Making the Most of Classical Conversations
On this page, I cover some general ideas about homeschooling and CC. However, the majority of my tips and files can be found on these other CC level-specific pages here:
- Foundations (coming soon)
- Challenge A
- Challenge B
- Challenge I (coming soon)
- Challenge 2 (coming in 2023-4)
- Challenge 3 (coming in 2024-5)
- Challenge 4 (coming in 2025-6)
A Little History
We first learned about Classical Conversations (CC) in 2012 and helped start Yuma, Arizona’s first community in 2013. We moved to Tucson near the end of 2013 and transferred to another community here. I started up a new community on the northwest side of town in the fall of 2014 and for the next 4 years, I was a Director. During that time, I also tutored Foundations two years and served as an SR for a year (and started this website)! In the fall of 2018, I stepped down from all that, so I could tutor Essentials. After 4 years as an Essentials tutor, my youngest finished with Foundations and Essentials and we’ve moved into the “Challenge only” phase! This fall (2022), I’m taking a year off from any formal position in CC and I’m excited to have some extra time to spend on my kids our Ridge Light Ranch business!
Over the years, I’m created and collected a lot of helpful ideas and documents ! Occationally I’ve received emails like this:
“I have a paper copy of this awesome chart. It’s tattered and I’d like to print a new copy. I can’t remember who gave it to me but it has RidgeLightRanch.com on the bottom of it so I’ve been searching your website trying to find it. However, I can’t seem to find the right page. Where is this chart?”
In the past, I had to tell them they aren’t here anywhere! Well, no more. I’m dedicating a corner of my website (which is mostly about teaching art using the classical model of education) specifically to how we made CC’s community-based curriculum work in our family and community.
Who is this for?
It’s my hope that this will assist you and your family while inspiring you to join or remain in a CC community. If you aren’t in a community and you haven’t purchased the CC-specific curriculum, I’m afraid my content here won’t help you very much. I try to be very careful to respect others’ intellectual property and to not violate copyright laws, as I hope others do to me.
If you have some suggestions you’d like me to add here, please send them to me at: Julie (at) RidgeLightRanch.com
And now for some legal stuff
I try to use affiliate links whenever possible. So, if you use one of these links I may get a few pennies from it. However, the cost to you will be the same. I promise that I never choose what to suggest to you based on the benefit I might receive from it. You can learn more about our affiliate policy here.
Classical Conversations has also asked me to tell you that “References to Classical Conversations do not constitute or imply endorsement by the company.” I’m guessing you knew that, but now we’re all on the same page.