Classical Conversations wins First Place in Geography

The Old Schoolhouse, one of homeschooling’s leading magazines, has awarded First Place in Geography to Classical Conversations in its annual Excellence in Education Awards competition for CC’s new book, “Exploring the World Through Cartography.”

More than 2,800 homeschooling parents nominated and voted for homeschool curriculum in 52 different categories selected by The Old Schoolhouse. The winners were selected by The Old Schoolhouse readers and will be formally announced in its upcoming Winter Issue, due out on newsstands Jan. 1.

Memoria Press placed second in the Geography category.

The Old Schoolhouse was first published in 2001, and the Excellence in Education competition has been held annually for more than 10 years.

“I am excited about the award,” said Classical Conversations CEO Robert Bortins, “but I’m even more excited about our new book, which sets an incredibly high standard for all of our curriculum to come.”

The hardcover book is 9”x12” with vivid color art throughout its 208 pages. It contains modern atlases with political maps and physical features, historical maps, blank maps for tracing and drawing practice and beautiful satellite images. It also includes engaging stories about the way geography has affected history and special pages highlighting regional history such as the British tea trade and China’s Silk Road.

“Exploring the World Through Cartography” is a required resource for Classical Conversations’ students in Challenge A (seventh grade) and a suggested resource for Challenge IV (12th grade), replacing “The Compact Atlas of the World.” It would be a valuable resource for students of all ages in CC, and anyone interested in geography, history, classical education or just a really cool coffee table book.

“Exploring the World Through Cartography” is available for $34.99 at the Classical Conversations online bookstore.

Classical Conversations now has more than 115,000 students registered in its tutoring programs, which are provided by 2,500 CC communities in all 50 states and 22 foreign countries. CC provides curriculum, resources, guidance and a community for a Christian homeschool curriculum using classical education in three developmental stages: grammar, dialectic and rhetoric.

Leigh Bortins started Classical Conversations in 1997. The family-owned company is headquartered in Southern Pines, North Carolina. For more information, visit



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