A Classical Education Sounds Great – But is it For Me?
– Do you like structure in your homeschool?
– Do you prefer your children read historical biographies rather than textbooks?
– Do you prefer an English programme that uses rules, systematic learning and memorisation?
– Would you like to make use of memorisation and the learning of rules in the early years?
– Would you like to see your teenagers reading classic books?
– Do you prefer to be in charge of the curriculum, rather than allowing children to chose their own resources?
– Would you like to encourage your child to think for themselves, and to disucuss ideas?
– Would you consider including Latin and / or Greek in your homeschool, as a means for ‘training the mind’?
– Would you like your teen to be able to present and back up their opinions in a clear and logical manner?
– Would you like to cover the same subjects (eg. Science, history, etc.) with as many children as possible at the same time?
– Would you like to concentrate on the child’s natural abilities and stages of growth, rather than set ‘grade levels’?
If you answered ‘yes’ to to any of the above questions, you may be
interested in implementing a Classical Education in your homeschool.
The following resources may be of help:
– The Lost Tools of Learning, by Dorothy Sayers
– The Well-Trained Mind, by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise-Bauer
– Teaching the Trivium, by Harvie and Laurie Bluedorn
– The Latin-Centered Curriculum, by Andrew Campbell
– Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum, by Laura Berquist
– Trivium Sketches – a DVD showing the Trivium in ‘action’, from the Logos School.
All of the above resources may be purchased from: www.adnilpress.com
Above is a copy of a handout that I put together for our 'Homeschool Methods' Seminar, held in Adelaide, 2008.
If you are considering using the Classical Approach to your
homeschooling, the checklist and suggested further resources listed
below may be of some help.