Friday, September 6, 2013

Classical Mamas Read - The Well Trained Mind Ch.19-20

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Welcome back to Classical Mamas Read!  I'm excited to be back here with you today to discuss chapters 19 and 20 of The Well Trained MindIf you want to take a look back at our previous discussions, click the picture above to take you to a list of each chapter we have talked about.

Today we are going to talk about Latin and Religion.  While I highlight the main points in the chapters, and bring up questions as well as things that are interesting to me, I can't recommend to you enough to get the book for yourself.  It is over 800 pages and is filled with details and recommendations that I cannot even begin to touch on here!

Ch. 19 - Looking into Other Worlds: Latin and Languages (logic stage)

  • The logic stage is a good time to introduce a modern language as well as continuing with Latin.

  • Now is when your student will quickly move beyond your ability to teach them (unless you already know the language).

How do you handle your child studying a language that is beyond your ability to teach?

What foreign language curriculum have you used with your logic stage children?

  • Classical Academic Press has a great Latin curriculum.  We have loved Song School Latin, which is for the early grammar stage, but they also have curriculum for students all the way up to graduation.  They also have a DVD series for parents to help them understand Latin better so they can teach it better.

Ch. 20 - Away with Abusive Fallacies!  Religion (logic stage)

How do you handle teaching religion in your homeschool?

  • Do you adamantly teach your own religion and ignore the others?

  • Do you teach all religions equally and let your child decide?

  • The book recommends (and I agree!) that you should teach your own convictions strongly and then study other religions as they appear in history.

  • Also make sure that you are discussing the moral and ethical questions of history.  The logic stage is when your child will be asking lots of questions, so this is a great time to help them sort through these types of issues that have been discussed through the ages.

If you don't have the book already, you can look for it at your library or get it on amazon. (The Well Trained Mind)

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Classical Mamas Read Link-Up

Did you write about these chapters on your blog?  Have you been reading and blogging about another book (for you, not a children's book)?  Do you have a book club going on at your blog (once again, not for a children's book)?  I'd love for you link up here so we can all be encouraged by each other and maybe find another great book to read!

I think I'm going to keep this link-up ongoing since there aren't going to be a huge number of posts and then anyone new will be able to be encouraged by the other book reading ideas and discussions.  If the number of posts gets too large, I will fix it.

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  1. I quite like the Latin put out by Memoria Press. :o)

    1. Awesome! Thanks for sharing! Have you used their curriculum that is for dialectic stage kids (I'm assuming yes =)?

  2. What is the next book y'all are gonna read and do you know when you will begin?


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