Day in the Life of a Classical Homeschooler

Classical education is an approach to learning that emphasizes liberal arts and the Western tradition of education.

The classical method is divided into three stages known as the Trivium: the Grammar stage (elementary school), the Logic stage (middle school), and the Rhetoric stage (high school). Here’s a rough sketch of what a day might look like in a homeschool using classical education:

Morning:

  • The day may start with a “Morning Time,” which includes reading, recitation, and prayer or reflection. This may involve studying classic literature, scripture, or poetry.
  • Next, they might spend time on phonics, spelling, and grammar. In the Grammar stage, students focus on absorbing facts and laying the foundation for advanced study. This would include drilling math facts, memorizing state capitals, or studying Latin roots.

 

Mid-Morning:

  • The student may work on math using a rigorous and structured curriculum that builds upon previously learned concepts.
  • This could be followed by reading a history book or historical fiction. Classical education emphasizes the study of history in chronological order, so a student might spend a year each on ancient history, medieval history, early modern history, and modern history.

 

Afternoon:

  • After lunch, the student might work on a science lesson. They would study the natural world through observation, experimentation, and reading classic scientific texts.
  • In the Logic stage, students learn formal logic and critical thinking. They might study logic directly, or apply logical thinking to subjects like science or literature.
  • The student might practice written and oral expression, learning to craft persuasive essays and deliver speeches.

 

Late Afternoon/Evening:

  • The day might conclude with reading a chapter from a classic novel, or the student might work on a piece of art or music. Classical education strongly emphasizes the fine arts.
  • Students might also engage in Socratic discussions about the ideas they’ve encountered in their studies. This helps them to synthesize information and to form and articulate their own thoughts.

 

In classical education, parents act as the primary educators, guiding their children through a broad and rigorous curriculum.

They focus on cultivating wisdom and virtue through the study of the liberal arts and the Great Books.

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