#12: Grammar: the liberal art of remembering

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Welcome to The Classical Homeschool Podcast. At the Classical Homeschool Podcast, our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom.

In this episode, we explore the liberal art of Grammar. We explore how memory, naming, and reading are interwoven into this liberal art.  We prepared a worksheet for you to print out, download, and read over that will hopefully bless you on your journey through classical education.


“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV



Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode

Book: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Book: Beauty in the Word by Stratford Caldecott

Book: Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis

Podcast:  Why and How Memory Cultivates Virtue

Book: On the Incarnation by Saint Athanasius

Podcast: #03: Ancient Liturgies for the Modern Homeschool

Program: Squilt Music Appreciation

Talk: Beauty: The Cinderella of the Transcendentals by Gregory Wolfe

Program: Grammarly

Book: The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education by Kevin Clark and Ravi Scott Jain

Book: How to Read a Book By Mortimer Adler

Program: 1857 McGuffey Readers with an introduction by Janice Campbell

Program: Primary Arts of Language by IEW

Book: Our Mother Tongue: An Introductory Guide to English Grammar

Podcast: Read Aloud Revival

Book: Harvey’s English Grammar

Book: First Language Lessons

Book: Blue Book of Grammar

Program: Well Ordered Language

Program: Song School Latin

Book list: Ambleside Online

Blog Post: Liturgy, Liberal Arts, and the Whole Man :: An Introduction by Between the Linens

Blog Post: Contemplating the Liberal Arts Grammar by Expanding Wisdom

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3 thoughts on “#12: Grammar: the liberal art of remembering”

  1. I enjoyed this discussion so much! It certainly helped to clarify the meaning of the liberal art of grammar. We are using Memoria Press for our curriculum, and I am excited that they emphasize Latin so much and starting in second grade. My son is in first grade now–so I don’t know first hand, but I think from what I’ve read and heard through online discussion is that Latin is a language that follows the rules so much more so than English, making it better for studying grammar and training in clear thinking. Of course, English grammar is also important, but Latin is not considered an extra or optional part of the education. I learned English grammar fairly well in school, but it didn’t make as much sense to me as Spanish grammar, which I chose as my foreign language and continued to study in college. Since I can see how ordered Spanish grammar is, I can easily imagine why Latin would be better and maybe more enjoyable for studying grammar in depth. I only mention this because I am not sure you touched on this benefit of Latin.
    Thank you for sharing your discussions with us!

  2. Yes please! I would love a podcast about using the McGuffy Readers. I used them for one year but felt like I was really just fumbling along. I never had the first book though, so I didn’t realize that there were instructions. It may be a little late now, but better late than never! I knew they held treasure, I just wasn’t confident in unlocking the treasure.

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