- Hardcover: 848 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 4 edition (August 9, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393253627
- ISBN-13: 978-0393253627
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.7 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“If you’re a parent who has decided to educate your children yourself, this book is the first you should buy.”
- Washington Times
“An excellent resource for any family with a desire to incorporate a classical education in their home, whether as a curriculum or as a reference.”
- Educational Freedom Press
“[Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer] are thorough and pragmatic, offering a detailed curriculum for kindergarten through grade 12, as well as opinions on everything from Latin (an indispensable language) to the Internet (‘a mixed blessing’).”
- The New Yorker
“An A for Home Schooling…a remarkable compendium of information designed to help home-schooling parents give their children a traditional liberal education.”
- City Journal
“This book would be entertaining simply as the story of how Jessie, then a schoolteacher, decided to teach Susan, who now teaches literature at the College of William and Mary, at home―pulling her and brother Bob out of school in 1973 when home-schooling did not have social acceptance and explicit legal sanction. But it’s so much more than a good yarn. It’s a mind-stretching tome.”
- Robert Holland, Richmond Times Dispatch
“This book has caused a revolution within the homeschool community.”
- The Old Schoolhouse
“Homeschooling parents on a mission to find the ultimate resource―or parents of traditionally-schooled children interested in an excellent supplement―are all well advised to peruse the pages of Wise and Wise Bauer’s classy guide to classical education at home.”
- Boox Review
“An invaluable road map.”
- Daily Democrat
About the Author
Susan Wise Bauer is a writer, teacher, and historian. Her books include The Story of Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, the History of the World series (W. W. Norton) and the Story of the World series (Well-Trained Mind Press). She has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, as well as an M.A. in seventeenth-century literature and a Master of Divinity in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature. For fifteen years, she taught literature and composition at the College of William and Mary. She lives in Virginia.
Jessie Wise, a former teacher, is a home education consultant, speaker, and writer. She has decades of experience as a classroom teacher, elementary school principal, private tutor, and educational consultant, and is the co-author of the best-selling The Well-Trained Mind and the groundbreaking elementary grammar text First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. She lives in Charles City, Virginia.
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Parents do need to know that the authors mean for you to choose from among the recommendations. You are Not expected to fit in every single thing. They thought they made this clear, but they have recieved complaints about 6 or more hours of schoolwork every day.
You are supposed to decide what is most important to you, or come up with a year-round schedule that balances it all.
We save art and music, and science for Summer, but continue with math all year long. History and writing we do in the Fall/Winter.
We use Dou-Lingo free online for Spanish. It is quick and is less involved than Rosetta Stone. My son is learning to speak Spanish from the neighbor kids he plays with, which is more a real-life application he can actually use, along with the formal word training he gets online.
I also highly recommend the podcast downloaded for a small price from the authors' website. You'll see they are much more human and like the rest of us than the book makes you think they are. Its not meant to be heavy and grueling, or perfect and ideal. This is very doable if you catch the way it is intended to be used. This edition simplified it for me.
The schedule recommendations, once I understood that they are just showing the different subject possibilities to choose from and I'm not actually supposed to do every one of them, are one of the most helpful features of this book. And the steps and how-to's were more clear this time around.
The Well Trained Mind is a fantastic lay out of a thorough and in depth education that is structured enough to keep you on track but fluid enough to really allow children to pursue their interests. My son is four and very bookish, so I think this will be perfect for him. I cannot wait to get started!
I do not agree with everything the authors say, i.e. I think that creativity is important at every age!, but I am so grateful that this comprehensive guide has been written to accommodate secular homeschoolers as well (also rare in homeschooling books).
My son is 13 and in 7th grade, but this book works well for any grade level. It also has information for parents who are starting this method later in their schooling, which was extremely helpful.
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