Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style

How do you evaluate the success of your home school?

Is it by awards, SAT scores, college acceptance, scholarships, or winning the local spelling bee or art contest? Sure, those are measurements of success, but beyond those tangible rewards, it’s seeing first hand the fruits of your labor; watching your children take what you’ve taught them and run with it.

It’s seeing them use the tools they need to teach themselves.

They discover.

They reason.

They apply.

That’s the trivium.

Teaching the Trivium is an outstanding resource that explains what Christian homeschooling in a classical approach is, and models how it’s done.

Using her 20 years of experience, Laurie Bluedorn’s own successful, talented (now adult) children are testimony to the success of her use of this approach to homeschool education, and serve as encouraging role models for those of us with growing children.

Part one of the book explains what classical education is; giving a good argument for why home is better than a classical classroom setting, and provides the what is/how to of teaching grammar, logic and rhetoric.

Part two explores the practical trivium, breaking the application into the developmental stages of your child up to college age.

You’ll find everything you need to teach the trivium, such as suggested schedules, course of studies, and a great chapter on principles for the study of literature.

The appendix has very helpful articles including a comparison of ancient alphabets, and the history and research on the teaching of math.

Whether you’re new to the classical style of teaching, or have been doing it from the start, there is something for every homeschooling family in Teaching the Trivium.

This phenomenal resource is one of those books you will be reading and re-reading over and over again. Don’t wait for it to show up at a used curriculum sale-I can’t imagine anyone parting with it.

Related website: http://triviumpursuit.com

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