Music and Theatre for the Grammar Student: Day 28 of 31 Days of Classical Education Lite

If you are new to this series, feel free to start at the beginning.  For each of the 31 days of October 2013, I will write about practical ways to include classical education in your school routine, whether that is preschool, homeschool, or afterschool.  I will focus on an age range of birth to fourth grade.  This includes the grammar stage of the Classical Trivium.   If you missed yesterday’s post, you can go back and read about art.  Today I will talk about how to sneak music and theatre into your classical routine.  This is one of those subjects that kind of gets pushed to the back burner in a busy homeschool, and that is fine.  It isn’t like you can shove reading instruction back there.  Once reading and handwriting get going by third grade, you can add in more of the arts.  In the meantime, if you only … Keep reading…

Art for the Grammar Student: Day 27 of 31 Days of Classical Education Lite

If you are new to this series, feel free to start at the beginning.  For each of the 31 days of October 2013, I will write about practical ways to include classical education in your school routine, whether that is preschool, homeschool, or afterschool.  I will focus on an age range of birth to fourth grade.  This includes the grammar stage of the Classical Trivium. Education of any kind is incomplete without the humanities.  A classical education even goes so far as to dedicate the last stage of the trivium to the expression of ideas.  In the grammar stage of development, the student’s expression is in its infancy, but the child is given the tools to begin this skill.  Also, the study of other people’s expressions is studied across the board in literature, art, music, and theatre.  Today, I would like to focus on art – both creation and appreciation. … Keep reading…

Geography for the Grammar Student: Day 26 of 31 Days of Classical Education Lite

If you are new to this series, feel free to start at the beginning.  For each of the 31 days of October 2013, I will write about practical ways to include classical education in your school routine, whether that is preschool, homeschool, or afterschool.  I will focus on an age range of birth to fourth grade.  This includes the grammar stage of the Classical Trivium.   Yesterday’s post explained how to teach history using the classical model of chronology and cycles.  A classical history study isn’t complete though without the addition of geography.  You could teach geography completely separate, but at least for the grammar stage, I like to incorporate it into the historical timeline. I teach both the historical maps of the time period as well as current political maps of the regions.  I do this by layering the maps on top of one another.  For example, here is … Keep reading…

History for the Grammar Student: Day 25 of 31 Days of Classical Education Lite

If you are new to this series, feel free to start at the beginning.  For each of the 31 days of October 2013, I will write about practical ways to include classical education in your school routine, whether that is preschool, homeschool, or afterschool.  I will focus on an age range of birth to fourth grade.  This includes the grammar stage of the Classical Trivium. When I was in school, history was always rather random in its presentation.  I never made the connections between events of one people and those of another.  And this mishmash piecemeal way of learning produced very little desire for me to pursue the topic when it wasn’t absolutely required.  Sadly, this left me with a distinct lack of knowledge on most things historical.  So when I read about the classical model of teaching history chronologically, I was intrigued to say the least.  It made a … Keep reading…

Science for the Grammar Student: Day 24 of 31 Days of Classical Education Lite

If you are new to this series, feel free to start at the beginning.  For each of the 31 days of October 2013, I will write about practical ways to include classical education in your school routine, whether that is preschool, homeschool, or afterschool.  I will focus on an age range of birth to fourth grade.  This includes the grammar stage of the Classical Trivium. I LOVE SCIENCE!  In fact, if life had taken a different turn, I could very well be working in a laboratory right now instead of writing this blog.  Oh, well.  God has other plans for me right now and part of that plan includes passing my love of science to my boys.  I wish we could just do science all day, but all that reading and writing and babies keep getting in the way. Science from a classical perspective is slightly different than what you … Keep reading…

More Religion for the Grammar Student: Day 23 of 31 Days of Classical Education Lite

If you are new to this series, feel free to start at the beginning.  For each of the 31 days of October 2013, I will write about practical ways to include classical education in your school routine, whether that is preschool, homeschool, or afterschool.  I will focus on an age range of birth to fourth grade.  This includes the grammar stage of the Classical Trivium. Yesterday’s post on religion dealt with the more intellectual and academic nature of the subject.  But today I want to talk about a more important way to teach your children about Christ.  That is through our example.  And as we all know, what we say and do when we think our children aren’t looking is what they are going to imitate – no matter how many times you read to them from the catechism.  Let me first say that I am awful at carrying through … Keep reading…

Religion for the Grammar Student: Day 22 of 31 Days of Classical Education Lite

If you are new to this series, feel free to start at the beginning.  For each of the 31 days of October 2013, I will write about practical ways to include classical education in your school routine, whether that is preschool, homeschool, or afterschool.  I will focus on an age range of birth to fourth grade.  This includes the grammar stage of the Classical Trivium. Nothing should be more important that instructing your children in your faith.  For the Catholic family, that means a lot of instruction.  We have such a wealth of information to draw upon.  It can be absolutely overwhelming.  We must always keep one thing in mind, though.    God is love.    If we can produce children that understand this, and reflect this, then we have done a good job.  All the rest is just gravy.     But gravy is so good that I think … Keep reading…

Math for the Grammar Student: Day 21 of 31 Days of Classical Education Lite

If you are new to this series, feel free to start at the beginning.  For each of the 31 days of October 2013, I will write about practical ways to include classical education in your school routine, whether that is preschool, homeschool, or afterschool.  I will focus on an age range of birth to fourth grade.  This includes the grammar stage of the Classical Trivium. If you missed it a few weeks ago, now would be a good time to take a look at all your student accomplished in Kindergarten math.  Grammar stage math will build upon that knowledge as your student goes about the task of deepening his understanding of concepts and memorizing facts.  A good deal of your time will be spend improving the speed and accuracy of computations, but don’t neglect the comprehension and real life application of all those facts.     In the world of … Keep reading…

English for the Grammar Student: Day 20 of 31 Days of Classical Education Lite

If you are new to this series, feel free to start at the beginning.  For each of the 31 days of October 2013, I will write about practical ways to include classical education in your school routine, whether that is preschool, homeschool, or afterschool.  I will focus on an age range of birth to fourth grade.  This includes the grammar stage of the Classical Trivium. I have very fond memories of my junior high English teacher, Mrs. Clark.  Hers was the kind of class that many students hated…and some failed.  I loved it.  And now that I am more educated on teaching methods, I see that her philosophy was very classical in nature.    Here are a few of her teaching strategies that I remember:   MemorizationIf it was a list that could be memorized, she made us do it.  Pronouns, sentence types, even prepositions!  We also had to learn … Keep reading…