Parent Practicum 2017 - Laurel

Reasoning Together: The Art of Relationships

Welcome to Parent Practicum 2017!

Thank you for registering for our Classical Conversations Parent Practicum in Laurel, MD! We are so excited that you have chosen to join us! Our theme this year centers around logic. We've entitled it Reasoning Together: The Art of Relationships. Please look through this flyer for important information that we hope will help you prepare for practicum. This year our camps, tutor/director trainings, and parent discussions are related to our main theme. Our ultimate goal is to help you prepare to be equipped for your journey as a teacher, mentor, and guide. Godspeed on your journey!

“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” -- Proverbs 25:2 (NKJ)

Practicum @ Hope Baptist Church

Monday, July 17th, 9am to Wednesday, July 19th, 4pm

8801 Stephens Road

Laurel, MD

Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early on the first day to allow time for family check-in and 15 minutes early on days 2 and 3 to allow time for camp check-ins.

Practicum Overview

What are the benefits of classical, Christian education? How can I give my children a classical, Christian education at home?

Join speaker Cheryl Reynolds and other homeschooling parents (both new and veteran) for three days of encouragement and inspiration as we seek to understand the classical model of education and learn how to apply it in Christian homeschooling.

We’re excited that this year we will be digging deeper into understanding the art of relationships through logic.

Cheryl will present practical tools for giving your children a classical, Christian education at home, show you the grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric stages of learning in every subject and teach you to discover how every subject glorifies God. The second half of the morning will be devoted to understanding the art of logic/relationships.

In the afternoon Cheryl will demonstrate practical tools for teaching logic. (Afternoon topics may vary.)

You'll also be able to Get equipped at our on-site bookstore. You will find the resources you need to educate classically and be able to get expert advice from our book representative. *Please note that no checks will be accepted by the bookstore rep. Credit cards, debit cards, and cash are welcome.

Daily Schedule

8:30am to 4:00pm

  • 8:30am - Sign-in & Registration begins /Bookstore Open
  • 9:00am - Practicum Training Begins* & Student Camps Begin
  • 12:00pm - Lunch** / Bookstore Open
  • 1:00pm - Parent Training Continues/Student Camps Continue/Tutor Training Begins***
  • 4:00pm - Training and Camps End (please pick up your children promptly)
  • 4:00pm - Bookstore Open

* Only water is permitted in the sanctuary. Please, no food or colored drinks.

** Parents are responsible for their children during lunch.

***Tutor trainees are required to bring a copy of their signed tutor contract (or proof of employment if an employee) AND their signed Confidentiality and NonDisclosure agreement to submit to their trainer on the first day **

WiFi Available


Important Arrival Information

When you arrive at the church, please go directly to the registration area at the front entrance. Registration and Sign-in begin each day at 8:30am. Adults will sign in upon entry and receive their children's classroom assignments and security wristbands. Please fill out and bring the Risk Release Waiver (click on link for PDF download) with you. Your child cannot attend camp or nursery without it. A photo release form is also available by clicking on the link.

You may also refer to your registration confirmation packet for these materials.

Each camper will receive a security wristband at the registration desk and a student roster will be available in each classroom, which will include a place for marking your child's arrival and departure (morning, lunch, and day's end). Children will only be released from camp after a parent has signed them out. This will assist the camp counselors with attendance, safety, and the security of your children.

The Practicum will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. each day, so please allow at least 15 minutes or more on the first day for registration/sign-in. Children registered for a camp will need to be signed in daily so, again, please allow adequate time.


You may pack a lunch for your family or visit a local restaurant. You may eat in the Fellowship Hall within the church or choose to enjoy a picnic lunch outside. There is an open field in the back of the church where you may wish to sit and eat on a blanket or chair that you bring.

Children will be permitted to play outside during lunch but ONLY with parental supervision. Please be prompt in picking up your children from their camps so that the helpers can eat lunch. Please keep your children with you during the lunch hour; they must be supervised at all times.

