The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education

The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education

by Leigh A. Bortins
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The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education by Leigh A. Bortins

In the past, correct spelling, the multiplication tables, the names of the state capitals and the American presidents were basics that all children were taught in school. Today, many children graduate without this essential knowledge. Most curricula today follow a haphazard sampling of topics with a focus on political correctness instead of teaching students how to study. Leigh Bortins, a leading figure in the homeschooling community, is having none of it. She believes that there are core areas of knowledge that are essential to master. Without knowing the multiplication tables, children can't advance to algebra. Without mastery of grammar, students will have difficulty expressing themselves. Without these essential building blocks of knowledge, students may remember information but they will never possess a broad and deep understanding of how the world works. In The Core, Bortins gives parents the tools and methodology to implement a rigorous, thorough, and broad curriculum based on the classical model, including:

- Rote memorization to cement knowledge

- Systematic learning of geography, historical facts, and timelines

- Reading the great books and seminal historical documents instead of adaptations and abridged editions

- Rigorous training in math and the natural sciences

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230100350
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/08/2010
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 471,165
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.64(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Leigh A. Bortins is the founder and CEO of Classical Conversations, Inc., whose enrollment is 20,000. She hosts a weekly radio show, Leigh! for Lunch and lectures widely about the importance of home education at nationwide conferences and seminars. She lives in West End, NC.

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BeckyF More than 1 year ago
After reading The Well-Trained Mind, I have been very interested in reading about Classical Education. TWTM recommended a very rigorous structure tht can seem a little overwhelming. The Core shows that the Classical Model does not have to be so cut-and-dried as what TWTM purports. It provides a different perspective so that you can compare the two different books and figure out what will work best for your own family. It relieved a little anxiety and pressure and reminded me that homescooling is different in every home.
Gretchen Davis More than 1 year ago
Helped me to get a big pictureof classical education!
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