Book Review- The Latin Centered Curriculum

Leah Courtney
If you've read my other every day homeschooling blog- The Courtney Six- at all, you probably have heard me say many times how my homeschooling philosophy has grown and evolved over these last 6 years we've been homeschooling. I am always looking to shape and define what our goals are in homeschooling and to tweak our curriculum to make it fit with those goals.

A good friend recommended to me the book The Latin Centered Curriculum by Andrew A. Campbell. There are many things about the "classical" method of homeschooling that I have adopted over the last few years, but there are a few things from this philosophy that I just can't come to terms with. The Latin Centered Curriculum points out that our modern day "classical" curriculum varies somewhat from the true classical learning of ancient Rome and Greece.

He points out the features of a truly classical education beginning with and focusing on the classical languages of Latin and Greece. The first part of the book is an overview of what makes a classical education, and the rest of the book is filled with practical suggestions for curriculum and setting up a schedule for your classical homeschool.

As with most homeschooling books I read, my first thought was, "Wow! This is where I have been going/what I have been looking for." quickly followed by "How in the world am I going to "fit this in too?!" Campbell's whole point, however, is that a true classical education is Multum non Multa (not many things but much). My curriculum does not need to be expanded to include more things. It simply needs to constantly be focused, so that I am teaching the best things very well. I think I can live with that!

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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