Memoria Press is a company that publishes classical Christian curriculum for both homeschool and private schools. One of their set of books is on logic.
If you would like your child to be able to study formal logic, even though you don’t know it yourself, then their Traditional Logic curriculum may be the answer for you. My daughter has spent the last few weeks using the Traditional Logic I Complete Set they sent us.
What is it and who should use it?
The set comes with a set of two DVDs and three books, a Student Text/Workbook, Teacher Key, and Quizzes and Tests.
It is geared towards students in grades 7-12. Ideally, it is for high school age students, but some mature 7th and 8th grade students could use it, too, as well as adults.
It is designed as a one semester course, but can be completed in less than one semester.
You can absolutely use this at home with your children or teach it in a co-op type setting, as well. The author actually created this curriculum after he had taught it for a few years in a one day a week homeschool enrichment type school.
There are 14 chapters in the book and each chapter only has about 5 pages of reading. Don’t let that small amount fool you, though. It is full of great information!
After the reading, there are questions to answer about the chapter. They are broken down into four days of exercises (the questions are called exercises in the book). For each chapter there is a quiz. Essentially, the quiz is a test over the chapter. I’m not sure why they call it a quiz, except for the fact that it is short.
Logic as a class
Why study logic? Why is it an important class to take?
It teaches us to look at the information that is provided in any given situation and come up with a decision about your feelings towards the situation, rather than using our opinion or the opinions of others to judge the situation.
Logic in our home
When we first began this, I wasn’t sure if my almost 7th grader would be using it or not. I quickly realized it was just too much for him for right now. And that’s okay.
My almost 9th grader has been working through it instead. We will take a break from it for now and restart it in the fall when the next school year begins. I think she will get the most out of it if we wait just a bit longer.
While she is definitely learning from it, I think it is actually a bit much for her, vocabulary-wise. I think when we revisit it next year, I will sit with her and we will take our time with it so we can really dive into the vocabulary of it all. To be honest, a lot of the vocabulary was over MY head, too!
If you have never done any logic studies in your house (like us), a good bit of the words used in the book will be very foreign to you. If you have done logic studies, it may not be a problem for you and your children.
That being said, I think to learn logic like this is an important tool. To be able to explain your point of view about something in a logical manner instead of an emotional way, will serve us ALL very well!
Information at a glance:
What is it? Traditional Logic curriculum by Memoria Press
For whom? High school students (and mature 7th and 8th graders)
How much is it? $75 for the set