Claremore Daily Progress

January 30, 2014

Group looks to form home school community

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE —

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.
“It’s fairly simple to home school in Oklahoma,” she said. “We have a lot of freedom, making it easy to exercise the curriculum and programs. The communities have done well in the state because they offer accountability, socialization and a chance for these students to interact with others of the same age.”
Robbins said the community would only need about three or four students to get started, and as word spread the community would quickly grow.
“The reason we are looking to start a new community is because we can only offer the Foundations program to 64 students. That means eight classes with only eight students per class,” she said. “ Once they grow beyond that, then we have to look into starting a new community. Our outreach season is usually between February and April, and typically the development and organization of the community will be completed by May.”
Robbins will host an information meeting for the Classical Conversations community at 4 p.m. on Feb. 22 at Cappuccino Corner, located at 900 East Will Rogers Boulevard.
For additional meetings or information, contact Marcie Robbins at (918) 914-3952 or email mrobbins1@classicalconversations.com.