Im so pleased to find Christian authors who have intelligent minds and use them without relying on a lot of Christian lingo to get their point across. The Bluedorns believe that educating our children is a mandate of God. They spend an entire chapter of this expounding, arguing and providing proof for this argument. That chapter alone is worth the price of the book. I found it so thought provoking that I often read portions aloud to my husband and we had many interesting discussions based on this. The Bluedorns continue with a systematic approach for teaching our children in a manner that glorifies and honors God. They show us how to teach our children to not only love God with their whole heart and soul but also with their whole MIND.There are chapters devoted to helping parents to use the Trivium with other methods such as Charlotte Mason as well as a discussion of some methods that do not fit well with the Trivium such as Unschooling. These chapters contain discussions and explanations of each method. This would be very valuable for those approaching educating their child for the first time as they investigate what method they will use.Part two of the book is titled The Practical Trivium and contains valuable, hands on information for how to teach your child. All areas of study and ages are covered. Finally lists of specific resources and where you can obtain them are given. This is the part that I turn to again and again. The information here is extensive and exhaustive. The explanations and reasons are clear and easy to understand.I highly recommend this book to anyone who home educates their child. The information is intelligent and thought provoking. You will come away well educated on the subject of homeschooling in addition to having valuable tools for carrying out homeschooling.
According to Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, Trivium is the way God created us to learn. Claiming that "If we ever learned anything, then we learned it by the Trivium method--whether we knew it or not," the Bluedorns lay down detailed theories and plans for deliberately teaching by the Trivium, the ancient method by which mankind learns to learn. Though it is emphasised that Trivium is not a list of subjects but a way of learning, the book does give a great deal of time to classical subjects such as formal logic, ancient languages, and literature. Various educational practices are resurrected from the past and reintroduced to homeschooling families: copywork and narration, oratory and debate. The book features plenty of practical helps and curriculum recommendations, making every subject accessible. Because of the great volume of information in this book, I recommend that parents make good use of the detailed Table of Contents. "Teaching the Trivium,"is anything but an objective look at a system of learning. It is heavily infused with the Bluedorns' worldview, which makes it a valuable resource for anyone wondering how homeschooling fits into Scriptural commands, how to tackle subjects from a strongly Christian perspective, or how classical education, generally thought of as pagan in origin, can be reconciled with the gospel (quite easily, the book claims--Trivium was God's idea, not man's, and we were created to learn by it). Whether or not readers agree with every point in the book, they will find themselves challenged and their understanding of education enriched.
How do you evaluate the success of your home school?Is it by awards, SAT scores, college acceptance, scholarships, or winning the local spelling bee or art contest? Sure, those are measurements of success, but beyond those tangible rewards, its seeing first hand the fruits of your labor; watching your children take what youve taught them and run with it.Its seeing them use the tools they need to teach themselves.They discover. They reason. They apply.Thats the trivium.Teaching the Trivium is an outstanding resource that explains what Christian homeschooling in a classical approach is, and models how its done.Using her 20 years of experience, Laurie Bluedorns own successful, talented (now adult) children are testimony to the success of her use of this approach to homeschool education, and serve as encouraging role models for those of us with growing children.Part one of the book explains what classical education is; giving a good argument for why home is better than a classical classroom setting, and provides the what is/how to of teaching grammar, logic and rhetoric.Part two explores the practical trivium, breaking the application into the developmental stages of your child up to college age. Youll find everything you need to teach the trivium, such as suggested schedules, course of studies, and a great chapter on principles for the study of literature. The appendix has very helpful articles including a comparison of ancient alphabets, and the history and research on the teaching of math.Whether youre new to the classical style of teaching, or have been doing it from the start, there is something for every homeschooling family in Teaching the Trivium. This phenomenal resource is one of those books you will be reading and re-reading over and over again. Dont wait for it to show up at a used curriculum sale-I cant imagine anyone parting with it.
I consider Teaching The Trivium one of the few must have books regarding home education. The Bluedorns have done an excellent job of providing a work that is not only a great read but a practical resource to return to throughout the years.Teaching The Trivium is written in an approachable and engaging style. My favorite sections are when the Bluedorns address questions sent to them from various home educators collected over the years. I often read questions that had never occurred to me to ask.Within the pages of Teaching The Trivium the novice will find a godly and fruitful definition of education to consider. The veteran will find ample biblical insights to ponder as well as encouragement to press in.
If there were 10 stars I would give them to this book. As a homeschool graduate myself and a homeschooling parent of 4 (so far) I have been so blessed by this book! In a nutshell, if you are searching for high-standards for your homeschool but want it to be Biblically based at the same time... this is the method for you. Woven in it's pages is a wealth of information from when to begin to teach phonics to choosing a foreign language and Greek/Latin study. NOT the typical "classical-education-snob" book either. This book has ended my search for a balanced, high standard, biblical guide for our homeschool.