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Articles in category: Dialectic Stage (ages 12 to 14)

Classical Education and the Artsy Kid

by Elizabeth Morales   “Beauty is truth's smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror.”  ~Rabindranath Tagore   The pursuit of classical education is to seek the good, the true, and the beautiful. I heard this saying all through my high school years in...
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The Payoff is Coming!

My wife and I started homeschooling in earnest twenty years ago this month. Our fourth, and last, child graduated from Challenge IV in May. Classical Conversations didn’t come to our area until our oldest two children were already graduated; fortunately, they enjoyed a...
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How to Scale Your Child's Latin

In a previous article, I talked about my friend Denise’s philosophy of “scaling, not bailing.” Here is the way I think about it. Every Henle exercise is either a grammar-stage exercise, a dialectic-stage exercise, or a rhetorical-stage exercise. When your child does...
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The Curious Case of the Pythagorean Theorem and the Distance Formula

Students often view mathematics as merely a collection of formulas they have to memorize, rather than ideas they need to understand. Because of this, students learning mathematics often miss some of the important connections between ideas within mathematics. Missing...
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Why a Lead Learner Will Never Be a Fully-Rendered Panda

I don’t remember why we were talking about math curricula, but Julie, a friend of mine who home-educates her children, was clearly frustrated with solutions manuals and answer keys.   “They give you a few steps to get started, and then abruptly jump to the solution...
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