Practical support for home schooling families and struggling learners in Warrensburg, Missouri.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
-2 Peter 3:18

What is classical education?

Typically, classical education means teaching according to the learning stages of the trivium, using history as the basis of forming a coherent understanding of the world, and using original source material and classics as texts, rather than textbooks. As you will see, CCL strives to do this with much of the curriculum. It does, however, use a text for the sciences.

What is the Trivium?

The trivium is three stages of learning, usually related to a stage of growth and life. The grammar stage is when the grammar (facts and vocabulary) of a subject is learned. This happens easiest when the child is young and enjoys rote drills and memory games. It is knowledge.

The dialectic stage discovers the why and how of a subject and how it relates to the bigger picture. It is understanding.

The rhetoric stage takes all the afore learned information, analyzes it, forms intelligent deductions and opinions, and communicates them ably, written or orally. It is eloquent wisdom.

While these three stages fit stages of life nicely, all good learning runs through these stages no matter where in life it happens. We will use this three pronged approach to all our subjects. First and second year high school classes will operate in the grammar and dialectic stages primarily, while trying their wings with the rhetoric. Third and fourth year high school classes will use grammar and dialectic stages only as much as necessary to form a foundation from which to move to rhetoric as quickly as their background and abilities will allow.

But... I haven't been teaching "classically." Will my child be way behind?

No. This is designed with that type of home schooled student in mind. We will all grow together from whereever we are. The goal is to learn how to learn following the tried and true methods of the trivium. Tutors will make every attempt to verbalize and teach the process so that the students will be able to apply them in any area of study they pursue.

The Center for Classical Learning is a support for homeschooling families for students of all grade levels. It is a privately run business designed to support local home school families who desire to give their children a classical education with a Christian worldview in the context of a small school setting with the support of professionally qualified and experienced educators. It provides accountability and structure for a student's education, without removing individual flexibility that is so important to home school families.

Students attend classes one day a week to be tutored in all the subjects. The homework for the week is posted on this website. The student does the homework at home all week under the oversight of the parents. The following class day, all homework is brought back to class where reports are given, discussion over things learned takes place, experiments for science are performed, and new instruction is received for the following week.

Families have discovered that CCL provides oversight for an excellent education, classroom experience for the student, a venue for discussion and presentation, a social experience that students crave, and a good group to identify with. An additional bonus for the parent is that CCL takes the work out of choosing a curriculum and administering it, as well as providing you with another authority figure to back up your educational decisions.

We will not include reading or math instruction, so you will need to do that yourself. We're happy to give suggestions.

For science, history, literature, Bible and writing, it can be your entire curriculum. If you'd rather it was supplemental, you need to commit to a certain level of preparedness so that your child can actively participate in the discussion and activities.
With the advent of COVID-19, all Center for Classical Learning classes converted to virtual classes using Zoom. It remains to be seen if this will continue for the school year 2020-21, but the option remains available to any who would rather access the classes virtually, even if in-person classes are occurring.
History: Approximately One Hour

Review history cards: Please plan to run through these at least once each week at home so the sequence will be memorized by end of the year
Review vocabulary: Vocabulary is essential to academics and communication. Plan to spend time working on it.
Ask review questions: These will be paraphrases of the ones in the Review and Narration Exercises in the Story of the World Activities Manual.
Review maps from home: Map done at home from the Activities Manual and brought to class.
Hear reports: Any that apply to history, any show and tell that applies
History craft activity: Some craft every week is the goal.
Handout new history card: It looks forward to the next reading.
Go over new vocabulary words: That look forward to the next reading (if time permits)


Literature: 10-15minutes

Questions or artwork from story: A few questions concerning the reading, or artwork or activity based on the story.


Bible: 20-25 minutes
Recite books of NT – learned in increments, add new each week
Hear memory verses – of amount of family’s choice from version of choice
Review Bible story of the week by various methods and lesson to be learned from it


Social skills and snack time: 10-15 minutes

Read book concerning positive interactions or Bible topic of the week while eating snack .


Exercise and grammar memory: 10 - 15 minutes – a brain building exercise, cards on grammar or math drill appropriate to grade level


Science: One Hour
Hear reports – any pertaining to science topics or show and tell
Do next science experiments or activity – Hope to do two each week.
Parents can participate in every class if they choose and may be asked to be present on a weekly rotation based on the number of families involved. You are welcome to stay as much or as little as you would like. Do what is best for your homeschool. We do recommended that you sit in on at least one class so that you understand what your student is experiencing and what class expectations are.
Like the high school classes this year, we will all be on the period of time from 1800 to present. History and literature will be based around that time period. In science, we will be covering the discoveries and inventions of that time period.

Bible will be the Life of Christ - a Harmony of the Gospels.
Kingfisher Encyclopedia of History and Story of the World Volumes 3 and 4 for history.

