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This takes the guess-work out of trying to figure out how to coordinate a classical education for each of your child's stages of development The book is divided up by developmental stages: Grammar (grades 1-4) Logic (grades 5-8) and Rhetoric (grades 9-12) History forms the spine for this entire curriculum from which all other subjects hang Since history is chronological all other subjects are also learned chronologically as much as possible History is divided up into 4 periods: Ancient Medieval to Early Renaissance Late Renaissance to Early Modern and Modern So when studying say the Renaissance Galileo would be covered in science at the same time since he lived during that time period Science is also divided up into a 4-year rotation: Life Science (including Biology Botany and Human Health) Earth Science/Astronomy Chemistry and Physics Since everything is on a 4-year rotation all subjects get covered 3 times in between grades 1 through 12-- and each time it is presented it is more in depth and takes into account the developmental stage of learning The authors offer a ton of recommended reading lists for each subject covered so much so that one could never cover it all; however it is comforting to know that if one recommended book from their lists doesn't work for us there are plenty of other choices This book provides a thorough orderly connected and logical education It will help you set up your notebooks and keep organized too I haven't seen its equal anywhere Your children will become classically-trained independent thinkers if you follow this method I've had public school teachers tell me how impressed they are with this curriculum-- it is far more encompassing than most public school models of education This curriculum is useful from preschool through college prep
August 2, 2009
To be honest I came across this book by total curiosity I saw our pastor's wife carrying it with her to and from church so I asked her what it was After she showed it to me I decided to check out the library copy to read for myself Since I had attended an accelerated school which taught classical education I was curious to see what it would look like in the home setting "The Well Trained Mind" is authored by former public school teacher and home educating mother Jessie Wise with additional commentary from her daughter Susan Wise Bauer The book begins with Jessie telling her own story of how she home educated her three children in the early 1970's when home education was virtually unheard of Susan adds her own commentary by giving the reader a personal look at classical education From there the book is divided into the three components of classical education: the grammar logic and rhetoric stages The book ends with the chapter "How to Home Educate Your Child" and appendices The Well Trained Mind is an excellent non sectarian resource for those who would like to learn more about home education with a classical emphasis
October 23, 2010
I have to confess something I didn't buy this book for me-- I stole a copy from a friend Actually I borrowed hers but never returned it So I replaced her copy I am very thankful this is hardcover-- I am wearing it out! When I first read it I was convinced that Classical education was how we were going to 'do' homeschool I got all the suggested materials and dove in I do it the way they suggest and I have no regrets whatsoever None! When there were no materials that taught to their standard the authors wrote new materials I was a little intimidated before we started at what I had committed to but it has been very manageable to accomplish this method of education with this book and these encouraging authors beside me This book spans so many aspects-- why to homeschool support lifestyle the 'how-we-did-it' story resources but most of all the completely in-depth detailed and encouraging HOW YOU CAN DO THIS First the authors explain what Classical education is and the three stages and defend their (excellent) position of cycling around to the same material every four years more in depth each time It makes so much sense to me that the reading and science coincide with the history timeframe (For instance ancient peoples knew about plants their own bodies and animals So the child learns about ancient history learns what kind of science the ancients knew of and reads the works of literature from the ancient peoples-- legends and myths) Each grade course description includes what the child learns why now how it is presented with what frequency its importance and is followed by suggested schedules and resources The suggested materials and resources are wonderfully described including cheaper alternatives content and ordering information There is a section on how to "do" all this with a child who is starting in the middle And the authors have an encouraging loving tone throughout that is fully aware that you are trying to produce a thriving intelligent well-rounded adult in the midst of what is probably a somewhat chaotic multi-child home I cannot explain how valuable this resource has become On my endside table is my RR catalog my WTM and my Bible Really!
