We believe students will rise to a CHALLENGE.
The Challenge Program
How will I be able to teach my kids once they get to high school?
As students learn how to learn, they develop the skills to learn any subject! As the teacher of your student, you will walk alongside your child as the leading learner.
We offer six Challenge levels that centre around the timeless learning tools of the classical model.
A parent should determine which level is the best suited for their student.
Students attend a weekly community day for thirty weeks where a parent-trained director facilitates the six seminars. Students work from a guide with assignments for each area of study.
Although directors facilitate the weekly community time and lead class discussions, parents continue to be students’ primary teachers.
The director/parent/student partnership is a valuable relationship that fosters accountability for all.
The third step in learning anything is to communicate winsomely in word or deed what you have learned.
Our robust Challenge program stands out from other classical, Christian programs or co-ops for two reasons:
First, a single mentor directs all subjects. Second, students learn the unity of all subjects.
In each program, one highly qualified, experienced homeschooling parent-director partners with students and their parents as a yearlong mentor in all subjects.
Dialectic and rhetoric students need help understanding core subjects, equipping them to discover that all knowledge works together in an indivisible “universe” rather than a disconnected “multiverse.”
In Challenge, our content, assignments, and discussions help students progress from knowledge to understanding to wisdom.
Students study six classical subjects, utilizing the learning skill associated with that strand at home while practising dialectic and rhetorical skills in the weekly seminars.
Directors help point students to the integration of science, history, math, philosophy, literature, and so on, while also pointing students to the plumb line of God’s Word.
The weekly seminars give students additional opportunities to hone skills in exposition, speaking, and debate as well as to explore more advanced topics in research and logic seminars.
Abstract thinking is now put into practice as students solve problems, write original papers and speeches, and lead discussions.
- Directors facilitate class discussions, maintain communication with parents and students regarding student progress, and partner with parents to hold students accountable for their course work.
- Parents assist their students in the completion of the course work, encourage and guide students in the development of good self- and time-management skills, and adjust elements of course work as family dynamics dictate. Parents also assess student work and assign grades.
- Students complete the weekly course work in the time required and prepare for and participate in class discussions.
A classical education capitalises on the fact that we learn in three stages:
- We memorise the vocabulary and basic facts related to a subject. This is called the grammar stage.
- We learn to sort, analyse, and understand the vocabulary and facts. This is called the dialectic stage.
- We can apply our understanding to the subject in the form of teaching the subject, writing original papers, giving original speeches, or solving problems. This is called the rhetoric stage.
Challenge Programs offer students practice in all three stages of learning so that they can teach themselves any subject. They memorise information, sort, analyse, and understand the information, and finally have the opportunity to apply the information as they write original papers, give persuasive speeches, solve problems, and lead seminars themselves. The opportunity to take their learning to the rhetorical level is the fulfilment of all previous learning and makes education rewarding and meaningful.
At Classical Conversations, we believe that the purpose of education is to know God and to make Him known. The families in our program aim to educate their children for heaven, not for a higher ed institution. However, seeking to honour God also means pursuing excellence in education. Classical Conversations is growing fast, and is now in over 40 countries. As Classical Conversations is relatively new to the UK, we do not yet have any graduates; but, where records exist, Classical Conversations grads have achieved higher mean exam scores in every subject tested than the national average. Since an exam is designed to test the student’s knowledge, we are confident that any good education will equip the student to pass an exam. Classical Conversations has proven its academic excellence, yet our focus is not the exam, but the celebration of the love of learning, and a renewed appreciation of God’s splendour. For more information about this topic, please click here.