- Paperback: 310 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press (February 20, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1432733281
- ISBN-13: 978-1432733285
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,349,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trivium Mastery: The Intersection of Three Roads: How to Give Your Child an Authentic Classical Home Education
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About the Author
In addition to writing articles for her website (classicalscholar.com), Diane introduces teens to the classics of the Western Canon in her live, online high school courses and provides continuing education for busy parents through tutorials and workshops. She also coaches a competitive speech and debate club, coordinates grading for a Christian missions class, and sews period costumes for her kids.
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After agreeing to stick with the classical model, we realized that we didn't know where or how to start. After reading quite a few books, I came across Trivium Mastery. I combed through the book twice (it is well-written, making it a pleasure to read) and have spent a significant amount of time on the author's website gleaning even more information and encouragement about what the Trivium should look like at its best.
Ms. Lockman begins with an excellent overview of the history of the classical approach. This was eye-opening and made clear in my mind what can happen when the Trivium is applied based upon a correct view of its nature and function. Lockman then goes on to outline the results of individual family case studies in which she "makes over" their homeschool approach. This is the meat-and-potatoes portion of the book for those of us looking for the practical application of an excellent theory. I was originally quite daunted by the prospect of homeschooling. Now, though, I am thrilled at the idea of custom-designing a classical Christian home program that will make sense for our family.
I would like to finish by saying that, in many years of being a faithful Amazon customer, I rarely write reviews. This book, though, merits my taking the time to encourage others to read it. No matter what road you choose to take, you won't regret spending some time on your journey with this thought-provoking book!
In addition, this book was lacking all the fundamentals of a well researched and though out work: an index, end notes or foot notes…any scientific data. Very annoying.
Things I did not like about this book:
-assumes reader knows who people are and why they are important (one example: on p88, she talks about Andrew Pudewa with no reference or footnotes)
-short chapter on why she disagrees with neo-classical education but does not elaborate on her research; lack of footnotes or bibliography is really felt here (she disagrees with Dorothy Sayer's breakdown of classical education as "one woman's theory")
-does not introduce herself or her children (all personal information is under "About the Author" and not included in the text; her son is not mentioned until p62)
-does not state her qualifications (besides practicing as a CPA for 9 years) as a homeschooler; how long has she homeschooled? How old are her kids? The only date I read was 2006.
-"according to so & so..." with no footnotes or references appears several times
-no instructions on how to use Appendices
I really wanted to like this book, but the lack of footnotes or bibliography makes it inadequate and incomplete.