How to Homeschool:Teaching The Trivium

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  • Reviewed on Monday, March 29, 2010
  • Grades Used: PreK-9th
  • Dates used: 2003-2010
Teaching The Trivium by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn is my homeschooling 'bible'. It is also the most dog-eared, marked up homeschooling methodology book on my shelves.

Teaching The Trivium is divided into parts 1 and 2 (Introduction to the Trivium and The Practical Trivium), and has two of appendices (Articles on Education and Resource List) in the back of the book.

The Introduction to the Trivium portion covers topics such as: a Biblical vision for homeschooling, who should control education: state or parents?, what is the trivium?, teaching languages, logic, and rhetoric, principles for the study of literature, and different methods in light of the trivium. This part of the book is very good, meaty reading.

The Practical Trivium is the day-to-day, nuts and bolts, how-to. It covers in great detail a course of study for each stage of learning, and exactly how to implement it. Suggested daily schedules, a small crash course in beginners latin, and plenty of question and answer sessions make this a book that I refer back to week, after week.

Teaching The Trivium is such a wealth of information and support for those who want a classical homeschool, but without the compromise of their Christian worldview and conviction. A true breath of fresh air that gave me the freedom to homeschool classically and practically. This book is such a blessing! A+