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LIMA — A support group and resource for home schooling families is looking to start a group in Lima, and will try to drum up interest at a three-day parent practicum this week.

Classical Conversations is already in nearby St. Marys and Findlay and elsewhere around the state and country.

“We support parents,” said Teresa Howell, Classical Conversations Northwest Ohio representative. “We are a community. We offer mentoring, training, support and camaraderie.”

A parent practicum will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Lima Baptist Temple, 982 Brower Road. The free event will include speakers, workshops and training. It will provide information on Classical Conversations as well as classical education and home schooling.

For $35, children can attend camps while parents are in the practicum. The camps for 4- through 8-year-olds will focus on geography, while 9- through 14-year-olds will have fun with trigonometry.

Classical Conversations uses several classical-based curriculum, but everyone is doing the same thing on any given day.

“It is a one-room schoolhouse mentality,” Howell said, saying that classical education is timeless, pointing to universities such as Harvard and Yale that were founded on classical principles.

The group comes together once a week to go over the previous week’s homework and prepare for the next week’s lessons. A tutor works with students. The weekly meetings also include lessons that work better when done in a group, Howell said. They include music, art and science projects.

The program includes ages 4 through high school. Pupils learn the vocabulary needed for every lesson and then advance to be able to apply what they have learned.

Howell said there are already nearly 10 families in the Lima area interested in Classical Conversations. Rachel Kimble is one of those parents. She home-schools her kindergarten daughter. She’s excited to see what she calls a resurgence of classical education.

“It is exciting to see some of the basics being brought back,” she said. “I think more are taking advantage of home schools, and maybe for different reasons than in the past. I am a conservative Christian, so I have those worldviews that are important, but philosophically and educationally those are big important things too, and I think parents are starting to see that.”

Register for the parent practicum at www.classicalconversations.com, or by contacting Howell at thowell@classicalconversations.com, or 419-234-6388.

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