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The Core Audiobook

The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education

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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • Rote memorization to cement knowledge
  • Systematic learning of geography, historical facts, and timelines
  • Reading the great books and seminal historical documents instead of adaptations and abridged editions
  • Rigorous training in math and the natural sciences

©2010 Palgrave Macmillan (P)2014 Leigh A. Bortins

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    Bek612 08-28-15
    Bek612 08-28-15
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    "Great, Practical Application"
    Would you listen to The Core again? Why?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    What did you learn from The Core that you would use in your daily life?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael C Patton 07-26-15 Member Since 2017

    Technology nut, along with a sports and thriller nut.

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    "A must read!!"

    Complete how to on classical eduction! Practical and empowering. I left this book with a plan and confidence to educate my children.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RafikiPaka 03-23-15
    RafikiPaka 03-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "SO encouraging!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan P. 08-18-17
    Susan P. 08-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good How-To book about classical education"

    Good explanation of how to provide your children the foundational years of a classical education at home. This book is useful even if you do not plan to be a part of abClassical Conversations group.

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    Amazon Customer 08-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    This is an amazing book that has practical advice! This a turn key for classical education

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    Katie Horne 08-02-17
    Katie Horne 08-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "wonderful"

    very motivated to use this method when at home with my children. loved every word.

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    M. Martin 06-20-17
    M. Martin 06-20-17
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    "Must read for CC Foundations parents!"

    If you are a Foundations parent, I strongly urge you to listen and read The Core! It thoroughly explains the Foundations program and the reasons why Leigh Bortins designed the program the way she did. So many questions (I never asked) were answered by this book! Don't wait to read it! This audiobook is a huge blessing for a busy mom like me!

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    Julie 03-21-17
    Julie 03-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book on Classical Education!"

    This is a wonderful book about getting started with a Classical Education. Tons of other resources also mentioned.

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    Zac and Joy Haley 01-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrator's voice is sing-songy, but otherwise a great listen"

    For years, I've wondered what the "best" form of education is. With so many options today; Montessori, Waldorf, public, private, and even homeschool options like unschooling and unit studies, I've wondered what is optimal for my kids. The author makes great points in favor of classic education, and it lines up with the science of learning (I finished listening to "Make it Stick" before listening to "The Core"). I've been classically educating my kids for several months now, and this has helped give me direction and inspiration.

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    Jeremiah C. Sandahl 09-20-16

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    "Excellent Overview of the Classical Model"

    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.

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