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Top 6 Classical Education Books


Dorothy Sayers well-known essay "The Lost Tools of Learning" is the basis of the new classical Christian education movement. Many homeschoolers are using this approach to teach their children. These are my top picks of books on the Classical Education Method.

1. Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning

An Approach to Distinctively Christian Education by Douglas Wilson. "Public education is in crisis. At the heart of the problem is the idea that education can exist in a moral vacuum. Describes the melee in public education and calls for a return to classical teaching methods."

2. The Well Trained Mind

A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer. "This book provides you with the techniques, curriculum, and resources necessary to ensure that your child's education is the best it can be."

3. The Seven Laws of Teaching

"A classic outlining the seven timeless fundamentals of successful teaching: the teacher, the learner, the language, the lesson, the teaching process, the learning process, and review and application."
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4. Teaching the Trivium

Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style by Harvey & Laurie Bluedorn. "Long ago students were first taught how to learn. Today, students are taught an encyclopedia of subjects – trivia – but they are not taught the basic skills of learning: to discover, to reason, and to apply. They are not taught the Trivium."

5. The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric

"The Trivium" by Sister Miriam Joseph guides the reader through a clarifying and rigorous account of logic, grammar, and rhetoric. Examined are topics such as the nature and function of language, distinguishing general grammar from special grammar, the study of logic and its relationship to grammar and rhetoric, and applying the concepts of logic, grammar, and rhetoric to literary works.
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6. Classical Education and the Homeschool

"This booklet introduces the topic of classical and Christian education with an overview of the trivium (grammar, logic, rhetoric) as used in a biblical context."

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