Based on the philosophy of education used in ancient Greece and in Europe during the Middle Ages, this is a rigorous style of education that views education in three phases. These stages correspond to the development of a child’s ability to reason. Also known as the Trivium. The first stage is when the student learns how to learn and has the ability to memorize many facts. The second stage is when connections are made of the facts already learned. The third phase is when the student is able to use the connections of facts and formulate and articulate his own opinions. Grammar, logic and rhetoric are all important components of the Classical method, as is Latin, usually. The Socratic method and the Great Books of Western tradition are also key parts of this method. Tapestry of Grace is one Classical method curriculum that is geared for using with a broad range of ages of children. Veritas Press Classical Home School Curriculum also offers tutoring services for their Omnibus I and II courses.
Though the following are generalizations, this home schooling method tends to work well for you (at least you’ll have less stress persevering) if you:
- like structure,
- desire to evaluate your child’s learning based on academic standards,
- see the value of an education that places primacy on the written word, both in reading and writing well,
- believe that developing good study skills fairly early on in your child’s life will benefit him greatly as time goes on,
- want to concentrate on classics of Western literature as a tool to develop critical thinking,
- don’t mind being fairly involved in the process of your child’s education – discussing books, giving dictation, encouraging the reaching of academic goals,
- have a child who is academically oriented.