All posts tagged: classical

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An Overview of Classical Homeschooling

Few homeschool methods elicit such strong feelings as classical homeschooling. Is it too hard? Is it intense? Isn’t classical education for the intellectual elite or “gifted students”? Is classical education even biblical? While unbalanced extremes exist in every educational philosophy, classical education itself is—at its very essence—a simple, time-honored tradition of teaching. Remember, a “classic” is something that epitomizes the “best” in that category, the standard that has stood the test of time as a benchmark for success. The word classic is used this way to describe classical music, classic literature, and classic cars. We might drink Coke classic while watching our favorite classic films. Most people highly regard a “classic” as the very best. And so with classical education. Simply put, classical homeschooling looks to age-old methods of learning from the best of what has come before. Based on a “trivium” of three learning levels, classical education teaches children in the time-honored tradition using literature, biographies, and primary resources. Classical education emphasizes the humanities (history, literature, the arts, and philosophy) as the foundation of learning. Read more here.

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No Latin? A Response

Last week, I dared challenge the necessity of teaching Latin to classical homeschoolers. It was a brief post, since I did not see the need to list a magnum opus of my anti-Latin reasons ad nauseum.  But that wasn’t really my point. I just wanted to carpe diem and throw out the interesting quote I had just found exempli gratia. Well, I did get more feedback than I expected, thought most of it was private. Not many wish to declare anti-Latin sentiments coram populo, even if we did not come to our conclusions in vacuo. Jerry Bailey, of Dynamic Literacy, was kind enough to contact me personally on the subject: I read your blog entry “No Latin – No Problem.” (I follow you on twitter) When my wife was a kid, she and her friends used to say “Latin is a dead langauge [sic], it’s very plain to see. It killed all the Romans, and now it’s killing me!” While I agree that students don’t necessairly [sic] need to study Latin, English is full of Latin and Greek, and the study of …

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No Latin? No Problem.

You can’t be a classical homeschooler and not teach dead languages. Or so it seems, the more one reads classical blogs, magazines, and advertisements. I have always disagreed. Not only because I don’t know a second language fluently, dead or alive. But something has always rubbed me the wrong way about the entire notion. My husband and I have discussed this at length, actually. Obviously, he is bilingual, and he is proof that learning another language – and culture – further broadens one’s outlook and opportunity. But he has never been a fan of dead languages, either. This is something we can agree on. See, to us, the language you choose to teach your children is more a philosophical and – dare I say it? – religious choice than a mere academic one. But I am very much in the minority here, particularly among classicists. Last night, however, while researching something else entirely, I ran across this quote which startled me. Eventually the Latin and Greek Churches became so identified with the Graeco-Roman world that within …

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Classical Astronomy is Essential {free gift}

Some of my favorite resources are Signs & Seasons and Moonfinder, both classical astronomy books from Fourth Day Press. Today, Jay Ryan has generously given ALL readers of WhateverStateIAm a FREE downloadable ebook containing four of his best-loved articles for homeschoolers. You get… 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Teaching Astronomy If you think that astronomy is “the one science we can skip,” then this is a must-read! Astronomy – Why Bother? Most people think that astronomy is black holes and flying spaceships. Jay Ryan explains it is actually a practical study of what you believe and the application of what you know. The American Almanack Tradition Why was the almanack so important to the colonists, anyway? What is Classical Astronomy? An excellent explanation of the discipline of astronomy itself, and of Jay Ryan’s text in particular. Thank you, Jay Ryan, for today’s free download. AstronomyIsEssential-ebook

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Review and Giveaway – Signs & Seasons

The book – Signs & Seasons “The heavens declare the glory of God (Ps. 19:1)” and Jay Ryan teaches us how to understand the heavens in Signs and Seasons: Understanding the Elements of Classical Astronomy (Fourth Day Press, 2007).  With beautiful illustrations, historical references, biblical examples, scientific explanations, and living applications, Jay Ryan shows homeschool families the need for understanding God’s greatest creation. Signs & Seasons covers a broad range of subject matter, including how to measure hours, seasons, months, and years by the changing sky; the movement of the moon, sun, visible planets, and constellations in relation to one another, to the earth, and to the observer; the discipline of sky observation; the difference between astrology and astronomy; the history of holidays; how astronomy supports biblical creationism, and much more. With this text, homeschoolers have the unique opportunity to return to classical astronomy – the study of the heavens as God intended them, “for signs and for seasons (Gen. 1:14).” Signs & Seasons is more than a complete text, containing over 250 pages including …