The Challenge program in Classical Conversations is a full curriculum for middle and high school home-schoolers.  Meeting once a week, the students have an opportunity to discuss, present, and ask questions about the work they completed at home over the last week. Last year, my son and I completed Challenge A.  I say I completed…

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Recently I realized how often I quote movies.  I grew up in the age of an amazing invention:  the VCR.  This meant I could spend hours watching and re-watching any great movie I came upon.   Don’t get me wrong.  I was an avid reader as well….of Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley High.  But those…

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I am not a natural speller.  I called myself a “creative” speller because I could come up with some pretty outlandish combinations of letters when asked to spell a simple word. With my own struggles looming over me, choosing a spelling curriculum was daunting.  I burned through many different curricula because I could never find…

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Last year, while tutoring Challenge A, one of the greatest tools I learned was Andrew Kern’s highlighting system.  It is a color coded process for marking books.  Recently, Sarah Mackenzie hosted a webinar where Andrew taught her about the system. It is worth a watch. For those of you who are skeptics about marking in books,…

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Classical Conversations Challenge A

Our family has been a part of Classical Conversations communities since 2010.  I homeschooled a year without it, and while I enjoyed being able to guide the direction of our studies, I knew that if I was going to make it through the high school years, I’d need a community.  When I found CC, I…

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