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Classical Education

Classical Education

Popular with many Christian and other families that prefer a liberal arts education for their children. This method includes lesson in Greek and Latin as well as formal instruction in logic. Besides Greek and Latin, grammar, logic, and biblical education are also important blocks in classical studies. Learning is chronological and history based. This method encourages debate and opinion. This method is best oriented toward high achievers and adapts well for those going to college.

Discovering Classical 

What makes classical education so effective? It is largely because of its approach to how and when students are taught. Regardless of their learning style, children learn in three phases or stages (grammar, logic or dialectic, and rhetoric), known as the trivium. In the grammar stage (K–6), students are naturally adept at memorizing through songs, chants, and rhymes. If you can get children in this stage to sing or chant something, they will remember it for a lifetime. In the dialectic or logic stage (grades 7–9), teenaged students are naturally more argumentative and begin to question authority and facts. They want to know the “why” of something—the logic behind it. During this stage, students learn reasoning, informal and formal logic, and how to argue with wisdom and eloquence. The rhetoric stage (grades 10–12) is naturally when students become independent thinkers and communicators. They study and practice rhetoric, which is the art of persuasive speaking and effective writing that pleases and delights the listener. Again, it is this approach to teaching students based on their developmental stage that makes this approach so very effective.

It is precisely this kind of education that has produced countless great leaders, inventors, scientists, writers, philosophers, theologians, physicians, lawyers, artists, and musicians over the centuries. Classical education never really disappeared, but it did diminish starting around 1900 with the advent of progressive education. In an effort to restore this most proven form of education, the K–12 liberal arts tradition has been being renewed and expanded again over the last thirty years. More than 500 classical schools (including private and charter schools) have started during that time, and tens of thousands of homeschooling families are educating with the classical approach.

Classical Homeschooling

Articles: Time4Learning answers the question:  What is Classical Homeschooling?  Time4Learning shares a Classical Homeschool curriculum and how Time4Learning works with the Classical Method of homeschooling.

Classical Conversations

Classical Catholic Homeschooling​

  • Angelicum Academy: PreK-12/founded 2000 (accredited, online options)

  • Aquinas Learning: PreK-12/founded 2009 (accredited)

  • Bellarmine Studies: Middle and High School (online options)

  • Catholic Schoolhouse: PreK-12 (Catholic version of Classical Conversations)

  • Kolbe Academy: PreK-12/founded 1980

  • Mother of Divine Grace: PreK-12 with 4,500 students/founded 1995 (accredited, special education services, online options)

  • Queen of Heaven Academy: 4-12/founded 2013 (accredited, online options)

  • Schola Rosa: PreK-12 (online options)

  • St. Thomas Aquinas Academy: Curriculum Provider for PreK-12/founded 1995

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