Sunday

Classical Conversations

There are lots of great Classical curricula available for parents, whether they are homeschooling or just interested in incorporating the philosophy into their educational library at home. Either way, Classical Conversations is a fantastic resource, maybe the best on the market. For those just looking for great materials, the three cycle Cd's are unbelievable. The History of the World is set to easy to memorize songs that will help children (and probably most adults) learn important events and people in History.

For those looking for a full curriculum and home school program they have all the materials you would need for any age. You can find a local group almost anywhere in the world thanks to Military Families who have taken the program with them. The program was founded by Leigh Bortins, a homeschooling Mother who wanted the best academic materials for her children. She ended up creating her own and winning over the homeschooling parents looking for an academic rigorous curriculum.

The program is broken into three cycles.  All the cycles teach the full history of the World in consecutive order, but with a focus in three different time periods and locations.  The first cycle focuses on Medieval Europe.  The second cycle has a concentration on United States History.  Cycle three is the Ancient World.  With each cycle there are maps with important places highlighted.

The benefits are that its a foundational curriculum that can be used with any age student.  The songs are excellent for memorizing difficult material and the the large world wide community make finding supporting resources accessible.  The program has practicums throughout the Summer to learn how to implement the material.

There are those who really dislike the Classical Method because of the drill work.  At least, that's the argument I've heard from other parents.  They don't like the material to be dry or without context, but honestly after two years of using Classical Conversations materials I can say its neither of those things.  In fact, I found that the more my children memorize the more they are able to manipulate the information and put new information into context.

My kids are headed to public school this year, but you will find Cycle 1 being taught in my home.  We will continue to learn the material as a family this year.

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