Making the Most of Classical Conversations

How we do CC

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:

Please also talk with your CC Director. These pages are one mom’s advice and each CC group does things a little differently!


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 for 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! In 2022, I took some time off from any formal position in CC to have multiple foot surgeries. I’m healing up and excited to have some extra time to spend on my kids and our Ridge Light Ranch business!

Over the years, I’ve created and collected a lot of helpful ideas and documents! Occasionally 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 weren’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. Check out my page for those who are considering CC instead!

I try to be very careful to respect others’ intellectual property and not violate copyright laws, as I hope others do to me.


CC Connected

CC has made a lot of great resources available on CC Connected. I’ve tried to look through them when we were active on each level, but things change with time. If there’s an awesome resource, I’ll try to direct you to it, but I only have access to the levels my children are currently in. So, if something’s not there anymore, please email me and let me know ( Julie (at) RidgeLightRanch.com). I never attach a copy of any of it here because CC still owns the copyright to everything on CC Connected.


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.


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Now it’s your turn! Let me know how you make the most of CC!


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