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What is Classical education? Who are the different publishers and blogs on the subject? How can I learn more?

Classical education is so much more than books. It’s a lifestyle; it’s community; it’s conversations and interacting in and with the real world. At Classical Education Books we specialize in selling books and materials that help you to educate your children. But we also want to share with you some of the conversations, articles, and webinars that are happening to help us remember that we are always students. We hope that you will take some time to find your favorite writers and learn with us as we listen to these leaders in the conversation on classical education.

Center for Lit

In 2003, Missy Andrews took a dare. A friend challenged her to show the parents in their homeschool co-op how to teach literature without a college degree, and she accepted.  The method she devised became famous as Teaching the Classics, the teacher- training seminar that now equips parents and teachers all over the world to pass on the art of reading to their students.

Missy and her husband Adam founded CenterForLit shortly thereafter and began sharing the simple principles of Teaching the Classics with parents and teachers at conventions and speaking engagements nationwide.

CenterForLit now offers curriculum materials, online classes, live teacher-training, and parent-teacher support networks, all dedicated to helping readers understand and revel in the beauty of classic books.

The world’s great literature contains the wisdom of the ages – a treasure worth seeking.  To readers who lack the proper tools, however, that treasure often remains locked away and hidden from sight.

Their mission is to supply you, the treasure seeker, with the right maps and keys.

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Classical Academic Press

Classical Academic Press is an educational publishing, media, and consulting company. We are the product of decades of brainstorming, conversations, thoughtful critiques, and classroom application. Our mission is to produce and supply the finest curricula, media, and classical education training to communities across the English speaking world.

Our motto “Classical Subjects Creatively Taught,” describes the essence of all that we publish. We seek to produce classical curricula and media with a clear design and structure, incremental and systematic instruction, all with a touch of delight, creativity, and flair.

The logo of Classical Academic Press features the image of an aqueduct, which in Roman civilization provided water to towns, villages, and cities throughout the empire. We have chosen the aqueduct to symbolize our company’s goal of bridging the old and the new, by reviving the tried-and-true with fresh imagery, technology, and accessibility, and by bringing the life-giving wisdom of the ancient world to the thirsty soul of our own modern culture.

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Classical Conversations

Classical Conversations supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families. We believe there are three keys to a great education: classical, Christian, and Community.

Classical

The first key to a great education is that it is “classical.” By that we mean the classical model of education which has proven effective over time. This model has cultivated great leaders in the arts of freedom. Aristotle, Newton, C.S. Lewis and Thomas Jefferson are just a few examples of great thinkers who were educated classically.

A classical education is ideally suited to children’s natural learning style. The classical model divides the learning process into three stages: grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric. In the grammar stage, children devour facts. In the dialectic stage, children ask many questions as they sort and evaluate these facts. In the rhetoric stage, teenagers synthesize their knowledge and apply it.

Christian

From beginning to end, the Classical Conversations curriculum is founded on the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. Classical Conversations teaches that all subjects are not only interconnected but that God is the author and creator of each subject. Each subject informs us more about the true nature of God, and a better understanding of God informs us about each subject that is taught.

Community

Classical Conversations plants and supports local communities who meet once a week across the United States and in several other countries. Being part of a like-minded and committed community provides parents and students encouragement, fellowship, and accountability.

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Institute for Excellence in Writing

IEW’s mission is to equip teachers and teaching parents with methods and materials which will aid them in training their students to become confident and competent communicators and thinkers.

Using the four language arts—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—IEW methods have been proven to be effective for students of all ages and levels of ability, including those who are gifted, have special needs, or are English language learners.

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Professor Carol

Professor Carol teaches history through the lens of the Fine Arts—an approach that follows the traditions of Classical Education. The historical record of our civilization is embodied in great art—our literature, poetry, dance, music, and architecture. The arts are tied to everything. They provide the drama and the context for a memorable study of history. Without the arts, history becomes dull and lifeless.

Many today perceive the arts merely as a form of entertainment suitable for study only by a talented few. Yet the ancients included music as a central component of everyone’s education and taught the arts for the practical benefits of passing on wisdom, instilling virtue, and aspiring to beauty.

Dr. Carol Reynolds intends her courses for all students. She shows how the arts are integrated with geography, politics, religion, economics, and technology. And she proves one of her favorite sayings: “Our Western Cultural Heritage is not an elective. It’s a treasure!”

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” — Plato

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Classical Education Books

The CiRCE Institute

“CIRCE” is an acronym for “Consulting and Integrated Resources in Classical Education.”

The CiRCE Institute is a leading provider of inspiration, information, and insight to classical educators throughout the U.S. and Canada via an annual conference, an online classical academy, in-house teacher training, Lost Tools of Writing™ Workshops and materials, consulting on board development, school leadership, and school start-up, as well as a content-laden website and blog.

