We have loved the last five years homeschooling in communities with Classical Conversations. Since I was not classically educated, I often found myself feeling inadequate to pull off what was being asked.  I've realized that all I need to do is be a learner, and everything else falls into place.  This doesn't mean simple submission to a program, but entertaining ideas until you find the value of them and deciding how they help or hinder your homeschool.  Everyone will implement these ideas differently, so with that, here's some of the resources I've complied after my time learning more about classical education and how it's supported by Classical Conversations.

Resources for Foundations

There are three Cycles for Foundations.  Since this year is Cycle 1, the resources relate to this cycle.

Ultimate List of Classical Conversations Foundations Resources

This one is for the mom of young students.  Life will be very different when you have older students.  Enjoy the young years while you're there!

Foundations with Littles

 

I love learning with games.  Memory work doesn't have to be pure drilling.

Games for Classical Conversations

 

In our fine arts studies, we study classical music.  Homegrown Learners has developed SQUILT guides that supplement your classical composer studies.

Cycle 1 Foundations Music Great Composers

 

Resources for Essentials:

Ultimate List of Essentials Resources

 

Chart copying is an important element of the Essentials program.  This is a simple game to keep it fun.

Essentials Chart Race

 

In your last couple of years of Essentials, it's good to start looking forward to Challenge.  This list is not a "You should do every single one of these things" kind of list, rather some options for getting yourself prepared.

Preparing for Challenge A

 

Latin scares so many people.  I know I was terrified when we looked at moving on to Challenge.  Easing into your Latin studies in Foundations is a great way to make it all less scary!

Where to begin in Latin Studies

 

Resources for Challenge:

I love Challenge A.  So many wonderful things to learn are captured in this transition year.

My ultmate list of Classical Conversations Resources for Challenge A

 

There are so many things that are learned in the Challenge programs that don't make it on the list of what's studied.  Here are the top three skills gained in Challenge A.

Classical Conversations Challenge A

 

Challenge B challenged me!  I never imagined I could learn that much, but I did.

Classical Conversations Challenge B Resources

 

Want to know what a Challenge student thinks about the program?  Here's his thoughts:

Classical Conversations Challenge Student

Helps for Latin:

Playing with Latin Nouns

 

Playing with Latin Verbs

 

Henle Latin Resources

 

This year I'm tutoring Challenge I.  I'm continuing to expand my own education, and the biggest lessons for me are in Debate.

Top 5 skills cultivated in Challenge I

 

Classical Conversations at Home:

Sometimes the hardest thing to figure out is how to translate what happens at CC to home life.  This is my schedule for my Foundations/Essentials students...revisited from when I first posted it with updates about how the schedule is actually working.

Plans for Back to Homeschool

 

This is my Challenge student's schedule, also with edits from when it was planned to what has really happened!

Freshman Homeschool Plans Revisited

 

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There are so many more wonderful resources for Classical Conversations families brought to you by some of my favorite bloggers:

There are so many resources out there if you're needing help.  Is there something you'd like to know more about with Classical Conversations?  Leave your questions in the comments below, and I'd be happy to help if I can!

 

Resource for Homeschool Moms

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Gretchen Olson on March 26, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I love this post! The link for 5 skills cultivated in debate doesn’t work for me. Help?

    • Betsy on March 26, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks Gretchen! I just fixed the link, so you can try it again 🙂

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