Classical Approach

The classical approach is a history-based, idea-oriented educational model that engages students with the great minds of the past through literature, essays, and philosophy. Advocates of this language-intensive philosophy believe the key to educating students is to provide them with intellectual resources that will help them learn to teach themselves.

Advocates of the classical philosophy believe that children move through certain developmental learning stages. The learning strengths of each of those stages are considered carefully when deciding what is appropriate at the various levels in order to help students learn more effectively.

The three-level process for educating students using the classical approach is called the trivium. The three levels include the grammar, dialectic/formal logic, and the rhetoric stages.


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Key Elements for Choosing Classical Education

This philosophy is a tried and true philosophy that has worked for many years. It helps to instill a love of learning in the student while teaching them how to learn. There is also an emphasis on public speaking and fine arts, so this was a draw to keep the arts alive.


Factors to Consider When Choosing Classical Education

There is a large amount of reading, whether independent or read aloud. There is also a focus on memorization, as well as grammar and writing. Latin is also a key component. If language arts is not an area that you wish to focus on heavily, then you might want to consider another philosophy.

History is also the backbone of this philosophy and rotates on a four-year cycle (some program modify this a bit). Therefore, if your child is starting in K or 1st grade, they would study the same time period three different times at a deeper level each time.

There is also an element of public speaking and focusing on the fine arts (music, art, theater).


Implementation Notes

A key element is to connect all areas of study together….history, science, grammar, writing, literature. This can require some additional work for parents, as not many packaged curriculum do this for you. Using history and the time period is a great backbone to implementing this philosophy. The literature, writing, and grammar sentences can all pertain to that time period. The science can be based on interests or a four-year course of study.


Day to Day Notes

These elements would be included in the day-to-day teaching using this method.