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Homeschool Studies

Mary Cassatt (USA, 1844-1926) . Mrs. Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren . 1880 . Impressionism

Humans, Homes, and Homeschooling

The home, wherever it may be and of whatever sort, bungalow or mansion, in the palace or in the street, is the biological, the cultural, the historical, and the spiritual focal point of every human being. It is, therefore, in every sense of the word, the natural locus of the education of the human being. It is this for better or for worse, simply as a matter of inescapable fact, whether it is recognized as such or not, be it a good home or a bad, a rich home or a poor, a proud home or a humble, whether education ever becomes a central concern within the home or not, and whether the question what it means to be educated well is ever raised and explored within the home or not. The home, in a word, by its very nature, is a school, and it is the task of every family to make of their home the best school possible. We are all homeschoolers by nature and in fact, and when we actively embrace the idea of homeschooling we are not undertaking a marginal or eccentric project; we are fulfilling the nature of human life, which is, willy-nilly, life in a family and life in a home, a domain whose boundaries no state may violate without undermining its own foundation.

Homeschooling is therefore the natural, inescapable condition of human life, before any questions have been posed or any choices have been made concerning education. Homeschooling in its fullest, most actively engaged, most highly developed sense, however, allows us the opportunity, indeed, it imposes upon us the duty, to explore and to develop to the very fullest the natural condition of human life, the condition of life in a family, in a home; and the realization of this potentiality requires that we be continuously asking the question what it means to be well educated and how we may best undertake to educate ourselves well. These are, moreover, two of the questions that provide the principal motives for what we call a classical liberal arts education, and they are two of the questions underlying the continuous educational investigations and the educational programs of The Lancaster Center for Classical Studies.

The Lancaster Center for Classical Studies believes that when the natural condition of human life in a home is taken into thoughtful consideration it permits of no other conclusion than that the best possible education is an authentically classical education and that the best way to undertake an authentically classical education is through active, energetic, conscientious, thoughtful homeschooling. One indispensable aspect of an authentic classical education must then be the continuous asking, and the continuous exploration, of the question what it means to be well educated. A second indispensable aspect of an authentic classical education is the study of Latin and Greek. This is true for many reasons, not least of them the fact that it was in the cultures built by these languages that the very idea of a classical education first took shape.

Experience Homeschooling with a Difference.

To students and parents who dedicate themselves to making the most of its opportunities and potentialities, our homeschool-program provides the prospect of an education second to none. Indeed, we believe that our homeschool program offers the possibility of an education superior to that of the best schools of the day, public or private. We have in place, and continuously growing, an extensive classical educational program of homeschool-studies whose basic programmatic components include:

1. A Classical Latin and Greek Curriculum that begins in the fourth or fifth year of schooling, extends through the twelfth year or beyond, and embraces both the classical and the ecclesiastical phases of both languages;

2. A Classical Liberal Arts Curriculum growing out of the Latin and Greek Curriculum, structured in accordance with a foundational re-interpretation and appropriation of the classical liberal arts trivium and quadrivium, beginning with the first year of schooling and extending through the twelfth year or beyond, and embracing all of the lingual, cultural, mathematical, and natural sciences suitable for the primary and secondary years of schooling;

3. A New Testament Curriculum depending upon the Latin and Greek Curriculum and providing the student both with the skills necessary to become a very able reader of both the Greek and the Latin texts of the New Testament and with extensive experience in the actual reading and study of those texts.

4. A Diploma Program recognized by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and leading to an advanced, secondary-school diploma in the classical liberal arts and sciences.

We invite those presently homeschooling their children, we invite those who may never have considered homeschooling for their children, and we invite those who may previously have discounted the possibility or even the desirability of schooling their children at home, to discuss with us the unique virtues of homeschooling on the foundation of our combined Latin and Greek Curriculum, Liberal Arts Curriculum, and New Testament Curriculum. To learn more about our courses and the cost for their tuition, please select Curriculum and Tuition in the left-hand margin of this page, or click here.

Because our curricula are based on a thorough rethinking of the foundations of both the Classical Liberal Arts and the Modern Natural Sciences and of the relation of those sciences to Traditional Religious Faith and the question concerning the meaning of human life, we think of our combined curricula not merely as an authentic Classical Liberal Arts Curriculum but as a Foundational Lingual Arts Curriculum.

Our Foundational Lingual Arts Curriculum resembles a tree. The majestic and mysterious growth that speakers of English call a tree, however, the speakers of Latin called arbor. An authentically classical liberal arts education, a Foundational Lingual Arts Curriculum, may be thought of as an arboreal education. To learn more about an authentic classical education for children being schooled at home, please select Arboreal Education in the left-hand margin of this page, or click here.

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