An Explanation Part 3: The Trivium

Classical Christian Education practices The Trivium: 

The Grammar years (the young ones) focus on laying a strong foundation on memory work as students learn course material.  This material is different depending on which branch of educators, curriculum publishers, and associations.  The Logic years (middle school age) twist and turn all that information they have memorized to piece it together.  The Rhetoric years (high school) focus on debate, writing, speaking, and presenting knowledge.

The classroom should be purposeful. I need to keep the big picture in mind.  Even though we will be doing a lot of memorization, it will be living memorization, in context of all the other things we are learning.  The goal of all this memorization is to be aware that things fit together and relate to other things - mathematics overlaps with music which overlaps with poetry, etc.  We memorize a lot of information, but in really fun ways: grammar rules, history timeline, the Bible timeline, Scripture verses, math facts, and more!  These are done at an easy pace with a lot of repetition... and hopefully allows students to have a framework of knowledge when they are ready to piece it all together.

This is the third part of a five part series explaining Classical Christian Education.  To go to part four, click here.

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