Homeschool in Community

with Classical Conversations

What is Classical Conversations?

Classical Conversations supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families. We believe there are three keys to a great education: Classical, Christian, and Community.
Welcome to 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

For 12 weeks in the fall and 12 weeks in the spring, students, ages 4-11, attend classes facilitated by a trained parent tutor. Middle and high school students attend class for 15 weeks in the fall and 15 weeks in the spring.

CURRENT COMMUNITIES

Destin: Foundations/Essentials meeting on Mondays

Fort Walton: Foundations/Essentials meeting on Tuesdays

Niceville: Foundations/Essentials, Challenge I meeting on Wednesdays

Crestview: Foundations/Essentials meeting on Thursdays

Niceville Informational Meeting

Thursday, March 5th, 6:30pm

1800 East John Sims Parkway

Niceville, FL

contact Rebekah McMullan for more information

rebekah.mcmullan@cox.net

850-226-2801

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

Niceville, FL

You and your child(ren) ages 4-11 will sit in the morning Foundations class. Your child will participate alongside children their age. You and your older children (rising 4th graders) are also welcome to participate in the afternoon Essentials class from 1-3pm. RSVP required for Open House.

rebekah.mcmullan@cox.net

Additional Open House March 4.

Students Gather at Classical Conversations

Foundations for ages 4-12

Once a week at 9:00 in the morning, children stream eagerly into the church building with their siblings and one or both of their parents. Families take turns opening with prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and a family presentation. Directors lead scripture memory work recitation and make announcements.

Foundations Classes

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.

Science Project

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.

Fine Arts

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.

Presentations

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 Program Overview at Classical Conversations

Essentials for ages 9-12

At 1:00 in the afternoon, after the Foundations program and a lunch break, students grab their notebooks and pencils and head to a classroom to learn all about English grammar and writing with their friends. Essentials is a complete language arts program. Surprisingly, there is not too much writing during class, but there is a lot of talking! Students compose sentences and learn the rules of writing by talking about them (what we call the dialectic model). Parents learn about English grammar and writing, too, because they attend class with their students. They watch a parent tutor model the lesson so that they can continue the lesson at home.

Essentials Classes

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:

  1. 45 minutes for English grammar
  2. 45 minutes for writing
  3. 30 minutes of math drills
Challenge Program Overview at Classical Conversations

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!