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Envy: “if anything shall be lacking which would condemn Faithful, I will then enlarge my testimony against him”

September 24th, 2018

Excerpt from John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress Part One

…Then at an appointed time, Christian and Faithful were brought forth to their trial, and hence to their condemnation. They were brought before their enemies to be arraigned. The Judge’s name was Lord Hate-good. Their indictment was one and the same in substance, though somewhat varying in form, the contents whereof were this: “That they were enemies to, and disturbers of the trade of the city; that they had made disruptions and divisions in the town; and had won some over to their own most dangerous opinions, in contempt of the law of their prince.”

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Then Faithful responded: “I have only set myself against that which has set itself against Him who is higher than the highest. And, as for any disturbance, I made none, being myself a man of peace. Those who were won over to our sentiments, were won by beholding our truth and innocence. They have only turned from the worse, to the better. And as to the king you talk of, since he is Beelzebub, the enemy of our Lord, I defy him and all his minions!”

Then a proclamation was made, that those who had anything to say for their lord the king against the prisoner at the bar, should now appear and present their evidence. So three witnesses came in, namely, Envy, Superstition, and Pickthank*. They were then asked if they knew the prisoner at the bar and what they had to say for their lord the king against him.

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So Envy came forth and said: “My lord, I have known this man a long time, and will attest upon my oath before this honorable bench, that he is . . .”

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Lord Hate-good interrupted: “Wait! Give him his oath.”

So they swore him in, and Envy continued: “My lord, this man, notwithstanding his plausible name, is one of the vilest men in our country! He neither regards prince nor people, law nor custom, but does all that he can to influence others with certain of his disloyal notions which he calls principles of faith and holiness. And, in particular, I myself heard him once affirm that Christianity and the customs of our town of Vanity, were diametrically opposite, and could not be reconciled. By saying this, my lord, he at once condemns both all our laudable doings and us in the doing of them.”

Then the Judge, Lord Hate-good, said to him, “Have you any more to say?”

ENVY: “My lord, I could say much more, but this would be tedious to the court. Yet, if need be, when the other gentlemen have given forth their evidence, if anything shall be lacking which would condemn Faithful, I will then enlarge my testimony against him.”

So Envy was told to stand by. Then they called Superstition, and asked him what he could say for their lord the king against Faithful. Then they swore him in and so he began.

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SUPERSTITION: “My lord, I have no great acquaintance with this man, nor do I desire to have any further knowledge of him! However, this I know from a discourse which I had with him the other day that he is a very pestilent fellow! He said that our religion was worthless, and could by no means please God and therefore we worship in vain, are yet in our sins, and shall finally be damned!”

Then Pickthank was sworn in, and ordered to say what he knew on behalf of their lord the king, against the prisoner at the bar.

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Bunyan Pickthank

PICKTHANK: “My lord, and all you gentlemen. I have known this fellow for a long time, and have heard him speak things that ought not to be spoken! He has railed against our noble prince Beelzebub, and has spoken contemptibly of his honorable friends, Lord Old Man, Lord Carnal Delight, Lord Luxurious, Lord Desire of Vain Glory, old Lord Lechery, Sir Having Greedy, along with all the rest of our nobility!

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“He has said, moreover, that if all men were of his mind, that these noblemen would all be run out of town. He has also not been afraid to rail at you, my lord, who is now appointed to be his judge, calling you an ungodly villain, along with many other such vilifying terms, with which he has bespattered most of the aristocracy of our town!”

When Pickthank had told his tale, the Judge directed his speech to the prisoner at the bar, saying, “You renegade, heretic, and traitor! Have you heard what these honest gentlemen have witnessed against you?”

FAITHFUL: “May I speak a few words in my own defense?”

LORD HATE-GOOD: “You scoundrel! You do not deserve to live, but to be slain immediately right where you are standing! Yet, so that all men may see our gentleness towards you, let us hear what you, vile rebel, have to say.”

