Skip to main content

Classical Conversations: A Classical, Christian, Homeschool Community

01/25/2017 10:00AM, Published by Hood Magazine, Categories: Education, In Print, Today, Schools



Gallery: Homeschool Community [3 Images] Click any image to expand.



By Shaina Herrmann



Three years ago, my then 6-year-old was introduced to a beautiful way of learning that engaged her in math, history, geography, science, Latin, English, art, music and speech. My quiet little girl was actively participating in the class, enjoying every moment! By the end of the year, she and several of her fellow students were sad to see it end. That was the day I knew this program was going to be a part of our lives for years to come. 


In the fall of 2014, the first Classical Conversations community in eastern South Dakota began with just under 50 students. Three years later, the program has blossomed into three communities in Sioux Falls, as well as communities in Brookings, Watertown, Brandon and Parker, SD. These communities range anywhere from eight students to a maximum of 49. There are currently 172 students enrolled in Classical Conversations in the region.

 
Classical Conversations (CC) is a nationwide program designed to come alongside parents and students on their home education journey. From preschool through high school, CC provides students with a strong foundation in community, quality educational resources and the tools they need to learn any subject. One day a week, trained parent tutors model the classical method to parents and students, instructing them in the seven liberal arts through the language-centered Trivium: grammar, dialectic (logic), and rhetoric, and the mathematical sciences of the Quadrivium: astronomy, geometry, harmonics (music), and arithmetic.

 
Classical education develops a child’s maturity in writing, speaking and thinking. The classical method of education has produced some of the world’s greatest thinkers and leaders, such as Aristotle, Plato, C.S. Lewis and Thomas Jefferson. It cultivates a love of learning in the students by providing them with the same tools of learning that have been used over the centuries. According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, only 13% of adult Americans are now considered to be proficient in their ability to perform complex and challenging literacy activities. Classical educators seek to provide students with a well-trained mind; proficient in literacy, wisdom and virtue.

 
Students begin with the grammar stage, at CC this is covered in the Foundations and Essentials programs, where they are immersed in vocabulary and basic facts, repeating the information over time, until it has been mastered. When children reach middle school age, the dialectic stage, the student learns the relationships between those facts through discussion and debate. This is where CC’s Challenge program begins, with Challenge A and B.
 
Finally, once students are high school age and have mastered their understanding of a topic, they enter the rhetoric stage where they learn how to articulate that information well. In Challenge I, II, III, and IV numerous classical subjects are studied with the purpose of developing these six skills: grammar, exposition and composition, debate, research, rhetoric and logic.

 
Sample Schedule of the Foundations Program (ages 4 to 11):
 
Opening Assembly |  9:00 - 9:30   The group gathers together to pray, share announcements, practice group memory work (such as a Bible passage or the preamble to the constitution), each week a different family gives a family presentation. At this time the students and parents are dismissed to their classrooms.  There are about 7 children in each class. 

New Grammar |  9:30 - 10:00  A tutor spends 30 minutes quickly and creatively introducing the “new grammar” for the week. They learn new facts about math, English, Latin, history, geography, science and seven timeline points.

Fine Arts | 10:00 - 10:30 - The next 30 minutes are spent learning the basics about many different forms of fine arts, divided into six week stretches. This includes drawing, music and tin whistle, great artists, and orchestra and composers.

Presentations | 10:30 - 11:00  Every week the children each give their own 2-3 minute oral presentation to help build their public speaking skills.

Science Experiments | 11:00 - 11:30  Each week the kids will participate in a science experiment or demonstration. They memorize and practice using the scientific method as they learn about the different sciences.

Memory Work Review | 11:30 - 12:00  The tutor and students participate in a review game time where several weeks’ worth of grammar is reviewed.
 


education homeschool


  • Toddler Time

    04/25/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    If they can walk, they can jump! Toddler Time at Sky Zone is a special time just for the little o...


  • Storytime Tuesdays

    04/25/2017
    10:00AM — 10:30AM

    Bring your kids to a storytime every Tuesday at Child's Play Toys. It starts off with a few songs...


