Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Center of the Method

As homeschoolers, we all know that there are different methods used by different families in educating their kids. There is the Charlotte Mason method of education, the Classical method, the "relaxed" method, etc. I personally prefer the classical method of education because this is one method that has been time-tested. I also like the "relaxed" method, which is really great when you have small kids in the family.

As some of us are aware, the classical method is based on the Trivium- 3 stages of learning, namely the grammar, logic and rhetoric stages. In the grammar stage (grades K-5), the child is drilled in the basic knowledge (there is a lot of memorization in this stage). By the second stage of the Trivium (grades 6-8), the child has become argument-oriented and is ready to be taught logic and critical thinking. In the last stage (grades 9-12), the rhetoric stage, the child learns how to express their opinions about what they have learned.

Whatever educational method you choose, you should not forget to put the Lord at the center of it all by acknowledging Him in all you do. Proverbs 3:5 tells us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and not to lean on our own understanding, it goes on to say that we should acknowledge Him in all our ways and He will direct our paths. I believe that with all my heart. God will direct your path as you trust in Him by showing you which method is appropriate for your family. I believe He will lead you to the educational method that will help to draw your family into a deeper walk with Him.

God Bless You,



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