Trivium Mastery

Trivium Mastery

by Diane Lockman
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Trade Paperback, 312 pages
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Classical education has seen an explosive rebirth in the past few years in the homeschool community. Experts shout for your attention with advice like "teach world history in four distinct units," "learning Latin is mandatory," and "finish the logic stage before moving on to the rhetoric stage."

You could easily spend weeks pouring over all the different requirements, curriculum, teaching resources, and interpretations out there...and you would feel overwhelmed with the burden of trying to comprehend and apply all that you learned. You only have a few years to shape your child's heart and mind. With so much at stake and so little time, which way should you go?

Diane Lockman has been through a similar journey, and she wants you to know that what she discovered was liberating. Classical education, if taught like it was for most of Western history, can be enormously fun and energizing! All you have to do is teach three skills to mastery (language, thought, and speech) while discussing meaningful ideas like truth, goodness, and beauty.

Home school parents need practical instructions for turning the idea of a classical Christian home education into reality. Diane shows you exactly how to teach these three skills through 12 real-life case studies with children ranging in age from 5 to 13 years old. Using her "must-know" checklists, Diane develops customized strategic semester plans for each child, a to-do list for the parents, and a to-do list for the children. Use these personal "makeovers" as a guide to develop your own strategic plans.

National leaders on two continents have been successfully trained by the classical method for over two thousand years. At this critical time in history, the common twelve-year educational paradigm cannot begin to prepare your children for the calling on their lives. Like Diane, you and your family can recover your inheritance. What are you waiting for?

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  A Good Overview of Classical Education
IRead. DoYou? of Washington, 10/24/2011
“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 how a child is progressing in their education.

On the whole, this book is very helpful as a concise explanation of what the Classical Education style is and what it can do for your children. Lockman does thoroughly detail the history of this education style and outlines the main precepts of a Classical Education. At times, though, the book itself is awkward. For example, Lockman refers to people without explaining who or why she is mentioning them. Within one page Lockman might be explaining Classical Education as if she is speaking to a novice homeschooler, then within the next paragraph she seems to be directing argumentative phrases at those she calls “neoclassical” educators. Most perplexingly, the book does not contain an index nor does it contain explanations or answers for each of the specific assessment tools listed in Part Three.

After reading Lockman’s book I can finally understand the benefits of this teaching approach. Since my children are approaching teen years, I do anticipate Diane B. Lockman’s upcoming book “Socratic Paideia: Dialogue Drives Instruction” devoted to the post-trivium years. While my family will never be a true Classical Education homeschool, I am certain we will be classically tweaking our current homeschooling style in the coming years. Despite its editorial failings, “Trivium Mastery” does succeed in making Classical Education accessible to all and for that I give this book 4 of 5 stars.