Right now, one of the trendiest methods of homeschooling is the Classical approach. I do not personally follow the Classical education approach with Monkey or Bo, but we have many friends who use Classical style, and my younger siblings were taught with the Classical method for several years.
What is the Classical Method?
The classical homeschooling method is one of the oldest forms of education. It seeks to prepare children to face anything with reason, logic, and understanding. The method follows the approach known as the “Trivium,” which breaks education into several parts that cover reason, record, research, relate, and rhetoric. You might knowof classical education as “the one that teaches Latin,” but it is a lot more than that. Many classical homeschoolers follow the Charlotte Manson method.
How Does Classical Education Work?
While different curriculums vary, most classical curriculm should follow the same basic outline.
During grades K-6, the focus is on grammar and memorization. During this stage, children memorize facts using rhymes and songs. Everything is based around fact memorizing. The factual foundation of each subject is learned during this period.
In grades 7-8, children start to question and argue. Classical education changes the education method for this developmental milestone. During this time, the focus is on logic and critical thinking. Children learn to order facts into logical arguments and statements. Logic is taught even in abstract math like trigonometry and algebra.
In high school, the focus of classical education is on rhetoric. During this stage, children learn to communicate well through knowledge and logic. Articulation is mastered during this period.
What are the Benefits of Classical Learning?
Classical learning was once the only form of education taught in schools. Children from the 1700s and 1800s were all taught using the classical method. Children who grow up in the classical style typically are articulate, thoughtful, logical, and respectful of others. Classical education is compatible with the modern school system, and it is easy to covert classical learning into proof of education. For states that require solid education proof, classical learning is one of the best approaches.
What are the Downsides of Classical Leaning?
Classical education is thorough and well-rounded, but it is not for everyone. Some students find the rigid learning style oppressive. There is much focus on language arts, and some curriculums do not offer a solid foundation in modern subjects like math and science. Classical education is time consuming- both for the parent and for the student.
Where Can I Learn More about Classical Homeschooling?
You can learn more about classical homeschooling in the following places:
What are some Classical Homeschooling Curriculums?
Do you use the classical method? What are your favorite resources?