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 invite you to read along with me, and chime in your own thoughts in the comment section below.
General Thoughts: This chapter was about art and music which is of personal interest to me, because my whole family on my mom’s side is musical. My mother has taught piano for over forty years. My aunt is a music teacher. My grandfather was a middle school music teacher and violinist in the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. My great grandparents met while playing in an orchestra in Kansas. I myself play piano and also studied organ in college. On my dad’s side of the family, there is an “art gene” that I unfortunately did not inherit. My great grandfather was a commercial artist who created the original Quaker Oats design as well as the Florsheim Shoe logo. He also did some of the murals in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.
P 206: This is the one and only page in WTM when Charlotte Mason is mentioned. Is this a major oversight perhaps?
p 207: I finally (just now!) looked up www.artisticpursuits.com. Wow! That really does look good. The problem with being an Afterschooling family instead of a Homeschooling family like the WTM authors, is that there just isn’t enough time in the day to do all of the things I want to do with my children.
p 207: The recommendation to listen to music at an early age is very anti-Waldorf. One of my big problems with the Waldorf method is that they sometimes encourage families to not listen to any recorded music until after age 8. In the interim, children are supposed to produce their own music.
p 208: I’m sorry but this is the most ridiculous piece of advice in this entire book. John Thomspons Modern Course for the Piano? You have got to be kidding me! There are such better piano lesson books out there, especially for appealing to young students. In the world of piano teaching, Thompsons is a dinosaur, and not in an “oldie but goodie” sort of way either.
p 214: Piano Adventures would be a much better pick. My mother also likes the Bastien series.