Monday, February 4, 2013

Classical Conversations Open House

Classical Conversations' Open House
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 10:00-12:00, Bradfordville First Baptist
Monday, February 25, 2013, 9:00-12:00, Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church
email to register

Classical Conversations is a classical Christian educational community for homeschooling families with students from grades K4 to 12th. We would love to have you and your children join us for a morning to observe our classes and learn more about our community. We are pleased to now have three communities accepting applications for the 2013 –2014 school year. If you have any questions or would like to set up an alternate time to visit, please feel free to contact the director of the pertinent location. For more general information about Classical Conversations, you may visit

New Family Registration for 2013 –2014 Begins 3/1

CC NORTH (Bradfordville Baptist)

K4 –7


Mission: To Know God and Make Him Known

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

FREE Classical Education Practicum

Sorry for the delay in getting this out, but the organizers didn't realize the deadline was this THURSDAY (6/14) and also that there was still room for children in the camps that go on while the moms learn and grow and be with friends and Buy Books! (Can you tell my favorite part?)  The best part is that it is FREE. (Not the books, sorry.)

I am speaking at this event, along with other wonderful moms, and we'll be sending the full schedule out soon, but for now - please read Belinda's email and take note of the link to register, plus the info about the camps for the kids. There is a charge for the kid's camps, but it's way, way, way less than a babysitter - plus they're getting educated :)  My own older children are helping with recreation and assisting in the camps.

I went to one of these free practicums in Destin last month and learned so much. One of the things they taught is in the morning, big group sessions was how to translate a latin sentence. It was so much fun watching the moms 'get it' - they were hooping and hollering - and experiencing what their children feel like when they're attempting to learn something brand, spankin' new.

The practicum is sponsored by Classical Conversations but it is very relevant to every homeschooler and most of the information given is fairly generic. For instance, my sessions will be on teaching character to children, building character in teens and young adults, and Finding Time To Do It. There are also sessions on homeschooling through high school, teaching with babies and toddlers in the audience (hecklers?!), weaving worldview into your studies, and subject-specific workshops, plus more.

Read Belinda's email below for all the specifics. You may register at the door, but we're trying to make sure we're sent enough materials/free books (read below) for every attendant.

Hope to see many of you there :)

Hi everyone,

I know that many of you, like me, missed going to the FPEA convention this year, and I wanted to let you know about a fantastic FREE opportunity we have coming up at First Baptist Church of Tallahassee on June 28-30.  We are having a three-day seminar with workshops covering topics like "How to change diapers and teach multiplication tables at the same time," and "College Success After Homeschooling."  I am especially excited about a speaker coming from Destin to speak concerning "Building a Christian Worldview that will Stand the Test."  We will have seminars that appeal to those with older or younger children.  Some of our sessions will be done as a group, and some will be "breakout" sessions, where you choose which ones to attend. 

Now, in case you are thinking, "Has Belinda forgotten that I have kids that have to be SOMEWHERE?"  The answer is, "No."  I even have a great place for them to be--in our three day camps.  We are offering a Public Speaking Camp for 9-12 year-olds, which will be led by Carla Wilson using the Beginning Public Speaking book by ICC (formerly Communicators for Christ).  Your children will have a terrific time and learn a bit about public speaking in the process.   For the 6-9 yo crowd, we are offering a GeoDrawing class, which is so much fun that your children will LOVE it even if they care nothing about geography or drawing.   For 3-5 year olds, we have "play camp," which is just about having a great time and letting you soak up some adult time.  For the 0-2 year-olds, nursery will be provided.   For all three days, 9-4 each day, the camps are $35 TOTAL ($11.67 PER DAY!!).  The nursery is $39 (all the way up to $13 per day).  As you can see, these classes are priced to allow everyone to participate, not to make money. 

