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The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Tools for Parents

Classical Education

A Charlotte Mason Education
By Ambleside Online

Learn about the 19th century educator and her methods, as well as suggestions for putting her theories into practice in your homeschool.

WEB LINK: http://www.amblesideonline.org/CM/toc.html

A Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion
By Oliver & Rachel DeMille

A Thomas Jefferson education is defined by the authors as a leadership education. This book offers a view of Leadership Education from many angles, from the education of toddlers to advanced adult learning.

WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0967124638/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&cr

A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the 21st century
By Oliver Van DeMille

Is American education preparing the future leaders our nation needs, or merely struggling to teach basic literacy and job skills? Without leadership education, are we settling for an inadequate system that delivers educational, industrial, governmental and societal mediocrity? In this book, the author presents a new educational vision based on proven methods that really work.

About the Author: Oliver Van DeMille is the founder and president of George Wythe College and a popular speaker and business consultant. He and his wife Rachel have eight children.

WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/096712462X?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=09671

An Introduction to Classical Homeschooling
By Diane Speed

These handouts are designed to support Diane Speed's talk on this subject. They are offered here to anyone who has access to the audio of that talk and would like to follow along. These diagrams illustrate - as clearly as any we've seen - two of the foundations of the classical approach: 1) what the trivium is and what it means; 2) what it looks like to use history as the spine of your home curriculum.

DOWNLOAD FILE: An Introduction to Classical Homeschooling (2007).pdf

Classical Christian Homeschooling
Explanations of the history of classical education, the trivium, recommendations for curriculum materials by grade, and many other good resources.

WEB LINK: http://www.classical-homeschooling.org

Classical Homeschooling Magazine
from the website:
Classical Homeschooling Magazine is a free online magazine. In its four issues it analyzes the burgeoning homeschooling renaissance of classical education from A to Z - the primary importance of the family to education, the Great Books movement, the liberal arts, the Socratic method, the paideia reforms, philosophy and education, homeschooling academic statistics, poetic knowledge, legal implications of homeschooling, ancient Greek education, medieval education, reading lists of the classics of Western civilization, restoring education at home, the ideal university, the future of homeschooling, where to begin and many other captivating topics.

WEB LINK: http://classicalhomeschooling.com/

Common challenges to using the classical approach and how to overcome them
By Diane Speed

This article, written in 2003, deals with some of the commonn challenging situations people face when trying to use the classical approach in the their homeschool:
  • Pulling a child out of school
  • Moving from another curriculum
  • How to homeschool with multiple children
  • Managing with a toddler.

    DOWNLOAD FILE: Classical Ed Part 2.pdf

  • Increasing Academic Achievement with the Trivium of Classical Education: Its Historical Development, Decline in the Last Century
    By Randall Hart, PhD

    Dr. Hart provides a summation of the writings of the key philosophers and teachers who greatly impacted the development of classical education since the Hellenistic Age. Hart also shows how the recent philosophy of pragmatism, embraced by John Dewey, so directly impacted the decline of classical education during the past century. Ultimately however, Hart's book informs us of the reemergence of classical education in hundreds of schools across our nation that are raising achievement by providing the basis for a liberal arts education.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0595381693?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=05953

    The Classical Teacher
    By Memoria Press

    A well-written periodical that addresses how to teach some of the disciplines of the classial curriculum, such as latin, rhetoric, and logic. Some articles have a religious worldview.

    WEB LINK: http://memoriapress.com/articles/

    The Classical Teacher (subscription info)
    By Memoria Press

    A well-written periodical that addresses how to teach some of the disciplines of the classial curriculum, such as latin, rhetoric, and logic. This is the subscription link. Note: This periodical ascribes to a faith-based worldview.

    WEB LINK: http://memoriapress.com/catalog/index.php

    The Latin-Centered Curriculum
    By Andrew Campbell

    This book gives teachers and parents an interesting and easy-to-read guide explaining classical education, how it came about, and who its major exponents are. In addition to a useful scope and sequence for how a Latin-centered classical education can be accomplished in a home or private school, Campbell explains why the central principle behind classical education is the study of Latin and Greek.

    But this is far from a purely theoretical book. In a chapter entitled, Scope and Sequence, he gives a practical overview of what a Latin-based classical curriculum looks like from Kindergarten to 12th grade. With helpful charts and explanations, this book constitutes a manual for the Christian educator who wants a complete understanding of what is involved in a classical education.

