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Trivium Mastery: The Intersection of Three Roads: How to Give Your Child an Authentic Classical Home Education

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You may not know it, but you've been robbed.
Classical Christian education, your rightful inheritance, has been stolen from you by educational bureaucrats. Generations of well-meaning parents and innocent children never received their intended bequest. However, the "new" method that is being popularized in the homeschooling community looks more like the public school par
Paperback, 299 pages
Published February 20th 2009 by Outskirts Press
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Jun 14, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: homeschooling
Some helpful advice but it really reads like a diatribe against Susan Wise Bauer and The Well Trained Mind. Every homeschool, even a classical model homeschool, is going to look different from the next. People are different, temperaments are different, styles are different.

You can classically educate your child. Read this book for some advice. Read The Well Trained Mind for advice. Read anything else you want. But ultimately your homeschool situation has to suit you and your child(ren) and not a
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Jun 08, 2013 Mark Feltskog rated it did not like it
Fatuous, intellectually vacant and tediously written, the only thing way this book relates to the trivium is its use of the word. I couldn't be less interested in Ms Lockman and her "adventure" in "Christian classical education," which is the real text of this book. Avoid this preachy and pointless book like the plague.
Mar 01, 2017 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
For a classical homeschooler, this book had some great tips. But, there was much to be desired. Hearing a podcast, I was drawn to Lockman's ideas and grabbed the book. A criticism of the neoclassical homeschool movement, which we have greatly benefitted from, without citation for her arguments and solid support that the neoclassical is not beneficial as a framework, the book steers families away from Latin and Greek and even suggests that the original quadrivium is obsolete. Lockman's book posit ...more
Michelle Padrelanan
Aug 28, 2010 Michelle Padrelanan rated it it was amazing
If you’ve been homeschooling for some years, you would know that there are several homeschooling philosophies. There’s Charlotte Mason, unschooling, eclectic, unit studies, Montessori and then there’s Classical Education. I have to admit that I did not really understand much about this particular kind of educational philosophy. In fact, I had the chance to review a complete classical curriculum in the past, but I hardly understood it! Despite having read pages and pages of its explanation, the h ...more
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Apr 06, 2012 Pamela (Lavish Bookshelf) rated it really liked it
“Trivium Mastery” by Diane B. Lockman sets out to make Classical Education understandable to all, especially those of us who have no idea what Classical Education really is all about. Divided into three main sections, Part One of “Trivium Mastery” explains the history of Classical Education and details the main components, Part Two gives real-life case studies helpful to applying this study approach within your own homeschool and Part Three contains appendices and assessment tools for gauging ho ...more
Jul 30, 2013 Joy rated it liked it
Trivium Mastery presents a case for a combining of the three branches of the trivium--language, thought and speech--in the foundational subjects before a child is ready to pursue higher subjects (the quadrivium). Diane B. Lockman shares five "case studies" of homeschooling families to whom she gave a semester worth of classical how to instruction.

This book feels, to me, very incomplete. I appreciated her history of classical education and of education in the US. She writes against the 12-year s
Aug 24, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: education
If you think The Well Trained Mind sounds good but is very overwhelming, this book is great. Diane outlines a history of classical education from its roots to the present and then explains in detail the basic skills of the Trivium (reading, thinking, speaking). She also gives doable ideas on how to help your children develop these skills. She has also outlined a basic "inventory" list for each skill to assess where your children are on the road. Diane teaches that all three skills can be worked ...more
Mar 26, 2012 Blossom rated it liked it
Some good ideas and information but very simply done. She does present the question of confining the trivium to 12 years. I've not read enough about classical education and the trivium to add my own opinion. The book consists of very little actual 'how-to' but does include case studies.However it does not include the results. Interesting short read but from my limited reading The Well Trained Mind will be of more use to those wanting more of an in depth study of how to implement a classical educ ...more
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