Joshua Deveau, 12, of Orono; Nathan Daneman, 10, of Charleston; and Autumn Daneman, 8, of Charleston, students in the Bangor area Classical Conversations homeschool community recently capped months of study by correctly reciting hundreds of facts from a multitude of subjects as part of the Classical Conversations Memory Master program.

The students earned the Memory Master award on April 14 when each child spent approximately two hours recalling more than 800 facts from six subjects, including a history timeline.

The testing took place at Calvary Baptist Church, host of the Brewer campus of Classical Conversations.

Classical Conversations is an educational homeschool group that follows the Classical Education model. Memory Master is a program that’s available to more than 80,000 Classical Conversations participants nationwide.

In addition to a chronological timeline of 161 events and people, the other subjects were history,

including the Preamble to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; 120 locations and geographic

features in the United States; science facts, including the first 12 elements of the periodic table and the parts of eight body systems; Latin rules and vocabulary, including the text of the Gospel of John 1:1-7 in both Latin and English; English grammar facts; math multiplication tables up to 15 times 15, common squares and cubes, basic geometry formulas and unit conversions, and English grammar rules.

Classical Education is based on a three-part approach to learning known as the trivium. The component of Classical Education for elementary-age students is known as the grammar stage,

which emphasizes acquisition of facts.

The Brewer campus hosts the Foundations program for 24 weeks where children age 4 to11 study memory work, public speaking skills, fine arts and science. It also hosts a middle and high school program for homeschoolers from September through April.

To learn more about Classical Education, contact Wendy Haehnel at, or visit