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  1. The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education
    The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education
    Leigh A. Bortins
    Palgrave Macmillan / 2010 / Trade Paperback
    $12.99 Retail: $16.99 Save 24% ($4.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Tool Box Approach to Classical Education
    July 19, 2013
    Kathy
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I purchased this book for two reasons: 1. I was looking for a basic overview of classical education for a parent's resource group I facilitate. 2. I wanted to find out what all the hype was about in regard to Leigh Bortins and her "Classical Conversations" curriculum.

    In her book, "The Core," Leigh Bortins the CEO of "Classical Conversations" and host of the internet radio show "Leigh! at Lunch" gives you at "tool box" approach to classical education.

    In the first part of "The Core" she gives her articulation of "What's Wrong with Education Today? Why We Need Classical Education and How Classical Education Can Help You." In the second part of her book, she takes the basic elements of classical education: reading, writing, math, geography, history, science and fine arts and gives you a "tool box" approach of how to implement the philosophy of classical education. The "tool box" approach allows you to take a tool from the box, read the description of the tool, and learn how the tool fits into the method, why it is important to the method and how to use the tool. The book is simplistic in presentation, but effective in application. The book also contains chapters on "Schedules and Resources for Classical Education and How Classical Education Gives Us Skills We Needs as Adults." The author presents her material from a "Christian" perspective.

    The only negative comment I have about the book is the author's ongoing advertisement for her curriculum, "Classical Conversations." I found the advertisements to be more of a distraction, than a contribution to the context of the book itself.

    I would encourage any parent who is seriously pursuing classical education to read Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer's classic, "The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home." "The Well Trained Mind" is a comprehensive overview and resource for providing your child with a classical education at home.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Easy to read and helpful applications
    October 4, 2012
    levamessage
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Easy to read and helpful applicable info. Good companion book to Well Trained Mind.
  3. San Diego, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great classical education primer
    December 26, 2011
    nerkalj
    San Diego, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A girlfriend with children in Classical Connections recommended this book to me. I am so glad that she did! I have read parts of The Well-Trained Mind, but The Core is more basic in that it explains classical education and gives a framework for incorporating it with your children regardless of how they are currently being educated. I felt both challenged and inspired!
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