  • Into the Pit

    04/25/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Into the Pit Quarry Tour arrives with another chance to go Into the Pit of a Concrete Materials q...


  • Lapsit

    04/25/2017
    10:30AM — 11:05AM

    Delight and stimulate your baby with songs, stories and playtime. Get to know other families and ...


  • Preschool - 8th Grade Open House

    04/25/2017
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Drop in with your child to experience the Sioux Falls Lutheran School difference before you enrol...


  • Babywearing 102 (SF Babywearers)

    04/25/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

    Designed for more advanced babywearers, this support group will help guide babywearers in more ad...


  • Little All Stars

    04/26/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Little All Stars

    04/26/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Milk Monologues

    04/26/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Join Shelly (CLC) or Sarah if you are the mom of a non-mobile nursing baby. One of them will be a...


  • Open Gym

    04/26/2017
    07:00PM — 08:50PM

    -Ages: 6-18 -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Shindigs Crew

    04/26/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    Shindigs Crew is an awesome time! Kids ages 3rd-6th grade may come hang out, play games and chill...


  • Ethan Bortnick: Generations of Music

    04/26/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Join Ethan Bortnick and SDPB for “Generations of Music”. Ethan is the youngest artist to ever rec...


  • Location: The Lodge at Deadwood Information and Registration: SDMGMA.org


  • Great Plains Zoo CubClass

    04/27/2017
    09:00AM — 09:45AM

    Come discover animal body parts! This parent and child class will include a variety of learning a...


  • Toddler Time

    04/27/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    If they can walk, they can jump! Toddler Time at Sky Zone is a special time just for the little o...


  • Little All Stars

    04/27/2017
    10:00AM — 10:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Great Plains Zoo Bookworms Reading Program

    04/27/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Bookworms Reading Program in the KELOLAND Education Center at the Great Plains Zoo. Join local c...


  • New Baby & Me

    04/27/2017
    01:30PM — 03:30PM

    This group for new moms and their babies meets weekly. Moms can join in open discussion on topics...


  • C.R.A.S.H. - Car care clinic for TEENS

    04/29/2017
    08:00AM — 12:00PM

    Motor vehicle accidents are the #1 cause of death for teens. To prepare them for the road, sign u...


  • Little All Stars

    04/29/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Big Brother/Big Sister

    04/29/2017
    09:30AM — 11:00AM

    Big brothers and big sisters are important members of your family and they have their very own cl...


  • Spectacular Saturday: Sky Color

    04/29/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Marisol loves to paint. So when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library,...


  • Spectacular Saturday: Musical Theater Mania

    04/29/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Do you often belt out the lyrics to your favorite show tunes in the mirror? Take center stage in ...


  • EMOJI EXTRAVAGANZA

    04/29/2017
    01:30PM — 02:30PM

    Whether it is a sad face, happy face, confused face, or more, emojis are a great way to express y...


  • Saturday Cookie Decorating Days

    04/29/2017
    02:00PM — 04:30PM

    Call us by Friday 605-978-0991 and you can come in and decorate cookies on Saturday! We do cookie...


  • Flag Football

    04/29/2017
    02:00PM — 03:00PM

    Are you missing being out on the football field scoring touchdowns with your friends? If so, gath...


  • Ties & Tiaras

    04/29/2017
    04:30PM — 06:30PM

    Ties & Tiaras is a fun-filled evening for girls of all ages and their father (or special mentor i...


  • Gourmet Guys

    04/29/2017
    04:30PM — 07:00PM

    Gourmet Guys is a fundraiser for Active Generations and helps to support all of the services offe...


  • Arts Night 2017: REPRESENT

    04/29/2017
    05:30PM — 10:00PM

    Please join us for our 56th annual Arts Night, the premier arts event of the year and an annual b...


  • Arts Night 2017: REPRESENT

    04/29/2017
    05:30PM — 10:00PM

    The 2017 Arts Night exhibition, RePRESENT, pays homage to the participating artists and community...