FAITHFUL: “First. I say in answer to what Mr. Envy has spoken that I never said anything but this: That whatever rules, or laws, or customs, or people, which are contrary to the Word of God, are diametrically opposite to Christianity. If I have said anything amiss in this, then convince me of my error, and I will make my recantation before you.

“Secondly, to answer Mr. Superstition and his charge against me, I said only this: That a divine faith is required in the worship of God, and there can be no divine faith without a Divine revelation of the will of God. Therefore, whatever is thrust into the worship of God which does not agree with Divine revelation is nothing but man’s vain religion, and will never lead to eternal life.

“Thirdly, in answer to what Mr. Pickthank has charged, I did say that the prince of this town, with all his rabblement and attendants, are more fit for being in Hell, than in this town and country! And so, may the Lord have mercy upon me!”

Then Judge Hate-good called to the jury, who all this while stood by to hear and observe: “Gentlemen of the jury, you see this man about whom so great an uproar has been made in this town. You have also heard what these worthy gentlemen have witnessed against him, and have heard his reply and confession. It lies now in your power to either hang him, or save his life. Yet first, I think it necessary to instruct you concerning our law.

“There was an Act made in the days of Pharaoh the Great, servant of our prince, that lest those of a contrary religion should multiply and grow too strong for him, their males should be thrown into the river.

“There was also an Act made in the days of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, another of our prince’s servants, that whoever would not fall down and worship his golden image, should be thrown into a fiery furnace.

“There was also an Act made in the days of Darius, that whoever called upon any god but him, should be cast into the lions’ den.

“Now this rebel here, has broken the substance of all of these laws, not only in thought (which is not to be tolerated) but also in word and deed, which is absolutely intolerable!

“For Pharaoh’s law was made upon a supposition, to prevent mischief, no crime being yet apparent. Yet here is an obvious crime. And as for the laws of Nebuchadnezzar and Darius, you plainly see that Faithful openly disputes against our religion! For the treason which he has confessed, he deserves to die!”

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Then the jury went out — their names were, Mr. Blind-man, Mr. No-good, Mr. Malice, Mr. Love-lust, Mr. Live-loose, Mr. Heady, Mr. High-mind, Mr. Enmity, Mr. Liar, Mr. Cruelty, Mr. Hate-light, and Mr. Implacable. Each of the jury gave their verdict against Faithful and unanimously concluded to charge him as guilty before Lord Hate-good.

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First, Mr. Blind-man, the foreman, exclaimed, “I see clearly that this man is a heretic!”

Then Mr. No-good added, “Away with such a fellow from the earth!”

“Absolutely!” said Mr. Malice, “For I hate the very looks of him!”

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Then Mr. Love-lust remarked, “I could never stomach him!”

“Neither could I!” added Mr. Live-loose, “For he would always be condemning my way!”

“Hang him, hang him!” Mr. Heady demanded.

“He is a sorry base fellow!” exclaimed Mr. High-mind.

“My heart revolts against him!” sniveled Mr. Enmity.

“He is a rogue!” Mr. Liar declared.

“Hanging is too good for him!” snarled Mr. Cruelty.

“Let us dispatch him out of the way!” snapped Mr. Hate-light.

Then Mr. Implacable exclaimed, “I would not be reconciled to him for all the world! Therefore, let us immediately charge him to be deserving of death!”

And so they did. Therefore Faithful was condemned at once. He was taken from the court, and back to his cage, and from there, he was to be put to the most cruel death that could be invented.

They then brought him out, to punish him according to their law. First, they scourged him, then they buffeted him, then they lanced his flesh with knives! After that, they stoned him with stones, then pierced him with their swords. Last of all, they burned him to ashes at the stake! Thus Faithful came to his end.

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Now I saw that behind the multitude, there was a chariot with horses waiting for Faithful, who, as soon as his adversaries had murdered him, was taken up into it. He was immediately carried up through the clouds, with the sound of the trumpet, to the nearest way to the Celestial Gate….

