"Classical education is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul on the Good, the True, and the Beautiful." Andrew Kern
The Method: The Classical method was born in ancient Greece and Rome, was used throughout the Western world by the 16th century, and remained the norm until at least 1850. This system educated most of America’s founding fathers as well as the world’s philosophers, scientists and leaders between the 10th and 19th centuries. For the last 50 years, progressive education has taken an experimental attitude – trying a new approach and then abandoning it when something new comes along or federal funding dictates a change.
Classical Education is a time-tested, traditional method of teaching and learning that aligns instruction and content to stages of cognitive development. It consists of 3 stages- the grammar stage, the logic stage, and the rhetoric stage- collectively known as the Trivium. This is a natural progression of learning from knowledge, to understanding, to wisdom.
Of course gaining knowledge, wisdom, and understanding occurs at each level of learning to some degree and abilities improve with each passing day. By the time students reach the rhetoric stage, they should be masters at the type of learning that occurred during their grammar stage instruction and will have discovered and thus employ methods and tactics that work best for them. The following is a summary of each stage:
Grammar (Observing; "soaking knowledge up like a sponge") - Grammar, Syntax, Structure, Vocabulary, Basic Facts, Fundamentals; Methods kids enjoy most and are successful using during this stage include: Singing, Chanting, Repetition.
Logic (Reasoning) - Reasoning, Debate, Clarity, Principles, Relations; Methods students enjoy most and are successful using during this stage include: Argument, Discussion, Debate
Rhetoric (Communicating) - Eloquence, Beauty, Persuasion, Expressive Communication, Application, Synthesis; Methods students enjoy most and are successful using during this stage that also prepare them well for adult life include: Discussion, Speeches, Creative Expression
The Content: A major component of classical education is the study of Latin. Latin study at Unitas begins in the 2nd grade because it is proven to develop the mind as no other subject can. Students who have learned how to learn Latin improve in their ability to learn other subjects. The study of this classical language, coupled with the Greek and Roman classics, provides a beautiful path to wisdom and knowledge.
The Classics In Classical Studies, students study Greek mythology, Greek and Roman history, and literature every year,gradually deepening their knowledge and understanding. This long grounding prepares students to read the classics of Greek, Roman, and English literature, and to study and understand the modern world. Third Grade – D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths Fourth Grade – Famous Men of Rome Fifth Grade - Famous Men of the Middle Ages Sixth Grade - Famous Men of Greece, The Trojan War, Horatius at the Bridge The Latin Curriculum
Grades 2-6 focus is on the memorization of the Latin grammar by the traditional method of oral recitation and form drills.
Grades 7-8 focus is on the study of syntax and translation skills using Lingua Angelica, Henle I and the Gospel of Mark.
“All studies, philosophy, rhetoric, are for this object: that we may know Christ and honor Him. This is the end of all learning and eloquence.” ~Desiderius Erasmus
We do not simply offer a Christian education, we offer a Christ-centered community of learners. We seek to put Christ at the center of all our learning, activities, service projects, meals, programs, everything. All subjects are taught from a Christian worldview with Christian principles and Biblical truths woven into every "subject".
We seek to:
Teach all subjects as parts of an integrated whole with the Scriptures at the center (2 Timothy 3:16-17);
Encourage every child to begin and develop his relationship with God the Father, through Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 19:13-15);
Present every student complete in Christ (Col 1:28-29).
Love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength and with all our mind, and our neighbor as ourselves (Luke 10:27)
EXCELLENT RESOURCES AND EXCERPTS FROM THEM...
Classical education is like a very large museum with many beautiful, wonder-filled rooms that could be studied over a lifetime. It is a long tradition of education that has emphasized the seeking after of truth, goodness, and beauty and the study of the liberal arts and the great books... What is Classical Education?
...classical education is something much more than the trivium, or the great books, or “the way education used to be done.” Classical education, I tell them, is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul on the Good, the True, and the Beautiful... What is Classical Education? by Andrew Kern