Today I thought I’d try to answer some common questions I hear people asking about Classical Conversations. I’ll do my best to answer them here and please comment below if you have more questions you would like to see me include!
Is CC a co-op? Along these same lines, Is CC a drop-off program? No, it’s a community. From the CC website, CC “plants and supports local communities who meet once a week across the United States and in several other countries.” These communities are designed for support and accountability. Tutors are parents trained to model the classical method of education in the classroom, so that while your student is learning, you as the parent are also learning. One of CC’s main goals is to equip parents to teach their children at home using the classical education methods and community is one of the main ways this happens.
Is CC expensive? I won’t pretend that “expensive” means the same thing to all people. I know that finances are seriously relative. For our family, it has been a worthwhile investment. Contact a local director to learn specific costs and decide if the cost is feasible, reasonable, and worthwhile for your family.
Is CC enough? Yes! CC memory work covers History, Latin, Science, Bible, Timeline, Math, and English. CC community days provide science demonstration/experimentation and art lessons/participation. At home, during the Foundation ages, you focus on truly committing the work to memory. You add in your own math and language arts curriculum. Truly, truly I tell you, if you just do that, it is enough! But, you’ll never know for sure unless you try it yourself!
Is CC Christian? Simply, yes. Classical Conversations’ mission is to know God and to make Him known. To quote from CC’s website: “From beginning to end, the Classical Conversations curriculum is founded on the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. Classical Conversations teaches that all subjects are not only interconnected but that God is the author and creator of each subject. Each subject informs us more about the true nature of God, and a better understanding of God informs us about each subject that is taught.”
Also, “Classical Conversations seeks to help parents seeks to help parents who want to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
What is a Memory Master? A Classical Conversations Foundations student who has mastered all of the subject memory work: Timeline, History, Geography, Science, Math, Latin, and English for the entire 24 weeks and is able to effortlessly recite it (or point it out, in the case of geography) all without help. The student proofs with their parent, another adult, their tutor, and finally the director using the proof sheets in the back of the Foundations book.
Why Latin? and why Latin for so many years? I don’t want to shortchange you with a quick answer, so check out this article, Five Great Reasons to Study Latin.
What Latin pronunciation does CC use? CC uses classical pronunciation for its memory work in Foundations, but there is no required pronunciation for the Challenge classes. Read here to learn more about the differences.
Where can I find the changes to the Foundation guide? Follow this printable link. I’m still using my 3rd edition guide. Most of the changes I wrote in. Some I cut and glued from the above linked pdf.
How do you “do” CC at home? Also known as what do you do all day?? At home, our family reviews the memory work daily. We usually do it as a group through listening to the music, simple recitation, or easy games. My older guys also complete copywork, map tracing, and illustrating in their classical notebooks. For the first time, I made a book list to match up with our cycle topics, which will be a good resource for all the reading we like to do. That’s it! For more details on how, look here! To see how other families bring CC home, check out this series – A Day in the Life of a CC Family.
What does President Nixon say in the timeline song? Okay, this last one is kind of a silly question, but I see it pop up often so I thought I’d answer it. “The best is au revoir” from his farewell address to the White House staff.
Want to know more? Check out the Classical Conversations website for lots more. And please, if I missed a question you were thinking of, post it in the comments!