Do you love Classical Education or are you completely new to it? What are the basics? What are the foundations? How does it work? How do I get started? These are some of the main questions I asked when I first wanted to learn about Classical Education.
My goal is to answer as many of these questions or to at least guide you in the right direction by giving you a list of our favorite resources and books.
Let’s get started!
Understanding the Difference
Here is an awesome chart that explains very well what Classical Education is and how it compares to “Traditional Education.” Difference Between Modern and Classical Education Chart.
Must-Read Books for the Classical Homeschool Parents
I have read many, many books throughout my career in education, but these three, by far, have spoken to me directly, especially now that I am a homeschooling mom. And the best part is that they are all books on Classical Education.
These books, without a doubt, made me solidify in my heart and in my mind that Classical Education was the way to go for our family. I loved reading them all and highly recommend them.
Classical Education Resources
Here are some more awesome resources that we use in our homeschool in no particular order.
1. The Veritas Press Timeline Cards have been instrumental in our homeschool to make history and its timeline more tangible and easier to understand.
2. We love using the Classical Conversations materials at home. Even though these are geared toward community use, they have been wonderful at home, too.
3. In my search for Classical Education materials, I came across several great blogs that have a classical education focus.
4. Our favorite Latin learning program for my children’s ages (3 and 5) has made the dead language come alive for them and we are really enjoying it.
5. The Story of the World is one of our favorite History narratives in written form. We absolutely love it.
6. Our favorite narrative history CDs go with The Story of the World books. The CDs are fun and they make History easy to understand. I just love learning about History in story form.
7. Our favorite History DVDs for children have come in handy when Mom hasn’t been feeling well. Homeschooling must come to a pause while Mom recuperates, but learning still takes place. I love being able to use these DVDs.
8. Our favorite Art resource is oh so fun and completely full of ideas, inspiration and great information. I highly recommend it!
9. Our classical musical instrument is the tin whistle. We practice it every week and I’d be comfortable telling you that it is certainly a great first instrument to learn to play.
10. For me, I am LOVING Memoria Press’ Latina Christiana Set I.
Reading Lists for the Classical Child
Here is a short list of living books that classical children can read and be read to (beginner readers).
Here is a Printable Reading List of living books that Classical children can read (grades 6th-8th).
And here is a list of books on Classical Education that parents can read.
I hope this brought you more information and inspiration about looking into or trying out Classical Education. Let me know if you have a favorite and what you will try in your homeschools! I’d love to hear!