Classical Homeschooling

by Mary Ann Kelley

Because it uses real, living books and hands-on experimentation rather than relying on textbooks and canned presentations, classical education is a matter of exploration, of reading, thinking, and talking, and of discovery – not of rote memorization and regurgitation.
~ The Well-Trained Mind Blog

TheHomeSchoolMom: Homeschooling with the Classical MethodClassical homeschooling involves teaching based on the three stages of learning: the Grammar stage, the Logic stage, and the Rhetoric stage. The Grammar stage involves learning facts, memorization, and knowledge gathering. The Logic stage is when reasoning and logic begin to be applied to the knowledge. The Rhetoric stage completes the Trivium and is when the student learns the skills of wisdom and judgment.

Reviews of Classical Education Resources

Insight into Classical Homeschooling:

Definition For Classical Education

Those who incorporate the reading of ancient classical authors, and declare this to be of the very essence of any education which could be styled as Classical, are actually referring to what might better be called a Classical Humanist Education. The Applied Trivium, on the other hand, is more interested in teaching by the same educational principles and toward the same educational goals as the ancients than in teaching the same literature ...

Why We Educate at Home (A Discussion of the Classical Education Method)

My husband and I have no qualms about our style of parenting, which is so tied up in home education. He grew up beside his father in a greenhouse. Our first apartment at 500 sq ft, had 31 houseplants in it. He now works as a landscape designer. So we understand this analogy: Children are like little plants. You take the seed and put it in a little cup of the best topsoil. You give it lots of light. You gently sprinkle it with drops of water so the delicate leaves aren’t broken. When it gets a decent root system, ...

Instead of Curriculum: D’Aulaires’ Mythology Books

D'Aulaires' Book Of Greek Myths

Some of my favorite children’s books are also wonderful learning resources you can use instead of curriculum. Among these are the oversize children’s classics about mythology by the d’Aulaires. The D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths and the D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths delighted all my kids when they were pre-readers through their late elementary years, and I found that the understanding of mythology they learned from these books persisted through their middle school and high school years, when they needed to spot and comprehend literary allusions to mythology.

Instead of Curriculum

TheHomeSchoolMom: What To Use Instead of Curriculum

Everyone has a comment on the increasing popularity of homeschooling. When I talk to people about homeschooling, they frequently mention the availability of “so much curriculum these days,” as if that is the single most important factor in being able to homeschool. Non-homeschoolers, prospective homeschoolers, and new homeschoolers seem surprised that many homeschoolers use learning materials that are not, strictly speaking, part of a homeschool curriculum. There are many reasons why people use other learning resources instead of curriculum.

Suggested Reading:

The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had by Susan Wise Bauer

From amazon.com Based on the same classical method as Bauer’s terrifically successful The Well-Trained Mind, The Well-Educated Mind provides not only a thorough grounding in the classics but also a widely applicable foundation for self-education.Read more at amazon.com

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer

From amazon.com This educational bestseller has dominated its field for the last decade, sparking a homeschooling movement that has only continued to grow. It will instruct you, step by step, on how to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school. Two veteran home educators outline the classical pattern of education—the trivium—which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child’s mind. With this model, you will be able to instruct your child in all levels of reading, writing, history, geography, mathematics, science, foreign languages, rhetoric, logic, art, and music, regardless of your own aptitude in those subjects.    Read more at amazon.com

Teaching the Trivium by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn

From amazon.com How can you give your children the tools they need to teach themselves? Long ago students were first taught how to learn. Today, students are taught an encyclopedia of subjects trivia but they are not taught the basic skills of learning: to discover, to reason, and to apply. They are not taught the trivium.Can you homeschool in a classical style without compromising your Christian principles? Classical Education must be sifted through the critical screen of the Scriptures to be transformed into a Biblical model.Can you homeschool in a classical style without buckling under the burden? There is only so much time in the day. For every subject, and for every age, we have a workable plan which leaves you free to breathe. You can continue to use other approaches to homeschooling within the framework of classical education. Is homeschooling about renewing family vision? The family is at the heart of God s plan for restoring Christian culture. Homeschooling is not alternative education. Homeschooling was here first. We want to restore Biblical order to education.    Read more at amazon.com

Classical Christian Homeschooling

Classical education and its practical application in grades K-12 for homeschooling families.

The Classical Scholar

Diane Lockman created this website as an encouragement to parents homeschooling with the classical method. She now homeschools her high school students whom she has homeschooled for nine years. The site reflects Diane’s Christian faith and includes such topics as: Designing Curriculum, Developing Character, Equipping Parents, Supervising High School, Teaching Reading Skills, Teaching Speaking Skills and Teaching Thinking Skills.

Trivium Pursuit

Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn’s extensive Classical Homeschooling website

The Story of the World

Many homeschoolers who choose the Classical Method find The Story of the World and its accompanying activity books by Susan Wise Bauer to be invaluable:

Ancient Times

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child; Volume 1: Ancient Times

The Story of the World: Activity Book One: Ancient Times

The Middle Ages

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 2: The Middle Ages

The Story of the World: Activity Book Two: The Middle Ages

Early Modern Times

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 3: Early Modern Times

The Story of the World Activity Book Three: Early Modern Times

From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 4: The Modern Age: From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR

The Story of the World Activity Book Four: The Modern Age: From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR

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