The Well-trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home
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The Well-trained Mind

A Guide to Classical Education at Home

By Susan Wise Bauer, Jessie Wise

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Format: Hardcover, 814 pages, 3rd Edition
Published In: United States, 26 May 2009
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 school-one that will train him or her to read, to think, to ?understand?, to be well-rounded and curious about learning. Veteran home educators Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer outline the classical pattern of education called the trivium, which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child's mind and comprises three stages: the elementary school "grammar stage," the middle school "logic stage," and the high school "rhetoric stage." Using this theory as your model, you'll be able to instruct your child in all levels of reading, writing, history, geography, mathematics, science, foreign languages, rhetoric, logic, art, and music, regardless of your own aptitude in those subjects. This newly revised edition contains completely updated ordering information for all curricula and books, new and expanded curricula recommendations, new material on using computers and distance-learning resources, answers to common questions about home education, information about educational support groups, and advice on practical matters such as working with your local school board, preparing a high school transcript, and applying to colleges.

About the Author

Susan Wise Bauer is the best-selling author of the Story of the World series and The Well-Trained Mind, among other works. She lives in Virginia. Jessie Wise, a former teacher, is a home education consultant, speaker, and writer. She has decades of experience as a classroom teacher, elementary school principal, private tutor, and educational consultant, and is the co-author of the best-selling The Well-Trained Mind and the groundbreaking elementary grammar text First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. She lives in Charles City, Virginia.

Reviews

"An excellent resource for any family." -- Educational Freedom Press "[Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer] are thorough and pragmatic, offering a detailed curriculum for kindergarten through grade 12, as well as opinions on everything from Latin (an indispensable language) to the Internet ('a mixed blessing')." -- The New Yorker "An 'A' for Home Schooling... a remarkable compendium of information designed to help home-schooling parents give their children a traditional liberal education." -- City Journal "This book would be entertaining simply as the story of how Jessie, then a schoolteacher, decided to teach Susan, who now teaches literature at the College of William & Mary, at home... But it's so much more than a good yarn. It's a mind-stretching tome." -- Robert Holland - Richmond Times Dispatch "Has caused a revolution within the homeschool community." -- The Old Schoolhouse Magazine "Homeschooling parents on a mission to find the ultimate resource-or parents of traditionally-schooled children interested in an excellent supplement-are all well advised to peruse the pages of Wise and Wise Bauer's classy guide to classical education at home." -- The Boox Review "An invaluable road map." -- The Daily Democrat

EAN: 9780393067088
ISBN: 0393067084
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Dimensions: 24.18 x 16.51 x 4.22 centimeters (0.91 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This book is a must read for anyone interested in the education of their child and in particular those parents who are considering homeschooling. I initially borrowed the book from the library but decided to purchase my own copy because I constantly needed to refer to it. I suspect the majority of readers would not follow the WTM's recommendations exactly but it does present an excellent model of a quality primary to secondary education. The third edition has been updated to recommend new homeschooling curriculum currently on the market.

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