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*a person who seeks favor by flattery or gossip; sycophant; also called Gain-glory

 

Curious about delayed formal math

September 23rd, 2018

Hi Laurie! We have been doing Classical Conversations for a few years now and recently I really gathered what the trivium is. A couple of years ago I gave up a formal reading curriculum and my son learned to read just having been read to and having the desire to read (mostly to read what his favorite video game was telling him to do). Well, I am recently reading about not teaching formal math until age 10. This has intrigued me because my even younger son, while he can tell me what 4+5 is, etc, writing numbers on worksheets or anything kills him (and me, very slowly). I am expecting number 6 next month and know I need to simplify. Would you recommend doing the Classical Conversations math and grammar facts until Essentials, or possibly Challenge A age, and then starting the formal Saxon curriculum? Or any tidbits, tips, advice you have would be greatly appreciated. My oldest is almost 13, and then their ages are 7, 6, 3, 1, and one due next month. Thank you for all you do!!

I would first suggest reading two articles, Research on the Teaching of Math and On Early Academics. These will give you the foundation ideas for the concept of delayed formal academics. You will see this is not something that originated with us, but, historically, was a long-held, universally accepted practice.

In our culture, we erroneously perceive that the only way anyone anywhere at any time can learn arithmetic is from early formal instruction – usually in a classroom school. But young children have learned the basic concepts of number in every culture without any formal instruction. Games, measurements, and commercial activity have been the primary childhood instructors. They are still the best instructors of young children.

What we suggest is:

–Formal textbook or workbook instruction in arithmetic may begin at age ten. It is about age ten that the developmental light bulb goes on, and the child becomes capable of a great deal more mental and physical skill. (Of course that’s not an absolute rule. With a few children, it is as early as eight. We call them “bright” children because the developmental light bulb goes on early.) Waiting until the child is developmentally prepared to handle the concepts makes instruction in arithmetic very easy, because the child learns very quickly.

–There is no necessity for formal teaching in arithmetic before age ten. Once all of the developmental parts are there, most children can learn – in a few weeks – everything which they might have spent six years learning (kindergarten through fifth grade), that is, if they haven’t already learned it through questions and experiences and working things out on their own — which is generally the case.

–Depending upon the child, upon the method, and upon the subject matter covered, there exists the potential for developmental harm from the formal teaching of arithmetic before age ten. Small children cannot understand many arithmetic concepts at an early age. We can teach them to perform the process, but we cannot make them understand the concepts. The child “learns” to hate “learning.” The child’s understanding develops along the wrong lines. He may actually develop mental “blocks” to arithmetic – actual physiological blocks in the brain.

–Not formally teaching arithmetic before age ten frees up a lot of time for other activities which will build the vocabulary of the child. Vocabulary is the number one index of intelligence. Developing vocabulary was one of the deliberate foci of ancient education. We waste valuable time for developing vocabulary and verbal language skills if we instead spend those hours teaching a five year old to count by fives. (He’ll know it intuitively by age ten anyway, without ever being taught.) Instead, we ought to spend those hours reading to him. We only have so much time in the day. Do we want to spend it trying to force math skills into a child who developmentally is not optimally prepared, or spend it doing what is developmentally natural to a young child – learning new words and associating them with new ideas and experiences. Stretch the child’s vocabulary during the formative years, and when he’s developmentally ready to do some deeper thinking, he’ll have a mind prepared to take on the task, and he’ll take off like a rocket.

Please note: We are not saying that no child should ever utter the name of a number before age ten. Not at all. About age four, most children discover money, and there is no hiding numbers from them after that. They encounter numbers all of the time. If we encourage learning, then they’ll be asking lots of questions, and we’ll be full of opportunities to teach numbers and measurement. But we would not encourage using a formal workbook before age ten, unless the child has a genuine desire to do so, he shows that he is competent to handle the work, and it does not take away time from other valuable activities. We are not going to ruin the child if we wait until age ten before beginning formal teaching of arithmetic.

