CC parents can now earn a master’s degree while homeschooling

Southern Pines, NC—Classical Conversations, the world’s largest classical homeschooling organization, and Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, have joined forces to offer a unique master’s degree program for homeschooling parents.

Classical Conversations CEO Robert Bortins announced the new program last week, and SEU has already had to raise the maximum number of students it will accept into the program this fall. The degree is called the Master of Arts in Classical Studies. It is waiting on approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

“This program is the only one of its kind in the world,” said Robert Bortins, Classical Conversations CEO. “I believe this will revolutionize homeschooling, and I am thrilled to partner with Southeastern University on this groundbreaking journey.”

This is a unique program in that it lets CC parents study alongside their children, according to Scott Whitaker, Director of New Initiatives for CC. They are frequently studying the same information, just from a different perspective and at a higher level. The parents also study the classical model of learning in depth, which helps them in teaching their children. Finally, each master’s student must select an area of concentration that they will study in more depth.

The program offers seven concentrations including: English & Rhetoric, Arithmetic & Geometry, Harmonics & History, Latin & Grammar, Logic & Dialectic, Science, Natural Philosophy & Research, Education & Pedagogy.

The base requirements for the program are that the applicant must be associated with a local Classical Conversations community and must hold a valid bachelor’s degree.

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Classical Conversations now has more than 125,000 students enrolled in its tutoring programs, which are provided by 2,500 CC communities in all 50 states and 39 foreign countries. CC provides resources, guidance and a community for a Christian homeschool curriculum using a classical education model in three developmental stages: grammar, dialectic and rhetoric.

Southeastern University is a Christian, liberal arts university in Lakeland, Florida. Established in 1935 as Southeastern Bible Institute, it became a liberal arts college in 1970. The university now has six colleges offering 55 bachelor’s degrees, 16 master’s degrees and two doctoral degrees. Southeastern has 7,000 students and is the largest Assemblies of God educational institution in the U.S.



Homeschool app provided free during COVID-19 pandemic

Southern Pines, NC—The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has forced the closing of many of America’s 133,000 schools, leaving many parents searching for educational experiences for their children at home. Some schools are providing online classes, but others are just on an extended spring break at this point.

Classical Conversations, one of the largest homeschooling organizations in the world, emphasizes memorization for its elementary-age students. Young students quickly learn math facts, spelling, science and geography facts and organization, the timeline of history, etc. Classical Conversations is now making one of its key elementary-age resources available free of charge to parents trying to educate their kids at home for the first time.

“COVID-19 is a real concern for America as it has been for much of the rest of the world,” said Robert Bortins, CEO of Classical Conversations. “Our 50,000 families are used to doing school at home, and we want to offer some of our expertise and resources to our neighbors who are trying to do school at home for the first time.”

Classical Conversations is offering a free version of the Foundations Memory Work Cycle 2 app for Apple iOS, Google and Android this week, pending their approval by each app store. The free app, which normally costs $15.99, contains all of CC’s Foundations (elementary-aged) memory work for an entire year. This covers all of its subjects including  history, geography, science, math, English grammar, Latin and timeline threads.

In order to find the free app in the app stores, search for “Free Cycle 2 Memory Work.”

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Classical Conversations now has more than 122,000 students enrolled in its tutoring programs, which are provided by 2,500 CC communities in all 50 states and 39 foreign countries. CC provides resources, guidance and a community for a Christian home school curriculum using a classical education model in three developmental stages: grammar, dialectic and rhetoric.



‘New World Echoes’ provides family reading fun

Southern Pines, NC—Fables, tall tales and poetry can be found in every culture in every era, and they can tell us much about who we are as a people and as individuals. Following hard on the heels of its very successful “Old World Echoes” last year, Classical Conversations has just released its counterpart, “New World Echoes.”

A hefty paperback of 368 pages, this new volume in the Copper Lodge Library is packed full of short stories, poems, color and B&W illustrations from the newer civilizations around the world including the U.S., Canada and Mexico, Latin America and South America, Iceland, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand.

New World Echoes is a read-aloud resource for CC families to accompany the Foundations Cycle 3 Memory Work. There are two short stories and one poem for each of the 24 weeks. The stories were chosen to correlate with the history and geography for the Foundations Cycle 3 Memory Work. Many stories and poems also serve to prepare students for the literature in Challenge.

“New World Echoes” is now available for purchase from the Classical Conversations Bookstore for $14.95.

These readings were selected so that families could spend about 30 minutes two-to-three times per week reading and discussing the stories and poems and memorizing the poems if desired.

Although still a relatively young culture, America is rich with larger-than-life characters, some like Davy Crockett and Calamity Jane, who were historical figures around whom legends grew, and some are tall tales from the ground up like Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox. Others have some basis in history but have become primarily tall-tale figures like Johnny Appleseed, John Henry and Casey Jones. The wide-open prairies and rapidly expanding frontiers of our young nation created settings for these colorful characters, but 21st-century kids will enjoy the stories, nevertheless.

