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The Latin-Centered Curriculum: A Homeschooler's Guide to a Classical Education

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Andrew Campbell's new book, The Latin Centered Curriculum, gives teachers and parents an interesting and easy to read guide explaining classical education, how it came about, and who its major exponents are. In addition to a useful scope and sequence for how a Latin-centered classical education can be accomplished in a home or private school, Campbell explains why the cent

Paperback, 184 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Memoria Press
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Dec 04, 2012 Alicia rated it it was ok
I read the first edition. Campbell's argument effectively fleshed out why I would NOT follow this pedagogy. I've been long convinced of the value of studying the Latin and Greek roots of English and the merits of being familiar with the great philosophers and the Greco-Roman contribution to Western Culture. But I cannot venerate it to the exclusion of of math and science, nonwestern culture, and modern classic literature. Latin can stretch the mind, but so does math and physics.

I appreciate the
Apr 10, 2013 Trace rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book...I've been reading and rereading it over the last 2 months! Its given me fresh inspiration for a classical education...and I have started to implement some of its suggestions in our curriculum.

If there is one area that I can't get on board with, its in the area of science. I can't get behind the notion of focusing mainly on nature studies for science until Grade 9! In this day and environment, I truly believe that a lack of STEM focused studies would be a great disse
Feb 11, 2008 Keegan rated it really liked it
Shelves: education
This book was exactly what I needed. Basically just a year-by-year, blow-for-blow account of a Latin and Greek centered classical homeschooling experience.

Awesome. I could do without the bible studies, but I expect that shit from homeschoolers, so I forgive them.
Joseph Wetterling
I'm impressed by this second edition of The Latin-Centered Curriculum. In this book, Andrew Campbell has provided a good introduction to the classical education model and proposed a well-detailed curriculum. It's thoroughness and level of detail is comparable to Laura Berquist's The Well Trained Mind, without following the "neoclassical" stages-of-learning model. Instead, Campbell is doggedly faithful to the principle of "not many but much" (or quality over quantity), encouraging many informal e ...more
Jul 02, 2014 Melanie rated it really liked it
He didn't *quite* convince me that my children should be able to read the classics in the original languages, but maybe Climbing Parnassus will better do that. This book did make me think about doing less in our homeschool, but going deeper, and it definitely made me re-think my priorities as a homeschooler and how we might do things differently this coming year.
Nov 18, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
I re-read this book every year. It's short, and helps me to remember that education is "lighting a fire, not filling a bucket" (can't remember who said that, but it's true).

This book focuses on simplicity - both in the curriculum/book choices and the schedule. I prefer the first edition, as it relies more on living books. I love how the author includes music in the daily schedule, and the 1 hour of family reading, plus 30-60 minutes of silent reading for each child. But the best part of the book
Sarah Bringhurst
Nov 03, 2011 Sarah Bringhurst rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Campbell has written a how-to guide for those who aspire to the lofty educational vision of Climbing Parnassus. I really wanted to love this book, and in fact I did love this book. It presents an excellent and ambitious curriculum plan focusing heavily on ancient Greece and Rome (one year for each). I am just not quite sold on the "multum non multa" idea of focusing on a few key areas and going deeply into them. I don't feel like you have to give up "wide" for "deep." I've incorporated some aspe ...more
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Oct 20, 2014 Mystie Winckler rated it liked it
Shelves: education, 2009
Own. This one goes into my "favorite" category for education books. Its motto is multum non multa: not quantity, but quality. He explains his philosophy with brevity and clarity, then outlines materials and schedules with grace and flexibility. His premise is that we should study a few great things deeply, rather than study many things. His curriculum section then explains his pared-down approach. Yes, Latin and classical studies are his unifying force, and he actually does what Dorothy Sayers s ...more
May 31, 2008 Leila rated it it was amazing
Andrew Campbell's second edition is now available, and it is FABULOUS. Not to be missed by any LCC home educators. He has completely reworked the schedules and some curricular recommendations (though the scope and sequence is essentially the same), but really, the first few chapters are reason enough to buy the book. Campbell lays out the principles of a LCC, the history behind LCC, and the holistic benefits of the approach. I especially appreciated the beefed up section on great Christians of o ...more
Apr 18, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing
The Well-Trained Mind was a good start towards a neo-classical education; this book puts it all into perspective and explains how to practically implement a *genuine* classical education. If I could start homeschooling all over again, I would use this book as my guide. I have used some of the curricula recommendations and can heartily endorse them.
Jul 24, 2015 Anne rated it it was ok
If you are looking for a book to help design a Latin-centered curriculum, this could be a helpful addition to your bookshelf. I think I was expecting it to be more of an argument for or justification of the study of Latin, so it really wasn't what I was looking for.
Sep 03, 2008 Kelsy rated it it was amazing
This book presents one view of a traditional classical education. The proposed selections and underlying philosphy ("multum non multa") have de-stressed (somewhat!) my own approach to classical home education. I also appreciate the many religious/Christian selections.
Feb 13, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read so many books on homeschooling in search of the perfect way to make the most amazing kids :) but have found there really isn't one way. This one is a good start, and definitely makes you think outside the box of modern education.
Jul 30, 2009 TheRose rated it it was amazing
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Excellent! Echos many of the thoughts in Climbing Parnassus, but more accessible to the average reader. I highly recommend this one!
Maria Vargason
Jul 26, 2011 Maria Vargason rated it really liked it
We won't do things exactly the way he recommends but I love how he whittles away all the unimportant.
Meredith Henning
Apr 04, 2008 Meredith Henning added it
Recommends it for: anyone considering Latin as a focus for home education
Recommended to Meredith by: Memoria Press
This was generously sent ot me from the good folks at Memoria Press, a ggod one to have on your shelf!
Dec 24, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great "how to" for actually implementing a classical education at home. Very helpful.
Jennifer Busick
Jul 31, 2011 Jennifer Busick rated it liked it
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This book is a fantastic help with setting up my daughters' curricula for the school year.
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