by Amy Tjaden
Homeschool.com News Editor
I have to admit ignorance when it comes to some of these homeschooling methods. I’ve heard of the classical method of homeschooling. By that, I mean I’ve heard people say, “I use the classical method of homeschooling.” I had no idea what that meant.
As I was looking up information so that I could educate myself, and any of my readers who are in the same boat, I found myself becoming more confused. I keep finding the term Classical Christian homeschooling. I was confused by this, as I know of families who claim to use a classical approach but who are not Christian.
I found this site that does a great job of explaining classical education and the idea of the trivium. The trivium is the concept that emphasizes concrete thinking and memorization of facts while children are in grade school, analytical thinking in middle school and abstract thinking and articulation in high school. The site goes on to explain that classical Christian education is characterized by the development of a Biblical worldview.
The classical method was born in ancient Greece and Rome. By the 16th century, it had spread throughout the western world. In 1947, Dorothy Sayers pioneered a return to classical education. The idea is to teach in ways that complement the child’s natural behavior. Children are encouraged to do what they naturally enjoy during particular phases of their life, the idea of phases going back to the trivium.
I was surprised to find a few articles discussing classical education vs. the Charlotte Mason method. This surprised me because in my mind I was seeing a correlation. I thought I must be misunderstanding the methods and then I found this blog. I found it helpful in furthering my understanding of both methods.
If any of my readers implement either the classical or the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling I’d like to hear from you. I think it would help those of us who do not use that method to get a glimpse into a typical day of a homeschooler who does.
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