“New World Echoes” also features poems by some of America’s greatest 19th and 20th century poets including Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Carl Sandburg, Henry Greenleaf Whittier, and Walt Whitman.

The reader was compiled and edited by Jennifer Courtney. Jennifer and her husband live in Oklahoma and have classically home educated their four children for more than 15 years. She currently serves as the Content Development Manager for Classical Conversations MultiMedia, holds a degree in English, and has tutored art history in Western Cultural History. She is the co-author of “Classical Christian Education Made Approachable” and “Marvelous to Behold.”

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Classical Conversations now has more than 125,000 students enrolled in its tutoring programs, which are provided by 2,500 CC communities in all 50 states and 39 foreign countries. CC provides resources, guidance and a community for a Christian home school curriculum using a classical education model in three developmental stages: grammar, dialectic and rhetoric.

16 finalists selected for National Memory Master

After weeks of judging and intense debate, the National Memory Master judges have selected 16 finalists from among almost 100 quality entry videos.

“There were humorous entries, informative entries, and entries that told compelling family history surrounding the theme of 20th Century World Wars,” said NMM Coordinator Elisabeth Webber. “Quite frankly, these entries were absolutely outstanding. The hard work and effort of each student and parent was evident in every entry we received.”

Homeschoolers learn etiquette of fine dining

Southern Pines, North Carolina—Thousands of homeschool students across the country will get a crash course in etiquette this spring.

High school students in Challenge I, II, III and IV programs at more than 2,000 Classical Conversations’ communities across the country will be participating in the programs’ Spring Protocol in February and March. Classical Conversations is a classical, Christian education resource used by 122,000 K-12 homeschoolers in 2,500 local communities.

‘The Scarlet Letter’ added to Copper Lodge Library

Classical Conversations has just released the eighth volume in its Copper Lodge Library series of classic literature, “The Scarlet Letter: A Romance” by Nathanial Hawthorne.

This new edition of “The Scarlet Letter” presents Hawthorne’s classic story of judgment, sin and forgiveness in a version that is specifically tailored for Challenge I students. The book is a significant quality upgrade from the Dover edition and features illustrations and 421 footnotes and annotations providing valuable content and context for readers.

Record crowd booked for Capstone Cruise

Andrew Pudewa

Andrew Pudewa

SOUTHERN PINES, NC—Classical Conversations’ Capstone Cruise is rapidly becoming one of the largest groups to cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines. The number of parents and children booked for the cruise is rapidly approaching 900.

Adding to the interest in CC’s largest annual event, Andrew Pudewa, internationally known education speaker, will be joining this year’s cruise May 4-8 on board the Carnival cruise ship Liberty.

Homeschoolers celebrate Presidents Day with Excellence in Education program

Southern Pines, N.C.—Thousands of homeschool students will be participating in Presidents Day activities during Excellence in Education (EiE) events. They have invited community leaders to attend their local celebrations.

The EiE events, scheduled for the third week in February, are designed to show off the hard work of Classical Conversations’ (CC) students and to demonstrate the classical model of education to local leaders, according to Robert Bortins, CEO of Classical Conversations, the world’s largest homeschooling organization following the classical model of education.

Classical Conversations® supports National School Choice Week

Southern Pines, North Carolina — National School Choice Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, has rapidly become the world’s largest education-related public awareness effort.

Sponsored by Homeschool Now USA, National School Choice Week has grown from 150 events in 2011 to over 35,000 in 2019, according to Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. He is expecting more than 50,000 separate events later this month in all 50 states and a dozen foreign countries.

Pudewa and record crowd highlight 5th CC Capstone Cruise

Carnival Liberty

Carnival Liberty

SOUTHERN PINES, NC—Andrew Pudewa, internationally known education speaker, will be joining the 2020 Classical Conversations Capstone Cruise May 4-8 on board the Carnival cruise ship Liberty.

Pudewa will be speaking to a packed house as cruise participation continues to increase dramatically. Bookings for the cruise are already 40 percent ahead of last year, and the number of seniors for the 2020 commencement has already surpassed last year’s total.

Southern Pines businesswoman to attend national forum in D.C.

Leigh Bortins

Leigh Bortins

Leigh and Rob Bortins, founders and owners of Classical Conversations, Inc., in Southern Pines, will be attending the 2019 Christian Employers Alliance CEO and Owner Forum in Washington, D.C., next month.

The forum will be held Nov. 4-5, and scheduled events include a business briefing with White House staff at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Nov. 4, followed by dinner at the City Club of Washington and a daylong meeting Nov. 5 at The Heritage Foundation. The Heritage Foundation is the leading conservative think tank in the country.

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