Classical Christian Education

 
"By His grace and through the Spirit’s strength, we would be able to produce men and women of Christ-like character, with remarkable skill, and infused with a passion and purpose, to bring their Creator the glory that He deserves."

- Jim Mahon, Providence Principal 

The process of education is formative, shaping a person’s heart, mind and soul. Early Christians chose to adopt the Classical Education Model because of its proven success, shaping some of the world’s greatest minds–from Aristotle to Galileo to C.S Lewis. The study of classical languages provides logic and problem solving skills while reinforcing a student’s understanding of grammar and language. Reading the best authors–such as Homer, Plato, Shakespeare, and Dickens–sharpens students’ writing abilities. Through the study of mathematics and science, God’s creativity and order are clearly illustrated. The chronological study of history, from Creation to the modern day, provides an opportunity to witness the tapestry of God’s grace throughout all of human history and learn from the errors of the past. The study of literature, art, and music cultivate an appetite within students for that which is good, true, and beautiful and allow a backdrop for pointing them towards Him who alone is truly Good, True, and Beautiful.

Classical Education utilizes the Trivium, a process of training students through three different levels of learning: the Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric stages. At the Grammar level, children build a foundation for future education by engaging in active learning, memorization, and the acquisition of facts. Instruction focuses on grammar, phonics and spelling rules, math facts, early Latin and Greek vocabulary, scripture memorization, pivotal historical events and handwriting skills. As students mature, they begin to think more analytically and become more interested in how facts fit together. They begin to understand cause and effect relationships. Instruction includes debate, formal logic, and speech. All of which leads to the next stage, Rhetoric. Students are now able to apply the rules of logic to the information they’ve been acquiring and express themselves thoughtfully, articulately and confidently, both in writing and public speaking.

The objective of Classical Christian education is to prepare students to live life coram deo (in the presence of God), equipping them with the faculties and tools to navigate the challenges of adulthood with grace and virtue and to help them engage and shape the culture for God’s glory.

The following free e-book is a great primer on classical education and is highly recommended for prospective parents.
 
An Introduction To Classical Education: A Guide for Parents 
by Christopher A. Perrin, M.Div., Ph.D.
(pdf available for download here)