Classical Conversations Sewell
Classical Conversations Sewell was started in 2013 with 6 families, totalling 12 children, dedicated to homeschooling their children. Today our Community has over 45 families and 70+ children. CC Sewell offers Foundations, Essentials, Challenge A, B, I, II, III and IV.
Other local CC Communities
There are several communities throughout the South Jersey Area.
To find one visit www.classicalconversations.com
Classical Education Resources
To learn more about classical education and how to implement classical education in your homeschool, the following books & articles are recommended:
The Lost Tools of Learning - Dorothy Sayers, a contemporary of CS Lewis, discusses tools to enable the analysis and mastery of every other subject. This influential article has been used as a basis for the classical education movement. Download here.
Classical Education Made Approachable by Classical Conversations
As a modern parent, are you intimidated at the prospect of building a classical, Christian education for your family? Learn how you too can build your family's home-centered, classical education using the building blocks of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.
Echo in Celebration by Leigh Bortins
Leigh Bortins' easy-to-read book about the classical model and home-centered education. Promoting classical Christian education and stressing the importance of relationship between teachers and students, Leigh encourages parents and educators to equip and exhort their students to become lifelong learners who study all subjects in order to know God and to make Him known.
The Core by Leigh Bortins
In this approachable book on classical education, Leigh Bortins describes the rigorous academics that form the core of a solid education. By building a strong foundation in grammar school, students will advance more competently and confidently through higher education.
The Question by Leigh Bortins
Parents who are wondering what to do with all the facts their children have memorized will enjoy Leigh Bortins explain how to foster an inquisitive spirit and challenge students with rigorous academics in the middle and early high school years. The Question guides parents through the five essential question types that help students become analytical thinkers. The Question provides both inspiration and specific goals that encourage parents to walk with their children through an engaging and challenging study of core subjects.
TO KNOW GOD AND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN
Classical Conversations fulfills its mission by curating curriculum, providing services, and training parents to build flourishing homeschool communities. Therefore, our team both practices and is committed to:
Submitting first our own bodies, minds, and spirits to the work of Christ as we join the great classical conversations of history.
Supporting licensed homeschooling leaders imitating Christ’s work of reconciliation by serving families pursuing a classical education.
Encouraging parents to develop the confidence to lead Christ’s natural classroom—the family.
Challenging entire families to cultivate the art of wisdom through knowledge and understanding.
Developing curriculum and services which ensure Classical Conversations families are equipped to conquer any obstacle in their pursuit of Christ.
The purpose of education is to know God and to make Him known.
God trusts parents with their children and so should we.
Wrestling with truth promotes blessing and virtue for the whole community.
Education is the responsibility of the family, with support from fellow believers.
The support of community enhances our ability to fulfill parental duties.
The accountability of community both sharpens and humbles its members.
Classical education embodies the most natural tools of learning.
Truth is required to inculcate wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
Classical education prepares us to accept the responsibilities of Christian freedom.
What is Classical Education?
What is the Classical Model?
The classical model divides learning into three phases:
The Grammar Stage: Learning the words and terms associated with a subject.
The Dialectic Stage: Asking questions, sorting, comparing, and practicing the knowledge learned in the grammar stage.
The Rhetoric Stage: Communicating the truth of the subjects learned in the dialectic stage through writing, speech, or conversation.
This is the classical model of education that was used by the great thinkers and leaders of the past, including Aristotle, Plato, C.S. Lewis, and Thomas Jefferson.
Classical education is sometimes called “leadership education” because it builds skills needed for leadership: logic, debate, public speaking, clear reasoning, researching, writing, and communicating. These skills are practiced in every subject (math, science, history, geography, Latin, fine arts, and more), which prepares students to become leaders in any field they pursue.