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The Latin-Centered Curriculum: A Home Educator's Guide to a Classical Education Paperback – January 1, 2008
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From Cicero to C. S. Lewis, from Thomas Aquinas to Thomas Jefferson, the great minds of the West have been formed by a classical curriculum centered on Latin and Greek. Now you can give your children a traditional classical education at home with The Latin-Centered Curriculum. In a clear and readable introduction, The Latin Centered Curriculum surveys the history of classical education from the ancient Greeks through the 20th-century neoclassical revival. He demonstrates the central position of Latin in the traditional course of study and outlines the many benefits of placing the classical languages at the heart of the curriculum. Then he shares with you the secret of a superior education: multum non multa- not quantity, but quality. With helpful charts and detailed explanations, The Latin-Centered Curriculum guides you step by step with book and curriculum recommendations for each school subject from K-12. It shows you how focusing a few core disciplines-classical languages, mathematics, and composition-can revolutionize your home school. The best education is simple but deep. In this second edition you'll find:
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I have chosen to review this book because out of all the classical curriculum's out there this curriculum best truly educates the whole child. Mr. Campbell has been homeschooling his daughter, Julia, and tutors students in Latin and Great books. He holds a doctorate from Washington University, St. Louis, in Germanic Literatures and Languages with a specialization in Medieval Studies. Andrew has worked as classroom teacher, school administrator, and independent lecture and workshop presenter, a private tutor and literacy volunteer for over 20 years. And has been researching this area for over a decade.
The Latin Centered Curriculum, gives teachers and parents an interesting and easy to read guide explaining classical education, how it came about, and who its major exponents are. In my opinion, the author is very thorough in explaining what a Classical Education is and the why, and then he tells you clearly how to put the curriculum together in details, and lastly he gives you schedules for each grades. I believe that if you are homeschooling in the Classics that reading this book will help you succeed and accomplish your goal.
There are three parts to this book. In the first he explains the "why" of classical education. He briefly summarizes the history with an eye to establishing a working definition of the methods for today's home educators. Then, he writes about the classical languages and their key benefits. and in the last part of this section, he discusses the principle of multum non multa (quanity, nor quantity). In other words, he discusses how the latin-centered curriculum is different from other classical curriculums. In the second part of the book, he discusses the curriculum itself. He gives an overview of all grade levels and then he reviews each subject in detail, giving you practical recommendations for each subject, grade by grade. He even gives you guidance in how to adapt the curriculum! Finally, in the third part he provides detailed weekly schedules for each grade and generally hints for scheduling your family lesson time and teaching the various subjects.