Pizza from Little Caesars will be offered for lunch on day three of Practicum. Orders will be taken in advance on July 17th and 18th. You will pay $5.00, plus tax ($5.30) for all hot-n-ready pizzas (cheese or pepperoni) and $6.50, plus tax ($6.89) for any other large one-topping pizzas. Cash only. If you and your family would like to enjoy Pizza on the final day of Practicum (Wednesday, July 18), please inquire at the registration desk about placing an order.

Other nearby food options include: McDonalds, Nandos, Panera Bread, Blaze Pizza, and Noodles and Company, all at Laurel Towne Center.

Also please note that due to the many severe allergies to peanuts among the children and adults in attendance, THIS MUST BE A PEANUT FREE EVENT. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Classical Conversations Bookstore

Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge materials will be available for purchase in the morning, during lunch, and at the end of each day. If you are registered for a Classical Conversations program beginning in the Fall, and have not yet purchased your materials, this is a great opportunity to get them without paying shipping! We will have many basic classical education resources for purchase as well. You may also purchase any student camp materials at the bookstore. If you are unable to purchase during practicum, you can purchase online at Shipping costs are added to each online order.

Speaking of student and parent materials
, it our pleasure to share with you a special offer regarding 4th Edition Foundations Guides. Right now there is a non-refundable $25 coupon toward the New 5th Edition Foundations Guide (available in 2018) in the back of any 4th Edition Foundations Guide purchased from Classical Conversations. There is also a bundling deal when a family purchases the 4th Edition Foundations Guide along with the Classical Acts & Facts® History Cards (available in 4 packs): The fourth pack of cards is free. That's an additional $23 savings! This means that families who purchase the 4th Edition Guide will save nearly $50. What a great limited-time deal that is not available anywhere else! The bundling deal is only available at practicums. Don't miss out on this chance to save NOW and next school year!

*Please note that no checks will be accepted by the bookstore rep. Credit cards, debit cards, and cash are welcome.

Supplies Needed

Please Note: Due to allergies among children in camps, snacks in all classrooms must be NUT FREE! Thank you in advance for your cooperation. A daily, nut free snack will be provided for the nursery and playcamp children. Other campers must bring their own daily snack. Please also bring the following items.


  • Labeled bag with supplies (e.g. diapers, wipes, extra clothes, etc.)
  • Bottle/cup with milk, water, or clear juice clearly labeled
  • Daily snack (no nuts) if your child has allergies. Otherwise, a daily snack will be provided.
  • Pack n play or crib sheets (optional), some cribs available on site.

Play Camp

  • Any bags/backpacks clearly labeled (extra clothes suggested)
  • Daily snack (no nuts) if your child has allergies. Otherwise, a daily snack will be provided.
  • Leak proof cup with water


  • Pencil w/good eraser
  • Daily snack (no nuts) and water
  • Any bags/backpacks clearly labeled
  • Maps will be provided in class

Logically Speaking

  • Pencils or writing pen
  • Notebook or writing paper
  • Daily snack (no nuts) and water
  • Optional resource: The Fallacy Detective and Introductory Logic Student Book (may be purchased at the Practicum Bookstore on the first day of camp).

Teen Helpers

  • Daily snack (no nuts) & lunch
  • Plenty of water (stay hydrated)
  • A smile and lots of energy!

Parents & Tutor Trainees

  • Bring Daily Lunch & Water (For you and your children)
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Notebook or paper for taking notes
  • Questions and enthusiasm for learning
  • Tutors must be registered for training and bring a copy of their signed tutor agreement/confidentiality statement on the first day.

WiFi available in all adult training areas

We Look Forward to Seeing You!

We are delighted that you will be joining us for our three-day Practicum and pray that you will leave our event equipped, encouraged, and empowered in your homeschooling and academic endeavors.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Practicum Hostess and CC Laurel Director Misty Charles.


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