The third book in Leigh Bortins’ Trivium Trilogy is a must-have for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the true value of including conversation in a classical homeschool education.

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What families are saying:

“Leigh Bortins has dedicated her career to cultivating a new generation of classical parents, and her years of experience shine throughout the pages of The Conversation. If you want to know what rhetoric is, and how and why you should teach it, The Conversation is your answer.” — Janice Campbell, author of Transcripts Made Easy
“This book is a textbook and a devotional and a planning guide that directs you to explore the world through conversations with your family while looking for beauty and truth and goodness together. It has truly ignited a passion within me to be a better teacher by being a better learner…. Seriously, where has this book been all of my life?” — Lynn, This Day Has Great Potential



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After earning a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, Leigh worked in the aerospace industry before beginning her work as an educator. She also holds a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts.

Having taught study skills for 30 years to children and adults, Leigh has written several books, including The Core, The Question and The Conversation, a series which explores the classical trivium from a parent’s perspective. She has also authored complete, Reception to Upper Sixth curriculum guides for parents and home education tutors across the globe as the founder and chief visionary officer of Classical Conversations, Inc.

Leigh home educated her four boys with her husband, Robert. It was in this undertaking she experienced the time-tested privilege of learning by the classical method and found a way to promote the fundamentals of education and exercise critical thinking skills.

She is currently completing development of a maths curriculum called The Math Map, mapping the structure of Reception to Upper Sixth maths from a classical, Christian perspective.

Leigh and Robert Bortins, their children, and their grandchildren live near Pinehurst, North Carolina.

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