    The most important section in the book, may well be the chapter titled Multum non Multa. This is the principle sometimes expressed by the maxim, Less is more. It is the idea that, rather than throwing multiple subjects at students and burying them under a mountain of unconnected disciplines, educators should instead employ an integrated focus on a few important core disciplines and related subject areas.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1930953739/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&cr

    The Lost Tools of Learning
    By Dorothy Sayers

    A foundational piece on the trivium. In this essay, Miss Sayers suggests that we presently teach our children everything but how to learn. She proposes that we adopt a suitably modified version of the medieval scholastic curriculum for methodological reasons. "The Lost Tools of Learning" was first presented by Miss Sayers at Oxford in 1947.

    WEB LINK: http://www.gbt.org/text/sayers.html

    The Religious Roots of "Child-Centered" Education
    By E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

    A thorough, thought-provoking analysis of the downside of child-centered or progressive education, the history of the progressive movement in education, and the reasons for a disciplined approach to education.

    The author, E.D. Hirsch, is famous for his Core Knowledge curriculum and for his books, What Your First-Grader Needs To Know, and other titles. Please note that the author seems to have a religious worldview.

    WEB LINK: http://memoriapress.com/articles/hirsch.html

    The Well-Trained Mind
    By Jessie Wise & Susan Wise Bauer

    This book lays out detailed suggestions for building a classical curriculum for all twelve years of schooling. The teaching philosophy includes many of Charlotte Mason’s principles, and it follows some of the trivium philosophy in the course of study over 12 years. Many people in our group follow the suggestions in this book, but tend to tailor it to their family's and children's needs. Please do not let it overwhelm you; you cannot possibly do all that the author's suggest.

    WEB LINK: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393253627/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0393253627&linkCode=as2&t

    The Well-Trained Mind Discussion Forums
    A great site to read questions and comments by parents about classical education and using The Well-Trained Mind. You must register before you can post. Topics include grades K-8, special needs, accelerated learners, high school, sales and swaps, and more.

    WEB LINK: http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forums/

    The Well-Trained Mind Secular Discussion Forum (Yahoo Group)
    A group for those who want to give their children a classical, secular education at home. While Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer's The Well-Trained Mind is the book I've used to get started with classical education, the group is certainly open for discussion using other sources and resources.

    Talk about children's favorite books (and ours) and general homeschooling tips.
    Please respect each others' opinions. No religious or political discussions/debates.
    Group allows FOR SALE/WTB posts on the 5th of each month.

    WEB LINK: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WellTrainedMindSecular/

    The Well-Trained Mind Website
    A website to connect you to one of the most common paths followed in classical schooling today. Don't be overwhelmed!

    WEB LINK: http://www.welltrainedmind.com

    Trivium Pursuit Blog
    A Christian family-published blog dealing with aspects of the classical curriculum, including the trivium. Article titles include: The Trivium in a Capsule, Suggested Course of Study, Classical Q & A. Resources also for sale.

    WEB LINK: http://www.triviumpursuit.com/index.php

    Using Living Books Effectively
    By Simply Charlotte Mason dot com

    This blog entry describes the instructions Charlotte Mason prescribed for how to best use living books.
  • Enjoy the book yourself and share your enthusiasm.
  • Do not interpose yourself between the book and the child.
  • Do not ask direct questions on the content.
  • Require the child to narrate a paragraph or chapter after a single attentive reading.
  • Let the child labor mentally to draw out the ideas that he forms relations with.
  • Require older children to read for themselves.

    To read the entire blog entry, click on link below.

    WEB LINK: http://simplycharlottemason.com/2009/03/26/using-living-books-effectively/

  • What is Classical Education?
    By Susan Wise Bauer

    Nicely penned article by the author of The Well-Trained Mind. It describes both the trivium and the benefits of being able to make connections between disciplines. "The beauty of the classical curriculum," writes classical schoolmaster David Hicks, "is that it dwells on one problem, one author, or one epoch long enough to allow even the youngest student a chance to exercise his mind in a scholarly way: to make connections and to trace developments, lines of reasoning, patterns of action, recurring symbolisms, plots, and motifs."

    WEB LINK: http://www.welltrainedmind.com/classed.php

    Why Classical Education?
    Answers the question: Why offer your children a classical education? How is it superior to other choices? Gives the history and the development of the trivium.

    WEB LINK: HTTP://gbt.org/clasced.html

    Why I Chose a Classical Education Curriculum
    By Diane Speed

    Written in 2002, this article describes my personal reasons for choosing the classical curriculum when I first began homeschooling, and outlines the principles outlined in The Well-Trained Mind.

    DOWNLOAD FILE: Classical Ed Part 1.pdf


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