The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Fourth Edition)
- Publish Date: 2016-08-09
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Susan Wise Bauer;Jessie Wise
Is your child getting lost in the system, becoming bored, losing his or her natural eagerness to learn? If so, it may be time to take charge of your childâs educationâby doing it yourself.
The Well-Trained Mind will instruct you, step by step, on how to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high schoolâone that will train him or her to read, to think, to understand, to be well-rounded and curious about learning. Veteran home educators Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise outline the classical pattern of education called the trivium, which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the childâs mind and comprises three stages: the elementary school âgrammar stage,â when the building blocks of information are absorbed through memorization and rules; the middle school âlogic stage,â in which the student begins to think more analytically; and the high-school ârhetoric stage,â where the student learns to write and speak with force and originality. Using this theory as your model, youâll be able to instruct your childâwhether full-time or as a supplement to classroom educationâin all levels of reading, writing, history, geography, mathematics, science, foreign languages, rhetoric, logic, art, and music, regardless of your own aptitude in those subjects.
Thousands of parents and teachers have already used the detailed book lists and methods described in The Well-Trained Mind to create a truly superior education for the children in their care. This extensively revised fourth edition contains completely updated curricula and book lists, links to an entirely new set of online resources, new material on teaching children with learning challenges, cutting-edge math and sciences recommendations, answers to common questions about home education, and advice on practical matters such as standardized testing, working with your local school board, designing a high-school program, preparing transcripts, and applying to colleges.
You do have control over what and how your child learns. The Well-Trained Mind will give you the tools youâll need to teach your child with confidence and success.