Learning should start with great books! Here are three questions to ask yourself to help you select great books:
When you choose great books that are truth-filled, rich in words, and rich in systematic knowledge, your will begin to see that learning is simple especially when paired with great methods!
While learning starts with great books, it should be supported with great methods! The four simplest methods that bring the most learning to a child are:
Great books paired with great methods will not only transfer the knowledge from one mind to another, but also will naturally develop students into great thinkers and great talkers as they grow and develop.
When choosing curricula, the primary question, then, becomes: Does it use great books and great methods?
Our curriculum uses both great books and great methods. We incorporate one (or all) of read, talk, write, and memorize into every lesson. For those of you who are familiar with other methods, you will notice that we include:
It is easy to get lost in the world of learning when you focus too much on methods! Perhaps this is part of our educational crisis today. It is not the method that is so important but the transfer of knowledge from one mind to another.
How can we best transfer that knowledge? Great books that are truth-filled, word-rich, and give systematic knowledge. Great methods of read, talk, write, and memorize. When we focus on just opening a good book, learning really is simple!