A Classical Education

Classical education is based on a three-part process of training the mind called the trivium.   

 

In the "Grammar Stage" (1 through 6), children actually find memorization fun and thrive in the learning of facts.  Therefore, through songs, chants, and repetition, children are able to easily learn rules of phonics and spelling, rules of grammar, poems, capitals, countries, important dates, the stories of history and literature, descriptions of plants and animals and the human body, the facts of mathematics — the list goes on.  Good behavior is expected as students learn what God expects of them.  Learning these types of information at this stage and in this way provides the basic building blocks for the second stage of the trivium, the "Logic Stage".

 

The "Logic Stage" begins in the middle grades (6 through 8).  This is the time when students learn to think through arguments.  They learn to discern fact from opinion and how to critique the misleading power of propaganda.  Using primary sources, they learn to determine truth from fallacy. Students analyze the "who, what, when and where"gained in the grammar stage in order to answer the question "why".  All the while, they use God's Word as their measuring stick to determine what is true and what is not.

In the high school years, students enter the "Rhetoric Stage" (9 through 12).   All they have gleaned from the first two stages comes to fruition and students learn to express themselves in a powerful way.  They learn to speak with grace and use an original voice in doing so.  They begin to narrow their interests and studies as they seek the path God has laid before them, attending to and arranging their learning around art camps, mathematics courses, engineering internships, travel abroad, etc.