October 25, 2007
To be honest I came across this book by total curiosity I saw our pastor's wife carrying it with her to and from church so I asked her what it was After she showed it to me I decided I had to check out the library copy to read for myself Since I had attended an "accelerated" public school which taught classical education I was curious as to what it would look like in the home setting"The Well Trained Mind" is authored by former public school teacher and homeschooling mother Jessie Wise with additional commentary from her daughter Susan Wise Bauer The book begins with Jessie telling her own story of how she homeschooled her three children in the early 1970's when homeschooling was virtually unheard of Susan adds her own commentary by giving the reader a personal look at classical education From there the book is divided into the three components of classical education: Grammar Stage: Kindergarten-Grade 4 Logic Stage: Grades 5-8 Rhetoric Stage Grades 9-12 The book ends with the chapter on "How to home educate your child" and appendices "The Well Trained Mind" is a great resource for those who would like to know more about home education with a classical emphasis After reading the book my husband and I gleaned what wisdom we could from it but in the end decided to utilize the Charlotte Mason method of education in our homeschool instead
April 23, 2009
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Esmeralda S on May 8, 2017
look forward to learning more about God through this book!
Joshua M on Mar 29, 2017
for parent as guide
Esmeralda S on May 8, 2017
Thorough year-to-year guide with great recommendations for every subject. Great overview of classical education. Love what I've read so far. I think it will be a fantastic resource for new and veteran homeschoolers.
Rachel J on May 8, 2017
look forward to learning more about God through this book!
Joshua M on Mar 29, 2017
I've been homeschooling since 2003 and was finding myself bogged down. I read the original copy of WTM at the beginning of my journey and I am really looking forward to reading through this latest version. I'm already feeling a fresher direction again after several days of looking around and arriving back at what I originally loved.... which is a soft classical education. Well Trained Mind with a gentle breeze to it. Happy Journey.
Kirstin G on Mar 9, 2017
Borrowed the third edition this book from the local library. I really like the book and would like to have one handy at home for reference. Th forth edition has updated resources which is a plus.
Natalie F on Feb 3, 2017
Waiting forever to get the newest edition - you guys have the best price!!
Susan S on Jan 10, 2017
I chose this to use as a guideline for my daughter's future lessons - to make sure I'm not leaving anything out.
Rachel G on Sep 28, 2016
love the first edition but wanted more current recomendations
ray d on Sep 25, 2016
A much more experienced mom suggested I read WTM after our long conversation about homeschooling and how our family seems to function. It has helped me feel much more confident about my ability to provide our kids w/ a quality education. I have tabbed the sections that apply to our current stage in learning because there are all sorts of great references I have been using all year long. It is a great guide/help for me.
Jenni L on Jul 5, 2016
This is my go to resource when I am planning the school year or re-evaluating our school year.
Carrie J on May 17, 2016
This is my second year homeschooling and everyone I know says this book is a necessity.
Danielle G on Mar 4, 2016
My friend who purchased it recommended it to me
Naomi M on Jan 29, 2016
Sounds like an essential and I am interested in classical education.
Chad K on Oct 17, 2015
I checked this out from the library and it was such a wealth of information that I know I will go back to year in and year out that it was worth every penny!
Jennifer W on Sep 29, 2015
Thorough year-to-year guide with great recommendations for every subject. Great overview of classical education. Love what I've read so far. I think it will be a fantastic resource for new and veteran homeschoolers.
Rachel J on May 8, 2017
I've been homeschooling since 2003 and was finding myself bogged down. I read the original copy of WTM at the beginning of my journey and I am really looking forward to reading through this latest version. I'm already feeling a fresher direction again after several days of looking around and arriving back at what I originally loved.... which is a soft classical education. Well Trained Mind with a gentle breeze to it. Happy Journey.
Kirstin G on Mar 9, 2017
Is this the 3rd or 4th edition? The title says 4th before the description sounds like the 3rd edition.
A shopper on Sep 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Item number 19093 is the 3rd edition, which we currently have limited stock available in our warehouse. The 4th edition is available and is item number 010029.
