Planning the Logic Stage- Part 1

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As spring nears a young girls fancy may turn to love but this girls fancy turns to homeschool curriculum.  Like many homeschoolers we purchase our next years homeschool curriculum with our tax return.   Aspired Living as we enter the Middle School years with our second child moving another child out of the rigors of the grammar stage and coming into a time to start planning the logic stage.

Truth and Grace Memory Book Set - all 3 volumes

We are a Classical Homeschool in the vain of Teaching the Trivium and we use a relaxed classical style.  We are currently transitioning our 5th grader into the Logic Stage (according to the WTM) or the Later Knowledge Stage for the Teaching the Trivium.

So Teaching the Trivium has a list of 10 Things to do from ages ten through twelve and this is how we plan on addressing these items.

Family Worship – I am going to skip the details of this because this is led by my husband and often varies for this post we will jump to memorization & copywork. We use the Truth & Grace Memory book from  Founder’s Press. This book contains scripture memory, Baptist Catechism & Hymns to memorize. We will continue with these books until completed.  She will also need to explain the meanings of the verses,hymns & catechism. Additionally, she will start working on Journibles “In Deuteronomy 17:18, future kings of Israel were commanded to not simply get a copy of the law, but to hand-write their own copy, for themselves. ”

Literature & Reading Aloud – Next year for Literature we will assign boo

The Mystery of History Volume IIIks that correspond with our current History & Science Cycle’s. We use Mystery of History and God’s Design for Science as our spines. I still have not decided how to have her record/report on these literature books. If you are aware of any Classical Literature providers I’d love to hear about them in the comments.  I like to be through in my investigations of potential curriculum. Right now I am thinking she will need to do short written weekly narrations for each book. Teaching the Trivium suggests we read aloud 2 hours per day, we tend to listen to audio books and read for about an hour at bedtime. We plan to continue doing this.

History: This year we are going to be using Mystery of History Volume 3: Renaissance, Reformation and the Growth of Nations  and I am currently planning on lightly combining it with Truth Quest’s Renaissance/Reformation/Exploration & their Age of Revolution II (US/Europe, 1800-1865).

Writing & Rhetoric Book 1: Fable Student Edition | Main photo (Cover)

Composition– Now here is  one of our dilly whoppers for next year … “To IEW or not to IEW that is the question, whether it is nobler in the …” anyways you get it we’ve been happily using  using IEW for the past couple of years. But now I am considering a switch to a simplified curriculum closer to the suggestions of the Bluedorn’s. Or possibly switching to a more traditionally classic Writing & Rhetoric from Classical Academic Press.

So next week I’ll just continue thinking out loud here at Aspired Living as we work our way through the 10 subjects we cover on a regular basis. Now I did want to clarify that one of the distinctives of our homeschool is independent work, I am not teaching 10 subjects I am tutoring the older children.  I provide direction and make sure they get their work done.  So same Bat Channel and same bat time next week and we’ll cover the next couple of topics.

Blessings!

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

19 thoughts on “Planning the Logic Stage- Part 1

  1. Reading with interest as I have a rising 5th grader as well! It feels strange to be planning for this “next phase of learning”. I really need to pull out my copy of Teaching the Trivium and give that a good perusal for this stage.

    1. I know it’s kind of crazy! I think next week I’m going to do a “prequel” and discuss how I got to my book choices! This kind of planning is both scary and exciting.:D Thanks for coming by Tonia!

  2. I’ll be homeschooling my children Classically, too! This is a post I will file away for reference later. My kids won’t be at the Logic stage for… a while!! =D

  3. I think that Writing and Rhetoric looks like a great curriculum. I’m definitely going to look into it in a year or so for my son. It says it can start for 3rd grade, but I haven’t looked into it too much. I look forward to reading the rest of your series!

  4. I can’t believe my baby is moving in to this stage. For writing we are sticking with our TOG Writing Aids. I tried both IEW and the Rhetoric and Writing from CAP and ended up selling them both. They are both good, just not for us. I really wanted to like them!!

    I just discovered your blog and am a new subscriber. 🙂

    1. Welcome! I too am in shock that my 2nd child is leaving elementary school, time sure does fly!! Thanks for stopping by and for subscribing. Blessings!!

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