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

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




"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393047523
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/1999
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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The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
davidpwithun on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Every parent who cares about their child needs to read this book. That's not an overstatement; that is the honest truth. Classical Education, especially at home, is the very best education that a parent can give their child, teaching them to grow into logical, reasonable, intellectual, fulfilled, and happy adults, while exposing them to the wonders of God's creation and the marvels that man has created over the past thousands of years. And this book is the standard introduction to just how to do that. Rather than, as many others past and present have done, simply laying out the three stages of the trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) and what each consists of in a vague and open-ended way, Wise and her Classically Educated daughter Bauer give very specific information for how a child can be educated the right way even in a world like ours, featuring very lengthy reading lists, in-depth schedules, and specific advice, all by grade and subject. If you want the best, read this book.
ShusherJen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Any edition of this book is a must for classical homeschoolers! This book is filled with practical application of the classical method. Sample schedules, curriculum reviews and suggestions are also included. While many homeschooling books get tied up in theory, this book gets to the how. It gave me the confidence to know I could homeschool my children and a road map to do it. I lend it to all my new homeschool friends.
AnnieHidalgo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I wish at least weekly that I could homeschool my daughter, and follow the plans in this book. In fact, if you used the plans and schedules as an adult, and adapted it with more challenging reading material, your own self-education would benefit greatly too. I used to substitute teach, and in the summer used this book to create a homeschool preschool program for Bella. Now she is in first grade, and reads at a fourth grade level, so something must have gone right. We still use it for a little supplementary schooling.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are a new homeschooler and haven't read this book yet consider this your bible to classical education. Step-by-step, curriculum choices for a classical education from pre-school to high school graduation.