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The Well-Trained Mind

A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition)
Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Length: 24 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Self-Help, How-to

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Publisher's Summary

The Well-Trained Mind will instruct you, step by step, on how to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school - one that will train him or her to read, to think, to understand, to be well-rounded and curious about learning. Veteran home educators Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer outline the classical pattern of education called the trivium, which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child's mind and comprises three stages: the elementary school "grammar stage", the middle school "logic stage", and the high school "rhetoric stage." Using this theory as your model, you'll be able to instruct your child in all levels of reading, writing, history, geography, mathematics, science, foreign languages, rhetoric, logic, art, and music, regardless of your own aptitude in those subjects. 

This newly revised edition contains completely updated ordering information for all curricula and books, new and expanded curricula recommendations, new material on using computers and distance-learning resources, answers to common questions about home education, information about educational support groups, and advice on practical matters such as working with your local school board, preparing a high school transcript, and applying to colleges. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2009, 2004, 1999 Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jeremiah R. Broske
  • 2017-01-17

Great book, but would work better in print.

Wonderful and informative book on giving your child a classical education. Only downside to the audio version is there are many lists, schedules, resource names, etc. that are tedious to listen to and would be much more helpful to see in written format. Will probably buy the print version at some point, but this version is helpful for getting the overall information.

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  • Shannon
  • 2015-04-27

Great resource, just not for an audible book

What would have made The Well-Trained Mind better?

The Well-Trained Mind is a great resource, however this is not a pleasure read, it is loaded with LOTS of lists of books to buy and use and it is just not practical to listen to a narrator read them aloud to you. In my opinion this is a book you need a hard copy of so that you can go back to all the lists of recommendations and research them.

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  • Ninja
  • 2017-12-08

Need a PDF of the Book Lists...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book would best be utilized in print due to the overwhelming amount of lists read aloud. I'd love to keep the book on audio if it were to come accompanied with a pdf list of the books and resources listed so I could print them out for reference. Rather, as I listen to the reader, I am stuck trying to figure out how to bookmark the lists when they appeal to my needs or wants, but struggle to go back to the lists when I am ready to sit down and order the books listed.

What could Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Add a PDF file of the books and resources listed. Now I'm stuck having to buy this book again, but in print. I feel like I wasted my money (or a credit) on the audio version.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes. The narrator did a great job under the circumstances.

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  • jenny shumway
  • 2016-07-30

supremely informative!

a must read if you're thinking of homeschooling! I highly recommend listening to this on audible!

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  • Angela H. Taylor
  • 2018-04-07

Truly a great book

it's not like other books that have related story line. This is very clear on prividing methids for educators-parents. It is very well done on every subject , and it gives direction on the time line for management.

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  • Salmeron
  • 2016-12-27

Great for Advanced Learning!

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This method is perfect for those who want their child to have a well rounded, advanced education! We have been using this method for years, and both of my kids test above average and gifted when we tested for public school.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-02-18

Good ideas

They do recommend a lot of their own products, but their method seems good. I will probably take a more relaxed approach following their guidelines 2-3 days a week and just do family reading/projects for the other 2. My children are in 2nd & k. I didn't read the middle school or high school chapters.

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  • Dawn Hoff
  • 2016-04-07

Not my cup of tea

There is way too much focus on rote memorization and drill in this book. Your kids can easily be as well educated or better without all this drill.

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  • J
  • 2015-06-01

somewhat helpful

I found this book to be somewhat helpful but felt most of the suggestions for homeschooling your child were unrealistic for my family. However, if you have the time and money homeschooling with the classical child model could be very successful.

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