The Upper Valley Classical Community started in Marcia Knapp’s living room with a small group of families. That winter they held an Open House to showcase what they were doing. A couple more families joined that year (2008?) and we have been growing since. Now there are other Classical Conversation communities in Vermont and New Hampshire, three of them along the Connecticut River.
We meet in a church building one day a week, moving in at 8 a.m. and moving out again at 3:00 p.m.. Everybody chips in to set up and to clean up at the end of the day. The students enjoy being with other students (especially the teens) and the parents appreciate fellowship with other parents (usually mothers) over lunch. In CC we find companions and accountability.
Some of us take the responsibility of tutoring and most of the fees we pay go to the tutors. It is modest pay. Tutors train for three days at the summer practicum, throughout the year, and study their material weekly because they are learning along with the students. If the material is new, they stay just ahead. A tutor’s chief qualities are a mature love for the Lord, experience with a home school, a love for the students, and a love for learning. We know the tutor is modeling the learning process for the students.
For most of us, Classical Conversations is educating two generations at a time. We are all new to the classical liberal arts and are practicing the trivium (grammar, dialectic, rhetoric) in every subject. It doesn’t matter what we study: we practice the same skills on all material.
It is hard to explain what we do and what we offer other homeschooling families, and that is why we have created this website. In this day, to learn more about something we look it up. At last we have a web presence so you can discover what we have discovered–that Classical Conversations may be exactly what you are looking for.