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Benjamin Franklin Method

Monday, April 6th, 2009

I am having a hard time finding essays that are well written for my students to “practice” the Benjamin Franklin method of reading, outlining, and rewriting from outline [page 399 of Teaching the Trivium]. Any suggestions that are easy to do today? Thanks so much. Juli There are several books of essays in the Harvard […]

Memorization Question

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

I have a question about memory work. My son just turned 3 years old, and I want to know how much new text he needs to memorize per day/week, just to give me an idea. Today he recited The Sanctus in Latin, but this he has learned a few weeks ago. Now that I am […]

How to Use Noah Webster’s Speller to Teach Spelling, Handwriting, Grammar, and Vocabulary

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Noah Webster graduated from Yale College in 1778, at age 20, and commenced teaching in several small American schools. He came to dislike these schools due to their being overcrowded, poorly staffed, and poorly equipped. His speller (published in 1783), grammar (published in 1784), and reader (published in 1785) were a result of his dissatisfaction […]

Winston Churchill and Prepositions

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

It is said that Winston Churchill was once corrected for ending a sentence with a preposition, to which he responded, “This is the sort of nonsense up with which I shall not put.”

Spelling and Phonics

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Rachel Thomson has posted a review of our Handy English Encoder Decoder.

The Translation Game

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Hello, fellow friends of the vernacular and illustrious lovers of logic! (Oh, I am so sorry for being so cheesy; the heat must be getting to me!) I wanted to pass this on to you; perhaps you wouldn’t mind passing it on to everyone else on the Trivium Loop. It’s one of my blog entries, […]


Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

What I have trouble with is copybook. My children seem to be allergic to pencils and paper. Suggestions please! Judy Have you tried buying the children special colored or regular pencils or markers and special books filled with blank pages for doing their copywork? When my children were small and even up till the teen […]

Using Webster

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

How do you use the Noah Webster spelling book to teach spelling and grammar? I have borrowed the book from a friend because I have heard it spoken of so highly, but can’t figure out exactly how to use it. I think the biggest problem I am having is understanding where to find rules for […]


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