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    This takes the guess-work out of trying to figure out how to coordinate a classical education for each of your child's stages of development The book is divided up by developmental stages: Grammar (grades 1-4) Logic (grades 5-8) and Rhetoric (grades 9-12) History forms the spine for this entire curriculum from which all other subjects hang Since history is chronological all other subjects are also learned chronologically as much as possible History is divided up into 4 periods: Ancient Medieval to Early Renaissance Late Renaissance to Early Modern and Modern So when studying say the Renaissance Galileo would be covered in science at the same time since he lived during that time period Science is also divided up into a 4-year rotation: Life Science (including Biology Botany and Human Health) Earth Science/Astronomy Chemistry and Physics Since everything is on a 4-year rotation all subjects get covered 3 times in between grades 1 through 12-- and each time it is presented it is more in depth and takes into account the developmental stage of learning The authors offer a ton of recommended reading lists for each subject covered so much so that one could never cover it all; however it is comforting to know that if one recommended book from their lists doesn't work for us there are plenty of other choices This book provides a thorough orderly connected and logical education It will help you set up your notebooks and keep organized too I haven't seen its equal anywhere Your children will become classically-trained independent thinkers if you follow this method I've had public school teachers tell me how impressed they are with this curriculum-- it is far more encompassing than most public school models of education This curriculum is useful from preschool through college prep
    August 2, 2009
    To be honest I came across this book by total curiosity I saw our pastor's wife carrying it with her to and from church so I asked her what it was After she showed it to me I decided to check out the library copy to read for myself Since I had attended an accelerated school which taught classical education I was curious to see what it would look like in the home setting "The Well Trained Mind" is authored by former public school teacher and home educating mother Jessie Wise with additional commentary from her daughter Susan Wise Bauer The book begins with Jessie telling her own story of how she home educated her three children in the early 1970's when home education was virtually unheard of Susan adds her own commentary by giving the reader a personal look at classical education From there the book is divided into the three components of classical education: the grammar logic and rhetoric stages The book ends with the chapter "How to Home Educate Your Child" and appendices The Well Trained Mind is an excellent non sectarian resource for those who would like to learn more about home education with a classical emphasis
    October 23, 2010
    I have to confess something I didn't buy this book for me-- I stole a copy from a friend Actually I borrowed hers but never returned it So I replaced her copy I am very thankful this is hardcover-- I am wearing it out! When I first read it I was convinced that Classical education was how we were going to 'do' homeschool I got all the suggested materials and dove in I do it the way they suggest and I have no regrets whatsoever None! When there were no materials that taught to their standard the authors wrote new materials I was a little intimidated before we started at what I had committed to but it has been very manageable to accomplish this method of education with this book and these encouraging authors beside me This book spans so many aspects-- why to homeschool support lifestyle the 'how-we-did-it' story resources but most of all the completely in-depth detailed and encouraging HOW YOU CAN DO THIS First the authors explain what Classical education is and the three stages and defend their (excellent) position of cycling around to the same material every four years more in depth each time It makes so much sense to me that the reading and science coincide with the history timeframe (For instance ancient peoples knew about plants their own bodies and animals So the child learns about ancient history learns what kind of science the ancients knew of and reads the works of literature from the ancient peoples-- legends and myths) Each grade course description includes what the child learns why now how it is presented with what frequency its importance and is followed by suggested schedules and resources The suggested materials and resources are wonderfully described including cheaper alternatives content and ordering information There is a section on how to "do" all this with a child who is starting in the middle And the authors have an encouraging loving tone throughout that is fully aware that you are trying to produce a thriving intelligent well-rounded adult in the midst of what is probably a somewhat chaotic multi-child home I cannot explain how valuable this resource has become On my endside table is my RR catalog my WTM and my Bible Really!
