Monday, August 20, 2012

Classical Education for Middle Schoolers

Classical education was first developed in the Middle Ages with the trivium and quadrivium as being its essential parts. Classical education has moved through the centuries with each culture and age adding its own individual twist to its pedagogy.

Classical education is a good fit for most college prep homeschoolers. This method of education seeks to systematically teach its students all knowledge through a methodical framework. The Classical education movement seen in the U.S. over the past decade has been an adjustment of this same method. This education is founded upon the quadrivium or the teaching of mathematics, philosophy, astronomy, and theology. Today's classical education in its purest sense is still very similar. Within philosophy there is rooms for history as well as logic (critical thinking as coined today).

A classical education for your middle school student would include these topics and probably many more.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Tips for 8th Grade Literature

Learning through literature is an awesome way to get an education. It can help students really understand and grasp various concepts that they just haven't been able to get through standard means of education. Learning through literature like trade books - can open doors of understanding that textbooks often close.

1) Make visiting your library a regular occurrence.
2) Allow your children to read at any time... even if it means staying up a bit after they get in bed.
3) Read together
4) Read aloud to them during the day
5) Encourage them to discover the types of books that will help them learn even if the book is fun and engaging
6) Plan your school year lessons around engaging and great classic literature