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.
©2009, 2004, 1999 Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
The Well-Trained Mind is a great resource, however this is not a pleasure read, it is loaded with LOTS of lists of books to buy and use and it is just not practical to listen to a narrator read them aloud to you. In my opinion this is a book you need a hard copy of so that you can go back to all the lists of recommendations and research them.
They do recommend a lot of their own products, but their method seems good. I will probably take a more relaxed approach following their guidelines 2-3 days a week and just do family reading/projects for the other 2. My children are in 2nd & k. I didn't read the middle school or high school chapters.
I found this book to be somewhat helpful but felt most of the suggestions for homeschooling your child were unrealistic for my family. However, if you have the time and money homeschooling with the classical child model could be very successful.
"Excellent guide to classical education"
I'm interested in the section for primary school aged kids
Never listened to other performances
No - choose the sections relevant to your child's age
This is an excellent guide to educating children of all ages. It's aimed at the home schooling audience, but is also useful as a resource to support a child in regular school. It covers primary and secondary years in depth, with a short section on pre-school.
This book gives a brief summary each topic (Reading, Maths, History, Art, Languages, etc), which is enough to get started. It then recommends various additional books / resources that you would want to use if you were to properly teach that subject. In other words, this book is not a stand-alone resource for education. It is more like an index / overview of classical education and you must be prepared to invest in the other resources (many of which are only a few pounds) to make best use of it. I've found it immensely helpful.
"A tome made accessible"
Can listen to the bulk of it whilst cooking and living a homeschooling life.
Not having to hold the book.
Have a pen handy for book recommendations and ideas.
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