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Classical Conversations celebrates 'Excellence in Education' Day

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For Classical Conversations, there are three components of a great education -- the classical model of learning, taught within the framework of a Christ-centered worldview, in a supportive community.

The primary goal of Classical Conversations is to support parents and to encourage them on their homeschool journey.

"Moms and dads are more than capable of educating their children, and they do especially well when equipped with the tools of learning and the desire to honor Christ," said CEO Robert Bortins.

In western Colorado, Delta serves as the hub for the Classical Conversations community that stretches from Montrose to Cedaredge. Homeschoolers generally gather weekly to participate in a group assembly before separating into classes for an academically-charged learning experience. Parents participate in classes to learn how to teach classically at home.

A community gathering earlier this month celebrated "Excellence in Education Day" and showcased student knowledge through memorization. The youngest students sang facts they'd learned about history, including the arrival of Columbus in the New World and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

From a young age, students are expected to stand up and present their memory work, so they are not bashful, said Lorraine Randlett, director of the San Juan Valley Classical Conversations.

Older students took the stage to present memory work in science, math and Latin. Latin provides the foundation for the "classical" model of instruction that focuses on grammar, dialectic and rhetoric.

New this year was a science fair for the older students. Their projects represented the culmination of weeks of research into a topic of interest.

More information about Classical Conversations, with a link to the local community, can be found at www.classical conversations.com.

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