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Practicum Student Camps

While you learn, your children learn, too! Economically-priced day camps are available for students of all ages. Your students are sure to enjoy the group learning environment, whether they are being cared for in our nursery; playing and singing in our play camps; memorizing and drawing God’s world in our geo-drawing camps; or learning about language, writing, science, logic, debate, or public speaking in our academic camps for older students. Advance registration for student camps is required.

Make Sure You’re Prepared for Camp!

Please review the information below to learn what to bring to your student camp(s):

  1. Print and fill out a Risk Release Waiver for each attending student. Students will not be admitted to camp without it.
  2. Please fill out a photo release form for each student.
  3. Most required resource(s) may be purchased the first day of practicum, or you may visit our online bookstore, ClassicalConversationsBooks.com, to purchase resource(s) in advance.
  4. Be sure to arrive early the first day of camp!

Student Camp Fee Cancellation and Refund Policy

Please note that we plan our staffing needs according to the number of registrations in order to provide a safe, structured learning atmosphere for our students. You may cancel your registration up to one month before the event and receive a full refund. Should you not be able to attend for any reason after that time, your registration is transferable to another event, but not refundable.

Nursery (0–2 years)

Classical Conversations provides quality nursery care for your infants and toddlers so you can enjoy your Parent Practicum. Before dropping off your child, please label all personal belongings. Parents are welcome to pick up and drop off infants as needed.
Please bring: Any needed baby items in a labeled bag and a bottle and/or cup with your child’s name clearly marked. A snack will be provided daily. Parents are responsible for picking children up and providing lunch during the one-hour lunch break.

Play Camp (3–5 years)

Designed for preschool students, our play camps are 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!
Please bring: Any needed items in a labeled bag and a cup with your child’s name clearly marked. A snack will be provided daily. Parents are responsible for picking children up and providing lunch during the one-hour lunch break.

GeoDraw Camp (6–8 years)

During our popular Geo-Drawing Camp, children will spend three days drawing and mastering US Maps, including the major features and states of the United States. Facilitators will teach the classical model and drawing skills in order to help students complete their projects. We use techniques from Mona Brooks’s Drawing with Children; your child is sure to love attending this camp! Required Resource: Trivium Tables©: Cycle 3 
Students should bring: Two good erasers, a ruler or straight edge, two pencils, and a daily snack with beverage. Parents are responsible for picking children up and providing lunch during the one-hour lunch break.

Academic Camps (9–14 years and 13–17 years)

Academic student camps vary from location to location. Please check your registration confirmation for the student camp(s) offered at your 3-Day Practicum event.

FEATURED CAMP! Logically Thinking (ages 9–14 and 13–17)

Learn the lingo and some tips and tricks to thinking logically! Students will learn the basics of logic through problem solving, critical thinking games, and some interesting mysteries to solve! Even your 9-year-old will come home from camp empowered with clear reasoning skills, so parents, get ready! Optional resource: The Fallacy Detective and Introductory Logic Student Book

History: Heroes and Handiwork (ages 9–14 only)

Using Story of the World, PreScripts: Medieval and World History Cursive and Art Lessons, and Foundations Cycle 2 Audio songs, students will love learning about the heroes of history and handiwork. Students will learn about monasteries and illuminated manuscripts and about heroes from the Bible and from European history. Students will learn to draw historical scenes, make an illuminated manuscript, and will participate in fun games and skits. Students will get a great introduction to Foundations Cycle 2 history. Required resource: Prescripts Cursive Sentences and Art Lessons: Med to Modern World History

Debate: Let’s Talk It Out! (ages 13–17 only)

Learn debate lingo and some tips and tricks in getting your point across! This camp teaches students the basics of debate and argumentation. Required resource: Tour Guide: Introduction to Debate.

Classically Taught Trigonometry (ages 9–14 and 13–17)

What’s your angle? 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 text and Trig Generator

Introduction to Public Speaking (ages 9–14 and 13–17)

Learning to listen and learning to communicate well are essential to a successful education. Students who attend this camp will use beginner materials from Institute for Cultural Communicators. Tutors will foster a friendly, fun environment in which students can prepare and present speeches on various topics. The kids love this camp! Required resource: Beginning Public Speaking Student Workpack

Learning Latin and Loving It! (ages 9–14 and 13–17)

Not only can Latin be “not so tough,” it can also be fun if you learn it with friends! During Latin camp, students will study beginning Latin using a combination of Latin’s Not So Tough and Henle’s 1st Year Latin. Tutors balance the camp day with a mix of memory work, fun, and games. Optional resources: Henle 1st Year Latin and Henle Latin First Year Answer Key

Lyrical Life Science Camp (ages 9–14 and 13–17 )

Using Lyrical Life Science songs and lessons, students will love learning about biology in this fun, hands-on camp. Students will learn about classifying living things, the scientific method, Louis Pasteur, and vascular plants. They will make and use a nature journal to hone their observation skills, participate in labs and try writing lab reports. Students will also get an introduction to the other areas of science they will study in depth in the Challenge program: physical science, chemistry, and physics. Optional resource: Classical Conversations Nature Sketch Journal

Teaching the Classics (ages 9–14 and 13–17)

Setting, characters, and conflict! Students learn tools to uncover the core components of any literary work, while also developing dialectic skills that enable them to discuss themes and ideas. Students enjoy the appealing analysis format and lively discussions. Required resource: Teaching the Classics Workbook

Writing: Classical Composition (LTW)  (ages 11–17 only)

Writing camp facilitators will use materials from CiRCE Institute The Lost Tools of Writing Level One. Students will learn the first three canons of classical rhetoric: invention (brainstorming), arrangement (outlining), and elocution (style). Students will read short literary selections together and learn some amazing tools for critical thinking and persuasive writing. Typically offered to 13–17 year-old students. Required resource: The Lost Tools of Writing Student Camp Booklet

Writing: Student Intensive (IEW) (ages 9–14 only)

Writing camp facilitators will use materials from the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW). Children will have an excellent time honing their writing skills and learning new writing techniques. These intensive camps cover more structures and styles as students improve their writing and prepare for more advanced writing assignments. (Bring your favorite thesaurus.) Required resource: IEW’s Student Intensive Notebook B