For literature, a variety of readers available to buy or from the library.

For science, Jay Wile's Science of the Age of Reason

See book list below.
If you have a curriculum you're using that you feel good about and are just interested in the social aspects of a class situation, this can work for you as well. There is a minimum commitment that needs to be made to be able to participate confidently. This would include some memory work weekly and reading the Story of the World chapter for the week.
They will be capped at eight students.
  • Colored pencils for map work (twist-up recommended)
  • Twist-up crayons for art work (optional, can use colored pencils)
  • 3 glue sticks
  • scissors
  • 1 large (2 1/2) 3-ring binder divided into two sections with pocket folders OR 2 small (1 1/2") binders for science and history
  • pencil
Mrs. Nina started CCL in 2009 with 9 students. She holds a BSE in math education from Oklahoma Christian College and taught high school mathematics for 4 years before marriage. She was a member of the first board of the local home school group and facilitated co-op and math classes for 6 years before opening CCL. She has home schooled her children through high school, and continues to educate the one still at home. Ten years of working with persons with developmental disabilities and parenting a child with severe learning struggles and health needs have equipped her to identify, support and remediate a large spectrum of learning needs and styles.
$400 for the year (3 hours once a week for 32 weeks).
No, but a payment schedule can be negotiated.
The time in class will be "hands on" and discussion for the most part. Ability to read will affect only the time of reading reports; otherwise it should not affect the student's participation in class. If necessary, the homework can be read to them and reading reports can be practiced at home.

The whole brain exercises that are practiced each class period and sent home for homework are designed to help students' brains and bodies mature to overcome the areas of struggle. The classical method of education, which concentrates on improving memory and vocabulary, is a great way to learn in spite of specific learning struggles. See The Struggling Learner button for more information.
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We will not include reading or math instruction, so you will need to do that yourself. We're happy to give suggestions.

For science, history, literature, Bible and writing, it can be your entire curriculum. If you'd rather it was supplemental, you need to commit to a certain level of preparedness so that your child can actively participate in the discussion and activities.
With the advent of COVID-19, all Center for Classical Learning classes converted to virtual classes using Zoom. It remains to be seen if this will continue for the school year 2020-21, but the option remains available to any who would rather access the classes virtually, even if in-person classes are occurring.
History: Approximately One Hour

Review history cards: Please plan to run through these at least once each week at home so the sequence will be memorized by end of the year
Review vocabulary: Vocabulary is essential to academics and communication. Plan to spend time working on it.
Ask review questions: These will be paraphrases of the ones in the Review and Narration Exercises in the Story of the World Activities Manual.
Review maps from home: Map done at home from the Activities Manual and brought to class.
Hear reports: Any that apply to history, any show and tell that applies
History craft activity: Some craft every week is the goal.
Handout new history card: It looks forward to the next reading.
Go over new vocabulary words: That look forward to the next reading (if time permits)


Literature: 10-15minutes

Questions or artwork from story: A few questions concerning the reading, or artwork or activity based on the story.


Bible: 20-25 minutes
Recite books of NT – learned in increments, add new each week
Hear memory verses – of amount of family’s choice from version of choice
Review Bible story of the week by various methods and lesson to be learned from it


Social skills and snack time: 10-15 minutes

Read book concerning positive interactions or Bible topic of the week while eating snack .


Exercise and grammar memory: 10 - 15 minutes – a brain building exercise, cards on grammar or math drill appropriate to grade level


Science: One Hour
Hear reports – any pertaining to science topics or show and tell
Do next science experiments or activity – Hope to do two each week.
You are welcome to stay as much or as little as you would like. Do what is best for your homeschool. We do recommended that you sit in on at least one class so that you understand what your student is experiencing and what class expectations are.
Like the high school classes this year, we will all be on the period of time from 1800 to present. History and literature will be based around that time period. In science, we will be covering the discoveries and inventions of that time period.

Bible will be the Life of Christ - a Harmony of the Gospels.
Kingfisher Encyclopedia of History and Story of the World Volumes 3 and 4 for history.

For literature, a variety of readers available to buy or from the library.

For science, Jay Wile's Science of the Age of Reason

See book list below.
If you have a curriculum you're using that you feel good about and are just interested in the social aspects of a class situation, this can work for you as well. There is a minimum commitment that needs to be made to be able to participate confidently. This would include some memory work weekly and reading the Story of the World chapter for the week.
They will be capped at eight students.
  • Colored pencils for map work (twist-up recommended)
  • Twist-up crayons for art work (optional, can use colored pencils)
  • 3 glue sticks
  • scissors
  • 1 large (2 1/2) 3-ring binder divided into two sections with pocket folders OR 2 small (1 1/2") binders for science and history
  • pencil
Mrs. Nina started CCL in 2009 with 9 students. She holds a BSE in math education from Oklahoma Christian College and taught high school mathematics for 4 years before marriage. She was a member of the first board of the local home school group and facilitated co-op and math classes for 6 years before opening CCL. She has home schooled her children through high school, and continues to educate the one still at home. Ten years of working with persons with developmental disabilities and parenting a child with severe learning struggles and health needs have equipped her to identify, support and remediate a large spectrum of learning needs and styles.
$400 for the year (3 hours once a week for 32 weeks).
No, but a payment schedule can be negotiated.
The time in class will be "hands on" and discussion for the most part. Ability to read will affect only the time of reading reports; otherwise it should not affect the student's participation in class. If necessary, the homework can be read to them and reading reports can be practiced at home.

