Classical Conversations (Temecula) — June 11-13

A Classical Conversations (CC) group in Hemet is forming, but will need more members before classes can be held in Hemet.   Right now a Classical home educator in Hemet drives to either Perris or Temecula to attend meetings.   If you would like know about a Hemet CC group please contact Chrissy Kortenhoeven at (714)457-7855 or   And please broadcast this to all your Hemet homeschool contacts.

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A FREE introduction to the Classical Conversations style of homeschooling will be held on June 11-13th, 2012 from 9am-4pm at Rancho Baptist Church, 29775 Santiago Road, Temecula.

The purpose of this 3-day Classical, Christian homeschooling class is to explain how to homeschool the Classical way.   Classes for children are available during the parents informational meeting.  For additional information, please contact Heather Wilkinson-Practicum Coordinator at 951-301-7017 or

To register click here:

Here are classes available for children:

Play Camp $35 (3-5 years)
Ø  Preschool age children will experience a mixture of play, simple art activities, and memory work chanting. Your children will enjoy this time and may learn a few grammar pegs in the process!

Geo-Drawing Camp $35 (6–8 years)
Ø  Grammar age children will spend three days drawing and mastering the earth’s geography, including the major features and political boundaries of the continents. Facilitators will teach the classical model and drawing skills in order to help your students complete their projects. We use techniques from Mona Brooks’ Drawing with Children; your child is sure to love attending this camp.

Latin Camp $35 (9-12 years)
Ø  Check website for course description…

Classically Taught Trigonometry $35 (13-17 years)
Ø  Rhetoric age students will enjoy this hands-on trigonometry camp will uncover the grammar of trigonometry as well as the dialectic processes involved in solving trig equations and problems. When approached using the classical model, trigonometry is demystified and students are successful! (Bring your protractor.)  Required resource: Trig Trainer w/Function Generator

Also available: Nursery $39 (0-2 years)

Additional Resources

Home is Where You Start From [17 September 2009]
“I joined a new Classical Conversations group, without understanding what it was. Actually, I didn’t just join, I had to Jenny-fy it and sign up as a tutor, too.   I like things messy.   Not totally my mistake, really, Classical Conversations is kind of hard to explain. Here’s my take, as I see it, after going through tutor training and having taught now 3 weeks….”

Here are the only resources on Classical education that I found at the library:

The Core: Teaching your child the foundations of classical education by Leigh A. Bortins [2010]
In the past, correct spelling, the multiplication tables, the names of the state capitals and the American presidents were basics that all children were taught in school. Today, many children graduate without this essential knowledge. Most curricula today follow a haphazard sampling of topics with a focus on political correctness instead of teaching students how to study. Leigh Bortins, a leading figure in the homeschooling community, is having none of it. She believes that there are core areas of knowledge that are essential to master. Without knowing the multiplication tables, children can’t advance to algebra. Without mastery of grammar, students will have difficulty expressing themselves. Without these essential building blocks of knowledge, students may remember information but they will never possess a broad and deep understanding of how the world works. In this book, Bortins gives parents the tools and methodology to implement a rigorous, thorough, and broad curriculum based on the classical model, including:  rote memorization to cement knowledge;  systematic learning of geography, historical facts, and timelines;  reading the great books and seminal historical documents instead of adaptations and abridged editions; and rigorous training in math and the natural sciences.

The well-trained mind: A guide to classical education at home by Susan Wise Bauer, Jessie Wise [2009]
This educational bestseller offers step-by-step instructions on providing an academically rigorous, comprehensive homeschooled education from preschool through high school.


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I am a homeschooling mom living in Hemet, California. I am interested in building a better community for the ones I love.
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