If you have friends who are just thinking about homeschooling, this is a perfect, low-key event to which to invite them.  We will be discussing the Biblical basis for homeschooling, as well as other breakouts like "Cleaning Toilets Builds Character" and "It Doesn't Matter if You're Bigger than I am, I am still the Boss."  We will also have discussion sessions about choosing between math programs, spelling programs, etc.   If you have specific questions/topics you'd like to see addressed, email me immediately, and I will try to make sure one of our speakers covers them, if at all possible.  Obviously, we can't meet everyone's needs, but I can promise you will be blessed--even if it's just by getting to talk to other like-minded parents.   If you have (or are about to have) middle/high students, it will be worth your time just to hear Carla Wilson's talk on "Navigating the Credit/Test/Scholarship Maze."  Since this is such a long email, I probably need to remind you that all of this information is FREE. 

The seminar is being sponsored by Classical Conversations, but they have gone to great lengths to let people know that it is not a CC commercial or anything like that.  In fact, most of our levels are already full, so we would be wasting all of our time doing this if we were just trying to get more people.  This event is about encouraging all Christian homeschooling parents and reassuring them that they can teach their children at home.   We have so few events like this in Tallahassee that I hope you will all take this opportunity to come together, learn, and encourage each other in Christ.  

While the seminar is FREE, we do ask that you register online.  Classical Conversations sends us packets of materials (including a FREE book) for each person registered by THIS THURSDAY!!! (6/14)   If you register and then can't make it, nothing will happen to you, and there is no cap on the number of adults we can have.  The kids' camps, however, can fill up, so I can't guarantee there will still be space if you decide to wait and register at the door, though we would try to fit in all the kids the space/worker limitations will allow.   Also, if you register late or at the door, we may not have enough free books to assure that you get one.  Therefore, if you are even considering this, AND YOU SHOULD, register here by Thursday:

Remember that you may send questions you would like to see addressed at the seminar to me at  You may email me at the same address if you have any questions about the seminar.   You will receive emails with more information after you register.  Please register by Thursday--a free book is a free book, after all.

In His love,


Monday, June 11, 2012

CC Central

Classical Conversation is a Classical Christian homeschooling community in Tallahassee that will be starting its fifth year in the fall.  For the first time, CC will have two locations.  Classical Conversations Central (CC Central) currently has limited spots available.   

CC Central will meet on Mondays at Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church.  Classes are taught by a trained (parent) tutor.  Parents remain in the classroom and assist as needed.  CC Central will offer the following each week:

Foundations (PK-6):  Scripture Memory; Memory Work in History, Science, Math, History Timeline, Latin, Grammar, and Geography; Science Experiment; Fine Arts; Presentation; Review Games (24 weeks-mornings)

Essentials (3-6):  Grammar; Writing; Math Games (24 weeks-afternoons)

See for more information about our program and for registration information, tuition, and fees.

Contact Information

Jenni Cox ( Central Director

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Free Classical Education Practicum

Homeschooling is a challenge. We want to help you and your family meet the challenge, ad maiorem Dei gloriam, ("to the greater glory of God!")! 

Join us for an exciting three day practicum in Tallahassee, full of practical advice and personal encouragement as we rise to the challenge together!  Best of all, it is FREE for adults.  Did you know that the word practicum comes from the Latin practicus, which means one who practices or takes action?  Do not miss out on this rich time of thinking and learning together.


Morning speakers will present practical tools for giving  your children a classical education at home. See the grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric stages of learning in action as we discover the relationship between Latin and history -the whole history of the human endeavor. Latin is the key, and we will show you what treasure it unlocks! We will have rich discussions about timeless ideas.

Afternoon facilitators will discuss meeting the challenge of homeschooling through highschool and topics such as Latin, language, testing, and credits.


Economically-priced daycamps are available for students of all ages.

While you are learning, your students will be too! Your students are sure to enjoy the group learning environment, whether they are being cared for in our nursery; playing and singing in our play camps; memorizing and drawing God's world in our geo-drawing camps; or learning about language, writing, science, logic, debate, or public speaking in our academic camps for older students. (Advance registration for student camps is required. Registration is limited.)

