What is Classical Education
Young Children (K-6th) are naturally inquisitive and both willing and capable of memoizing lots of material. This is the grammar stage. It’s when we help them absorb a lot of information and master language and math basics.
As they get older (7th-12th), children become argumentative. This is the dialectic or logic stage. That’s when
we teach them how to think and how to argue. We teach them how things relate to each other - cause and effect.
Teaching a child who is prone to argue, a better way to argue, may seem dangerous. Thankfully, they grow out of
that stage and move into the rhetoric stage (10th-12th) where they become more concerned about how they are
percieved. Here we teach them rhetoric and how to communicate winsomely and effectively.
These three stages, called the Trivium, are the building blocks of classical education, and it’s amazing what a
classically educated child can do.
(used with permission from Veritas Press)