The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise

The Well-Trained Mind by mother and daughter team Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise is the go to “bible” for many classical homeschoolers. The book is divided into four sections, the first three based on the trivium. The first part is for grammar stage which is kindergarten to 4th grade, the second part is for logic stage which is 5th to 8th grade, the third part is for rhetoric stage which is 9th to 12th grade, and the fourth part includes practical tips for running your homeschool. The first three parts are divided into subjects and give curriculum suggestions (sometime multiple) for each subject and direction on how to implement them the “classical” way. The third (current) edition was published about 6 years ago. Some suggestions are out of date and there are new, better options available, but, for the most part, you can start classical homeschooling using The Well-Trained Mind. One note to keep in mind, however, is the time amounts given for each subject are estimates only and, particularly in the lower grades, are probably on the high end.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2015: 20
Pages Read in 2015: 6387
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