THE CLASSICAL EDUCATION: LEARNING THE ART OF LEARNING
For centuries, the greatest leaders and thinkers have been classically educated. As Susan Wise Bauer writes in The Well Trained Mind, “Classical education equips students to think clearly, to write and argue persuasively, and to understand where philosophies and ideas come from. I am convinced that men and women who are able to do this will always lead those who can’t.”
Based on a child’s development, the classical model recognizes three levels of growth and development in a child’s thinking and learning: Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric. The three stages comprise what is known as the Trivium and can be compared to the Biblical terms knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.
The early childhood years are the most important and influential time in a child’s life, and provide the best opportunity to cultivate an enduring love of learning. Our developmentally appropriate and challenging Montessori-based Early Education program is conducted in a nurturing, loving environment that both engages and inspires young learners.
School of Grammar
In the Grammar stage—the developmental building block of all learning—elementary aged students are eager to learn and absorb information. They enjoy memorizing, chant, song, and rhyme, so these are the methods we use to fill them with information in ways that are memorable, fun, encouraging, and engaging.
School of Logic
In the Logic stage of the middle school years, students have begun to question “why.” They are analyzing the world around them and developing their ability to reason and discern truth. The formal logic skills we teach during this stage empower students to argue well while they learn to understand the world around them and their place in it.
School of Rhetoric
In the Rhetoric stage of the high school years, students are continually synthesizing information and learning how to present their ideas persuasively. They are becoming increasingly confident in knowing what they believe and why, and are positively shaping their environment and the community around them. Thus they are fast becoming the “good man speaking well,” the master of words who is the graduate of the classical model.
Integration between subjects, presented with a Christian worldview, ties the student’s world together. Math, science, literature, Bible and history are interwoven in a way that relates all subjects to a whole. As students integrate subjects, scriptural truth is integrated as well.
Integration between subjects, presented within a Christian worldview, ties the student’s world together. Math, Science, Literature, Bible and History are interwoven in a way that relates all subjects to a whole. As students integrate subjects, scriptural truth is integrated as well.