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January 30, 2014

Group looks to form home school community


Several local families have displayed interest in taking the first steps toward the development of a home school community in Claremore.
Currently, there are a number of communities in Tulsa and two in Owasso.  Classical Conversations Support Manager Marcie Robbins said several Claremore families drive to Owasso to benefit from the Classical Conversations community resources. Robbins led an information meeting Monday at Boarding House Books where she spoke to six parents interested in homeschooling their children.
As a leader in the home-centered education movement, the national support organization — Classical Conversations — equips parents and students with classical tools for learning at home. The curriculum is Christian-based and includes the Trivium model of teaching that consists of threes stages: grammar, dialectic and rhetoric. 
Grammar as the art of learning terms and facts for particular subjects, dialectic meaning contemplating ideas within and across subjects and rhetoric as the art of clearly communicating grammar and dialect of a subject.
In addition to their daily studies, home school students will meet once a week with other home-schoolers in their grade level and community to interact and keep up with their studies together. The weekly meetings consist of Foundations, Essentials and Challenge programs, and are usually held at churches or community centers in the area, said Robbins.
Foundations is taught during the morning to students in pre-kindergarten through 6th grade and includes history, science, geography, math, grammar and Latin, and models the Classical method of education. Essentials is taught after Foundations in the afternoon to students in grades 3-6, and focuses on the essentials of English grammar and writing, while increasing speed and accuracy in arithmetic. The Challenge program is offered for the entire day to students in grades 7-12 who work with a trained tutor to reinforce dialectic and rhetorical skills.
Robbins said she homeschools her two children, a second-grader and first-grader.

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