Essentials Keeps Getting Better!

Have you heard? We are excited to announce that the Essentials English Language Curriculum, 5th Edition was just updated in last Spring! After recieving extensive feedback from Tutors and parents, we have created this new edition to preserve the familiar structure with a more approachable design. Check out the video below to see what the excitement is all about.

For detailed information explaining the updated features and the answers to top questions, check out the video at the bottom of the page.

Availible now from the Bookshop!

Our first update to the Essentials Guide in over a decade features tons of new and upgraded features! Based on extensive input and requests from Classical Conversations Communities, we have divided Essentials English Language Curriculum, 5th Edition into the following three parts:


The bridge between the Foundations and Challenge curriculums has been strengthened!

Featuring tabbed sections, three-hole punched pages for easy binding, clear lesson overviews, and connections to Foundations Memory Work and Challenge Latin, the Fifth Edition provides our most robust support yet to Essentials families and communities:

  • Tabbed sections for each lesson, along with tabs to easily identify other key sections
  • New layouts that assist parents and Tutors in the logical flow of information
  • Short notes of guidance and encouragement
  • Helpful weekly lesson summaries
  • Charts and Guides added and clearly placed throughout
  • Updated model sentences
  • All work clearly designated as, "At Home," or, "In Community"
  • Glossary of all terms


Brand new addition!

Conveniently printed as a separate piece, The Solutions Manual contains the same question-confirmation model script for each sentence, so you can lead each lesson with confidence.


All new for the 5th Edition!

Printed as a third artifact for easy transport, the Essentials Student Packet contains reproducible charts, editing lessons, and spelling lists for convenient work-at-home or on-the-go.