Although I’m not a classical educator, I have been interested in some aspects of the Classical Christian Education philosophy. Memoria Press has pretty much everything one needs to familiarize, understand, and choose appropriate and quality materials for a classical approach to education. There are abundant resources, articles, FAQ, a newsletter, and catalogue on the Memoria Press website , as well as a forum with endless support and insight.
Since our family is already using Bridge to Latin and has Latin Road in hand to continue with our Latin studies, we decided to look around at some of the other products. The Traditional Logic and Rhetoric looked very interesting, and something I have studied a little of in the past.
The Traditional Logic 1 course we received consisted of the student text, teacher key, and dvd set. This course is very comprehensive, although really easy to use. It explains things very well, and the concepts are well laid out. From the website: "along with a basic understanding of the Christian theory of knowledge, the text presents the four kinds of logical statements, the four ways propositions can be opposed, the three ways in which they can be equivalent, and the seven rules for the validity of syllogisms."
You can see a sample chapter, table of contents, and tour of features here. This set can be purchased for $68.95, or seperately without the dvd’s. For classical educators out there, I really can’t imagine a better or easier program than that offered by Memoria Press. For those that are not familiar with or would like to know more about classic education, Memoria Press would be the very best place to start.
Since we already own four of the Famous Men series books, we chose to review the new Famous Men of Modern Times.
We received the set including text, student guide, and teacher guide with key. This set is normally $52.85, but is currently $39.95.
It is designed as a year-long workbook course, comprehensively covering the past 500 years. For a table of contents and sample page, click here.
From the website: "each of the thirty workbook lessons includes famous quotes, a drill of key people and places, ten vocabulary words, 5-10 comprehension questions per lesson, and an activities section that includes map work, timelines, discussion questions, and art projects. The program also comes with plenty of supplemental exercises, including maps, a “Who Said That?” worksheet, and drawing pages. "
My girls are not really interested in history as names and dates to memorize, but we do enjoy the Famous Men series as supplemental reading with our other history studies. These workbooks are well done, but are definitely "workbook" format for those who incorporate this type of learning into their homeschools.
Memoria Press has really been a delightful end to my Crew voyage. They have helped me understand a whole new realm of learning philosophy, and brought some intriguing and challenging material our way. I will definitely recommend them to any and all classic educators, as well as those who enjoy learning about different learning methods, and, of course, those who are just looking for a good academic challenge.
In the words of Socrates:
"Let him that would move the world, first move himself."
"To find yourself, think for yourself."
"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think."
So, go think with your kids!!
Well, here is where my voyage ends. While I’m a little sad, I feel very blessed to have had the priviledge to set sail on the very first TOS Homeschool Crew. As I’m putting my feet again on dry land, there are some new and excited voyagers getting ready to sail again.
Stay tuned for more Crew reviews from a fresh new Crew in 2009-2010!!