The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Fourth Edition) Fourth Edition
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- 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, educator, and historian. Her previous books include the Writing With Ease, Writing With Skill, and Story of the World series from Well-Trained Mind Press, as well as The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, Rethinking School, The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, and the History of the World series, all from W. W. W. Norton. 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.
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.
Let me warn you, it is not worth it. There are actually fewer resources listed. And there are several resources that I am surprised were not listed.
There were also areas that I expected more explanation. Like, why is sentence diagramming recommended? I expected it to all be flushed out a bit more. I basically know all the basic ideas. I guess I was just hoping the newest version of the book would answer some of those commonly asked questions a bit more.
I’m just really disappointed that I bought this book for resources and literally got fewer resources and not even good ones at that. Pretty bummed I wasted time and money on this.
I love the third version. I hate the fourth version. Do not waste money on upgrading.
One additonal thing I found helpful was to listen to some talks the author has given (available on well trained mind's website) and also to watch some youtube videos that give examples of dictation, etc. That helped me put the book in context (real children involved) and be less idealistic in regards to my expectation of my own kids.
In all, I don't think I would be homeschooling today if it weren't for this book. It has been that helpful and that inspirational for me. I don't know why all authors write books, but I feel like mailing the authors flowers every year when I crack it open and plan out our school year.
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).
HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend. I have used this method for my pre-school aged children, and i have seen a massive difference between my children and others. In addition, I'm a teacher, and I have used the middle school aged techniques in the classroom with success.
But seriously, if you're going to home educate at all-- you need this book as your home plate. You can adjust as needed for your child and lifestyle.
This book is the BOMB DOT COM!
Top international reviews
The books contains detailed information as to what and where to find resources for various materials for home schooling curriculum. though it is written with American audiences, it can be well adapted to Indian context (replace latin with Sanskrit etc).
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