Challenge IV students sink their teeth into ancient writings of Homer, Virgil, and Hesiod, as well as modern writings of Lewis and Leithart. Students survey the Old Testament and highlight the poetry of Scripture through a study of the Psalms. They translate the Aeneid from Latin into English through Henle Latin, while translating creation into number through math and physics. Challenge IV crowns the Challenge years by contemplating duty, honor, and leadership across the ages and into our own day.
In this, their final year of homeschooling while prepping for their next steps, whether it be college, a trade, or jumping right into a career field, parents will see their child flourish and reap the rewards of their investment into educating at home. These high school-aged students and their parents will continue to homeschool with the support and accountability of their local community group. Additionally, students will be able to earn college credits toward higher education through our CC Plus program.
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The Six Strands of Challenge IV
Take the natural next step towards mathematical aptitude. Students further their math understanding and facilitate learning the assigned concepts from pre-calculus and calculus. Conversations synthesize the ideas of relationships, shapes, higher order equations, variables, Euclidean proofs, trigonometry functions—and, in some cases, limits, derivatives, and integrals.
Have you often longed to read a document in the original language? It is not as difficult as you might imagine. Challenge IV’s Virgil and Assorted Translations seminar will explore and translate everything from hymns, to the Latin Vulgate Bible, to poetry. In the second semester, students uncover the literal meaning of Virgil’s Aeneid in the ancient Latin, while studying this epic poem in the Exposition strand.
Even the abstract can be explained. The main goals of this homeschool math-based physics seminar are to provide a good foundation for understanding the mechanics of natural science and to develop a solid mathematical foundation for explaining the abstract ideas of work, energy, motion, and more. Lessons are targeted, concepts are explored, vocabulary is defined, and problems are practiced both at home and in community.
Genuine faith is not blind. In the first semester, students complete a study of the Psalms, along with a survey of the Old Testament. Understanding the stylistic devices that are used in the poetry of the Psalms, students gain an appreciation of the theology of this book of Scripture. The second semester changes its focus to the New Testament ideals of the Christian faith and the Christian response reflected in behavior and actions.
Every text is an opportunity to learn. Ancient literature of Greek and Roman poets is the prime focus of the literature seminars. Students analyze, discuss, and examine each epic work through a biblical lens. The students translate the Aeneid in the Grammar seminar from Latin to English, while reading the Aeneid in a poetic English form. Students practice rhetorical skills by leading community group seminar discussions and performing dramatic interpretations.
Unexamined history is bound to repeat itself. World History focuses on various scientific discoveries that have impacted and changed the course of nations. In this homeschool strand, students read the text, record pertinent facts, and create a timeline to organize the discoveries in a linear context. Six oral presentations of different scope and focus exercise students’ knowledge and raise their rhetorical and public speaking skills to new heights.
We embrace a real-world approach in all aspects of our education. Local directors can choose to offer a yearly formal event for Challenge students to better learn how to interact with their communities and each other.
This was the best Practicum that we have ever attended. We worshipped together, prayed together, and grew together. I’m in awe. It truly blessed us. We feel more equipped.
This was the first [Practicum] I was able to attend and I truly enjoyed it. I gained support and encouragement throughout the entire training.
I was encouraged, challenged, and equipped with new information. I was also reminded of wonderful tools I have used in the past and may need to sharpen a bit. Thank you Classical Conversations!
I love Practicum because it reminds me to stop checking the boxes and pursue truth, beauty, and goodness.
The lost tools of learning we practice at Practicum can benefit everyone! Even if you’re not homeschooling. Even if you’re not parenting. The classical method can help anyone learn anything.
The encouragement and support from other parents is vital. I enjoy learning from those before me in their journey, encouraging those beside me, and sharing with those coming behind.
I am a grandmother homeschooling my 9-year-old granddaughter who has been through a lot of trauma with both parents. The moms, Tutors and Director have truly been encouraging and most accepting of this old grandma and her granddaughter. We are going into our 5th year at CC.
My CC community breathes flavor, energy, and structure into my homeschool. The steady support, motivation to learn perpetually, and sweet fellowship is vital to me personally and to my family.
As a longtime homeschooler, you can find 350 Classically-centered curricula on the market. What sets CC apart isn’t the carefully crafted history sentences, the infectious list of pronouns the kids chant, or the way you can tweak it to be whatever you want at home. It’s the community.
But what about socialization? I have to admit, I heard this question a couple times when I first decided to homeschool, but most people I come across don’t ask it anymore. If they do inquire about how I keep my kids socialized, I get to tell them about the amazing community God brought into our lives with Classical Conversations.
My CC Community has been an integral part of our homeschool experience. I can’t imagine being on this journey alone, as a ‘lone wolf.’ I love how CC covers aspects of homeschooling that I would not get to on my own, such as weekly science experiments and art projects, and memorizing a world history Timeline of events. CC provides a ‘one stop shop’ for all of my homeschooling needs.
Community is a very valuable part of CC. What other curriculum has weekly modeling lessons for us parents?
Our CC family is so much more than a group of fellow homeschoolers. They are the family who can truly understand my daily struggles as a homeschooling mom. They are the family who supported me emotionally and mentally when my husband passed away. They are the family that welcomed me with open arms when we had to move out of state and join a new CC family! There is nothing comparable to our CC family. I am so truly grateful.
My director and fellow parents are tutors are more than colleagues; they’re friends. I’m thankful for the support, accountability, and friendship they offer.
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