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Lists of Great Men and Women to Cover from The Well Trained Mind

 Wow.  That picture came out really awful, for which I apologize.  But my main point in taking it was to exemplify for those of you who do not yet own Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise’s book The Well Trained Mind, all of their wonderful lists of famous people to study with your child over the course of their education.  The authors have eight lists of people to know, divided into era and and categorized in both the Grammar and Logic Stage. In layman’s terms this means “Here’s a list of people your child should know about when they are in first grade, here’s a list for second grade etc.”

As an Afterschooling family who loosely incorporates a Classical Education model of learning, these lists of people are a good reference for me as a parent to look at from time to time, to keep us on track.  When we read about a famous person during bedtime read aloud, or listen to a CD about Abraham Lincoln, I make a little annotation in my copy of The Well Trained Mind.  I write a “B” next to the name for when Bruce has been exposed to the famous person in question, and I’ll write a “J” someday when Jenna is old enough to participate too. 

Homeschooling families might want to take this even further and create a giant timeline in their living room with pictures of each famous person studied, as suggested in The Well Trained Mind.  But we are a bit more low-key than that, primarily because any history study we do at home is just a supplement to the excellent education my children are already receiving in public schools.  Who knows what we might get up to this summer though?  🙂


  1. Jean says:

    Oh, but timelines are so fun! One of my most precious keepsakes from when my oldest was in 1st grade is the pictures from the simple timeline we did. She would draw a picture of whatever we read about on an index card, and I would tape it to the timeline, which was a strip of butcher paper taped to the wall in the hall. I kept all the index cards afterwards and they are so cute…

  2. Claire H. says:

    Timelines are one of those things from TWTM that I like in theory much more than in actual practice. My kids *LOATHE* doing them, and it’s not a hill I’m willing to die on 😉

    • jenbrdsly says:

      That’s how I feel about handwriting! It’s a good think Bruce’s 1st grade teacher thinks differently, and has actually been inspiring him to perform with DNealian. 🙂

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