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Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style Paperback – May, 2001
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Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style is by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, the world's reigning experts on this subject. As long ago as 1989, the Bluedorns were writing on classical education for homeschoolers -- long before any other book on the topic emerged -- as well as promoting it through their speaking at hundreds of conventions. They certainly know how to teach you how to do classical homeschooling from a Christian perspective. Their 640-page book holds you by the hand and takes you right through all the how-tos..... --Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling
Classical education, with its emphasis on teaching languages, logic, rhetoric, literature, and history, is gaining notoriety among Christians these days. Private schools dedicated to this method of learning are popping up all over the country, and homeschoolers have long embraced the concepts. But there is classical education and then there is Christian classical education. The Bluedorns are all about the latter -- reclaiming for Christianity the ideas often credited to classical Greek scholars. They explain the Trivium -- the idea that there are three distinct learning stages in a child's life -- and tell you how to teach to maximum effect in each of those stages. --Christianity Today Magazine
The Bluedorns are true pioneers in classical Christian education. For years, they ve been sharing what they ve learned through their research as well as through their experience teaching their own children, and through interaction with thousands of other parents across the country.... --Cathy Duffy Reviews
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Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn started homeschooling their children in the late 70's and have given workshops on homeschooling and classical education for support groups and at conventions across the country. Their publishing company Trivium Pursuit produces books and curricula to help parents use classical education in their homeschool.
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Mr. and Mrs. Bluedorn have used their experience of homeschooling and understanding of the Bible to write this very informative book. You will certainly be challenged to go deeper into the Word and seek God's direction for your own homeschool or to decide whether or not to homeschool. They make their arguments clear and all are based upon their understanding of scripture.
This is a huge book packed with insight and ideas. Other reviewers have gone into more detail. The main purpose I had in creating this review was to counter the negative comments made about the authors' tone and spirit.
Also, this book has the most detailed, helpful table of contents I have ever seen! I am impressed with its order and layout.
Previous reviewers have already explained the Bluedorns' approach, so I will not go into the hows and whys of that here. All I will say is, I have 5 children and my older two (who are now "school" age) are blossoming within the Bluedorns' approach, and they are very different from each other in the ways and speed with which they learn. And amazingly, even with 5 children, this approach DOES leave us with a breathable, workable day.
I spent the first six years of my oldest's life reading anything and everything about homeschooling and child brain development, since we knew we wanted to homeschool. My husband and I finally settled on the Bluedorns' approach since it made the most sense in terms of child development and for our purposes: aiming to make our children independent scholars with a zest for learning. The other critical factor for us is that the Bluedorns' approach (they give you principles to work with, not rules about what you can and cannot do) begins with the bible as the foundation of all things, it's not tacked on as "Religious Studies".
If you are curious about this book, but are hesitant to spend the money on it, I would highly recommend you first listen to their free audio seminars on their website. This will give you a very good idea of what you will find in the book (although in the book they go into greater detail of each stage of learning and subject matter). Type "trivium pursuit" into your search engine and you will find their website.
And no, I do not know the Bluedorns, nor is this a solicited commercial for their business. My motivation for reviewing and promoting it is that I know personally so many Christians who want to homeschool classically and with a Christian foundation and are stuggling under the prep-school style weight of another popular book, and I have a feeling there are more of you out there.;-)
I have been challenged to become seeped in a God-centered approach to educating my children and to not simply replicate a godless school structure with a few Bible verses thrown in here and there. This challenge is not only laid out very carefully and thoughtfully by the Bluedorns, but they give scripture repeatedly throughout the book to back up any claims they make. I was convinced and convicted within the first two chapters and am now contemplating how I will rethink and redeem what we are already doing.
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