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The Heart of Wisdom teaching approach recommends immersing your children in living books or classical literature. We believe you should read the greatest classic—the Bible—the only real, literal, living book, daily, and attempt to read several classics throughout the year.
What is a Classic?
What is a classic book? The answer depends on who you ask. A classic to a Christian can be quite different from the world’s definition. In a broad sense, the term classic is applied to anything accepted either as a model of excellence or as a work of enduring cultural relevance and value. The differences between Heart of Wisdom’s classical list and the classics included in classical secular education are the book lists.
Classics According to Classical Education
Encarta defines classical education as the study of Greek and Roman literature, one of the oldest forms of education known. In classical education, a classic is any ancient Greek or Roman literary work of the first or highest quality.
The modern classical approach focuses on the collection called the Great Books of the Western World (GBWW). Virtually every book in this collection is required reading in a liberal arts curriculum, and includes works of art, science, philosophy, poetry, prose and history from the time of the Greeks until the early twentieth century. Plato, Herodotus, Virgil, and Aristotle are some of the main authors. This list was developed by Mortimer J. Adler and Britannica editors. They believed these books were the core of Western learning and culture. Most of the books on this list were written by non-Christians; men like Aeschylus, Apollonius, Aquinas, Dewey, Euclid, Euripides, Freud, Hippocrates, Homer, Marx, Plato, Ptolemy, Muhammad (the Quran/Koran), Thoreau, etc.
Classics According to Heart of Wisdom
Heart of Wisdom’s suggested books lists include models of excellence or works of enduring cultural relevance and value, and do not include mythology nor books by the ancient Greek philosophers.
Free: 31 Page Classics List by Theme & Grade Level
Free Choosing Resources with Classics By Theme & Grade Level (31 pages PDF)
Classics By Theme & Grade Level (31 pages PDF)
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The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach
The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach is for all homeschoolers who want to make the Bible the center of their school day. This giant 500+ page book provides you with the methods, program, and resources for a course of study where students spend half the school day studying God’s Word and the other half studying God’s world (academics). Students study history chronologically and science in the order of the days of Creation. This book will encourage, motivate you and instruct you, step by step, how to give your child a Bible-focused, comprehensive education from preschool through high school; one that will train him or her to read, to study, to understand, to love to learn and, most importantly, to desire and seek true wisdom. This approach can be used for all grade levels.
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