If you're considering home educating, have you ever felt left out in a sea of "Goes to School" and "First Day of School" books? So did Robert Bortins, CEO of Classical Conversations, Inc. This charming read-aloud board book, written about the Bortins' oldest daughter and illustrated by a Classical Conversations alumna, gives home educators a school story of their own.

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What families are saying:

“I had multiple people very excited about the new board books especially Lily Stays. They appreciated a book written from the perspective of a home-schooled child.” —Jennifer
“I love this sweet little homeschooling book called Lily Stays for School. Claire LOVE LOVES it and has read it to me over and over again! I wish we had this book when we first started our homeschool journey!” —Keri, Schoolhouse Ronk
"I ordered this book as soon as I got the email about it because I've been searching for a book that is about a child being homeschooled--rather than going to Kindergarten. My daughter's name is also Lily and she is 4, which matches the girl in the story perfectly. ...I'm still glad I purchased the book and it opens up the opportunity to talk about homeschooling with my daughter more as well as norming the idea of homeschooling. I feel so many books about "going" to school can make a child feel as left out. I felt this way so much when I was homeschooled, and for me, it is important for my child to realize that there are many methods selected by parents for schooling." —Ruth




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Chief Executive Officer of Classical Conversations, Inc. is a job that Robert Bortins was born to…literally. Dissatisfied with the education options she found as a new mum, Leigh Bortins decided first to home educate her four sons, and then decided to develop her own curriculum, with Robert, her oldest son, as her first pupil.

Then, in 1997 Leigh began teaching a once-a-week, classical-model rhetoric program in the basement of her home with Robert and 10 of his friends. Classical Conversations’ Challenge I program was born, and a service of home-centered educational options for parents began. From reception to high school, Leigh home-educated Robert and his three younger brothers.

Fast forward a few years, and Robert earned a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University in 2006. After graduating, he worked as a management trainee for UPS and as a plant engineer for Easy Gardener, a Jobes company. In 2011 he returned to the family business, Classical Conversations, Inc., to develop a marketing program. He was then appointed CEO of the family-owned company in 2012. In the years since Robert Bortins became CEO of Classical Conversations, the company has grown by 300 percent and become the world’s largest classical home educating organization.

Robert is a member of the board of directors of Homeschool Now USA, the Carolinas Rugby Union and the Clemson University Rugby Foundation Board. He is also a member of C12 Group, the largest professional development network of Christian CEOs and executives. Under Robert’s leadership, Classical Conversations has been named a Certified Best Christian Workplace by BCWI for four years in a row. Robert and his wife, April, live in Southern Pines with their two young children and a third on the way in May of 2020. In his free time Robert enjoys coaching rugby and playing golf.

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