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

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"Outstanding...should be on every home educator's reference bookshelf."—Homeschooling TodayThis book will instruct you, step by step, on how to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school. Two veteran home educators outline the classical pattern of education—the trivium—which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child's mind: the elementary school "grammar stage," the middle school "logic stage," and the high school "rhetoric stage." Using...
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1999 Hard cover Annotated. New in new dust jacket. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 764 p. Audience: General/trade. hardcover, with new dust jacket, new ... covers (sharp corners, bright spine titles), clean unmarked pages, binding tight as new and unread (clean page edge)....Post Office Delivery Confirmation provided by e-mail to enable you to track your package. Book is shipped in a padded envelope and packaged in bubble wrap. Read more Show Less

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"Outstanding...should be on every home educator's reference bookshelf."—Homeschooling TodayThis book will instruct you, step by step, on how to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school. Two veteran home educators outline the classical pattern of education—the trivium—which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child's mind: the elementary school "grammar stage," the middle school "logic stage," and the high school "rhetoric stage." Using the trivium as your model, you'll be able to instruct your child in all levels of reading, writing, history, geography, mathematics, science, foreign languages, rhetoric, logic, art, and music, regardless of your own aptitude in those subjects. Newly revised and updated, The Well-Trained Mind includes detailed book lists with complete ordering information; up-to-date listings of resources, publications, and Internet links; and useful contacts.

Author Biography: Susan Wise Bauer, author of The Well-Educated Mind, teaches literature and writing at the College of William and Mary. Jessie Wise, her mother, is a former teacher and principal; she is now an educational consultant, speaker, and writer. They live in Charles City, Virginia.

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Wise, a former teacher and current home education consultant, explains that she decided to home-school her three children because the local public school "was a terrible environment socially" and ranked academically as one of the lowest in the state, and the private school she and her husband had chosen seemed unable to stimulate and challenge her children. Bauer, her older daughter and now an instructor at the College of William & Mary, adds the student's perspective. Together, they provide detailed information on a home-school curriculum for a type of classical education called the "trivium." Within each of the three stages of learning (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) are suggestions for lessons, how-to tips, and lists of resources. A common criticism of home schooling, that children have inadequate opportunity for social and emotional development, is also addressed here. For home-schooling a child or supplementing the education of one attending a public or private school, this book is a good purchase for most public libraries.--Terry A. Christner, Hutchinson P.L., KS Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Former-teacher Wise and her daughter Bauer (literature, College of William and Mary) draw, among other resources, their own experience of the former home-schooling the latter. Not a classical education in the sense of Greek and Latin, but an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school is possible within the family, they contend and demonstrate. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393047523
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Pages: 764
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 15
What The Well-Trained Mind Does: An Overview 17
Practical Considerations: Using The Well-Trained Mind without Losing Your Own 21
Supplementing Your Child's Education: The Well-Trained Mind and Full-Time School 23
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2003

    Very helpful and informative

    This is a very good book and I have great respect for the authors. They are truly experienced in the homeschooling field. However, I think that the reader needs to realize that not everything and every suggestion should necessarily be followed to the "t." Each situation and each child is different. This program isn't always going to be reality for all people. For example, they strongly urge all preschoolers to learn to read and they repeatedly say that "reading is easy." But this is not always the case. Many have told me to tear those pages out! If your preschooler is not ready to learn to read (and many aren't), all the pushing in the world may only harm the child. I learnt to read (as did most of us) in the first grade, and I am one of the most voracious readers around. If anyone has read "Cathy Duffy's Christian Home Educator's Curriculum Manual," they will be aware of certain learning styles. The authors and their children seem to all be very similar in learning style - "competent carl." Not everyone fits that mold. This means they learn well with basic, no-frills approaches and like to see the big picture, strengths would be things like analysis and thinking through situations, science and math or any area where they can achieve competency (as opposed to creativity/artistic expression). It's no wonder that a classical approach, worthless trivia (which this book is filled with lists of prescribed memorization for, not necessarily bad, just you have to admit it's rather trivial in the long run unless you want to be a history major in college), and straightfoward books would appeal to them. The other problem I have with this method is that it does tend to cause a lot of burn-out and take lots of time and money to prepare (costly if you don't have access to good libraries in your area). Other than that, I love this book. I refer to it time and time again. I am glad that I got it. I respect the authors tremendously.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    This Sleeper Deserves Every Award Under the Sun!

    When we enrolled our then-five-year-old daughter in a private school in Washington, DC, we assumed that her school would teach her reading, writing and arithmetic. When it became clear, however, that we would have to do much of this ourselves, we cobbled together a program that would give her the basics. We found this book last year and it has become our bible for several reasons. First, while the authors have a very definite opinion about what your child should learn, there is no political, religious or social dogma that drives their discussions; they simply beleive that all children benefit most from a traditional education. What my husband and I found particularly helpful about this book is that it has no political agenda: when the authors believe, for example, that a Christian-based book, e.g., a Christian grammar book, is the best one out there, they endorse it, noting, however, that the book has religious overtones for those who wish not to buy it. Although they will often recommend a back-up book, they underscore that one is frankly better than the other from a pedagogical standpoint. Refreshingly, the book does not pander to or curry favor with the educational establishment by recommending what is often mediocre -- or just plain bad -- literature. Second, the authors give you every address, e-mail, 800 and fax number you will ever need for every grade (nursery through twelfth) to order the recommended materials. Because they have definite preferences on publishers,etc., you never get lost in a miasma of names and phone numbers. Whether you home-school or not, they make your life easier. It's all there, it's all well laid-out. Finally, although the book is written with home-schoolers in mind, it is so well-organized that anyone can use it, regardless of where one's child is being schooled. And given the current state of public and private education, Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer have done us all a great service.

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