Homeschool Curriculum Part 3: Classical

So far we have had an overview of the basics and researching curriculum, and a more in-depth look at the Traditional method of education. You have learned there are five main types of education philosophy and corresponding curricula: Traditional, Classical, Charlotte Mason/Ruth Beechick, Unit Studies, and Unschooling/Relaxed Homeschooling.  Now let’s talk about the Classical form of education.

Classical education is a scholarly approach and how most cultures were originally educated with its roots in ancient Greece and Rome. Generations have continued to teach their students in the classical method. It emphasizes traditional liberal arts and humanities, in-depth studies of great works of history and literature, the Western Christian civilization, and Latin.

Liberal arts includes the study of language, math, science and music. Humanities involves history and literature.

With Classical education students are taught in-depth the fundamental basics of language, thought, and speech and the most effective and efficient ways to express them. They learn critical thinking skills as an individual and how to behave in an acceptable and proper way in order to contribute to society.

There is a systematic method of moving through your children’s education based on long-standing successful traditions.

In the Classical approach, children are taught within three different stages called The Trivium. The Trivium consists of the Grammar Stage – which is the elementary age, the Logic or Dialectic Stage – middle school age, and the Rhetoric Stage – high school age. Each stage is based on childhood developmental stages believing that a student will learn best when taught at the right timing. Each stage includes studies in history, language arts, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, music. Latin is studied throughout as a basis for learning many of the language arts skills, as well as discipline.

In the Grammar Stage, children are naturally filled with wonder about the world in which they live. They learn reading, writing, spelling, and beginning Latin while developing observation, listening, and memorizing skills.

During the Logic or Dialectic Stage students have matured and are questioning “why” and searching for understanding. They are taught informal and formal logical discussions and debates, reasoning, and how to communicate using correct conclusions and supporting them with facts. They focus on the study of essays, higher math, theology, history and Latin with possible Greek and Hebrew.

The Rhetoric Stage encompasses more independent self-learning, deeper discussions, and intellectual understanding. Students learn the skills for persuasive speaking and effective writing that are both informative and engaging. Higher levels of math, science, history, and language arts are studied and learned.

Classical education teaches students how to think for themselves, express themselves appropriately and accurately, and practice virtuous behavior. This form of education has produced great minds throughout history including positive influential leaders, writers, physicians, inventors, scientists, lawyers, artists, musicians, philosophers, and theologians over the centuries.

Classical education curriculum companies include Classical Conversations, Memoria Press, and Classical Academic Press. School is taught through textbooks and workbooks with plenty of hands-on activities, multi-media experiences, and local co-op type of formal classrooms sometimes called forums or communities, plus optional on-line academies.

The lifestyle for most classical education students consists of classes taught within their homes and routinely attending an outside classical homeschool classroom a couple of times a week. The classrooms support the parents as well as the students. There is also growing support in communities and online for families who choose the classical format for their homeschool.

As with traditional homeschool, classical education follows a natural progression to the next grade level of books and materials for each subject. The companies have done all of the planning for you as to what is taught in each grade level, although there are options to choose from within certain subjects. And as the teacher you simply follow along what the instructors guide tells you as you direct and teach your child.

You can learn more about Classical Education by reading: Classical Christian Education: Made Approachable and Teaching From Rest.

Next we will explore the Charlotte Mason/Ruth Beechick style of education!



I love God, family, friends, and encouraging people. I enjoy helping others in the education world from my experience in my job and from when I homeschooled my kids. As a wife, Mom, soon to be Grandma, and the Education and Homeschool Web Merchandiser, I hope my blog articles are helpful to you as we live life together.

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