The Classical Education Model
There is no greater task for education than to teach students how to learn.
For education to be effective, it must go beyond conveying facts. A truly effective education forms students who are able to think and articulate arguments and convey those arguments clearly and persuasively.
The classical method develops independent learning skills on the foundation of language, logic, and tangible fact. Beyond subject matter, classical education develops skills that are essential in higher education and throughout life – independent scholarship, critical thinking, logical analysis, and a love for learning.
At St. Frances of Rome Catholic School, our curriculum is based on the Trivium, Grammar Stage (Knowledge), Logic Stage (Understanding) and Rhetoric Stage (Wisdom).
Guided discovery; explore; use a lot of tactile items, sing; play games; chant; recite; color; draw; paint; build; use body movements; short creative projects; show and tell; drama; hear/read/tell stories; field trips.
A lot of hands on work; projects; field trips; make collections, displays, models; integrate subjects; immersive language; recitations; memorization; drills; games.
Time lines; charts; maps (visual materials); debates; persuasive reports; drama re-enactments; formal logic; oral/written presentations; guest speakers; field trips.
Drama; oral presentations; guide research in major areas with goal of synthesis; speeches; debates; give responsibilities e.g. working with younger students; in-depth field trips; worldview discussions.
Novel Studies 2017-2018
Grade 3: Cricket in Times Square; Runt; Charlottes Web
Grade 4: Phantom Toll Booth; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane; The Little Prince
Grade 5: Wonder; Johnny Tremain
Grade 6: Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe; Tom Sawyer
Grade 7: Outsiders; Christmas Carol; The Bronze Bow
Grade 8: Animal Farm; To Kill A Mockingbird; The Screwtape Letters
New Curriculum Items for 2017-2018
Poetry Study K-8
Everyday Debate and Discussion Grade 8
Collins Writing across curriculum
Teacher Study for 2017-2018
The Iliad by Homer
Socratic Questioning and Dialogue
Development of History Curriculum: Early Civilization to Modern Era
The Idea behind the Classical Model
A fundamental belief of classical educators is that studying Western Civilization, with its triumphs and its failures, must be central to education. For the Christian, Western Civilization teaches us much about our origins and our theology. Our origins must be studied if we are to understand what makes us who we are and what factors will influence our future. Most theological matters have been decided within the backdrop of Western Civilization. Without a knowledge of our history, we are left to re-experience age-old heresies. From economic systems to mathematics to music, Western Civilization provides a rich context in which to build knowledge and wisdom. History offers us much if we will only make the effort to learn its lessons.
In the pursuit of Truth, Goodness and Beauty, students will be prepared intellectually, socially and physically while practicing their faith within the precepts of the church. Students attending St. Frances of Rome School are taught how to learn, think and converse.
This classical model of education was used by the great thinkers and leaders of the past, including Aristotle, Plato, C.S. Lewis, and Thomas Jefferson.
Parent Recommended Reading List
- The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers
- The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis
- Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning by Douglas Wilson
- The Case for Classical Christian Education by Douglas Wilson
- Classical Education and the Homeschool by Douglas Wilson, Wes Callihan and Doug Jones
- The Seven Laws of Teaching by John Gregory
- Repairing the Ruins edited by Douglas Wilson
- Classical Education by Gene Edward Veith, Jr. and Andrew Kern
- Plato: The Great Philosopher-Educator by David Diener, PhD
- The Liberal Arts Tradition: by Kevin Clark and Ravi Scott Jain
- Introduction to Classical Education: by Dr. Christopher Perrin