What Is Classical Conversations?
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.
The first key to a great education is that it is “classical.” By that, we mean the classical model of education which has proven effective over time. This model has cultivated great leaders in the arts of freedom. Aristotle, Newton, C.S. Lewis and Thomas Jefferson are just a few examples of great thinkers who were educated classically.
A classical education is ideally suited to children's natural learning style. The classical model divides the learning process into three stages: grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric. In the grammar stage, children devour facts. In the dialectic stage, children ask many questions as they sort and evaluate these facts. In the rhetoric stage, teenagers synthesize their knowledge and apply it. Learn more.
From beginning to end, the Classical Conversations curriculum is founded on the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. Classical Conversations teaches that all subjects are not only interconnected but that God is the author and creator of each subject. Each subject informs us more about the true nature of God, and a better understanding of God informs us about each subject that is taught. Learn more.
Classical Conversations plants and supports local communities who meet once a week across the United Kingdom and in several other countries. Being part of a like-minded and committed community provides parents and students encouragement, fellowship, and accountability. To find a community near you click here.
Classical Conversations focuses on training parents to be great classical educators at home by hosting three-day summer conferences in many locations. These conferences are called Parent Practicums because they give parents practical training in difficult subjects like math, logic, and Latin. Conference speakers also model classical teaching methods, such as the art of asking questions and leading discussions. Parent Practicums are free and available to anyone interested in classical, Christian education. Parents who are willing to become tutors receive training during the afternoon sessions of the 3-day conference and receive additional online support throughout the year. Learn more.
Classical Conversations is a viable alternative to school, but one that puts you in control.
Classical Conversations also offers:
- A complete online bookstore: ClassicalConversationsBooks.co.uk
- Online forums, video tutorials, and downloadable resources (free and subscription versions) via CC Connected
- Preschool resources: Scribblers At-Home Program
- Weekly local communities for Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge
- Daily Writers Circle articles about homeschooling
- Challenge and post-graduation advising services for parents of high schoolers