The Classical Conversations curriculum was designed to incorporate a classical model of education with a biblical worldview. By harnessing the classical stages of learning – grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric – this innovative curriculum ideally suits children’s natural learning style. In the grammar stage, children devour facts. In the dialectic stage, children ask many questions as they sort and evaluate these facts. In the rhetoric stage, teenagers synthesize their knowledge and apply it.
From beginning to end, Classical Conversations is founded on the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. Students are taught that all subjects are not only interconnected but that God is the author and creator of each subject. Each subject informs us more about the true nature of God, and a better understanding of God informs us about each subject that is taught. Classical education combined with a biblical worldview makes Classical Conversations a wonderful tool to mirror the three learning stages in the Bible: knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.
This guide contains aids to examine the popular children's novels listed below from a Christian perspective:
The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
The Door In The Wall by Marguerite De Angeli
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers by Ralph Moody
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
A Gathering of Days by Joan Blos
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Many of them Newbery-Award winners, all of them carefully selected to capture the interest of Challenge A and B students. Review Questions are provided so that parents and students can talk about characters, plot, setting, theme, and focus for greater clarity and improved comprehension. Thought Questions develop analytical examination of the book in relation to other works of literature, moral standards, or just personal circumstance. Students are introduced to tools of literary analysis, such as character charts, chronologies, maps, and chapter summaries. Finally, a short biography of each author represented, to provide a historical and personal context behind the story. In short, this companion study guide provides a tool for your home school to not only enjoy classic literature, but to examine the craft of great writing so that your student can begin to craft his or her own masterpiece.