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An Overview of Classical Education: How Do I Fit It All Into A Day?

This is the last part of a series of guest posts by Heather Weber, homeschooling veteran of over 20 years. Heather Weber homeschooled her four children from birth through high school and author of mysteries under the pen name Patty Joy.

 

My favorite guide book for homeschooling, The Well-Trained Mind (WTM) by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer, includes learning stages, curriculum recommendations, and even advised amount of time the subject should take each week.

Notice I called it a guide book.

I love the premise of the book, and in the beginning of my homeschooling career I tried to follow the exact curriculum, including teaching Latin, and time plans. Though Jessie Wise had three children and I had four, I believed it was the best plan and truly gave it my all. We had a designated school table, the curriculum bought, and I smiled like a kid in a toy store as I purchased school supplies at the drug store that summer before Kindergarten.

And then God laughed.

 

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An Overview of Classical Education: What Curriculum Do I Use?

This is Part 2 of a series of guest posts by Heather Weber, homeschooling veteran of over 20 years. Heather Weber homeschooled her four children from birth through high school and is the author of mysteries under the pen name Patty Joy.

 

“I want to homeschool, but I don’t know what curriculum to use.”

This was actually my first question as well. Though I was a trained teacher, I had no idea where to find curriculum. I had no idea how my principal ordered the books or found the publisher’s catalogs.

When I started twenty-five years ago, there were no computer programs to provide a complete program. Even if there was, I couldn’t see myself using only computer-based programs for school. My husband and I knew we had one focus: instilling the joy of reading. Once they could read, they could teach themselves anything. To achieve that goal, we would read, read, and read some more in our house.

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An Overview of Classical Education: Where Do I Start?

This is Part 1 of a series of guest posts by Heather Weber, homeschooling veteran of over 20 years. Heather Weber homeschooled her four children from birth through high school and is the author of mysteries under the pen name Patty Joy.

 

Many people tell me “I want to homeschool, but I don’t know where to begin.” I send every one of them to a certain book: The Well-Trained Mind (WTM) by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer. It is a pretty hefty tome that can be checked out of the library, chocked full of good information, but it is the place to start for one specific reason.

Every educator in the public school has had a class on educational psychology, a lesson in the different ages and how their student’s brains process new information. WTM does an excellent job of explaining the style of Classical education and how it pertains to the learning patterns of a child’s life.

 

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