Well-Trained Mind A Guide to Classical Education at Home

ISBN-10: 0393059278
ISBN-13: 9780393059274
Edition: 2004 (Revised)
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Description: 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?he trivium?hich  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/17/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 800
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.596
Language: English

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?he trivium?hich 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.

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.

Susan Wise Bauer is the best-sellingauthor of the Story of the World series,The Well-Educated Mind, and The Well-Trained Mind, among other books. Shelives in Virginia where she teaches at theCollege of William and Mary.

Acknowledgments for the First Edition
Acknowledgments for the Revised Edition
What The Well-Trained Mind Does: An Overview
Practical Considerations: Using The The Well-Trained Mind without Losing Your Own
Supplementing Your Child's Education: The Well-Trained Mind and Full-Time School
Prologue: The Story of a Classical Home Education
Uncharted Territory: Jessie
A Personal Look at Classical Education: Susan
The Grammar Stage: Kindergarten Through Fourth Grade
The Parrot Years
Now or Never
How to Teach the Poll-Parrot Stage
Priorities
Unlocking the Doors: The Preschool Years
Preschool: Birth to Three
Kindergarten Years: Four and Five
Resources
Words, Words, Words: Spelling, Grammar, Reading, and Writing
How to Do It
General Instructions for Grades 1 through 4
Overview of Language Work
Resources
The Joy of Numbers: Math
The Way Children Think
Math Tables: A Defense
How to Do It
Choosing Programs
Schedules
Resources
Seventy Centuries in Four Years: History and Geography
Seventy Centuries in Four Years
What If You're Starting in the Middle?
How to Do It
Resources
Making Sense of the World: Science
Priorities
Textbooks
How to Do It
Resources
Dead Languages for Live Kids: Latin (and Other Languages Still Living)
Why Latin?
How Does Latin Work?
How to Do It
Schedules
What about Other Languages?
Resources
Electronic Teachers: Using Computers and Videos
Matters of Faith: Religion
Resources
Finer Things: Art and Music
Art
Music
Resources
Part I: Epilogue
The Grammar Stage at a Glance
Notebook Summary, Grades 1 through 4
Whole Language and Phonics: Whole to Parts versus Parts to Whole
The Logic Stage: Fifth Grade Through Eighth Grade
The Argumentative Child
Building on the Foundation
Logic and the Trivium
Logic in the Curriculum
How to Teach the Logic Stage
Priorities
Snow White Was Irrational: Logic for the Intuitive
How to Do It
For the Logically Challenged
Resources
The Language of Reason: Math
How to Do It: Fifth and Sixth Grades
The Shift to Upper-Level Math
Resources
Why 1492? History and Geography
Organizing the Material
Starting in the Middle (or with More than One)
How to Do It
Resources
Thinking Straight: Spelling, Grammar, Reading, and Writing
How to Do It
Spelling and Word Study
Grammar
Reading
Writing
Schedules
Resources
Making Deductions: Science
Your Goals
Texts
Schedule
The Notebook
How to Do It
Resources
Looking into Other Worlds: Latin and Languages
Teaching Options
Which Languages?
Which Texts?
When Do I Do It?
Schedules
Resources
Away with Abusive Fallacies! Religion
Resources
The History of Creativity: Art and Music
Art
Music
Schedules
Resources
Magic Boxes: Using Computers and Videos
Software
The Internet
Videos
Resources
Moving toward Independence: Logic for Life
Part II: Epilogue
The Logic Stage at a Glance
The Rhetoric Stage: Ninth Grade Through Twelfth Grade
Speaking Your Mind: The Rhetoric Stage
A General Guide to the Rhetoric Stage
The Study of Rhetoric
How to Do It
Debate
Schedules
Resources
Skill with Words: Grammar and Writing
How to Do It
Schedules
Resources
Great Books: History and Reading
How to Do It
How to Talk about the Great Books
Writing Projects
What about American Government?
Starting in the Middle
University Sources for Great-Books Curricula
Schedules
Resources
Comfort with Numbers: Math
Possible Sequences
Outside Help
Advanced Placement
Schedules
Resources
Principles and Laws: Science
An Overview of Rhetoric-Stage Science
How to Do It
Outside Help
Sample Schedules
Resources
Learning Other Worlds: Foreign Languages
Which Languages?
Texts and Courses
Schedules
Resources
Mastering the Magic Box: Computer Skills
Generally Speaking
Practically Speaking
Schedule
Resources
Apologizing for Faith: Religion
Resources
Appreciating the Arts: Art and Music
Art
Music
Schedules
Resources
The Specialist
General Guidelines
Flexibility
Specific Guidelines
Evaluation
Schedule
Resources
Some People Hate Homer
Part III: Epilogue
The Rhetoric Stage at a Glance
Coming Home: How to Educate Your Child at Home
The Kitchen-Table School: Why Home-Educate?
Why Should You Home-School?
Encouragement for Parents
First Steps
Taking Your Child Out of School
The Realities of Home Schooling
A Personal Word from Jessie
Resources
The Confident Child: Socialization
Resources
The Character Issue: Parents as Teachers
Resources
And Just When Do I Do All This? Schedules for Home Schoolers
How Much Time Does It Take?
Yearly Planning
Weekly Planning
Daily Planning
Jessie's Method of Organizing: A Personal Account
Good Use of Time
Home Schooling with Babies and Toddlers
Schedules for Home Schoolers
Resources
Paper Proof: Grades and Record Keeping
Notification
Elementary School and Middle School: Portfolios
High School: Transcripts
Diploma
Resources
The Yardstick: Standardized Testing
Yearly Testing
AP and CLEP Exams
PSAT, SAT, and ACT
Resources
Where's the Team? Athletics at Home
Resources
The Local School: Dealing with Your School System
Resources
Yelling for Help: Tutors, Online Resources, Correspondence Schools, Cooperative Classes, and Colleges and Universities
Tutors
Online Resources
Correspondence Schools
Cooperative Classes
Community Colleges and Local Universities
Resources
Going to College: Applications for Home Schoolers
Planning for College
Choosing a College
The Application Process
The Portfolio
One Successful Application
Transcript Help
A Word about Early Admissions
Resources
Working: Apprenticeships and Other Jobs
Resources
More Stuff: The Annotated Catalog List
General
Elementary Grades
History
Classics, Latin, Logic
Shakespeare
Language: Reading, Writing, Grammar, and So Forth
Science
Mathematics
Used-Curricula and -Book Vendors
The Final Word: Starting in the Middle
Appendices
Taking an Oral History
Home-Education Organizations
National Science Competitions
Sources
Selected Bibliography
Index

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