Well-Trained Mind Fourth Edition

Well-Trained Mind Fourth Edition

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ISBN: 9780393253627
Grades: AD

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The 4th edition of this Classical favorite updates all product information (eliminating products which are no longer available and substituting new favorites for previous recommendations). The general organization and structure of the book is the same, although a new introduction/overview section on homeschooling high school has been added.

If you're looking for some real guidance in product/curriculum selection for providing your child with a "classical" education, here it is -- down to the titles of the books and where to find them! These ladies have very clear recommendations for each subject area, both for elementary through eighth grade and high school levels, and they're anxious to share them with you. Written by a mother and her daughter (a second-generation homeschooler), the book provides what many are looking for - concrete, specific recommendations for materials to help in providing an academically rigorous, comprehensive education. Using the trivium as their pattern for education, the book is divided into sections by stage: the Grammar stage (grades K through 4), the Logic stage (grades 5 through 8), and the Rhetoric stage (high school). They wrote this book after coming to the conclusion that "if you want your child to have an excellent education, you need to take charge of it yourself. You don't have to reform your entire school system. All you have to do is teach your own child." And they, very capably, supply you with the when, what, and how of it all from there.

Jessie Wise taught her daughter, Susan, at home, using the classical method. And Susan, a literature professor at the college of William and Mary in Virginia, uses it with her own three sons. Their experience and knowledge of materials has enabled them to provide us with both a clear explanation of the theory behind a classical education and the means to implement it. Each part of the book begins with a very good description of that stage, how it differs from the others, and what your priorities should be. Then, subject by subject, and grade by grade, they provide much advice about what to teach, schedules for teaching, and many, many curriculum (text and non-text) recommendations. Later sections of the book address socialization, character, time management, grading and record keeping, standardized testing, athletics, dealing with your local school system, getting help (when needed), going to college, working, obtaining materials, and starting in the middle. Appendices list home-education organizations and other resources. Parents who want to provide this type of education will find much support in this volume. Revised in 2009.

Primary Subject
Home School Helps
Grade
AD
ISBN
9780393253627
Author
Jessie Wise
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
W.W. Norton & Company
Weight
2.6 (lbs.)
Dimensions
9.5" x 6.5" x 1.75"
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It seems this is required reading for homeschoolers.
Kristin D on Feb 11, 2021
It seems like a helpful resource for teaching my high school age child.
Maria C on Aug 28, 2020
It seems this is required reading for homeschoolers.
Kristin D on Feb 11, 2021
This is an incredibly helpful book and Susan Wise Bauer is an incredibly intelligent woman. If she's in charge of training me on how to teach my daughters, my daughters will go far in life!
Mary H on Feb 8, 2021
It seems like a helpful resource for teaching my high school age child.
Maria C on Aug 28, 2020
I have the first edition and realized I needed the updated version since so much has changed since the first edition was published.
Hollie A on May 28, 2020
it is a very helpful resource
Lois A on Jul 13, 2019
Contains excellent advice and resource lists for beginning homeschoolers - and veteran homeschoolers!!!
Cyndi B on Jul 3, 2019
My third edition copy has fallen apart.
Michael B on Dec 30, 2018
This book has been highly recommended by Cathy Duffy and many friends as a great homeschool resource even if youre not doing a classical education. I also look forward to using the book recommendations for creating our own history curriculum.
Monica R on Jul 25, 2018
I loved the previous edition! All of the curriculum recommendations in the books have been great.
SARAH L. on Mar 21, 2018
I had the first edition, recently borrowed this edition from library and it was so much easier to use, so I want my own copy.
leslie h on Mar 14, 2018
Excited for updated recommendations in the new edition. I'm happy to have my own copy so I can stop borrowing it from the library!
Katie S on Sep 28, 2017
Tired of checking it out from the library ... I need a framework for my pulled together curriculum
User on Jun 26, 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!
User on Sep 29, 2015
This is an incredibly helpful book and Susan Wise Bauer is an incredibly intelligent woman. If she's in charge of training me on how to teach my daughters, my daughters will go far in life!
Mary H on Feb 8, 2021
I have the first edition and realized I needed the updated version since so much has changed since the first edition was published.
Hollie A on May 28, 2020
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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Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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


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