The CiRCE Institute first began in 1996 as Circe Ministries, a research and tutoring service formed by Andrew Kern for the purpose of writing a book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America (now in its second edition), and teaching high school aged home school students in a university style great books class.

Over the years, a rapidly growing number of schools and organizations asked Mr. Kern to speak at their conferences, to help them develop curricula, and to train their teachers. To facilitate this work, CiRCE began its annual conference in the summer of 2002.

That year, CiRCE Ministries became the non-profit 501(C)3 corporation you see here: CiRCE Institute.

Since then, continued growth has led to the addition of a board of directors; a fleet of experienced, expert consultants; The CiRCE Papers – our bi-weekley e-newsletter; a regularly updated and informative blog; and a product line that includes The Lost Tools of Writing™, Next Step Teacher Training™, audio recordings, books, and other valuable resources for classical schools and homes.

Our Vocation

The CiRCE Institute is called to promote, model, and support classical education in the school, within itself, and in the home. Our clients consider the CiRCE Institute the cutting-edge organization in the Christian classical renewal because of our unique ability to identify the ancient principles of learning, to communicate them enthusiastically, and to apply them vigorously in todays educational settings.

Our Creed

The CiRCE Institute is committed to the Christianity expressed in the historical creeds of the church, especially the Nicene Creed. CS Lewis’s phrase “Mere Christian” describes our aspiration.

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Memoria Press

Memoria Press’ educational philosophy can be best described as classical Christian education. Classical Christian education is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue through meditation on the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. This is accomplished in two ways: first, through training in the liberal arts; and secondly, through a familiarity with the great books and the great thinkers of the Western tradition.

The liberal arts are the general linguistic and mathematical skills that enable a person to excel in every academic area—as well as in the practical activities of life. In classical and medieval times, there were thought to be seven of these arts or skills: grammar, logic, and rhetoric (the “trivium”), as well as arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music (the “quadrivium”). The first three were linguistic arts, and the last four were mathematical. We would probably say today that there are more than just the four mathematics skills worthy of mastery, but the liberal arts remain the greatest summary of the skills a person should be expected to know in order to be accounted an educated person.

Through the study of the greatest that has been thought and said by Western writers and thinkers, we pass our cultural heritage on to our children. Western civilization is made up of three elements: the Greeks, the Romans, and the Hebrews—and the coalescing of these three cultures into what later became known as Christendom, the Christian civilization that remained the dominant cultural force in the West until the early twentieth century. A familiarity with the Greeks, the Romans, and, most importantly, the Christian Bible is essential to understanding our culture.

The liberal arts are the “how” of education, and the study of Western culture is the “what.” A mastery of both of these is the best way to prepare a child, not only for college, but for life.

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Story Warren

Story, (n): The theme of God’s grand tale, his good plan at work in the universe. The method by which we best internalize truth, beauty, and goodness.

Warren, (n): A network of interconnecting rabbit burrows. Speaks of communication, support, and community.

Who are we?
Your Allies in Imagination.

What’s our purpose?
Story Warren exists to serve you as you foster holy imagination in the children you love.

Why?
We hope God will use us to Kindle Imagination for Kingdom Anticipation.

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Veritas Press

Dedicated to providing the best tools for educating your children . . . One Young Heart and Mind at a Time!

The heart of our mission…

From the moment we were introduced to classical Christian education, we knew that we had discovered a better way—arguably the best way—to educate our children. We also realized that there was a lack of curriculum and tools to teach in a classical Christian way. That’s why we began creating curriculum. As our own children, and those in the schools we helped start, experienced success using our materials, we began to look for ways to share them with other, like-minded parents.

We believe that classical Christian education is the best way to have children reach their full, God-given potential! That’s a very big claim, but we believe the facts support it. Click HERE to find out more about classical Christian education and view a video that will help you learn more so you can better consider a classical Christian education for your children.

Veritas Curriculum

We are constantly thinking, observing the marketplace, and talking to others to determine whether there is a way to improve the curricular options available. Over the years, through the “working laboratory” of our own children, schools, and homeschoolers, we’ve observed many needs and have worked to fill those needs.

Online Education

Since our beginning, technology has opened up many doors for education. Maybe the most notable is the opportunity and growth of online education. Like any popular idea, many get involved quickly and sometimes not so thoughtfully. We have grave concerns for much online education simply because it frequently isn’t what it needs to be. Certain types of online classes can be a way for a student to skate through without really learning the material. Accountability is paramount. As we have developed an ever increasing collection of online classes, one thing remains front and center—that the student really masters the material. Many parents have chosen to provide a classical Christian education for their children, yet prefer to do so at home. In order to help them in this process, our online solutions through Veritas Press Scholars Academy have proven to be a great answer. Whether you choose to have an expert teacher instruct your student in more rigorous subject matter like Latin, Rhetoric, or Omnibus, or you prefer the benefits of our fully accredited Diploma Program, Veritas Press Scholars Academy has solutions to meet your unique needs.

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