This is a series of posts I am writing about The Well Trained Mind, by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise. Although the WTM has a decidedly homeschooling bent, it is an excellent reference book for any parent who is interested in taking an active role in their child’s education.
Over the next few weeks I am reading the WTM again for the second time and blogging about my thoughts chapter by chapter. I want to be conscientious about not violating any copyrights, so I will not be including quotes from the book on my blog. I will however, be referencing specific page numbers from the third edition. I invite you to read along with me, and chime in your own thoughts in the comment section below.
If any of you follow my blog on a regular basis you might already know my thoughts on Latin. You can find them on my Latin page. The only thing I haven’t said, is why not German? If one of the big reasons to learn Latin is so that you can better understand the English Language, then wouldn’t German be an even better choice? My Magister, Mr. Stasel, use to say that the English Language was half Latin, half German. I’ve never studied German myself, but don’t you decline nouns in German? Wouldn’t that help you learn English grammar just as well? Plus, you could actually use German and put it on your resume as a skill future employers might value. German speakers, please let me know what you think!
Here is a recount of trying to teach Bruce Spanish: http://teachingmybabytoread.blog.com/spanish/
Has anyone used any of the other language programs the authors of the WTM recommended?