Homeschool Curriculum for the Logic Stage (or The Middle School Years)

Ready to homeschool the middle years? Here’s a list of 5th and 7th grade homeschool curriculum choices.

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Homeschool Curriculum for the Logic Stage (or The Middle School Years)

About fifteen years ago I got the idea not only to teach my kids at home, but also to do it via the classical model of education. I read several books on the topic: Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning and The Well-Trained Mind when my only child was two and it just made so much sense.

Of course, what makes sense when you have a toddler doesn’t always translate into real life when the child is older. As the old cartoon says, “I did my best parenting before I had kids, too.”

So, while I love the ideals in classical education: learning different skills as is appropriate to age and stage of development, enhanced by classical literature, logic, and languages, we haven’t done it perfectly, thus my classical unschooler bent.

This year, I have two kids in the rhetoric stage (or high school years) who will be refining their skills of self expression. I also have two children in the dialectic, or logic stage, who will be learning to think through arguments.

Learning in the Logic Stage

Susan Wise Bauer explains the logic stage this way:

By fifth grade, a child’s mind begins to think more analytically. Middle-school students are less interested in finding out facts than in asking “Why?” The second phase of the classical education, the “Logic Stage,” is a time when the child begins to pay attention to cause and effect, to the relationships between different fields of knowledge relate, to the way facts fit together into a logical framework.

A student is ready for the Logic Stage when the capacity for abstract thought begins to mature. During these years, the student begins algebra and the study of logic, and begins to apply logic to all academic subjects. The logic of writing, for example, includes paragraph construction and learning to support a thesis; the logic of reading involves the criticism and analysis of texts, not simple absorption of information; the logic of history demands that the student find out why the War of 1812 was fought, rather than simply reading its story; the logic of science requires that the child learn the scientific method.

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Booking It July Update: Reviews of Delicious, The Warden and the Wolf King, & Mastering the Art of French Eating

Booking It July Update: Reviews of Delicious, The Warden and the Wolf King, & Mastering the Art of French EatingBooking It is an online book club where we share the good reads we’ve found in the previous month. We’ve found that over the years we’ve discovered some great new books thanks to this monthly book share. Carrie and Anne are my fellow bookworms and help round out the selections.

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Booking It July Update: Reviews of Delicious, The Warden and the Wolf King, & Mastering the Art of French Eating

Delicious! A Novel

by Ruth Reichl

I adore Ruth Reichl‘s food writing, so I’ve been impatiently waiting to get my hands on her first novel for over a year now, even though first novels are rarely amazing. In that sense, Delicious! is a typical first novel. The story flashes back and forth between the offices of the iconic food magazine Delicious (inspired by Gourmet, where Reichl presided as editor in chief for ten years) in modern-day New York City, and World War II Ohio. The World War II plot was much stronger, and makes me hopeful for Reichl’s second novel. (There will be a second novel, right? I hope so!)

If you love Reichl’s food writing, Delicious isn’t a waste of time, but it’s not a must-read. If you’ve never read anything by Reichl, start with her best stuff, like Comfort Me With Apples or Garlic and Sapphires. [Continue reading...]

5 Important Questions to Ask Yourself About Life

5 Important Questions to Ask Yourself About Life - Life is full of questions. Sometimes they are questions we need to answer so that we can make the most out of the time we

Life is full of questions. Sometimes they are questions we need to answer so that we can make the most out of the time we’ve been given. I find that now that I’m getting a foothold on my 40s, I am starting to understand myself just a little bit more. I finally realize my life’s […]

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The Weekly Ramble

Paris eiffel tower

The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. I went to Scotland, England, and France this week. Forgive me for I am still suffering from jet lag. Okay. I didn’t really go there. Not really. But, I did virtually. Oh my word. Google maps is a game changer when it comes to international travel. […]

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A Giveaway from Visual Latin

A Giveaway from Visual Latin

This giveway is sponsored by Visual Latin and Compass Classroom: This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly helps keep this show on the road. So thanks! Earlier this week, I shared […]

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FREE Christmas in July Download

FREE Christmas in July Download

Longtime readers know how much I love Christmas in July. I’ve posted holiday content every summer since the beginning of time. Or since the beginning of this blog anyway. Planning ahead for the holidays can save you buckets of money. Today, if you’re a newsletter subscriber, you should have received an early Christmas present from […]

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Family Night Theme Ideas

Family Night Theme Ideas - easy and cheap ways to add rhythm and fun to the week.

This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly helps keep this show on the road. So thanks! I’ve found that during the summer we tend to lose track of […]

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The ONE Thing That Can Change Your Life… Forever

Want to know how to makes sense of the life you have and make the most of it? Make peace with the season you

Want to know how to makes sense of the life you have and make the most of it? Life as MOM contributor Prerna offers a surprising perspective. I know. Pretty bold and dramatic headline, isn’t it? But trust me, reading through and doing this one thing will change your life, forever. How do I know? […]

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