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The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home Hardcover – August 1, 1999
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
- Item Weight : 2.46 pounds
- Hardcover : 764 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0393047520
- ISBN-13 : 978-0393047523
- Dimensions : 9.57 x 6.49 x 1.61 inches
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company (August 1, 1999)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #728,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The title of the book states that it is "a guide to classical education at home". The authors have laid out what worked for them. They are not stating that it will work for you and your family. They have also acknowledged that you may want to change some things based on the dynamics of your family. I am using this book solely as a guide; I am not following it to the letter.
I like how the authors have defined classical education and how sample schedules, resources, books, and materials are laid out in the book. I wish it also included sample lesson plans, but some of the books suggested come with their own plans. To get around making my own, I simply go online and look up lesson plans for the topics I will be covering.
Based on previous reviews, I made sure I bought the original version where there is no conflict of interest in terms of the materials / supplies recommended. I am very happy with this book. I highly recommend it for someone pursuing a classical education curriculum.
I love the resource lists and have purchased several books based on the authors' recommendations, including Phonics Pathways and Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready. Phonics Pathways has proved to be EXCELLENT. My five year old is now reading three letter words after only 60 instructional days.
Previously, I had read Douglas Wilson's Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning (great book, by the way). That book convinced me of the value of classical education. The Well-Trained Mind has given me the confidence to go the distance, to know that it is possible for me to educate my children through high school.
Obviously, you won't do EVERYTHING Wise and Bauer recommend, but this is a great guide to classical education. My only regret is that I did not have an education such as this.