Classical Conversations

of Hermitage, TN

Starting 1/18, CC Executives are traveling the country to meet the families and friends of Classical Conversations. For us, it's a chance to hear what is on each of their hearts as they share the news of Classical Conversations, happenings in the homeschool environment, and personal ponderings. Be prepared for some fun and games, both giveaways and takeaways, encouragement, and connecting and reconnecting with other home educating parents. The events are open to the public and currently enrolled families, along with alumni and prospective parents are invited to attend.

Nashville's event will be held at New College in Franklin next Wednesday evening at 7:00. Address is:

136 3rd Avenue South

Franklin, TN

I know that it is late notice, but this is a rare opportunity to hear Leigh in person, so if you're able, I encourage you to go! It's also an opportunity to re-fuel your homeschooling fire at a time of year when we all often need it!

I'll be starting a thread on Rallyhood in case anyone would 1) like to go and 2) like to carpool.

Registration for 2016-2017

  1. What's changed since last year?
    Two things - Facility Fees and Timing
    Facility Fees: have increased to $50 per child per year.
    Timing: Only registration fees are due now, as usual. Supply and Facility Fees will be due by 6/1. Tuition is due by 7/20, as usual.
  2. Registration will be open exclusively to returning families until February 10. At that point, any remaining openings will be made available to new families.
  3. What must be submitted to register?
    Registration forms and a check for Registration fees ($85/first child, $55/subsequent children).
  4. Where do I put the forms and check?
    You can mail it to me (2700 Overhill Circle, Nashville, TN 37214) OR you can put it in my folder during our Community Day.
  5. Is the registration fee refundable?
    No. And that is CC's policy, not mine. All of our registration fees are submitted directly to CC Corporate. It's our licensing fee for being a part of CC, so the policy is theirs to determine.
  6. What if I'm not sure about our situation next year or I'm not sure about the combination of programs (Foundations/Essentials) that I want to enroll in?
    Send me an email. While I can't hold a spot without a form and a fee, it is helpful for me to know your situation so I can plan.
  7. What if I'm interested in investigating Challenge for next year (2016-2017) or even the next (2017-2018)?
    Email me immediately, please. I'd like to talk to everyone who falls in this category (even if you're just considering all your options).
  8. What if I have other questions?
    Email me! :-)

Coming Up!

  1. Field Trip: There are about 14 seats left to our Symphony fieldtrip on Tuesday, January 26 at 10:15, If you'd like to attend, please go to the Rallyhood Calendar and click on the performance to RSVP. Also, don't forget that the symphony provides curriculum to accompany these performances. You don't need to use it, but you can if you like. Access to it is here. There is a playlist with each lesson plan. For streaming access to those, you can go to and login using this information:
    Username: NashvilleYPC
    Password: NashvilleYPC
  2. Standardized Testing: If you're interested in this, we'll be offering it at our location April 19-21 (grades 1-3 will test all 3 mornings and finish before lunch, 4th grades and up will test the 19th and 20th until around 2:00). Registration is not yet open, but I'll let you know when it is. You can also spread the word, since you aren't required to be in a CC Community to take advantage of CC's standardized testing. More info to come! We do need more proctors, so if you have a 4-year degree and can help us out (it's not hard!), please let me know.

Drawing Africa

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Brandy Ferrell at recently posted a great FREE packet of geography resources. The Africa map that her packet contains is a great one to print out and trace regularly at home. It goes so well with our Draw Africa time, as well as our geography. Later this cycle, we cover South American geography, and it's one of the easiest continents to start with when learning to draw the world (besides Antarctica and Australia!).

Classical, Christian Education Classical Education Core:

“In the 2006 National Geographic-Roper Survey of Geographic Literacy, it was found that ‘most young adults between the ages of 18 to 24 demonstrated a limited understanding of the world and they place insufficient importance on the basic geographic skills that might enhance their knowledge…’

  • Only 37% of young Americans can find Iraq on a map—though U.S. troops have been there since 2003.
  • 6 in 10 young Americans don’t speak a foreign language fluently.
  • 20% of young Americans think Sudan is in Asia. (It’s the largest country in Africa.)
  • 48% of young Americans believe the majority population in India is Muslim. (It’s Hindu—by a landslide.)
  • Half of young Americans can’t find New York on a map.
“These results suggest that young people in the United States—the most recent graduates of our educational system—are unprepared for an increasingly global future. Far too many lack even the most basic skills for navigating the international economy or understanding the relationships among people and places that provide critical context for world events.”

See complete results by following link: 2006 National Geographic-Roper Survey of Geographic Literacy

Foundations to Challenge

In her book The Core, Leigh Bortins gives a plan for restoring geographic literacy.

“Studying geography is actually one subject that is easy to make fun and informative from an early age while working on the basics. It is easy to teach well, as it can engage the minds of all ages and learning styles, yet geography is another neglected subject in American education. Having a basic map in our heads helps us to form accurate images of international conflicts or relive adventures with historical heroes or sympathize with plights of man beset by natural disasters….

“The first step to restoring geography education is to teach students to memorize maps. That may sound boring unless you realize how relaxing drawing and coloring can be…. Students can practice drawing maps while listening to classical music or talking to a family member who is drawing and memorizing a map with them.

“Knowing about the world helps students to engage with literature, history, current events, and missions.”


Please remember to post photos in the "Gallery" on Rallyhood, so we'll have a great selection for our yearbook and end of the year slideshow. You can do this via the web or the Rallyhood app.
Community Calendar

You can access the Calendar here to see what's coming up or to RSVP to upcoming events.