Because it is adapted for each child’s skill level, I have found that classical education has allowed me to teach Jonathan at his own level, while giving him the freedom to learn in his own way. Now he is 7, and I am beginning to see the stage of understanding light up his face as he is practicing problem solving in 4th grade math.

That independence has been a real benefit of classical education in our family too. During the past two years, we’ve endured a father’s cancer treatment and a baby with a heart condition, all while traveling and speaking around the country. The inquiring minds our children developed have helped us keep moving in the midst of struggles and busyness.

In many years of classical home education, we’ve had mountaintop experiences and magnificent successes, as well as times we haven’t accomplished nearly what we had hoped to accomplish. As a whole, though, it has been a blessing to us and to the children. Our son’s classmate at a top-twenty college once said: “I wish I’d been homeschooled. You’ve had a much better education than I had.”

Our children are getting a much better education than we did too. More than that, they’ve learned true wisdom—yes, from the great thinkers of history, but especially in the light of the Word of God—and the gaining of wisdom is far better than a thousand completed workbooks!

Hal and Melanie Young are the parents of six sons and two daughters, whom they have been homeschooling from the beginning. Hal and Melanie are the authors of Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys, as well as an upcoming book about marriage. When they aren’t traveling the country speaking about raising boys, Biblical family life, and homeschooling, they live in noisy familial bliss in North Carolina. www.RaisingRealMen.com and http://www.facebook.com/raisingrealmen

Endnote:

1. George Ramsey Clark et al.,A Short History of the United States Navy, (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1911), p. 178.

Copyright, 2011. Used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in The Old Schoolhouse®Magazine, Winter 2010-11.

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