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The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition) Kindle Edition
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Susan Bauer's homeschooling programme is very ambitious. It would yield a far, far better education than almost any school. However, I think it's possible. It wouldn't require expertise, because there are resources available (some better than others), and she covers the field and points you very specifically to the ones she likes; but it would be most of a very demanding full-time job and require self-discipline and commitment. However, it's possible to take aspects of her approach and apply them. This is what I've done.
I also got an incredibly useful insight from this book, which transformed my understanding of my children's learning processes. She presents a child's education as a succession of three developmental stages: first, up to age 11, when children absorb data, lots of it, and are learning to reason from the particular to the general (which is intuitive and easy); second, age 11-c. 14, when they should be taught to manipulate what they've learned and to analyse, play with structure, in other words to think down from the general to the particular (which is much harder, and which they aren't capable of when younger); and third, age c. 14 upwards, when they learn to manipulate arguments, to write, to persuade, to write from a point of view. I think this is absolutely, totally right.Read more ›
It has given me an excellent idea of what to expect at each stage, how to manage studies of many different periods, literature and science topics in a way that is manageable and helps develop their language and writing skills at the same time.
Although I only have one at homeschool age right now, I want to start as I mean to go on to ensure I don't burn out with all three of them at school age. The plan laid out in this book will allow me to do one on one tutoring for the necessary subjects and then bring the children together for the others in a way that allows us to explore together without rushing, while also knowing what to ask of each child through the three stages of the trivium outlined in the book.
One note, however, is that even the authors themselves (on the website) state that the recommended times per subject are really high and only put in there because the publishers wanted it. I think this may come from the U.S perspective of having to meet certain hours for homeschooling. The same goes for the amount of notebook pages suggested. Fortunately in Scotland we don't have such a requirement, although I will be implementing the notebook pages with narration/dictation. I will definitely not be covering three hours of science per week at first grade level!
The ideas for using certain books as a 'spine' for our learning was really useful and I feel it has given me a way to do some interest-led learning while actually having a systematic plan (which the kids don't even need to realise!).Read more ›
I would recommend this to all home educators, its a great read even if you don't plan to follow it exactly or at all. The reviews of resouces are very helpful.
(Whilst it is faith based it does not push faith in any way and can be used for non-christians just as well.)
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Useful reading. Some good ideas to draw on. The suggested schedule is a little too structured and formal for us, but certainly has given me some ideas.Published on 13 May 2015 by Miss C Mills
A must have for every home-home-educator and guardians of children who are being home educated. The author explains everything in an understandable manner and it is an easy guide... Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2014 by Zainab
An excellent book in regards to explaining in detail about how to teach your child at home. Lots of book lists and advice. Read morePublished on 17 July 2014 by marvin
I would recommend anyone who is considering homeschooling their child(ren) to read this book, which is why i gave it the maximum star rating available, because although it is based... Read morePublished on 7 April 2014 by katesPlace77
Though written from US perspective, still a great read and I highly recommend. It gives thorough direction, on each subject from kindergarten/pre-school level upwards from... Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2014 by Mr S Ladipo
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