The Well-Trained Mind - A Guide to Classical Education at Home


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That's a huge book about classical Education at home to your children from age 3 to 18.
All the techniques, the self-discipline, the material… What an exciting journey!


WHAT THE WELL-TRAINED MIND DOES: AN OVERVIEW

If you’re fortunate, you live near an elementary school filled with excellent teachers who are dedicated to developing your child’s skills in reading, writing, arithmetic, history, and science. These teachers have small classes—no more than ten students—and can give each student plenty of attention.
the teachers train their students in logic, critical thinking, and advanced writing.
This book is for the rest of us.
we have come to one simple conclusion: if you want your child to have an excellent education, you need to take charge of it yourself.

All you need to teach your child at home is dedication, some basic knowledge about how children learn, guidance in teaching the particular skills of each academic subject, and lots of books, tapes, posters, kits, and other resources. This book will provide you with everything except the dedication.

It trains the mind to analyze and draw conclusions.
It demands self-discipline.
It produces literate, curious, intelligent students who have a wide range of interests and the ability to follow up on them.

The Well-Trained Mind is a handbook on how to prepare your child to read, write, calculate, think, and understand.

A word about resources. We find huge lists of resources overwhelming.
The resources that appear in this book are those that combine academic excellence, ease of use for the parent and clarity.
Visit www.welltrainedmind.com for updates, Parents’ Forum, and further information.

PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS: USING THE WELL-TRAINED MIND WITHOUT LOSING YOUR OWN

This is a very big book. The Well-Trained Mind provides information on teaching all the subjects in the classical curriculum for all twelve grades—literature, writing, grammar, history, science, math, Latin, modern languages, art, music, debate, and more.
to tailor an academic program to your child’s particular interests and needs is one of home education’s greatest advantages.

Many students have extracurricular activities (soccer, music lessons, serious hobbies, clubs, skills courses such as accounting or typing)
In the classical curriculum, reading, writing, grammar, and math are the center.
History and science become more and more important as the child matures. Foreign languages are immensely valuable, but shouldn’t crowd out these basic skill areas.

Remember that a child must have a thorough grounding in the basic skills of grammar, spelling, and writing before he can proceed to more complex analytical work.

PROLOGUE - THE STORY OF A CLASSICAL HOME EDUCATION

UNCHARTED TERRITORY: JESSIE

The first day I taught my three children at home, I cleaned up the playroom and set up three desks. I hung an American flag at the front of the room and led them in the Pledge of Allegiance. I was shaking with nervousness.
It was 1973, and my husband, Jay, and I had just done something radical. We had removed our children from school.

All my teacher education had brainwashed me. I was convinced that parents couldn’t possibly teach their own children—certainly not at home.