Classical Education: A Brief Intro and Some Resources
As you set foot on the path of homeschooling, you're likely to encounter a multitude of educational philosophies. One such philosophy that might pique your interest is classical education. But what exactly does it entail, and how can it enrich your homeschooling journey?

Classical education is a time-tested approach rooted in the ancient Greco-Roman tradition. At its core, it emphasizes the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty through a structured "good books" based curriculum based on the trivium: grammar, logic, and rhetoric.

In the grammar stage, typically spanning the early years, children lay the groundwork of knowledge through memorization, repetition, and the study of language, literature, history, and science. This stage capitalizes on children's natural curiosity and receptivity to new information.

As children progress into the logic stage, usually during the middle school years, they learn to think critically, analyze information, and make connections between different subjects. This phase fosters the development of sound reasoning skills and encourages students to ask probing questions.

Finally, in the rhetoric stage, which encompasses mostly the high school years, students refine their communication skills, both written and verbal. They learn to express themselves eloquently and persuasively, engaging in meaningful dialogue and debate by tying many different learned topics and ideas together.

Implementing classical education in your homeschooling journey can seem daunting, but there are numerous resources and community available to guide you. "Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition" by Karen Glass offers insights into Mason's educational philosophy, which aligns closely with classical principles.
Dorothy Sayers' essay "The Lost Tools of Learning" outlines the trivium and advocates for a return to classical teaching methods. Understanding the stages of learning can help you tailor your approach to each stage, creating a dynamic and engaging learning environment.

Stephen R. Turley's "Awakening Wonder: A Classical Guide to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty" provides practical tips for incorporating classical principles into your homeschooling curriculum. Turley emphasizes the importance of nurturing a love for truth, goodness, and beauty in education.

Susan Schaeffer Macaulay's "For the Children’s Sake" underscores the importance of a holistic, child-centered approach to education. By nurturing the whole child—mind, body, and soul—we can create an environment where learning flourishes. And "The Great Tradition: Classic Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being," edited by Richard Gamble, offers timeless texts that illuminate the essence of classical education.

As you embark on your homeschooling journey, remember that you're not alone. There's a vibrant community of homeschooling families ready to offer support and guidance to one another. Embrace the principles of classical education, and watch as your children grow into thoughtful, engaged individuals equipped to navigate the complexities of the modern world.

Happy homeschooling!


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