The Latin-Centered Curriculum: A Homeschooler's Guide to a Classical Education Paperback
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The Latin-Centered Curriculum: A Home Schooler's Guide to the Classical Curriculum
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The bulk of the book is an outline of a K - 12 course of study based on this philosophy. The information is organized by subject area (e.g. Latin). Campbell gives a general overview of what you should hope to accomplish in each stage of the child's schooling: Primary (K - 2), Grammar (3 - 8), and Secondary (9 - 12). (e.g. "During the primary years, give your students a gentle introduction to Latin that emphasizes vocabulary words, phrases, and prayers. Plan to spend no more than 15-20 minutes a day on Lain at this stage.") Then, grade by grade, he recommends specific curricula and other resources to help you reach this goal.
The result is a book with tremendous appeal to old pros and newbies alike. If you were lucky enough to be Classically Educated yourself, and already know the ins and outs, this could still provide a very useful framework for giving your child a Classical Education. If you're new to the idea, this simple, straight-forward, concise guide will give you the reassurance and confidence that you can do this, and it won't be as hard as you might fear! If you are familiar with neo-Classical education, this streamlined approach may appeal to you for the way it can simplify your life while giving your child a truly great education.
Finally, as a non-Christian myself, I deeply appreciate the way this Christian author writes to a broad audience, and keeps an inclusive tone. Some Christian curricula are recommended, and a course of Bible study is outlined, but there is plenty of valuable information here for people of all faiths (including a note to non-Christian parents in the appendix about how to approach the Bible as literature).
The LCC is recommended for those interested in a more traditionally "classical"--as opposed to a "Great Books"--education. The emphasis, first and foremost, is on the classical languages, Latin and Greek. Campbell's mantra is that less is indeed more: Making these languages the central focus of study means that other "elective" courses of study--and even other really wonderful classics--should fall away or be reserved for independent reading. This is a freeing perspective for parents who look at the 20-30 great books their 7th grader is "supposed" to be reading and want to just throw up their hands.
Another interesting difference is that Campbell takes a multi-thread approach to history as opposed to strictly chronological. I'll leave it to the book to explain more fully, but in a nutshell, he has students doing English Studies, Classical Studies, Christian Studies, and Modern Studies simultaneously (though on different days and possibly in different weeks). Very different from The Well-Trained Mind or Veritas Press chronological, cyclical approach.
by Andrew Campbell
Basically a how-to manual on giving your child the best education you possibly can, the Latin Centered Curriculum (LCC) is a book that bases it's ideology on the education the Greeks and Romans gave to their kids.
It starts out with apologetics... why you should follow the LCC, and puts forth great arguments both for it and against it's detractors.
Then it tells you how to do it... giving outlines, sample schedules and in depth descriptions of the courses of study and recommended texts.
The most amazing aspect of the book is that it fits all this into 160 pages... (not including the appendices) but then, that is the beauty of of the LCC... the ideal of Much, not many... about which you can read more either in the book itself.
I found myself agreeing with the book, nodding my head and thinking with pleasure of all the things my children and I will be learning in the years to come!
It was hard not to get up and start right away...
A must read for all Classical Homeschoolers! Drew Campbell has provided us all with an amazing resource.
The book is fantastic... definitely bedside table material.