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Classical Conversations enhances home schooling

For many parents of home-schooled students, there are subjects that require a bit more knowledge than they may have to offer.

For many of those parents, Classical Conversations is the choice to help educate their children.
“Classical Conversations is a nationwide program with around 19,000 students,” state manager Alicia Glendenning said. “The home-schooled student is able to meet with a tutor and focus on skills.”

In recent years, students in the Grundy County area had to travel to Oswego to participate, but recently Minooka has become home to the program, with several Minooka and Morris students participating.
Classical Conversations is a Christian-based learning organization.

“Our purpose is to lead the home-centered education movement by equipping parents and students with the classical tools of learning needed to discover the order and beauty of God’s creation and to inspire others to do the same,” the organization’s Web site reads.

Classical Conversations’ programs model the three stages of classical learning — grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric. Using age-appropriate methods, children are taught the tools for studying any subject.
The organization provides a tutor, which can help the students in any areas they may be studying.

“Most of our students are taking college-prep classes,” Glendenning said. “The tutor can help them in the biology, chemistry, and algebra classes, as well as any other.”

Their Foundations Communities serve children in the early stages, roughly ages 4 to 11. Foundations parents and students meet once a week for 24 weeks during the school year.

Once late elementary students enter the dialectic stage of learning, they join peers in the Essentials Communities, which usually meet in the afternoons after Foundations.

In the middle- and high-school years, students hone their dialectic and rhetoric skills in their Challenge Communities.

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