Homeschool Styles #3: Classical Homeschooling

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The term “Classical Homeschool” might throw some people off, especially if they’re new to the method. I know it threw me off when I first heard about it.

Like me, you might have thought “classical” meant more like regular public school, with a set schedule, books for each and every curriculum, and scheduled breaks. Well, that’s not quite right.

Let’s take a look at what it really is.

What Is Classical Homeschooling?

The foundation of a Classical Homeschool education is known as the trivium. In a nutshell, that means that the core content of the subject matter is based on each child’s own cognitive development. There are three main areas of emphasis in Classical Homeschool:

  1. Concrete Thinking: This is the emphasis in grade school and revolves around memorizing facts in each subject.
  2. Analytical Thinking: Middle school finds this mode of thinking works best, and focuses on a more analytical way of thinking. In this phase, understanding the subject matter is the key feature.
  3. Abstract Thinking: In high school, the focus shifts to deeper thinking and articulation of the subject matter.

Those who believe in this method believe that a return to a classical education will give children the ability to learn for themselves, becoming life-long learners. When learning tools have been practiced, they become almost like a habit, and stick with the child for the rest of their lives.

Additionally, most Classical homeschoolers include learning Latin as a part of the subject matter taught.

Why Is Classical Homeschooling Important?

This method of homeschooling is most often chosen for that ability to create life-long learners. I’ve seen lots of children in public school that just wanted to scratch by and be done with it. That includes my own daughter! Learning should be fun!

Learning the information that is thrown at us is one thing. However, learning the methodology with which we will continue to learn for years to come is quite another! In this homeschool style, learning becomes a path rather than something to be over and done with.

Giving a child the ability to learn how to learn is a gift that keeps on giving. It comes in handy for much more than just the basic education. It can provide stability, not only in the educational setting, but in home life, relationships and even the work place. Now THAT is an education, don’t you think?

How Do I Get Started With Classical Homeschooling?

It is my personal opinion that there is no “chiseled in stone” answer to this question. Since homeschooling is such a personal choice, and each child is so different, this is completely up to you!

Of course, making sure you adhere to the basics of the Classical homeschool education is the key. There’s a great article here with some great tips that you will certainly want to check out. It goes over some things you will want to keep in mind if you have chosen this particular homeschool style.

Some homeschoolers find that a four-day school week works best for them. You can set aside the fifth day for such things as field trips, projects, social interaction, real-world learning skills and so much more. Other homeschoolers adopt a six-day school week, with each day a little less strict. They find that spreading the information out over a longer period of time provides freedom.

Christian or Secular?

Classical homeschooling has its roots in Greek and Roman learning styles that date back thousands of years. There are both Christian and secular versions of curriculum available. Which you choose depends on your own personal convictions.

Some of the more popular Christian Classical Homeschooling sites include:

Popular secular sites include:

Again, this is a very personal choice and you need not rely solely on the links I have posted here. There are more curriculum options than I can count, and they are all simply a google search away. Before undertaking Classical homeschooling, be sure to do your research. What works for me might not work for you, and vice-versa.

A Book List…

Classical Education and the Homeschool

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide To Classical Education At Home

The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundation of Classical Education

Homeschool Curricula: 56 Classical Education “Must-Have’s”

In Case You Missed It!

We have already gone over two styles of homeschooling: The Unschooling Method and The Charolotte Mason Method. Please feel free to read, share and leave your comments on any or all of these! Reader feedback is incredibly important to me!

Disclaimer!

I am not currently an affiliate of any of the links I have posted here, nor am I receiving anything in exchange for links provided. This is just my own personal research and things that I have recently found that I wanted to pass along.

Just as importantly, I do not recommend any particular curriculum. As stated previously, homeschooling is a very personal choice. In light of that, you should do your own research and make decisions based on that. Of course, I am always available, should you need a listening ear, so feel free to drop me a line, any time.

Until next week! Thank you and good luck!

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  1. This is a really helpful post! My son is too young for school now, but I do try to implement some learning activities at home during our day. I am thinking of doing more curriculum for pre-school in a couple of years at home!

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