  • Super Saturday's

    04/29/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    We are bringing back our Saturday night open gym! Every Saturday night from 6-8pm! Anyone ages 6-...


  • Ties & Tiaras

    04/29/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Ties & Tiaras is a fun-filled evening for girls of all ages and their father (or special mentor i...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Little All Stars

    05/01/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Playgroup for Toddlers and Preschoolers

    05/01/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Play Groups are specifically for kids and their caregivers. Gather your friends at our “house” to...


  • Story & Craft: May Day

    05/01/2017
    10:00AM — 10:30AM

    Join us for storytime and a simple craft! Age: Preschool Free Regular kids' activities will al...


  • The Ransom Church, located at 700 N. Main Ave in downtown Sioux Falls, is sponsoring an "After th...


  • May Day Craft

    05/01/2017
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    Our craft for the month of May is a May Day basket perfect to hang on the door of a family member...


  • Toddler Time

    04/25/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    If they can walk, they can jump! Toddler Time at Sky Zone is a special time just for the little o...


  • Storytime Tuesdays

    04/25/2017
    10:00AM — 10:30AM

    Bring your kids to a storytime every Tuesday at Child's Play Toys. It starts off with a few songs...


  • Into the Pit

    04/25/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Into the Pit Quarry Tour arrives with another chance to go Into the Pit of a Concrete Materials q...


  • Lapsit

    04/25/2017
    10:30AM — 11:05AM

    Delight and stimulate your baby with songs, stories and playtime. Get to know other families and ...


  • Preschool - 8th Grade Open House

    04/25/2017
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Drop in with your child to experience the Sioux Falls Lutheran School difference before you enrol...


  • Babywearing 102 (SF Babywearers)

    04/25/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

    Designed for more advanced babywearers, this support group will help guide babywearers in more ad...


  • Little All Stars

    04/26/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Little All Stars

    04/26/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Milk Monologues

    04/26/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Join Shelly (CLC) or Sarah if you are the mom of a non-mobile nursing baby. One of them will be a...


  • Open Gym

    04/26/2017
    07:00PM — 08:50PM

    -Ages: 6-18 -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Shindigs Crew

    04/26/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    Shindigs Crew is an awesome time! Kids ages 3rd-6th grade may come hang out, play games and chill...


  • Ethan Bortnick: Generations of Music

    04/26/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Join Ethan Bortnick and SDPB for “Generations of Music”. Ethan is the youngest artist to ever rec...


  • Location: The Lodge at Deadwood Information and Registration: SDMGMA.org


  • Great Plains Zoo CubClass

    04/27/2017
    09:00AM — 09:45AM

    Come discover animal body parts! This parent and child class will include a variety of learning a...


  • Toddler Time

    04/27/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    If they can walk, they can jump! Toddler Time at Sky Zone is a special time just for the little o...


  • Little All Stars

    04/27/2017
    10:00AM — 10:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Great Plains Zoo Bookworms Reading Program

    04/27/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Bookworms Reading Program in the KELOLAND Education Center at the Great Plains Zoo. Join local c...


  • New Baby & Me

    04/27/2017
    01:30PM — 03:30PM

    This group for new moms and their babies meets weekly. Moms can join in open discussion on topics...


  • Location: The Lodge at Deadwood Information and Registration: SDMGMA.org


  • Playgroup for Toddlers and Preschoolers

    04/28/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Play Groups are specifically for kids and their caregivers. Gather your friends at our “house” to...


  • Little All Stars

    04/28/2017
    06:30PM — 07:20PM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • C.R.A.S.H. - Car care clinic for TEENS

    04/29/2017
    08:00AM — 12:00PM

    Motor vehicle accidents are the #1 cause of death for teens. To prepare them for the road, sign u...


  • Little All Stars

    04/29/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Big Brother/Big Sister

    04/29/2017
    09:30AM — 11:00AM

    Big brothers and big sisters are important members of your family and they have their very own cl...


