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Classical education has been tested for hundreds of years, but it might not work for certain people for certain reasons and situation. It might work also partly like we do. Today I would like to share How to Implement The Classical Education in Homeschool and the impacts of classical education to the traditional textbook method
Why People Don't Choose The Classical Education
Reading those classical books, the arts and composer study, or any explanation about the classical education, people will usually withdraw themselves from the scary curriculum.
- Many people think that classic is the less fun homeschooling curriculum after all. It will sound so boring doing dictation, memorization, copy working, drilling, and narration.
- Using classical materials is out of dated and who will care about this kind of materials.
- How do the small kids who are still moving around can sit and listen?
- How do we prepare the high school children with the Classical education?
- How do classical mamas teach Latin to small kids?
- Does science need a lot of memorization as well in the classical education?
- How do the classical homeschoolers do music appreciation?
- What kinds of classical education types are done in many different classical homeschools?
- What kind of “classroom” does the classical homeschooling family have? Is it like the old schooling?
- What kind of curriculum and resources do the homeschooling families use?
The Impacts of Classical Education to the Traditional TextBook Method
Like I said previously, we are eclectic homeschoolers. However, we have more tendency to do the classical education because we really like it and it now has a huge impact in their high school and middle school levels in terms of skills and attitudes. We are using textbooks most of the time because of the requirements or demands from the government. We cannot do gambling with the education because children start to join the government exams to enter the college or university after passing the high school exams.
Since we did most of the classical education system and now we do more textbooks, I would like to share the influence of classical methods toward the use of the traditional textbook method
Starting the narration is not easy with the young learners. We also have done both the written and oral narration practice with children. This skill is really helpful when they need to make a summary of their textbooks.
We did some poetry and bible memorization with children. The fun contents are really different from the textbooks. However, children have been used to do memorization so they are not really shocked.
There are a lot of benefits of the copy work activities. Related to the textbooks we are doing right now, in fact, doing copy working has helped kids to have good handwriting style. I don't say it is a perfect ones, but it might be better than most of the boys' handwriting around us.
This is the most favorite lesson we are doing until right now. We are still doing the timeline notebooking page as well. The world history can connect several subjects at the same time. We often connect science, religion, civics, national history, and mathematics to the world history. World History has made the boring textbooks more interesting for them.
We don't study Latin due to the limited resources and time. However, something fascinating happens. Kids start to understand some Latin words in the Latin mass service we attend. (a very little)
When kids start to be teenagers, they will usually follow the popular music trend. You might experience this when you are young as well. After the music appreciation activity, kids still enjoy the calming classical. They can enjoy the various genre of music as well. It motivates them to learn more in music.
How to Implement The Classical Education in Homeschool
Each family has some unique ways to implement the classical education in homeschool. Some family has a strict implementation in most of the suggested areas in the system, but some might works on it partially like what we have been doing. There isn't any right or wrong as long as it gives positive impacts to the family.
- Read any books, blog, and articles about the classical education system.
- Think, discuss, and reflex your homeschool vision and missions. You might also need to consult other homeschoolers, but don't be discouraged easily because what happens to others might be different from yours due to the different subjects and environment.
- Make a list of what you are thinking good to do with your family based on the vision and missions
- Select which ones fit with what you have right now. I am very sure you cannot apply all of the things abruptly. Do it slowly. Make sure kids can get going with things. You will need a period to adapt to the new system. Don't worry. There are things that might not work at all and that is normal.
- Evaluate things regularly. Kids, time, your family, and yourself change.
To know about the real life of classical homeschoolers, you also might go and meet these Moms that use classical homeschooling methods with their children in ranges of ages and different situation or location.
Amy Maze at Living And Learning At Home
The Younger Mrs. Warde at Sceleratus Classical Academy
Melanie Wilson at psychowith6
Sara Dennis at Classically Homeschooling
Solagratia Mom at Solagratiamom
Paige Hudson at Elemental Blogging
Laurie Bluedorn at Trivium Pursuit
Mary Prather at Homegrown Learners
Ita Vita at Ita Vita, Such is Life in Africa
A great group of Classical Homeschoolers at Sandbox To Socrates
Diana Kennedy at The Kennedy Adventures
Those are some blogs of classical homeschooling families that I like to visit. Please let me know other blogs I can learn more about the life of classical homeschooling family. I will be glad to update my list.
What is your biggest question about classical homeschooling education?
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Copywork, Why and How
The Importance of Memorization and Drilling in Education
101 Reasons to Include Music in Homeschool
Diagramming Sentences in Learning Grammar
How Do We Memorize Poems?
10 Reasons to Memorize Poems