Home schooling is gaining in popularity --- and with it --- a new resource has moved into Minot.
Families that move around for work may find if difficult to maintain an educational track for the youth in the family.
Jennifer Thorgramson tells us about an international program that will keep kids on the same page.
Each one of us has a different process for learning new things.
When it comes to educating our children, sometimes parents know best.
(Stephanie Froehlich, Director Foundations and Essentials Campus Minot) "I think that home schooling is growing. I think that parents want the option to home school and this is just a resource in which to do it."
Classical Conversations is an international K-12 educational guidance tool.
(Stephanie Froehlich, Director Foundations and Essentials Campus Minot) "It helps train and equip parents to home school their children. It gives them the confidence they need to then do a job that is actually really hard."
The methods are well established in most states and other parts of the world, but the program is new to North Dakota.
Home school families meet once a week at St. Mark's Church to learn new lessons in a classical teaching format, and staying on the same page with other students and 'teachers' in similar settings.
(Stephanie Froehlich, Director Foundations and Essentials Campus Minot) "I think it is for the parents. It's considered a tutoring service. It's not a drop off program. Parents are on-site and they are learning along side their students, their kids."
Kids also get experience at the front of the room and learning new memorization techniques.
(Stephanie Froehlich, Director Foundations and Essentials Campus Minot) "Our group is a beautiful mix of Minot home schoolers, base home schoolers and then the oil industry. In the military community as well as in the oil industry, you're moving all the time so there's not a lot of continuity in education. So if you want continuity, sometimes you just choose to home school."
And when you take that step, no matter where the world takes you, Classical Conversations keeps you on the same page.
In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.
Classical Conversations is tuition based at about $400 a year per child.
The public is invited to an Excellence in Education Event will be held on January 31 at 11:45 at St. Mark's Church.
Parents currently home schooling or planning to start can register for a second event on February 21 --- contact Stephanie Froehlich at firstname.lastname@example.org.