Is homeschooling valuable? Can homeschooling with Classical Conversations add value to your child’s education? Is it a good value? The answer to all these questions from this homeschool dad is a resounding yes!
My wife and I homeschooled our four children from kindergarten through high school. Three of them have completed college, while the baby is a college freshman. The older two we home educated using a variety of approaches, including co-ops and a one-day, seminar-style program. The younger two we educated similarly, but they had the added benefit of Classical Conversations’ Challenge programs through junior high and high school.
So “what was the difference?” you ask.
Accountability with flexibility
With the first two kids we always wondered if we were doing the right thing. Were we doing enough? Did they have glaring holes in their education that would be laid bare when they entered college? Every child is different, and they all learn differently. Using Classical Conversations we were confident that we were covering all the bases, but the program was flexible enough to allow us to tailor the learning to the individual needs of the child. For most of our homeschooling years, we were a one-income family, so we were constantly looking for the best values in everything, from diapers to peanut butter. Along the way we learned that the cheapest item was not necessarily the best value.
Christian, classical, by homeschoolers for homeschoolers
Classical Conversations was the only curriculum we found that was overtly Christian, based on the classical model of education and written by homeschoolers for homeschoolers! The curriculum wasn’t written by classroom teachers or professional educators, it was deliberately designed from the ground up by veteran homeschoolers for Christian families to use in their homes, and it is continually being updated and improved. There are lots of curricula out there, but we only found one that was Christian, classical and designed by and for homeschoolers, and that was CC.
Community is key; homeschoolers are better together
One of the pillars upon which the success of Classical Conversations rests is “community.” In CC you don’t have to figure it all out on your own. We have 2,500 CC communities around the world that provide a supportive environment for more than 125,000 students, and we continue to grow rapidly in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries. Each CC community has veteran homeschoolers, veteran CCers, to walk alongside those new to the journey. People are looking for relationships along the homeschooling trek, which can seem so isolating…but not with CC!
No matter where you go, you will find a CC community
It doesn’t matter where you might move to in the U.S., and now the world, you will find a CC community near you. When you move to a new city, there is a strong synergy in finding like-minded people with whom you have the common bond of CC—you have readymade friends. Whether you move to Honolulu, Hawaii, Portland, Maine, or São Paulo, Brazil, you will find a CC community near you. We have lived in the same house for almost 20 years, so we never had to find a new CC community, but it was always comforting to know we could if we had to.
CC’s graduates are enrolled in the finest universities
Classical Conversations has a proven track record of its graduates being accepted into the top universities in the country and excelling. They are ready to compete: for scholarships, in the classroom and on the playing field. Our three oldest children didn’t need to compete for scholarships because I taught at a Christian college for years, but when our youngest child needed to compete, it was nice to know that CC had prepared him well, and he was able to win a Presidential Scholarship at his university.
Classical Conversations has thought of all the little things
CC offers a great curriculum, and its community of 2,500 communities is the backbone of the organization, but CC has also addressed all the little things that drive a homeschool parent crazy!
CC parents receive additional resources through CC Connected and RightNow Media. If you need standardized testing, academic transcripts for college, or courses taken for high school and college credit simultaneously, we can help you. Want to reward your high school graduate and his teacher for a job well done? We offer the coolest graduation ceremony ever onboard a cruise to the Bahamas! Our youngest graduated Challenge IV last year, and it was a great reason to take the whole family on a cruise!
Homeschooling isn’t for everyone. Classical Conversations isn’t for everyone. But if you are interested in homeschooling your children in a classical, Christian manner, Classical Conversations is a value you can’t ignore. For more information, visit www.classicalconversations.com.
Sign up for the Teach Them Diligently newsletter to receive more great articles!
Read our Blog, join TTD365, follow on Facebook and Instagram, and sign up to attend one of our homeschool events!