…Would you recommend doing the Classical Conversations math and grammar facts until Essentials, or possibly Challenge A age, and then starting the formal Saxon curriculum?…

Everything we wrote about math I would apply to formal grammar instruction also (parts of speech, diagramming, sentence analysis).

We only have so much time in the day. This could be our guiding principle. Age ten is early enough for learning math and grammar facts. Learn the facts as you study the subject. At that time, if the child needs extra help memorizing the math facts, then take the time. An average ten-year-old can jump into a 6th-grade math textbook.

Did you want me to address the video game issue? That’s a whole nuther subject on which I have opinions. : )

We only have so much time in the day

 

Sale on The Fallacy Detective this week

September 11th, 2018

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Sale on The Fallacy Detective this week. We have 20 copies of The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning at a price of $15 each (free postage — U.S. addresses only). These are all new, undamaged copies. Message us at our Fallacy Detective Facebook page to order.

 

Hans Bluedorn — co-author of The Fallacy Detective — just released his new book

August 27th, 2018

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Hello, this is Hans Bluedorn. The last two books I wrote were called The Fallacy Detective and The Thinking Toolbox. They taught critical thinking skills to unsuspecting teenagers.

This book is very different. If you read it, you will learn absolutely nothing about logical fallacies or the school subject called “logic.”

This is a small but feisty story about Archer and Zowie, two friends who build a spaceship and travel into deep space on purpose but crash land on an alien planet by accident and then get into a big argument about it.

It is also about the mysterious Teleportee. A device so strange it can crumple up and chew on the entire universe in one googlebillionth of a second.

In this book, Archer and Zowie will battle dark matter, babysitters, teleporting microwave ovens, big penguin aliens, and even the author of this book to come out on the other side…very dirty.

You can purchase Archer and Zowie on Amazon for $6.99, but from August 28-September 1 you can download the ebook for free, plus receive a special offer.

Here is the special offer:

If you download the ebook sometime during the five-day period and write an Amazon review, we’ll send you

What Do You See? A Child’s First Introduction to Art, Volumes One, Two, and Three by Laurie Bluedorn

After you download Archer and Zowie and post your review on Amazon, email us at bluedorn@triviumpursuit.com and we’ll send you the art curriculum.

Thank you for helping us get the word out about our new book Archer and Zowie.

 

O Nível Gramática

August 22nd, 2018

Por Harvey e Laurie Bluedorn
Impresso na PHS nº 31, 1999.
Tradução para o português Allan Ribeiro

Considere este axioma básico do ensino em casa: “O dia só tem 24 horas”.

Mantenha esta idéia em mente quando você estiver decidindo quais dos muitos assuntos que o seu filho irá estudar nos seus anos de escolaridade. Qual a melhor maneira de usar o tempo a cada dia?

Em nosso último artigo nós discutimos as dez coisas para se fazer com crianças no nível “pré-gramatical”, antes dos dez anos de idade. Disciplinas acadêmicas “formais”, uma pilha de livros e cadernos não representam necessariamente o uso mais importante do nosso tempo com crianças antes de completarem dez anos. Mas aos dez anos, a maioria das crianças está entrando no nível gramatical. Esta é aproximadamente a idade em que as crianças estão prontas para estudos acadêmicos mais “formais”. Por volta dos dez anos, a lâmpada acende. O cérebro torna-se fisicamente capaz de fazer conexões mais complexas, as quais, entre outras coisas, fazem o seu filho ser mais capaz de lidar com conceitos abstratos e ajudam-no a cuidar e a controlar melhor a si mesmo. Os pais estarão envolvidos mais intensamente com a educação dos filhos entre os dez e os doze anos.

A seguir, uma lista de dez coisas que cremos serem as mais importantes para crianças no nível gramatical (dos dez aos doze anos).

1. Culto Doméstico

Cultos regulares em família não são um acessório. Devem ocupar o lugar central. Aos dez anos, seu filho é capaz de crescer rapidamente no conhecimento das Escrituras, através da instrução dos pais.

