be taught in the framework of a Biblical worldview.
Third: Supportive Community
We believe that the most important element to a great education is a supportive community. Classical Conversations connects families with others who wish to give their children a classical, Christian education at home. Parents and students find companions who can share the journey. Parents and students meet once a week throughout the school year. Each community consists of programs that are facilitated by a trained parent-director. Seminars of eight to twelve students are led by trained parent-tutors who model the classical tools of learning. Moving? We have communities across the USA and several foreign countries.
Please contact us for more information on how we can help you on your homeschooling journey.
Our other services include: Online and Local Bookstore, Testing; Homeschool Counselor (help navigating the high school years), 3-day Practicum offered during the summer months to help parents grow in their understanding of classical education.