In the past, correct spelling, the multiplication tables, the names of the state capitals and the American presidents were basics that all children were taught in school. Today, many children graduate without this essential knowledge. Most curricula today follow a haphazard sampling of topics with a focus on political correctness instead of teaching students how to study.
Leigh Bortins, a leading figure in the homeschooling community, is having none of it. She believes that there are core areas of knowledge that are essential to master. Without knowing the multiplication tables, children can't advance to algebra. Without mastery of grammar, students will have difficulty expressing themselves. Without these essential building blocks of knowledge, students may remember information but they will never possess a broad and deep understanding of how the world works.
In this book, Bortins gives parents the tools and methodology to implement a rigorous, thorough, and broad curriculum based on the classical model, including:
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Listening to this book once a year while my children are under 10 will be a must! The book is jam-packed with tools I can use in our homeschool over and over again. Even as a 5th year Foundations Tutor in Classical Conversations, I learn something new every time I hear/read The Core.
I personally wish the narrator would have been a little more mature. The sing-song tone she uses throughout the book can drive me batty - especially in the first few chapters. Once I get about mid-way through the audiobook, my ears sort of learn to deal with it and get past the distraction of her style in order to absorb the content.
The tips in the later chapters when she starts breaking things down subject by subject are invaluable. Reading, Geography, Spelling, Math, you name it - Leigh Bortins is simple, practical, and thorough.
Hoping they will soon have The Question and The Conversation available on Audio as well. Although I hope they choose a different narrator for those.
I have a teaching degree, am a mother of six, and homeschool.
I thought this was one of the best teaching resources that I have read.
Even if you choose not to use the classical model, this book offers an excellent history and discussion of education through history and gives many insights into approaching education with your child.
This book also is a good resource for the parent of a child who is enrolled in traditional school. They are plenty of ideas that can be done with your child on evenings and weekends.
Truth and Love should always be found together and when I read I look for that.
I was very happy it was easy to follow and the reader did a great job. I learned a lot and will re-read this to take notes.
My answer to this question will always be yes.
Douglas Wilson's "The Case for Classical Christian Education"
She does a good job, but the pacing was maybe a little rushed.
I loved this book. If you are thinking of homeschooling or if you want to develop healthy habits of mind for yourself or your family, this is a tremendous tool.
Technology nut, along with a sports and thriller nut.
Complete how to on classical eduction! Practical and empowering. I left this book with a plan and confidence to educate my children.
Leigh Bortins gives me some amazing encouragement and direction to families whose children are enrolled in Classical Conversations, a classical school, a private school, a public school, who homeschool, to those who teach, and to those that are involved with children outside of a school setting. It was well worth my time, and I will probably listen to it several more times.
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