2. Literatura

Comece, diariamente a pedir ao seu filho que leia algo na área da ficção clássica, poesia ou contos. É claro que muitas crianças já estão lendo muita coisa por conta própria por esta idade. Seleções de escritos antigos, como McGuffeys, são boas fontes deste tipo de literatura. Use a biblioteca. Não é necessário comprar livros didáticos referentes a cada série. Continue a exigir a narração dos filhos. Sugerimos que você fique longe da literatura leve (Jeanette Oake, Hardy Boys, The Boxcar Children, American Girls, etc.). Você vai querer que os seus filhos desenvolvam o apetite por “comida” literária “nutritiva”, não “fast food” literário. Embora os seus filhos já estejam lendo por conta própria, continue a ler para eles em voz alta uma ou duas horas por dia. Será uma das suas partes favoritas de ensiná-los em casa. Continue e memorizar e recitar passagens de literatura e poesia em voz alta.

3. Soletração e Gramática

Por volta dos dez anos, os conceitos gramaticais abstratos de substantivo, verbo e objeto direto estão claros para o seu filho, e a gramática da língua materna (ou, porem, de qualquer língua), pode ser rapidamente aprendida. Três anos de estudo de gramática da língua materna (dos dez aos doze) são suficientes. Seu filho estará estudando a gramática do latim ou grego por volta dos treze, o que tornará o estudo da gramática na língua materna supérfluo – ele irá dominá-la estudando latim ou grego.

4. Latim & Grego
Dez anos é uma idade boa para começar a estudar a gramática do latim. Uma criança de dez anos pode passar quinze minutos por dia estudando latim, enquanto uma de doze pode aumentar esse tempo para trinta minutos. Seu filho deverá revisar regularmente o alfabeto e o sistema de pronúncia do grego, praticando sua pronúncia com alguma leitura interlinear (texto em mais de uma língua, dispostos paralelamente). Isto irá prepará-lo para o estudo de gramática grega aos treze. Recomendamos que cada criança mantenha o seu próprio caderninho de anotações de latim e um de grego, onde ela irá anotar em lugares distintos, coisas como termos técnicos, vocabulário, paradigmas do substantivo, paradigmas do verbo, etc.

5. Arte & Música

Se você quiser que os seus filhos sejam familiarizados com arte e música clássica, retire algumas gravuras ou gravações na biblioteca, compre algumas para você ou leve as crianças a um museu de arte ou à apresentações de uma orquestra. Nesta idade você precisará avaliar criticamente e selecionar coisas por eles. Dê aos seus filhos as ferramentas, o espaço e o tempo para projetos de arte. Você pode escolher adotar um currículo formal de arte, ou iniciar a instrução formal em música.

6. História

Nesta idade você pode pedir aos seus filhos que leiam alguma coisa de natureza histórica todos os dias. Biografias, autobiografias e ficção histórica encaixam-se perfeitamente neste propósito. Você pode pesquisar muitos desses livros na biblioteca. Você irá precisar avaliar criticamente e selecionar as coisas por eles. Não é necessário comprar livros-texto de história. Pratique a narração. Continue a linha de tempo. Mantenha mapas nas paredes e localize os eventos sobre os quais o seu filho estará lendo no momento.

7. Pré-lógica

Aos dez anos, as crianças ainda estão no nível gramatical, assim qualquer “lógica” que eles tenham é, na verdade “pré-lógica”. Building Thinking Skills (Critical Thinking Books and Software) [Construíndo Habilidades de Raciocínio] (Livro e Software “Pensando Criticamente”), é um excelente material para desenvolver estas habilidades pré-lógicas e para prepará-los para o curso de lógica mais formal aos treze anos.

