If you are new to homeschooling and are still doing some research, you may be a little confused by the different “styles” and methods of homeschooling. There is no right or wrong way to homeschool, but it is nice to learn about the different styles which and help you as you are choosing curriculum and what would be a best fit for the style that you feel is right for your family and your homeschool.
In this post, we are going to talk about what Classical Homeschooling is and explain the Classical “style” of homeschooling. I will also be sharing some classical style homeschooling freebies and resources to help you dig deeper and learn more on your homeschooling journey.
What is Classical Homeschooling?
Classical homeschooling teaches the liberal arts in a fun and engaging way with lots of memorization. The teachings include: ancient history, the great books, arithmetic, geometry, music, composers, artists, astronomy, logic and the study of Latin. The classical approach to homeschooling teaches children how to learn and to think during three different stages or phases of schooling. These stages can also be referred to as The Trivium.
The three stages are:
- Grammar (grades K-6) – this stage children learn through memorization. They memorize facts through songs, or chants.
- Logic (grades 7-9) – this is the argumentative stage, where teens will learn logic and reason, the art of arguing, and the why behind the questions.
- Rhetoric (grades 10-12) – this is the stage where persuasive speaking and writing come in.
You can learn more about this method through these Classical Homeschooling Resource Aricles and Helps:
Classical Education for the Average Homeschooling Family – Happy Homeschool Nest talks about what Classical Education is and how it is not drudgery and dry work. That it can be interesting, engaging and accessible to the average homeschool family.
Classical Homeschooling Freebies:
Famous Composers Notebooking Research Journal – Your kids will explore the history of 50 famous composers while learning their date and place of birth and death, their famous works and facts about their lives. They will compile all the information in their very own research journal.
Famous Artists Notebooking Research Journal – In this notebooking journal your children will learn about 50 famous artists and record their finding.
The Gentle and Classical Preschool Curriculum from Life Abundantly is a full preschool curriculum that is absolutely beautiful, with everything laid out for you. The digital version is available completely free!
Classical Curriculum is a free online classical homeschool curriculum for homeschoolers. This is a free curriculum with a book list.
Classical Conversations is a popular Classical Christian homeschooling community which helps to teach parents and students the classical tools of learning. These communities are all over the nation, and classes are taught by a trained Classical Conversations parent in a group class setting.
Classical Homeschooling Curriculum Publishers and Websites:
- Memoria Press
- Classical Academic Press
- Veritas Press
- Classical Conversations
- Well Trained Mind
- Classical Christian Homeschooling
- Classically Homeschooling
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for almost 20 years.. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!