Trivium Pursuit

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How to dull and chloroform a child’s reasoning abilities

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

When Less Is More: The Case for Teaching Less Math in School In an experiment, children who were taught less learned more. by Peter Gray Ph.D. “In 1929, the superintendent of schools in Ithaca, New York, sent out a challenge to his colleagues in other cities. “What,” he asked, “can we drop from the elementary […]

Earlier is not better by Sue VanHattum

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

9. Earlier is not better. The schools are pushing academics earlier and earlier. That’s not a good idea. If young people learn to read when they’re ready for it, they enjoy reading. They read more and more; they get better and better at it; reading serves them well. The same can happen with math. Daniel […]

Ten Things to Do from Birth to Age Five — An Addendum to Ten Things to Do Before Age Ten

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Elsewhere we have written about the Ten Things to Do Before Age Ten — ten areas of life we think are important to concentrate on with your children before they turn ten. The following is a subset of the above list of ten things — ten things to do from birth to age five (or […]

Classical Education and Delayed Formal Academics — Essential and Nonessential

Monday, March 4th, 2019


I came across your website recently
 in my search for classical curriculum providers. I read (and 
re-read) your article, Ten Things to Do with Your Child before Age
 Ten, and it has been 
insightful, however I have some questions. 
 If you’ll indulge me for a moment, 
I’ll provide a brief profile of my home […]

Five In a Row this week — Madeline

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans is one of the book selections in the Five In a Row homeschool curriculum and was last week’s choice for Daughter Johannah’s family. Here are a few of the projects they chose to go along with Madeline: Eric reading to Michael Eric and Michael making French flags Eric cooking French toast […]

Curious about delayed formal math

Sunday, 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 […]

Don’t Overwhelm the Young Ones

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement. Don’t Overwhelm the Young Ones by Ron Paul Here is a great article on The Homeschool Mom site. It warns against this: “Too Much, Too Fast, and for Too Long.” It was written by Jeanne Falconer. This is good advice: “Rethink […]

The Brain, It’s Plain, Is Sprained If It Is Strained

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement. Excerpts from Endangered Minds: Why Children Don’t Think And What We Can Do About It by Jane M. Healy [Page 66] [T]he axons, or output parts of [brain] neurons, gradually develop a coating of a waxy substance called myelin, which insulates […]

Five in a Row — a relaxed homeschool curriculum for ages 4-8

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement. Two years ago when my grandson Eric was 5 1/2, Daughter Johannah started using Five in a Row — a homeschool curriculum for ages 4-8. Five in a Row was created by Jane Claire Lambert many years ago and continues to […]

In response to the mother who feels she needs something more formal in the way of curriculum

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement. From Amber B. We started homeschooling my son when he was four. 
We love the Bluedorn’s approach and have stuck to it because it fits
 our ideal of what a homeschool should be. My son is now soon to be nine
 […]

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