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OCTOBER 29, 2020

Episode 40: What is Classical Education? | Guest Leigh Bortins

Homeschooling & Loving It!

By: Jamie Gaddy and Homeschool.com

Episode Info


Hello everyone and welcome back to Homeschool.com’s Homeschooling and Loving It Podcast We are on Episode 40 and today we are talking about Classical Homeschooling! For many homeschoolers, our desire to homeschool springs from a priority to give our children a different more unique educational experience. However, sometimes it can be challenging to find a clear path to accomplishing that.

Here today to help us understand the fundamentals of Classical Education is Leigh Bortins from Classical Conversations.

Leigh is joining us today from South Carolina and of course, I’m here in – not so sunny today –  middle Georgia. I just love technology and how we can connect across the country through mutual interests? Leigh is a nationally acclaimed educator and founder of Classical Conversations. Leigh holds a degree in aerospace engineering as well as a D.Min.from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts. She has published several books including The Core, The Question, and The Conversation, a series that explores the classical trivium from a parent’s perspective. And Leigh is currently working on developing a math curriculum that maps the structure of learning K4-12 math from a classical, Christian perspective. Yet all of her emphasis on the enjoyment of learning and fundamentals of education stem from her experience homeschooling her four boys.

I’ve had an interest in Classical Education, but felt that it was all very complicated. Leigh skillfully broke down the basic concepts of Classical Education in such a way that I was literally blown away. I could finally see clearly the simplistic way that Classical Education mirrored natural learning. The basic 3 steps of learning anything follow:

  • Grammar Stage
  • Dialectic Stage
  • Rhetoric Stage

Listen in to hear how simplistically Leigh explains these stages and how they can apply to all learning! I promise it will be enlightening.

Favorite quotes from this episode:

Learning is a great big jagged line of success and failure.

I’ve never been presented with this day with my children before.

Every day should contain something that causes struggle and something that causes delight!

You can find out more about Classical Conversations here.


About the Series

Where'd my instruction manual go??? I know we've all wondered that about parenting and homeschooling! Join us as we chat about the big stuff and everything in-between! Helping homeschoolers with practical teaching tips to find all they need to Homeschool and Love it!!