PaloAltoParent

Welcome to the Palo Alto Parent Blog. Here I share whatever interesting materials that I came across while trying to stretches the minds of my elementary school aged kids.
The materials are a mix of Classics, History, STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math), and Chinese. The emphasis is to find things that are both fun and challenging.

This is the source for the classical education base for the child:

Classical education depends on a three-part process of training the mind. The early years of school are spent in absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. In the middle grades, students learn to think through arguments. In the high school years, they learn to express themselves. This classical pattern is called the trivium.

1. “The Grammar State” - the elementary school years is for getting a wide base of knowledge (language, history, classics, science).

2. “The Logic Stage” - the middle school years is for making logical connection between things, different subject matters.

3. “Rhetoric Stage” -  the high school years is to learn to write and speak with force and originality. The student applies the rules of logic to express clear, convincing conclusions.