  • Spectacular Saturday: Sky Color

    04/29/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Marisol loves to paint. So when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library,...


  • Spectacular Saturday: Musical Theater Mania

    04/29/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Do you often belt out the lyrics to your favorite show tunes in the mirror? Take center stage in ...


  • EMOJI EXTRAVAGANZA

    04/29/2017
    01:30PM — 02:30PM

    Whether it is a sad face, happy face, confused face, or more, emojis are a great way to express y...


  • Saturday Cookie Decorating Days

    04/29/2017
    02:00PM — 04:30PM

    Call us by Friday 605-978-0991 and you can come in and decorate cookies on Saturday! We do cookie...


  • Flag Football

    04/29/2017
    02:00PM — 03:00PM

    Are you missing being out on the football field scoring touchdowns with your friends? If so, gath...


  • Ties & Tiaras

    04/29/2017
    04:30PM — 06:30PM

    Ties & Tiaras is a fun-filled evening for girls of all ages and their father (or special mentor i...


  • Gourmet Guys

    04/29/2017
    04:30PM — 07:00PM

    Gourmet Guys is a fundraiser for Active Generations and helps to support all of the services offe...


  • Arts Night 2017: REPRESENT

    04/29/2017
    05:30PM — 10:00PM

    Please join us for our 56th annual Arts Night, the premier arts event of the year and an annual b...


  • Arts Night 2017: REPRESENT

    04/29/2017
    05:30PM — 10:00PM

    The 2017 Arts Night exhibition, RePRESENT, pays homage to the participating artists and community...


  • Super Saturday's

    04/29/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    We are bringing back our Saturday night open gym! Every Saturday night from 6-8pm! Anyone ages 6-...


  • Ties & Tiaras

    04/29/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    Ties & Tiaras is a fun-filled evening for girls of all ages and their father (or special mentor i...


  • Little All Stars

    05/01/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Playgroup for Toddlers and Preschoolers

    05/01/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Play Groups are specifically for kids and their caregivers. Gather your friends at our “house” to...


  • Story & Craft: May Day

    05/01/2017
    10:00AM — 10:30AM

    Join us for storytime and a simple craft! Age: Preschool Free Regular kids' activities will al...


  • The Ransom Church, located at 700 N. Main Ave in downtown Sioux Falls, is sponsoring an "After th...


  • May Day Craft

    05/01/2017
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    Our craft for the month of May is a May Day basket perfect to hang on the door of a family member...


  • Toddler Time

    05/02/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    If they can walk, they can jump! Toddler Time at Sky Zone is a special time just for the little o...


  • Storytime Tuesdays

    05/02/2017
    10:00AM — 10:30AM

    Bring your kids to a storytime every Tuesday at Child's Play Toys. It starts off with a few songs...


  • Mommies Matter: A PostPartum Support Group

    05/02/2017
    12:00PM — 01:00PM

    Every 2 weeks on Tuesday


  • Methods of Drawing

    05/02/2017
    05:30PM — 07:00PM

    Calling all ASPIRING ARTISTS! Tara Barney of Red Door Creations will be offering a Methods of ...


  • Little All Stars

    05/03/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Little All Stars

    05/03/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Milk Monologues

    05/03/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Join Shelly (CLC) or Sarah if you are the mom of a non-mobile nursing baby. One of them will be a...


  • Babywearing Basics (SF Babywearers)

    05/03/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

    Monthly on the first Wednesday


  • Open Gym

    05/03/2017
    07:00PM — 08:50PM

    -Ages: 6-18 -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Toddler Time

    05/04/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    If they can walk, they can jump! Toddler Time at Sky Zone is a special time just for the little o...


  • Little All Stars

    05/04/2017
    10:00AM — 10:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • New Baby & Me

    05/04/2017
    01:30PM — 03:30PM

    This group for new moms and their babies meets weekly. Moms can join in open discussion on topics...


  • Leadercast Sioux Falls 2017

    05/05/2017
    07:00AM — 05:00PM

    Leadercast is the largest one-day leadership event in the world. Broadcast live from Atlanta to h...