8. Matemática

Crianças de dez anos são perfeitamente capazes de saltar direto para um livro de matemática (tais como Saxon Math 65), sem nenhuma experiência anterior com livros de matemática. Pular as séries do Jardim de Infância até a 4ª série do ensino fundamental na matemática não irá atrapalhar de maneira alguma o sucesso de seus filhos nesta matéria. Você não precisa gastar o interesse de seus filhos e a sua própria paciência tentando fazer com que eles entendam algo que os seus cérebros simplesmente ainda não estão preparados para lidar. Esperar até os dez anos, quando o seu filho está prontamente preparado para lidar com conceitos matemáticos faz com que as instruções de aritmética se tornem muito fáceis. O que havia sido dolorosamente distribuído nos oito anos anteriores pode então ser compactado sem traumas em um mês.

Não estamos dizendo que você deve manter os seus filhos longe dos números antes dos dez anos. De jeito nenhum. Aos quatro, a maioria das crianças já descobriu o dinheiro, e você não será capaz de esconder os números deles depois disso. Crianças encontram números o tempo inteiro. Se você encorajar o aprendizado, elas irão fazer muitas perguntas, e você irá ter bastantes oportunidades para uma instrução não-formal sobre números e medidas. Mas não encorajamos a instrução formal usando um livro-texto antes dos dez anos, a não ser que a criança mostre um interesse e uma competência genuínos para lidar com a tarefa.

Antes dos dez anos, a criança está basicamente adquirindo habilidades verbais de linguagem, e o seu tempo será mais bem gasto desenvolvendo o vocabulário dela, o qual é o indicativo primário de inteligência. Lembre-se do axioma: “O dia só tem 24 horas”. O seu tempo pode ser muito mais bem gasto com você lendo em voz alta para os seus filhos do que lutando com conceitos matemáticos que o seu filho não está pronto para entender.

Precisamos que a adição e os fatos da subtração sejam memorizados por volta dos onze anos, e os da multiplicação e divisão sejam memorizados por volta dos doze.

Muito mais poderia ser dito sobre este assunto. Mas é suficiente dizer que a instrução formal em Matemática antes dos dez anos é historicamente um fenômeno muito recente. Assim como os problemas que surgiram no ensino de matemática e, consequentemente, a invenção dos currículos manipulatórios mais “informais”.

9. Ciências

Seu filho pode ler diariamente algo relacionado às ciências ou à natureza. A biblioteca pode ter materiais úteis sobre isso, ou você pode adquirir alguns dos textos reimpressos pela Christian Liberty Academy. Pratique a narração. Nós vemos videos sobre criacionismo científico talvez uma duas vezes por mês (Estes podem ser alugados na Midwest Creation Fellowship, Box 479, Gurnee, IL 60031).

Talvez você possa comprar uma caderneta com as páginas em branco para o seu filho e encorajá-lo a manter um caderno de anotações de estudos da natureza, onde ele poderá fazer pequenos desenhos de insetos, plantas ou animais. Ele poderia classificar cada desenho com o nome em latim. O nível gramatical é o nível da “observação”. Dê ao seu filho as ferramentas (que mencionamos no artigo anterior) e as oportunidades (tempo o suficiente para exploração e observação experimental). Visite a Feira de Ciências e Engenharia toda primavera e observe todos os diferentes projetos de ciências. Isto irá ajudar a desenvolver idéias para projetos de ciências que ele poderá apresentar quando tiver treze anos.

10. Redação

Peça aos seus filhos que escrevam alguma coisa todos os dias. Meninas geralmente não têm problemas com esta tarefa e escrevem poemas e contos. Garotos geralmente precisam de mais ajuda e encorajamento para colocar a primeira palavra no papel. Parece que alguns garotos são alérgicos a lápis. Para os mais relutantes, você pode começar escrevendo os seus pensamentos por ele enquanto ele os narra, ou ele pode narrá-los para um gravador. Pelo menos é um começo. Você pode escolher simplesmente continuar o trabalho de copiar por um tempo.

