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Local Classical Conversations Groups John Milton, 17th century Christian philosopher and poet wrote that, "...the end then of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents by regaining to know God aright, and out of that knowledge, to love Him, to imitate Him, to be like Him."
Classical Christian education follows the pattern found in Proverbs 24:3-4 which identifies three levels of learning: knowledge (grammar), understanding (logic/dialectic), and wisdom (rhetoric). A wise educator works with these natural tendencies by first (grammar stage) providing rich, useful information to memorize. Later, the student's tendency to argue (logic/dialectic stage) is really a desire to systematize their thoughts and achieve understanding of the information they have learned in the grammar stage. Finally, when students have stored a core of knowledge and have learned to think critically about those facts and ideas, they are ready to practice the art of communicating their ideas to others (rhetoric). Of course, we rely on the Holy Spirit, but we arm our students with the proper tools to learn any new subject and give an answer for their faith. Classical, Christian homeschoolers should use their minds to reclaim the culture and spread the Gospel.
Helpful books: Teaching the Trivium by the Bluedorns Classical Christian Education Made Approachable by Classical Conversations The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie