inside: important books on classical education I recommend you read this year
By the time my oldest child was 4, I knew I wanted to give my kids a classical education at home. But I had no idea how to go about doing it. I googled, I read, and I searched. It wasn’t until I started reading these 13 amazing books on classical education that I began to develop an understanding for how I could give my kids a classical education at home.
13 Books on Classical Education Books to Read This Year
While I knew I wanted to give my kids a classical education, The Well-Trained Mind was the book on classical education that gave me the vision. I could see how to educate my kids and how to start on the path. It’s not a book on the philosophy of classical education, but rather a how-to book that will hold your hand as you education your children.
The Well-Trained Mind has set on my desk for the last 18 years.
Teaching the Trivium has a different approach to the early years than the Well-Trained Mind. They believe in a relaxed education for young kids. You teach kids basic reading, writing, and math but focus on exploration and character. Their relaxed education before ten spoke to me. I’m not a proponent of heavy academics for young children, although I prefer not to postpone math studies until the preteen years either.
It’s an excellent book to read, especially as a comparison to The Well-Trained Mind.
The author of The Core is one of the founders of Classical Conversations. I enjoyed reading The Core, although it deals specifically with grammar stage memorization. It also gives you insight into the philosophy behind Classical Conversations.
The Core is well worth reading, especially if you’re interested in Classical Conversations.
Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum has been on my reading list for a very long time. I think this year is the year to actually read it, as I’ve heard wonderful things about it through the years. Laura Berquist walks you through how to design and pull together your own liberal arts curriculum.
If you’re looking for guidance on how to pull a classical curriculum together for your kids, check out Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum.
I’ve read The Liberal Arts Tradition a couple times now. The Well-Trained Mind is a how-to give your kids a classical education. The Liberal Arts Tradition gives you the philosophy behind a Christian classical education. It’s one of those books that has you writing comments and thoughts in the margin.
The Liberal Arts Tradition is a book you’ll read and reread over the years.
I read Climbing Parnassus years ago. It’s an inspiring and memorable book. The author speaks of why we need to teach Latin and Greek to our children. It inspired me to attempt Greek in my homeschool, and to put a greater emphasis on Latin.
Climbing Parnassus is an excellent book to read to understand why classical education puts such an emphasis on learning Greek and Latin.
The Devil Knows Latin is another fascinating book I read years ago. Like Climbing Parnassus, The Devil Knows Latin argues that you must add Latin and Greek back into the curriculum. By removing the languages America has severed ties with our literature, history, political, and philosophical traditions.
The Devil Knows Latin promotes a radical change to the elementary grades.
Read The Latin-Centered Curriculum after you’ve read Climbing Parnassus and The Devil Knows Latin. Climbing Parnassus and The Devil Knows Latin give you the philosophy and why of putting Latin and Greek at the center of the curriculum.
The Latin-Centered Curriculum tells you HOW to do it.
Everyone thinks classical education is only for gifted children, and that’s simply not true. Simply Classical lays out an inspiration story of how her family used classical education to homeschool their special needs children.
Cheryl Swope lays out a convincing argument that classical education is for all children.
Consider This explores how Charlotte Mason used the classical tradition as she developed her educational philosophy. This is not a how-to book on homeschooling and classical education. Rather this is a book which will bring clarity to your homeschool.
Consider This is also the book the Classically Homeschooling Community will read in March, 2018. Come join us!
Have you ever considered keeping a commonplace book or having your kids notebook their way through history and science? Then The Living Page is the book you need. It walks you through why and how to set up keeping notebooks.
And why keeping notebooks will help your children engage with their studies.
I love Teaching from Rest. Sarah Mackenzie teaches classical homeschoolers how to stop being a slave to your curriculum and take control over your homeschool. No longer are you focused on adding rigor and more lessons to the day. Instead you’re guided in how to create a vision for your homeschool so you can focus on what’s truly important.
Teaching from Rest is the book we’re currently reading over in the Classically Homeschooling Community. Come join us!
13. Better Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects That Matter Most
Better Together is a new book by Pam Barnhill that will be published March 13, 2018. I was given a PDF copy to read and loved the book! I’m now ordering a hard copy book to keep on my desk to reference. See one of the techniques Sarah Mackenzie recommends in Teaching from Rest to simplify your homeschool is to add morning time to your homeschool. Pam teaches you how. She walks you through the 3 critical components of morning time and how to implement it in your own homeschool.
Giving kids a classical education at home is intimidating. Where do you start? How do you know what’s important? These 13 books on classical education will give you the guidance and vision you need to create an amazing homeschool for your kids.
Which classical education books have you read?