Classical Christian education is based on an approach to learning that emphasizes biblical teachings as the foundation for the pursuit of wisdom, virtue, and excellence. This approach, a teaching model known as the Trivium, consists of the three stages of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, and utilizes time-tested teaching methods that complement the God-designed cognitive development of the students. This understanding of the learner allows the curriculum to present information in a manner that teaches students to think and reason for themselves, developing students who can articulate and defend their ideas and beliefs in a logical and confident manner. From the phonics-based reading program to the study of Latin and through the presentation of a senior thesis, classical Christian education creates the opportunity to build a strong academic foundation, but most importantly, an opportunity to train the mind, heart, and soul.
The Logic phase involves ordering facts into organized statements and arguments. During the middle school years, children are beginning to think independently. They often develop a propensity for argument. Classical education teaches children in this phase to argue well. The study of formal logic helps students understand the fundamentals of a good argument. Practice in making written and oral arguments helps to further develop these skills.
Teachers encourage the use of argumentation in each subject, as each subject has its own logic. In science, we use the development and testing of hypothesis. In math, we develop a student’s ability to logically orient numbers through the more abstract concepts of algebra and trigonometry.
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