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Title:
The well-trained mind : a guide to classical education at home
Author:
Bauer, Susan Wise.
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Edition:
Revised and updated.
Publication Information:
New York : W.W. Norton, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xxvii, 810 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780393059274
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Book

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Summary

This book will instruct you, step by step, on how to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school. Two veteran home educators outline the classical pattern of education--the trivium--which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child's mind: the elementary school "grammar stage," the middle school "logic stage," and the high school "rhetoric stage." Using the trivium as your model, you'll be able to instruct your child in all levels of reading, writing, history, geography, mathematics, science, foreign languages, rhetoric, logic, art, and music, regardless of your own aptitude in those subjects.Newly revised and updated, The Well-Trained Mind includes detailed book lists with complete ordering information; up-to-date listings of resources, publications, and Internet links; and useful contacts.An excellent resource for any family with a desire to incorporate a classical education in their home, whether as a curriculum or as a reference. (Educational Freedom Press)


Author Notes

Jessie Wise, a former teacher, is a home education consultant, speaker, and writer. She has decades of experience as a classroom teacher, elementary school principal, private tutor, and educational consultant, and is the co-author of the best-selling The Well-Trained Mind and the groundbreaking elementary grammar text First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. She lives in Charles City, Virginia.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments for the First Editionp. XV
Acknowledgments for the Revised Editionp. XVII
What The Well-Trained Mind Does: An Overviewp. XIX
Practical Considerations: Using The The Well-Trained Mind without Losing Your Ownp. XXIII
Supplementing Your Child's Education: The Well-Trained Mind and Full-Time Schoolp. XXV
Prologue: The Story of a Classical Home Education
1. Uncharted Territory: Jessiep. 3
2. A Personal Look at Classical Education: Susanp. 11
Part I. The Grammar Stage: Kindergarten Through Fourth Grade
3. The Parrot Yearsp. 21
Now or Neverp. 23
How to Teach the Poll-Parrot Stagep. 24
Prioritiesp. 25
4. Unlocking the Doors: The Preschool Yearsp. 26
Preschool: Birth to Threep. 27
Kindergarten Years: Four and Fivep. 30
Resourcesp. 41
5. Words, Words, Words: Spelling, Grammar, Reading, and Writingp. 50
How to Do Itp. 51
General Instructions for Grades 1 through 4p. 52
Overview of Language Workp. 70
Resourcesp. 71
6. The Joy of Numbers: Mathp. 87
The Way Children Thinkp. 88
Math Tables: A Defensep. 90
How to Do Itp. 92
Choosing Programsp. 96
Schedulesp. 97
Resourcesp. 98
7. Seventy Centuries in Four Years: History and Geographyp. 104
Seventy Centuries in Four Yearsp. 106
What If You're Starting in the Middle?p. 108
How to Do Itp. 109
Resourcesp. 119
8. Making Sense of the World: Sciencep. 157
Prioritiesp. 158
Textbooksp. 159
How to Do Itp. 159
Resourcesp. 175
9. Dead Languages for Live Kids: Latin (and Other Languages Still Living)p. 190
Why Latin?p. 191
How Does Latin Work?p. 192
How to Do Itp. 194
Schedulesp. 196
What about Other Languages?p. 196
Resourcesp. 197
10. Electronic Teachers: Using Computers and Videosp. 200
11. Matters of Faith: Religionp. 204
Resourcesp. 206
12. Finer Things: Art and Musicp. 207
Artp. 208
Musicp. 209
Resourcesp. 210
Part I: Epiloguep. 218
The Grammar Stage at a Glancep. 218
Notebook Summary, Grades 1 through 4p. 222
Whole Language and Phonics: Whole to Parts versus Parts to Wholep. 224
Part II. The Logic Stage: Fifth Grade Through Eighth Grade
13. The Argumentative Childp. 231
Building on the Foundationp. 233
Logic and the Triviump. 234
Logic in the Curriculump. 235
How to Teach the Logic Stagep. 236
Prioritiesp. 237
14. Snow White Was Irrational: Logic for the Intuitivep. 239
How to Do Itp. 241
For the Logically Challengedp. 242
Resourcesp. 249
15. The Language of Reason: Mathp. 252
How to Do It: Fifth and Sixth Gradesp. 254
The Shift to Upper-Level Mathp. 257
Resourcesp. 262
16. Why 1492? History and Geographyp. 268
Organizing the Materialp. 268
Starting in the Middle (or with More than One)p. 276
How to Do Itp. 278
Resourcesp. 301
17. Thinking Straight: Spelling, Grammar, Reading, and Writingp. 335
How to Do Itp. 336
Spelling and Word Studyp. 337