Get equipped for the challenge! You will find the resources you need to educate  

classically from the Classical Conversations on-site bookstore.

 *Practicum provided by Classical Conversations of Tallahassee.  Open to all families and children!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Classical Conversations Challenge A

From Debbie...

My three youngest children are old enough to be in a Classical Conversations (CC) Challenge A class. Challenge A is the first level in the more rigorous course work of the Challenge level of CC - usually around ages 12-15 or so. Unfortunately, the Tallahassee program is popular and the class filled up very quickly and had a waiting list. Challenge A is absolutely my favorite level of the CC offerings because the students are learning time management and personal responsibility for their own education along with writing (IEW) and speaking, literature, beginning latin, math, geography (they learn to draw the entire world with countries, capitals, and prominent features in each country), Christian logic, and science (a cross between Charlotte Mason nature studies/ sketching - and higher research skills).  The courses are designed to be a full year's course work, nothing needs to be added. Much emphasis is placed on presentation, giving the student the (mandatory) opportunity to share their work in class.

Not easily daunted, I applied to be hired as a Challenge A tutor for a 2nd class in Tallahasse and I can't wait for my own children to be in my class! I have completed the training and am ready to start in the fall. We are allowed to have 13 in the class so it looks like we'll have about 5-6 openings.

I am having an informational meeting at my house this Friday at 10am.  You are welcome to bring your children to swim if you can trust them to be in the pool without you (and I just happen to have several trained life guards in my family :) They can also come and just hang out while we talk - or you can come alone, and concentrate! :)
I will have many of the books we'll be using, some catalogs to pass out, and some samples of student work. I'll also be able to answer specific questions about classical methods and how this Challenge A level bridges the gap between parent-directed learning to a more self-directed level. (My children need this So Badly and I am more than ready for it! :)

If you think your child might need the accountability and encouragement of a tutor along with the chance to discuss their ideas and work with other motivated students - feel free to come and find out about Classical Conversations Challenge A program. We start in late August and will meet on Tuesdays from 8:15-3:00 at Four Oaks. We will meet there with the other CC classes (5 other middle and high school classes, plus a slew of elementary classes). Parents are not required to attend the weekly class with their student, but are welcome if they'd like to come.  Also, VERY IMPORTANT, unlike many options available today for homeschoolers, Classical Conversations places much emphasis on the parent remaining the primary teacher. More about that at the meeting!

You can also find out information at their website
(No offense to the catalog authors but I don't think you get a real feel for the program from the catalog. Feel free to email me with any questions.)

Hope to see some of you here Friday. Please let me know if you're coming.

Debbie Pittman (mom of 11, homeschooling for 30 long years, and apparently ...writer of infomercials! :)

P.S. If Friday is not a good day for you please let me know and we'll try to work out something else.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

2012-2013 Registration

Classical Conversations is a thriving Classical Christian (homeschooling) Community. Starting August 2012, CC will have two Tallahassee locations (Four Oaks Community Church and Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church). 

Classes meet once a week and are taught by a trained (parent) tutor. Parents remain in the classroom and assist as needed. CC offers the following options:

Foundations (PK-6): Scripture Memory; Memory Work in History, Science, Math, History Timeline, Latin, Grammar, and Geography; Science Experiment; Fine Arts; Presentation; Review Games (24 weeks-mornings)

Essentials (3-6): Grammar; Writing; Math games (24 weeks-afternoons)
Challenge (7-12): Debate, Rhetoric, Exposition, Research, Grammar and Logic Strands in Various Fields of Study (30 weeks-students are dropped off)

See Classical Conversations for more information about our program and registration information, tuition, and fees.

Contact Information
Cathy Campbell-CC North (FOCC) (FULL)
Jenni Cox ( Central (SPUMC)
Belinda Stephens ( (FOCC)

Please forward this information to all who might be interested.

FREE Classical Education Practicum

Please join Classical Conversations on June 28-30 for a FREE classical education practicum at First Baptist Church.