Algumas crianças de dez anos podem ser capazes de manter um diário. Faça-os escrever um parágrafo curto todos os dias em uma agenda ou caderno. Depois, faça-os escrever cartas para parentes ou para pen pals [pessoas com quem se pode manter o hábito de se corresponder através de cartas]. Não espere mais do que cartas curtas e factuais nesta idade. Exija que a redação final das cartas seja limpa e sem erros. Permita redações relativamente simples até que eles possam alcançar o nível lógico.

Na próxima oportunidade discutiremos o curso de estudo sugerido para crianças no nível lógico (idades entre treze e quinze).

 

Christian Classical Education and the Ron Paul Curriculum: The Story of Liberty K-12

August 22nd, 2018

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On our Trivium Pursuit web site we talk about what classical education is and how we can implement it in our homeschool.

What do we hope to accomplish by giving our children a classical education?

A classical method will enable our children to:

1. Think for themselves (not be ruled by peer pressure or tied to educational systems, such as the government schools);
2. Logically think through arguments and to speak and to write with clarity and force;
3. Read and to understand the great literature of past years;
4. Master a new subject on their own.

The Ron Paul Curriculum is compatible with a classical education and can help you develop these four outcomes.

In addition, the RPC is self-teaching, which would be helpful in a situation where both parents must work, but a family can use it as they wish — participating with the children by learning along with them or allowing the children to learn independently.

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I just wanna say that my ten-year-old daughter loves this curriculum. She’s excited to do school work. And it makes it easy for me, a work at home mom to help with school work. –Sarah Sam

The Ron Paul Curriculum is growing on my two kids, a 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son. The biggest struggle is for them to learn how to study independently and manage their time. But that is because the way of learning is so opposite to what they have been exposed to. –Scott Bartlett

My oldest is 16 and loves RPC. He is very independent, loves to learn, and is up every morning doing his work on RPC. Then he works on his projects — knife making, wood working, an old truck. Then he heads off to work at 3pm. He loves reading and gives me updates on everything. –Rachel Bromley

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Reason #1: This curriculum helps you pass on your most important inheritance: your worldview. It is the only video-based, self-taught, reading-intensive, writing-intensive, online homeschool program that provides a systematic defense of limited government and the free market economy. I call this the freedom philosophy.

Reason #3: It is self-taught, grades 3-12: math, biology, physics, chemistry — everything.

Reason #5: Daily video lessons — exclusive to the RPC (not on YouTube).

Reason #6: There are no textbooks to buy — even in math and science courses.

Reason #7: Students read original sources in history and government courses.

Reason #9: In most of the high school courses, college professors or Ph.D’s teach.

Reason #11: The high school has two years of Western civilization — unique.

Reason #12: The high school has two years of Western literature — unique.

Reason #13: The American history course and the American literature course are also parallel for better understanding of both — unique.

Reason #20: There is a weekly essay in each non-math course.

Reason #25: 40 free trial lessons: reading and arithmetic. See for yourself how video instruction works.

Read the entire article here.

Click here to purchase the curriculum.

 

All About Spelling

August 11th, 2018

Here is an article which will help not only the student, but you, the homeschooling parent/teacher. It will clarify some things for you as you teach phonics and spelling.

One thing I would like to add — over the years, English pronunciation has deteriorated significantly. Take a look at McGuffey’s Eclectic Spelling Book. There are seven pronunciations for the letter A. Today we only have three, but back in the nineteenth century, our language was much more precise.

Download your Pronounce for Spelling Technique to hang on your refrigerator.

All About Spelling

 

Don’t forget to download your free copy of Pilgrim’s Progress — free for two more days

August 5th, 2018

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Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress with 525 Illustrations Part One-A

Compiled by Laurie Bluedorn
Published by Trivium Pursuit

FREE for 5 Days

The Pilgrim’s Progress like you’ve never seen it before.

525 illustrations, many in color, chosen from dozens of sources over the span of 250 years.

The text of The Pilgrim’s Progress used is in modern English while preserving John Bunyan’s original meaning, his doctrine, and his quaint, charming, and most memorable style of expression.

