Classical Homeschooling
A Solid Education

Are you wondering what it means to follow a classical homeschooling approach?  There are many people out there who believe that this is the best kind of education you could give your child. In the Catholic homeschooling arena one of the more widely known people who promote this is Laura Berquist. She has written a book called "Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum: A Guide to Catholic Home Education" that explains how you can put together your own curriculum and give your children a solid education using a classical approach.

When you follow this method, you are basically giving your children the same kind of education that the Founding Fathers of our country received. Another more common term for it is a liberal education. If you choose to follow this method of homeschooling, your children will be studying things like:

  • Grammar
  • Logic
  • Math
  • Music
  • Astronomy
  • Politics
  • Classical Literature
  • Theology

The Stages of A Classical Homeschooling Education

A classical education is broken down into three stages:

  1. The Grammatical Stage
  2. The Analytical Stage
  3. The Rhetorical Stage

Each stage builds upon the one before it. In each stage, students are learning and exploring and expanding their base of knowledge.

Common things you will see with this method are:

  • Writing assignments and essays
  • Reading of the classics
  • Memorization of poetry and scripture
  • Participation in small and large discussion groups

Two Ready Made Classical Memory Programs

There are also now two different Catholic curriculum that are based off of the classical method.  One is Classically Catholic Memory and the other is Catholic Schoolhouse.  The bulk of both of their methods is memory work but they both claim classical roots.  I've tried both and they are similar in their approach in that they work off of a three year cycle covering a different time frame for each year.  There are so many different ways that you can use this type of curriculum.  The best thing is to do your research first and talk to others who have used them.  There are Facebook groups that you can join, too, that will put you in touch with others who have experience with the curriculum and can give you good ideas on how to use them.  You can use them as a supplement to other book work or you can use them as the core of your schooling.  Both are solidly Catholic so whichever one seems to strike you, you won't go wrong.

As I said, there are many resources out there, some Catholic and others written by Christian authors, that explain the many benefits of a good classical education. This type of education is not about finishing a workbook, it is about teaching your child to think, teaching them how to learn on their own and helping them to develop a life-long love of learning.

If you are intrigued by this method you could either sign up for a program, such as Mother of Divine Grace, purchase a ready-made memory based curriculum or you could do some research and design your own classical curriculum. Either way, if you follow a classical homeschooling approach, your child is sure to get a very solid education.

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