The whole brain exercises that are practiced each class period and sent home for homework are designed to help students' brains and bodies mature to overcome the areas of struggle. The classical method of education, which concentrates on improving memory and vocabulary, is a great way to learn in spite of specific learning struggles. See The Struggling Learner button for more information.
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It is designed to be the entire curriculum for the subjects to which you commit. The Block is History/Literature/Bible/Writing. Additionally, you can participate in Latin 1, science and/or math class.
With the advent of COVID-19, all Center for Classical Learning classes converted to virtual classes using Zoom. It remains to be seen if this will continue for the school year 2020-21, but the option remains available to any who would rather access the classes virtually, even if in-person classes are occurring.
You are welcome to stay as much or as little as you would like. Do what is best for your homeschool.
Like the high school classes this year, we will all be on the period of time from 1800 to present. History and literature and writing will be based on this time period.

Bible will be the Life of Christ - a Harmony of the Gospels.
Kingfisher Encyclopedia of History for history.

For literature, a variety of readers available to buy or from the library.

For Bible, they just need a Bible.

There is no text for writing, but we use Institute for Excellence in Writing as our guideline.
Apologia Physical Science can be taken by the 8th graders who are also taking pre-algebra (algebra ½) or above.

All others can take Apologia's General Science.

Algebra ½ will be offered. For those not ready for pre-algebra, a class covering Key to Percents/Key to Fractions/ Key to Decimals will be used to tune their skills so they can be ready for pre-algebra next year.
It will be a time for recitation of memory, giving a "report", exercises that encourage whole brain learning, doing a science experiment, and discussing things pertinent to history time frame, stories read, and science topics.
They will be capped at 12 students.
No. This day is a time of interaction, discussion, relationships. Please do not bring any electronic device, pleasure-reading book, or anything that will "block out the world". There won't be time for it anyway.
Mrs. Susan holds a BS from CMSU (now UCM). She has taught numerous co­op classes thru the years and has facilitated CCL biology, chemistry, physics, and anatomy classes as well as facilitated the jr high classes with CCL since they began.

Mrs. Nina will be facilitating the maths.
The student will need colored pencils, and glue or tape and notebooks.
For the block coursework, $450 for the year (3 hours once a week for 32 weeks). If you choose to do the math or science, add $150 a year for each. For Latin, add $75 a year.
No, but a payment schedule can be negotiated.
The time in class will be "hands on" and discussion for the most part. Ability to read will affect only the time of reading reports; otherwise it should not affect the student's participation in class. If necessary, the homework can be read to them and reading reports can be practiced at home.

The whole brain exercises that are practiced each class period and sent home for homework are designed to help students' brains and bodies mature to overcome the areas of struggle. The classical method of education, which concentrates on improving memory and vocabulary, is a great way to learn in spite of specific learning struggles. See The Struggling Learner button for more information.
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In the 2020-21 year we will be studying the Life of Christ - a Harmony of the Gospels. We will read all of these books, memorize a bunch of verses from them, and do weekly thought/study questions over them.
There will be somewhere between weekly to every other weekly research and presentation on a topic from the era being studied. A notebook will be compiled with a time line, maps, presentation topics, and art and music of the period. There will be time line memory work and map drawing from memory.
Vocabulary, spelling of vocabulary, personal reading, and worksheets and questions so that the students will be ready for group discussion on the reading.
We strive to take the student where they are and support them to improve their writing skills with exercises explained in class to do at home following the Institute for Excellence in Writing's format.

For junior/senior class, there will be punctuation and grammar review equivalent to what they would receive in the lowest level college composition classes. Their writing will focus on types of essays – descriptive, comparison, contrast, critique, pro and con and persuasive – and a full length research paper.
As tutors, we will not be assigning credits, making out transcripts, or assigning final grades. That will be a parental responsibility.However, if the suggested course work is done well and completely your child will have done over 130 hours of work (generally accepted as a credit hour) in 5 ½ subjects at a high school level of performance.I can suggest ways to figure final grades.I will give an opinion on the work done in class for the parent to use toward figuring the grade.
MO DESE Requirements
One science, one math, one history, one communication arts (if you do grammar at home it may come out to more than one, and you could make the literature an elective), one foreign language (if taking Spanish), one half logic, one credit of public speaking (speech and debate). This would be more than one fourth of the way to fulfilling the requirements for UCM admission.
The math, science, government, personal finance, and foreign languages have tests that come with them. The literature, Bible, history, and writing portion does not have a formal test, but there will be at least 3 reviews in which the student can show what they have learned of the vocabulary, maps and facts.
For history, we will be building our own text, our notebook, from essays written using the Internet and library books and any other source you may find. You may find it useful to have a comprehensive history book for your student to refer to or read to tie all the student reports together. This is suggested in the list of suggested texts on the schedule in the tab below.