    October 25, 2007
    To be honest I came across this book by total curiosity I saw our pastor's wife carrying it with her to and from church so I asked her what it was After she showed it to me I decided I had to check out the library copy to read for myself Since I had attended an "accelerated" public school which taught classical education I was curious as to what it would look like in the home setting"The Well Trained Mind" is authored by former public school teacher and homeschooling mother Jessie Wise with additional commentary from her daughter Susan Wise Bauer The book begins with Jessie telling her own story of how she homeschooled her three children in the early 1970's when homeschooling was virtually unheard of Susan adds her own commentary by giving the reader a personal look at classical education From there the book is divided into the three components of classical education: Grammar Stage: Kindergarten-Grade 4 Logic Stage: Grades 5-8 Rhetoric Stage Grades 9-12 The book ends with the chapter on "How to home educate your child" and appendices "The Well Trained Mind" is a great resource for those who would like to know more about home education with a classical emphasis After reading the book my husband and I gleaned what wisdom we could from it but in the end decided to utilize the Charlotte Mason method of education in our homeschool instead
    April 23, 2009
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    for parent as guide
    Esmeralda S on May 8, 2017
    look forward to learning more about God through this book!
    Joshua M on Mar 29, 2017
    for parent as guide
    Esmeralda S on May 8, 2017
    Thorough year-to-year guide with great recommendations for every subject. Great overview of classical education. Love what I've read so far. I think it will be a fantastic resource for new and veteran homeschoolers.
    Rachel J on May 8, 2017
    look forward to learning more about God through this book!
    Joshua M on Mar 29, 2017
    I've been homeschooling since 2003 and was finding myself bogged down. I read the original copy of WTM at the beginning of my journey and I am really looking forward to reading through this latest version. I'm already feeling a fresher direction again after several days of looking around and arriving back at what I originally loved.... which is a soft classical education. Well Trained Mind with a gentle breeze to it. Happy Journey.
    Kirstin G on Mar 9, 2017
    Borrowed the third edition this book from the local library. I really like the book and would like to have one handy at home for reference. Th forth edition has updated resources which is a plus.
    Natalie F on Feb 3, 2017
    Waiting forever to get the newest edition - you guys have the best price!!
    Susan S on Jan 10, 2017
    I chose this to use as a guideline for my daughter's future lessons - to make sure I'm not leaving anything out.
    Rachel G on Sep 28, 2016
    love the first edition but wanted more current recomendations
    ray d on Sep 25, 2016
    A much more experienced mom suggested I read WTM after our long conversation about homeschooling and how our family seems to function. It has helped me feel much more confident about my ability to provide our kids w/ a quality education. I have tabbed the sections that apply to our current stage in learning because there are all sorts of great references I have been using all year long. It is a great guide/help for me.
    Jenni L on Jul 5, 2016
    This is my go to resource when I am planning the school year or re-evaluating our school year.
    Carrie J on May 17, 2016
    This is my second year homeschooling and everyone I know says this book is a necessity.
    Danielle G on Mar 4, 2016
    My friend who purchased it recommended it to me
    Naomi M on Jan 29, 2016
    Sounds like an essential and I am interested in classical education.
    Chad K on Oct 17, 2015
    I checked this out from the library and it was such a wealth of information that I know I will go back to year in and year out that it was worth every penny!
    Jennifer W on Sep 29, 2015
    Thorough year-to-year guide with great recommendations for every subject. Great overview of classical education. Love what I've read so far. I think it will be a fantastic resource for new and veteran homeschoolers.
    Rachel J on May 8, 2017
    I've been homeschooling since 2003 and was finding myself bogged down. I read the original copy of WTM at the beginning of my journey and I am really looking forward to reading through this latest version. I'm already feeling a fresher direction again after several days of looking around and arriving back at what I originally loved.... which is a soft classical education. Well Trained Mind with a gentle breeze to it. Happy Journey.
    Kirstin G on Mar 9, 2017
    Is this the 3rd or 4th edition? The title says 4th before the description sounds like the 3rd edition.
    A shopper on Sep 23, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Item number 19093 is the 3rd edition, which we currently have limited stock available in our warehouse. The 4th edition is available and is item number 010029.
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