Combine the unforgettable text with the magnificent illustrations, and you have a child’s enchantment.

When the book describes such scenes as Christian wounding Apollyon, or trapped in the net of the Flatterer; or Faithful before Lord Hate-good in Vanity Fair; or Hopeful languishing in Giant Despair’s dungeon; or Atheist laughing at Christian, you will have dozens of imaginative illustrations to enhance the experience.

This ebook is Part One of The Pilgrim’s Progress (Christian’s journey to the Celestial City — Part Two is about Christiana’s journey), and because of the large size of the document, we had to break it into two parts — Part One-A (328 pages) and Part One-B (286 pages).

You can purchase the ebook on Amazon for $2.99, but from August 3-7 you can download it for free, plus receive Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress with 525 Illustrations Part One-B.

Here is the special offer:

On August 3-7 (these five days only) the ebook will be free. In addition, if you download the ebook sometime during the five day period and write an Amazon review, we’ll send you Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress with 525 Illustrations Part One-B.

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR FREE EBOOK:

After you download Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress with 525 Illustrations Part One-A and post your review on Amazon, send an email to bluedorn@triviumpursuit.com with the name you wrote your review under, and we’ll email your free book.

Please note: If you would like to be able to print out a copy of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress with 525 Illustrations Part One, you can order the PDF on our Trivium Pursuit shopping cart here.

 

DoodleMom reviews Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress with 525 Illustrations

August 2nd, 2018

“…Did you know that the story of Pilgrim’s Progress is famous everywhere? Laurie Bluedorn includes illustrations from Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Scottish Gaelic, Africa, and even Dakota Indian in this wonderful new version of the story. As you read through the text, you are led on a fantastic trip through multiple cultures and lands. The book jumps out as a perfect read-aloud, especially if you sit with a child so he can see the pictures. Your child will gain an appreciation of how deeply Pilgrim’s Progress affected Christians all across the world….” Read the rest of the review here.

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Bunyan Christian brake out with a loud voice Oh I see him again

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Pilgrim’s Progress like you’ve never seen it before — free for five days

August 1st, 2018

Bunyan Covers-1

Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress with 525 Illustrations Part One-A

Compiled by Laurie Bluedorn
Published by Trivium Pursuit

FREE for 5 Days

The Pilgrim’s Progress like you’ve never seen it before.

525 illustrations, many in color, chosen from dozens of sources over the span of 250 years.

The text of The Pilgrim’s Progress used is in modern English while preserving John Bunyan’s original meaning, his doctrine, and his quaint, charming, and most memorable style of expression.

Combine the unforgettable text with the magnificent illustrations, and you have a child’s enchantment.

When the book describes such scenes as Christian wounding Apollyon, or trapped in the net of the Flatterer; or Faithful before Lord Hate-good in Vanity Fair; or Hopeful languishing in Giant Despair’s dungeon; or Atheist laughing at Christian, you will have dozens of imaginative illustrations to enhance the experience.

This ebook is Part One of The Pilgrim’s Progress (Christian’s journey to the Celestial City — Part Two is about Christiana’s journey), and because of the large size of the document, we had to break it into two parts — Part One-A (328 pages) and Part One-B (286 pages).

You can purchase the ebook on Amazon for $2.99, but from August 3-7 you can download it for free, plus receive Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress with 525 Illustrations Part One-B.

Here is the special offer:

On August 3-7 (these five days only) the ebook will be free. In addition, if you download the ebook sometime during the five day period and write an Amazon review, we’ll send you Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress with 525 Illustrations Part One-B.

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR FREE EBOOK:

After you download Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress with 525 Illustrations Part One-A and post your review on Amazon, send an email to bluedorn@triviumpursuit.com with the name you wrote your review under, and we’ll email your free book.

Please note: If you would like to be able to print out a copy of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress with 525 Illustrations Part One, you can order the PDF on our Trivium Pursuit shopping cart here.

 

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