The literature selections can be obtained from the library or purchased. For first and second year students, it will be novels, and classics for third and fourth year students.

There is no text for composition.Please see book list for specific texts and editions for all other subjects.
They will be capped at fifteen students.
With the advent of COVID-19, all Center for Classical Learning classes converted to virtual classes using Zoom. It remains to be seen if this will continue for the school year 2020-21, but the option remains available to any who would rather access the classes virtually, even if in-person classes are occurring.
You are welcome to stay as much or as little as you would like. Do what is best for your homeschool.
To leave at classroom:
  • 2 glue sticks
  • One white board marker
  • one cleaning item (list available nearer orientation)
Suggestions for student use:
  • Pens and pencils
  • 1 pkg each graphing, notebook, copy paper
  • binders - either one large or several small, your choice
  • 2 pkg tabbed notebook divider pages
No. This day is a time of interaction, discussion, relationships. Please do not bring any electronic device, pleasure-reading book, or anything that will "block out the world". There won't be time for it anyway.
Mrs. Nina started CCL in 2009 with 9 students. She holds a BSE in math education from Oklahoma Christian College and taught high school mathematics for 4 years before marriage. She has home schooled her children through high school, and continues to educate the one still at home. Ten years of working with persons with developmental disabilities and parenting a child with severe learning struggles and health needs have equipped her to identify, support and remediate a large spectrum of learning needs and styles.
Yes, your student can take from one to all of the classes. Bible, history, literature, and writing are a package at $425. For all others, it is $150 for an hour long class for 32 weeks. If your student is in most of the subjects, it would be about $900-$1100 for all the subjects. See sign up sheet below for more details.
No, but a payment schedule can be negotiated.
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Learning challenges. Learning Differences. Dyslexia. Aspergers/Autism. ADD/ADHD. Cerebral Palsy. Seizure Disorders. Sensory Integration.


Ten years of working with the department of mental health supervising care of persons with mental challenges, nine years of parenting a child with severe learning challenges and health issues, and 11 years of tutoring people of all ages with learning struggles has supplied Mrs. Nina with the knowledge, resources and skills to support families who face daily challenges of a student with learning struggles.

Consultations can provide information for families to formulate a program that is as individual as their needs.

This could include:
  • Assessment of learning needs using Structure of Intellect
  • A vision, sensory needs, and brain integration screen
  • Support options in the Warrensburg community for physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, vision therapy, sensory integration therapy, and other resources
  • Writing an Individualized Home Education Plan
  • Suggestions for curriculum options that best suit their student's needs
  • Suggestions for dietary interventions to support best learning
Tutoring, by Mrs. Nina, is available to remediate any of these areas, if the need is determined.

Structure of Intellect (SOI) is a system of assessment and training to develop intellectual abilities. The SOI is based on the work of J.P. Guilford whose research began in 1940 when the army was selecting men for pilot training. The qualifications were good health, good vision, and IQ scores over 120. Despite meeting these high qualifications, more than 1/3 of these men were failing pilot training. Dr. Guilford developed tests that identified and measured specific abilities needed by pilots. The failure rate reduced from 35% to 5%.

Now SOI is used in schools to identify learning disabilities and giftedness, in colleges to match abilities with careers, and in business and industry to identify untapped potential. It is more than assessment. It advocates that "intelligence can be trained".

For kindergarten through 3rd grade, the SOI assessment is an hour long. It is pencil and booklet, puzzle type activities that evaluate 11 different subskills for good learning.

For 4th through adult ages, the SOI assessment is a three hour long experience. It is also pencil and booklet, puzzle type activities that evaluate 27 subskills for good learning.

Both assessments will tell your brain's preferred learning style, your learning strengths and "holes." It will give suggestions to strengthen your strengths and fill in your "holes."

For older students, an additional evaluation will match your strengths with careers that utilize them.

For more information on SOI, check them out online at: www.soisystems.com

For the 1 hour test (K-3rd): $40
For the 3 hour test (4th thru adult): $70
To add the career assessment: additional $15
(This will include the giving of the assessment, the scoring and report concerning the assessment, and a consultation to go over the results.)
$20 for a 45-60 minute session
It is as individualized as your student's needs.