Grammarp. 340
Readingp. 344
Writingp. 359
Schedulesp. 361
Resourcesp. 363
18. Making Deductions: Sciencep. 382
Your Goalsp. 383
Textsp. 384
Schedulep. 385
The Notebookp. 385
How to Do Itp. 388
Resourcesp. 396
19. Looking into Other Worlds: Latin and Languagesp. 410
Teaching Optionsp. 411
Which Languages?p. 412
Which Texts?p. 412
When Do I Do It?p. 415
Schedulesp. 416
Resourcesp. 418
20. Away with Abusive Fallacies! Religionp. 422
Resourcesp. 424
21. The History of Creativity: Art and Musicp. 426
Artp. 427
Musicp. 431
Schedulesp. 434
Resourcesp. 436
22. Magic Boxes: Using Computers and Videosp. 443
Softwarep. 444
The Internetp. 445
Videosp. 446
Resourcesp. 447
23. Moving toward Independence: Logic for Lifep. 450
Part II: Epiloguep. 453
The Logic Stage at a Glancep. 453
Part III. The Rhetoric Stage: Ninth Grade Through Twelfth Grade
24. Speaking Your Mind: The Rhetoric Stagep. 461
A General Guide to the Rhetoric Stagep. 462
The Study of Rhetoricp. 463
How to Do Itp. 464
Debatep. 470
Schedulesp. 470
Resourcesp. 471
25. Skill with Words: Grammar and Writingp. 473
How to Do Itp. 474
Schedulesp. 479
Resourcesp. 479
26. Great Books: History and Readingp. 484
How to Do Itp. 486
How to Talk about the Great Booksp. 496
Writing Projectsp. 497
What about American Government?p. 502
Starting in the Middlep. 503
University Sources for Great-Books Curriculap. 504
Schedulesp. 508
Resourcesp. 508
27. Comfort with Numbers: Mathp. 521
Possible Sequencesp. 523
Outside Helpp. 527
Advanced Placementp. 528
Schedulesp. 528
Resourcesp. 529
28. Principles and Laws: Sciencep. 534
An Overview of Rhetoric-Stage Sciencep. 535
How to Do Itp. 536
Outside Helpp. 543
Sample Schedulesp. 544
Resourcesp. 546
29. Learning Other Worlds: Foreign Languagesp. 555
Which Languages?p. 556
Texts and Coursesp. 557
Schedulesp. 561
Resourcesp. 564
30. Mastering the Magic Box: Computer Skillsp. 569
Generally Speakingp. 569
Practically Speakingp. 572
Schedulep. 573
Resourcesp. 573
31. Apologizing for Faith: Religionp. 576
Resourcesp. 578
32. Appreciating the Arts: Art and Musicp. 579
Artp. 580
Musicp. 583
Schedulesp. 584
Resourcesp. 585
33. The Specialistp. 590
General Guidelinesp. 591
Flexibilityp. 594
Specific Guidelinesp. 595
Evaluationp. 598
Schedulep. 599
Resourcesp. 599
34. Some People Hate Homerp. 600
Part III: Epiloguep. 604
The Rhetoric Stage at a Glancep. 604
Part IV. Coming Home: How to Educate Your Child at Home
35. The Kitchen-Table School: Why Home-Educate?p. 611
Why Should You Home-School?p. 612
Encouragement for Parentsp. 614
First Stepsp. 616
Taking Your Child Out of Schoolp. 618
The Realities of Home Schoolingp. 618
A Personal Word from Jessiep. 619
Resourcesp. 620
36. The Confident Child: Socializationp. 623
Resourcesp. 628
37. The Character Issue: Parents as Teachersp. 629
Resourcesp. 632
38. And Just When Do I Do All This? Schedules for Home Schoolersp. 633
How Much Time Does It Take?p. 635
Yearly Planningp. 636
Weekly Planningp. 638
Daily Planningp. 639
Jessie's Method of Organizing: A Personal Accountp. 640
Good Use of Timep. 641
Home Schooling with Babies and Toddlersp. 642
Schedules for Home Schoolersp. 643
Resourcesp. 647
39. Paper Proof: Grades and Record Keepingp. 648
Notificationp. 649
Elementary School and Middle School: Portfoliosp. 649
High School: Transcriptsp. 650
Diplomap. 657
Resourcesp. 657
40. The Yardstick: Standardized Testingp. 659
Yearly Testingp. 660
AP and CLEP Examsp. 663
PSAT, SAT, and ACTp. 664
Resourcesp. 666
41. Where's the Team? Athletics at Homep. 671
Resourcesp. 673
42. The Local School: Dealing with Your School Systemp. 675
Resourcesp. 678
43. Yelling for Help: Tutors, Online Resources, Correspondence Schools, Cooperative Classes, and Colleges and Universitiesp. 679
Tutorsp. 680
Online Resourcesp. 681
Correspondence Schoolsp. 683
Cooperative Classesp. 683
Community Colleges and Local Universitiesp. 684
Resourcesp. 684
44. Going to College: Applications for Home Schoolersp. 688
Planning for Collegep. 689
Choosing a Collegep. 691
The Application Processp. 692
The Portfoliop. 693
One Successful Applicationp. 693
Transcript Helpp. 695
A Word about Early Admissionsp. 695
Resourcesp. 696
45. Working: Apprenticeships and Other Jobsp. 698
Resourcesp. 700
46. More Stuff: The Annotated Catalog Listp. 701
Generalp. 702
Elementary Gradesp. 702
Historyp. 703
Classics, Latin, Logicp. 703
Shakespearep. 703
Language: Reading, Writing, Grammar, and So Forthp. 704
Sciencep. 705
Mathematicsp. 706
Used-Curricula and -Book Vendorsp. 707
47. The Final Word: Starting in the Middlep. 708
Appendices
1. Taking an Oral Historyp. 713
2. Home-Education Organizationsp. 716
3. National Science Competitionsp. 739
4. Sourcesp. 745
Selected Bibliographyp. 771
Indexp. 773