Charlotte Mason education
Theory of multiple intelligences
A Thomas Jefferson Education
the kids working on spelling (15-20 mins. everyday)
It's a personal choice. For me, I considered the way each child in my home learns, what I want them to learn, my memory of how I was schooled growing up was, how much time I wanted to spend, and the basic desired outcome of this beast called home school. The method of choice for us was what is called The Classical Method. It focuses on teaching the trivium. It breaks up the different ages into groups of learning and how each age group learns.
Grammar Grades 1-4
Grammar consists of language skills such as reading and the mechanics of writing. An important goal of grammar is to acquire as many words and manage as many concepts as possible so as to be able to express and understand clearly concepts of varying degrees of complexity. Very young students can learn these by rote especially through the use of chant and song. Their minds are often referred to as "sponges", that easily absorb a large number of facts. Classical education traditionally included study of Latin and Greek, which greatly reinforced understanding of grammar, and the workings of a language, and so that students could read the Classics of Western Civilization in the words of the authors.
Logic 5th-8th grade
Logic is the art of correct reasoning. The traditional text for teaching logic was Aristotle's Logic. In the modern renaissance of classical education, this logic stage (or dialectic stage) refers to the junior high or middle school aged student, who developmentally is beginning to question ideas and authority, and truly enjoys a debate or an argument. Training in logic, both formal and informal, enables students to critically examine arguments and to analyze their own. The whole goal is to find out why something is true, or why something else is false, in short, reasons for a fact.
Rhetoric 9th-12th grade
Rhetoric debate and composition (which is the written form of rhetoric) are taught to somewhat older (often high school aged) students, who by this point in their education have the concepts and logic to criticize their own work and persuade others. According to Aristotle "Rhetoric is the counterpart of dialectic." It is concerned with finding "all the available means of persuasion." The student now learns to persuade others with these facts, and succeed in the persuasion. The student has learned to reason correctly in the Logic stage so that they can now apply those skills to Rhetoric.
Zander learning about diffusion Chemistry (1 hour twice a week)
So basically the way you teach you child changes depending the age they are. At different ages, we have different abilities. As I read about the Trivium, I remembered my youth and how I saw the world at different times. I also looked at kids around me and noticed that this is dead on. Why wouldn't we teach them in an approach that they see the world with?
Classical Education is language intensive-not image-focused.
It demands that students use and understand words, not video images.
It is history-intensive, providing students with a comprehensive view of human behavior form the beginning until now.
It trains the mind to analyze and draw conclusions.
It demands self-discipline.
It produces literate, curious, intelligent students who have a wide rante of interests and the ability to follow up on them.
learning about the use of early irrigation systems used by the first "civilized" Nomads
(history 1 hour 3 days a week)
I strongly recommend this book if you are interested in learning more. This method just makes sense to me.
My favorite quote so far was from Zander after we finished school and I needed to get a start on dinner n stuff, "mom I don't want to watch tv with Elle, I want more HISTORY!!!" The kids are nuts I tell you. My suspicion was so right, they just want more and more and more. Homeschooling is the way I can fill them up to their potential and feel good about it all.