  • Location: Sioux Falls Convention Center Information: 605-322-7879 averaeducation@avera.org Re...


  • Playgroup for Toddlers and Preschoolers

    05/05/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Play Groups are specifically for kids and their caregivers. Gather your friends at our “house” to...


  • Animals on the Amphitheater

    05/05/2017
    11:00AM — 11:45AM

    An event the whole family will love – meet four live animals with the Great Plains Zoo’s ZooExpre...


  • Free First Friday

    05/05/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us for Free First Fridays, whether you are new to the area, new to the Pavilion, or even a r...


  • Pavilion Free First Fridays

    05/05/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us for Free First Fridays, whether you are new to the area, new to the Pavilion, or even a r...


  • Little All Stars

    05/05/2017
    06:30PM — 07:20PM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Little All Stars

    05/06/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Cloth Diapering 101

    05/06/2017
    09:30AM — 10:30AM

    Monthly on the first Saturday


  • Babywearing 101

    05/06/2017
    09:30AM — 10:30AM

    Monthly on the first Saturday


  • Spectacular Saturday: Iggy Peck Architect

    05/06/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Meet Iggy Peck—creative, independent, and not afraid to express himself! Iggy has one passion: bu...


  • Spectacular Saturday: Circuit Circus

    05/06/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    There is more to circuits than simply being a hidden box at your house. Come and explore the worl...


  • Baby in Our Family

    05/06/2017
    10:00AM — 11:30AM

    This class helps big brothers and sisters prepare for the arrival of a new baby. Parents are req...


  • Saturday Science Club

    05/06/2017
    10:30AM — 12:00PM

    Join us as we engineer a new Zoo exhibit! Discover how we use science and math to balance the nee...


  • Breastfeeding 101

    05/06/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Monthly on the first Saturday


  • Saturday Cookie Decorating Days

    05/06/2017
    02:00PM — 04:30PM

    Call us by Friday 605-978-0991 and you can come in and decorate cookies on Saturday! We do cookie...


  • Flag Football

    05/06/2017
    02:00PM — 03:00PM

    Are you missing being out on the football field scoring touchdowns with your friends? If so, gath...


  • Super Saturday's

    05/06/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    We are bringing back our Saturday night open gym! Every Saturday night from 6-8pm! Anyone ages 6-...


  • Pet Picasso

    05/07/2017
    12:00PM — 01:00PM

    Studies have shown that having a pet companion and practicing art can both lower stress levels as...


  • Stained Glass Concert

    05/07/2017
    02:30PM — 04:30PM

    EVENT OVERVIEW: Join the SDSO for the sixth season of the Stained Glass Series. Experience the...


  • Little All Stars

    05/08/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Playgroup for Toddlers and Preschoolers

    05/08/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Play Groups are specifically for kids and their caregivers. Gather your friends at our “house” to...


  • Latches

    05/08/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

    Breastfeeding takes a village. Nourish your baby in a safe, comfortable place, surrounded by your...


  • The Ransom Church, located at 700 N. Main Ave in downtown Sioux Falls, is sponsoring an "After th...


  • Toddler Time

    05/09/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    If they can walk, they can jump! Toddler Time at Sky Zone is a special time just for the little o...


  • Storytime Tuesdays

    05/09/2017
    10:00AM — 10:30AM

    Bring your kids to a storytime every Tuesday at Child's Play Toys. It starts off with a few songs...


  • 2017 Visitor Industry Luncheon

    05/09/2017
    11:30AM — 01:30PM

    The CVB's Visitor Industry Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, May 9 at the Sioux Falls Convention ...


  • Babywearing for Do-It-Yourself-ers

    05/09/2017
    06:30PM — 07:30PM

    Monthly on the second Tuesday


  • Yappy Hour

    05/09/2017
    06:30PM — 07:30PM

    After a long day at work, come socialize with other dog lovers while the dogs socialize and play ...


 


Image title

Image title