Homeschool in Community
with Classical Conversations
What is Classical Conversations?
Why Join a Community?
Being a part of a like-minded and committed community provides parents and students encouragement, fellowship, and accountability.
In a community, parents build relationships with experienced homeschoolers who can offer advice and compassion.
Students build lasting relationships with their peers. This creates a safe place for practicing speaking skills and discussing big ideas.
community learning every week
Fort Walton: Foundations/Essentials meeting on Tuesdays
Niceville: Foundations/Essentials, Challenge I meeting on Wednesdays
Crestview: Foundations/Essentials meeting on Thursdays
Spend a day with us to see what Classical Conversations is all about.
Niceville Open House Foundations/Essentials
Wednesday, March 11th, 9-11am
1800 East John Sims Parkway
Additional Open House March 4.
Foundations for ages 4-12
Each class is made up of eight students in approximately the same age group and is led by a trained parent tutor. Students and parents attend this class together. From 9:15 to noon, the tutor leads the class in five thirty-minute segments that cover new memory work, a science project, a fine arts activity, public speaking, and memory work review time.
The order of the segments may vary from class to class, but the tutor will cover each of the following five components every week:
New Memory Work
Each week the Foundations tutor introduces interesting facts from seven subject areas: the timeline, history, Latin, science, English grammar, geography, and math.
Students are exposed to the scientific method and learn some basic science concepts that serve to inspire a love of science and to prepare them for the more advanced science projects and ideas they will encounter in high school. Students enjoy doing science with their friends and parents appreciate the help with lab supplies and clean up.
There are four segments of fine arts in Foundations: drawing, tin whistle, famous artist painting and drawing, and orchestra/classical music. Students spend six weeks on each topic.
For younger students, this is similar to show-and-tell. As the students get older and learn about eye contact, hand gestures, and other public speaking basics, their presentations become more formal.
Memory Work Review
Students know this part of class as "game time." The tutor leads student in playing review games that cover memory work they learned previously.
Essentials for ages 9-12
Essentials classes usually have about twelve students between the ages of nine and eleven, who attend the class together with their parents. During the lesson, younger students tackle easier samples while older students tackle more complicated ones. In this setting, younger students learn from the older students, who are given the opportunity to act as mentors. Parents adjust assignments at home according to age and ability.
The class time is divided into three segments:
- 45 minutes for English grammar
- 45 minutes for writing
- 30 minutes of math drills
Challenge Program for middle and high school students
Challenge is an aptly named program covering a full curriculum of subjects for middle and high school students. There are six levels: A, B, I, II, III, and IV. Typically students begin A when they are 12 and progress through each level completing Challenge IV as a senior, but older students are welcome in any level so you might find a 13 or 14 year old in Challenge A. The course work is sufficiently challenging to accommodate an older student. We identify Challenge “levels” rather than grades because we want students to enroll in the level they are prepared to study.
Each level progresses through math, Latin, science, and literature with additional seminars which include economics, history, philosophy, theology, logic, and drama. Courses were developed in order to cultivate skills in speaking, logical thinking, debate, persuasive writing, conducting science labs and writing lab reports. Students participate in challenging projects together such as Mock Trial, Team Policy Debate, Science Fair, Speech Events, economics projects, and much more!