Why does Trinity Christian School use the classical model as its learning approach across the spectrum, K-12? Although the approach is not familiar to most school settings today, it is not new. In fact, the “classical” method is a return to teaching children the way they were taught for centuries in various cultures around the world. Indeed, it was the primary method of educating children in the United States until the early 1900’s.

As children mature research shows that they have a natural capacity for certain types of learning from elementary to high school age. The three primary tools of learning are:

  • Knowledge (Grammar)
  • Reasoning (Logic)
  • Communication/expression (Rhetoric)

Grammar, logic, and rhetoric are not only applied to stages of growth, but also to each individual subject. Each subject has its own grammar, logic and rhetoric. By grammar we mean the fundamental building blocks (rules and data) for each subject. The grammar must be learned so the student understands the subject from its foundation. The logic of a subject refers to how the building blocks relate to each other. As students learn the building blocks along with how they relate to each other, they learn how to think rather than merely memorizing fragmented facts. Finally, rhetoric is the ability to express clearly one’s knowledge.

Our goal instills in students a love for learning that will continue throughout their lives by providing the tools of learning.

For more information on classical Christian education, stop by the TCS office and pick up a copy of An Introduction to Classical Education or Discover Classical Christian Education.

 
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